Thursday, July 08, 2010

Review #22: Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Author: Heidi R. Kling
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: June 10, 2010
Pages: 336
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.
Once again, in the same week, I found myself being completely attracted by a romance. As soon as I received my copy of Sea, I opened it and felt like could not stop reading, and so in less than two days I had finished it. Then I was enchanted. Yes, ENCHANTED is the perfect word.

First of all, it's relevant to mention how much I felt identified with Sienna, also known as Sea. Not because of the fact that she has lost her mother, but by how she feels about what happens to her and to the others as well. Actually, she is such a very strong character that I think everybody can easily relate to. Her acts are super emotinal as they feel real, and her feelings are intense.

Sienna has a beautiful connection with Elli, one of the Indonesian orphans; and she tries to help this kid, which was affected by the trauma of the loss of her parents because of the tsunami, while she herself feels like being cured, too. Oh, it's one of the best and most touching parts of the story to me.

The way Heidi R. Kling describes the scene in which Sienna and Deni first met is also... ENCHANTING. Then, as they get to know each other, this strong bond grows between them. And it's so fantastic because they come to share their feelingsabout loss, grieving and traumas in their lives. They literally found theirselves in each other; so they trust each other; they make each other feels stronger, braver, more hopeful. Their connection is just... Special, beautiful, ENCHANTING.

I also wish I could know what was in Deni's mind, what he was thinking about Sienna and how he felt about all that had happenned to him since the tsunami. I wish I knew more about Sienna's friends, Bev and Spider, which I loved with all my heart, too.

Actually, everything that happened was pretty unexpected to me. I wasn't expecting that I would learn so much or to be so fond of the Indonesian culture like I did, which is amazingly described by Heidi R. Kling. Again, it was ENCHANTING.

But... I wasn't expecting that ending. That I wasn't expecting at all. I felt so insecure and heartbroken when Sea ended. And it ended just like it should be, I think. And, well, I cried. In less than a week, I cried while reading two books. And that's what makes me feel so fulfilled and complete after reading it, though, honestly, I would love more about Sea in the future. Yes, I mean another book
because Heidi R. Kling's writing is just... ENCHANTING!

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  1. Omg, you're SO dangerous! How can I let this book out of by amazon's / betterworldbooks' / whatever's basket, huh? You reviewed it SO perfectly that I'm touched only with it. I only can imagine the sea of tears when I read it.

    Ok, I won't come here anymore. (A lie, totally)

  2. An enchanting review for an enchanting book!

  3. Aw, it's a tearjerker, I'm such a baby I'm gonna cry. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, so I'll definitely have to buy it soon.

  4. Ahhh Raíla!
    I *NEED* to read Sea, sounds amazying!! *-*
    I have to agree with Mary, I'm touched by your review, it's so enchanting! Hahahah :)
    But, seriously, it's a perfect review for what seems to be a perfect book!

  5. Thank you so much!! Thanks for spreading the #sealove around Brazil!

  6. Wonderful review! I loved this book too, it was so sweet and memorable...


  7. Enchanting it was! Just like you, my only complaint was that I wish that there had been MORE. Great review, I had trouble with this one because it was so good!

  8. oh god it sounds fantastic i cant wait to read it superb review girl

  9. And I think your review is just as enchanting as Sea! This sounds like an amazing, beautiful book, and is a must-read for me this summer-- your review has cemented that fact! Five stars, wow. I've never wanted to read a book so badly... And the character relationships sound amazing. Wonderful!

  10. This book DOES sound enchanting!! I can't wait to read it!! :D Loved your review! :)


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