Review: Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Goodreads Summary:

Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother’s disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen-year old California girl Sienna Jones reluctantly travels with her psychiatrist father’s volunteer team to six-months post-tsunami Indonesia where she meets the scarred and soulful orphaned boy, Deni, who is more like Sea than anyone she has ever met.

She knows they can’t be together, so why can’t she stay away from him? And what about her old best friend-turned-suddenly-hot Spider who may or may not be waiting for her back home? And why won’t her dad tell her the truth about her mother’s plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to finding answers.

And Sea’s real adventure begins.

My Review:

I won this ARC in a contest by the author of Restoring Harmony, Joelle Anthony. I am excited to read her book, but when I found out I won SEA from her, I was thrilled.I don’t want to go into too many plot details, because I knew nothing about the book when I started it and I really enjoyed taking Sienna’s journey with her. The plot is definitely fresh and original, and I loved taking a break from the supernatural side of YA.I enjoyed that she was portrayed as a true fifteen year old. She was very immature in some ways, and I appreciated that. Many of the teenagers in YA lit these days seem a little unreal because they don’t act their age. Sienna’s decision-making process and the way she thinks all point to a teenage girl, in the best way. Her character is so real and easy to imagine actually existing. It adds wonderful dimension to the story.

Heidi was good at describing the emotions that all the characters were feeling: Sienna about the loss of her mom three years previous to the story, and all the children in Indonesia that lost so much after the tsunami. I think it is fantastic that people will be picking this book up, because readers all experience a little taste of world events. Victims of tragedies such as tsunamis and earthquakes are real, and they are out there and they DO need help, and that fact is highlighted so well in the book.

I am very much looking forward to seeing what Heidi Kling does next! If you want to find out more about her, she keeps an excellent blog here.

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