Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Title: Sea
Author: Heidi R. Kling
Pages: 366
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: June 10, 2010

Haunted by recurring nightmares since her mother's accidental disappearance over the Indian ocean three years before, fifteen year old California girl Sienna "Sea" Jones reluctantly travels with her father's volunteer team to six months post-tsunami Indonesia. During her stay at the orphanage, she meets scarred and soulful 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 is her psychiatrist father so secretive about her mother's plane crash? The farther she gets from home, the closer she comes to the truth. And Sea's real adventure begins.

Sea is an emotional, and hopeful story that's just like the actual sea; Sea is just as perfect, and just as turbulent as the sea. Heidi R. Kling, with a beautiful and lyrical prose, takes readers on a nose-dive to a world of complete devastation, innocence, and--against all circumstances--hope and love.

Kling will take readers on a complex and vivid journey of grief, loss, and healing. Kling's characters are real and diverse but each character contributes a unique undercurrent to the novel. Indonesia, the setting for most of Sea is also authenticated by the littering of Indonesian words throughout. Some of the flashbacks in Sea happen in California and the comparison between both worlds are shatteringly different. The traditions and the cultural differences are really distinct as the settings alternate, creating a whole new level of really seeing the discrepancy between the two worlds.

The romance in the novel is an interesting aspect because it's hard to pine for either guy; both have their good and bad qualities. Sea has feelings for both Spider and Deni and the chemistry and relationship between Sea and both guys is ultimately sweet, yet pure and real. For me, they are separated into two categories; Spider, the past, and Deni, the present...though who will be the future?

Reading Sea is as unforgettable as watching the sun set into the horizon of the sea. Completely, and utterly perfect. A+ =)

The Bottom Line: I dared to hope. I dared to live. And I dared to love...all in this one book.

---Report Card---
Originality: 10/10
Ending: 10/10
Characters: 10/10
Plot: 10/10
My reaction/enjoyment: 10/10
Theme: 10/10
Imagery: 10/10
Setting: 5/5
Voice: 5/5
Style: 5/5
Tone: 5/5
Cover: 10/10
Total Score: 100/100 (A+) !!!This is one of the FIVE books that hold the title: !!!

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Carla January 14, 2010 at 11:54 PM  

fabulous review, I really can't wait to get my hands on this book. You've made the anticipation that much more sweeter, is it June yet???

Raíla January 14, 2010 at 11:58 PM  

WOW! It MUST be AWESOME. This review made me so much more excited to read Sea. :) Thanks!

Sab H. January 15, 2010 at 1:32 AM  

OMG! You just made me more desperate! I want this now! Great review.

Anonymous,  January 15, 2010 at 1:43 AM  

I'm so looking fwd to this book! Thanks for your review -- SEA sounds just as fantastic as I've been imagining it will be. :)

Daisy Whitney January 15, 2010 at 3:07 AM  

Wow -- that's quite a review! SEA is indeed a lovely story by a lovely author!

Adriana January 15, 2010 at 3:15 AM  

This sounds amazing! I can't wait for it to finally come out.

Sara January 15, 2010 at 5:03 AM  

Great review! Sounds like a really good book! Def. on my TBR pile

Stephanie January 15, 2010 at 5:40 AM  

Another gorgeously written review -- Reggie, you rock! And what a glowing review! I'd pick up this book for the cover alone -- it's beautiful.

MissA January 15, 2010 at 5:43 AM  

Ahh your review has made me so excited for this book!!! How can I wait till June????? It sounds amazingly beautiful like the Sea :)

Rebecca Herman January 15, 2010 at 7:10 AM  

This book sounds good! I am planning to read it when it's released.

mariska January 15, 2010 at 3:44 PM  

I'm feeling so grateful, the setting is in Indonesia :)

The book sounds wonderful. i wonder when it'll available in Indonesia ?

Anonymous,  January 16, 2010 at 12:49 AM  

Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the review! :D

Flo January 18, 2010 at 1:48 AM  

that was really a great review and now i just can't wait to read this book!

chocowafer January 18, 2010 at 3:14 PM  

Set in Indonesia, now that is something different! Wonder when we'll have a YA book that's set in the Philippines? :) Great review! The story sounds beautiful and romantic, I definitely want to read it. :)

IceJewel January 20, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

Great review..! This book is definitely going into my TBR pile !

Anonymous,  January 30, 2010 at 7:15 AM  

This sounds like a great book. It is on my wishlist and with getting a perfect 100 I will have to move it up higher on the buy list.

~The Book Pixie January 30, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

Perfect 100! Wowzers! Ahhh I want this even more now! Why must you do this to me, why?!

Great review. Can't wait to read this. :D


Laura Hartness February 13, 2010 at 1:30 PM  

Wow-- awesome score! I've been looking forward to this one. Glad it's looking to be good.

Laura Hartness
The Calico Critic
CalicoCritic at gmail dot com

Maria April 3, 2010 at 12:55 AM  

You're lucky to have read this book, I'm so jealous! Do you know if there is going to be a sequel? :)

Aik April 28, 2010 at 7:10 PM  

This book sounds awesome! Thanks for your review!

aikychien at yahoo dot com

Jessica June 18, 2010 at 3:22 AM  

Terrific review. I am reading Sea right now and you are right, it is AMAZING!!! :)

Heather June 18, 2010 at 3:25 AM  

I have heard so many great things about this book. I was a little skeptical at first but I think I may just have to give it a try!

anaivanus June 19, 2010 at 4:07 AM  

it is a great review! I can't wait to read Sea now! it sounds awesome and you convinced me I should read it (I don't read books that kinda aren't my taste)

Vanessa Di Gregorio July 27, 2010 at 3:19 AM  

Oh wow, what a great review! I've been hearing such great things about this book, but I think your review might have cinched it for me!

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