Book Review: Sea

Hello!  I apologize.  My book review did not post from my phone last Saturday, and I didn’t realize that until now!  Anyway, I post a book review on Saturday.  Saturday Book Reviews are a part of my Daily Post; to learn more about it, click here.

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Still haunted by nightmares of her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Sienna Jones reluctantly travels to Indonesia with her father’s relief team to help tsunami orphans with their post traumatic stress disorder-something Sienna knows a lot about. Since her mother’s plane went missing over the Indian Ocean three years before, Sienna doesn’t do anything if it involves the ocean or planes, so this trip is a big step forward.

But the last thing she expects is to fall for Deni, a brooding Indonesian boy who lives at the orphanage, and just so happens to be HOT. When Deni hears a rumor that his father may be alive, Sienna doesn’t think twice about running away with him to the epicenter of the disaster. Unfortunately, what they find there could break both their hearts.

A compelling summer romance, Sea marks the arrival of a stunning new voice in YA.-Goodreads summary

Judge the Book By its Cover:

  • I think this cover is absolutely beautiful.  In person you notice the different patterns that are combined to create a”sea effect.”  The shadow of the couple embracing is absolutely beautiful, too.  I really like this cover; it’s perfect for a summer romance!

Things that Made Me Happy:

  • I love how this book dealt with a relatively current tragedy, the Indonesian tsunami.  Kling artistically wove this event into the plot.  Of course I remember when the tsunami occurred and viewing the various pictures and videos, but it never quite hit home.  Reading these fictionalized characters and survivors and the impact the tsunami had on them touched my heart.  Like the character Sienna, I want to do something.  This book is truly an inspirational novel.
  • The character development of the protagonist, Sienna, is the best I have read in quite some time.  Like other people, she has her flaws and desires to overcome them, which made her such a relatable and believable character.  In particular dealing with the death of her mother has been one of the most critical challenges Sienna endures.  However, this trip encourages Sienna to think beyond herself and channel her mother’s kindred spirit to help others, which creates a beautiful healing process.  Sienna learns about the impermanence of life but the permanence of love, which seriously brought tears to my eyes at the end of this novel.
  • YA Contemporary Romance is a touchy genre.  Some authors write splendid romances, while others write cheesy flings.  Of every YA Contemporary Romance novels that I have read, this book is my favorite.  It is a beautiful romance that felt so real to me.  Deni and Sienna are marked by tragedies but rely on each other in their healing.  During this difficult process, they continually are supporting the other; whether it is a kind smile or a touching remark, Deni and Sienna always had the best selfless interest of the other in mind.  THAT is a real relationship.  
  • I seriously loved everything about this book.  YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!

Things that Made Me Unhappy:

  • Nope.  Nada.  Nothing.  This is perfection printed on pages held with a spine between two covers.  

My Rating:

★★★★5/5 stars!  Again, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!

Recommendations:

I’d recommend this book to those who enjoy young adult fiction, romance, contemporary, realistic fiction, travel, and chick lit novels.

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