Book Review: Sea by Heidi R. Kling

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. -from

My Review: 5 stars *****

I'm going to start off by saying that Sea is not something I'd normally pick up and read. I am a paranormal/supernatural/sci-fi/fantasy fan all the way. However, I appreciate a fun, original, well written story no matter the genre, and that is what Sea is. It was such a beautiful, fun, heart-wrenching, adventurous tale of love, bravery, and acceptance. So many adjectives for one book! I can't say enough how glad I am that I heard about this book from other bloggers and on twitter. I recommend this book to ANYONE, no matter your preferred genre.

One of my favorite things about Sea is the fact that its setting is new to me. I've never been to Indonesia, yet I can completely understand the story and setting because it's relevant (due to the very real tsunami and news coverage that followed). I loved that Heidi took a real life event and took into account the tragedy and hard times that the people of this wonderful place went through, and turned into something we can all access. I feel like I have a better understanding of it all just from reading this.

Sea was the perfect mix of adventure and romance. There are a few things that Heidi did with her novel that I was so happy to see. The ending for one thing, which I will not spoil, was perfect in my opinion. This novel is real and I almost felt like I was reading a completely true story rather than fiction. I loved learning little bits about the culture and way of life of Indonesia. That plus an adorable romance and a fun adventure kept me reading all night. For a debut, Sea really hit the mark and will hopefully only grow in popularity, for it is a book that I think everyone needs to read. I will most definitely be reading anything else Heidi R. Kling writes.

Book Review: Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

Scarlet March lives to hunt the Fenris--the werewolves that took her eye when she was defending her sister Rosie from a brutal attack. Armed with a razor-sharp hatchet and blood-red cloak, Scarlett is an expert at luring and slaying the wolves. She's determined to protect other young girls from a grisly death, and her raging heart will not rest until every single wolf is dead.

Rosie March once felt her bond with her sister was unbreakable. Owing Scarlett her life, Rosie hunts ferociously alongside her. But even as more girls' bodies pile up in the city and the Fenris seem to be gaining power, Rosie dreams of a life beyond the wolves. She finds herself drawn to Silas, a young woodsman who is deadly with an ax and Scarlett's only friend--but does loving him mean betraying her sister and all that they've worked for? -from

My Review: 5 stars *****

Where should I start with Sisters Red? First of all I've been looking forward to this book since I first discovered Jackson and her awesomely crazy YouTube videos and her debut novel
As You Wish last year. The long wait and the awesome-ness that is Jackson Pearce made me have extremely high expectations for this book. I must say I wasn't disappointed. The book delivered and I have been recommending it like crazy.

I loved the characters, and even though there aren't many of them, they are just right and just enough to make this book what it is. Scarlett is a great female character and one that I'd like to see more of her type in other YA. She was a strong, independent girl who didn't
need a guy to make her life worth living or to keep her confidence up. Sure she had flaws, but who doesn't? It made her more realistic. Her sister Rosie was the perfect counterpart and just the right amount of different from Scarlett. They were both so well fleshed out and their sisterly bond had me feeling jealous that I don't have a sister of my own.

Silas, oh dreamy Silas. I thought he was a very likable male character and just as Rosie and Scarlett had an amazing and believable relationship, so did Silas with each of the sisters. I don't want to say anything much about the plot except that it was great, just the right pace, and a very lovely, modern re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood.
Overall, I loved this book and I highly recommend it to those who love fantasy, adventure, romance, and great characters (this was really a character driven novel to me). I also have to say that I am so appreciative of Jackson because she sent me a signed book plate for my book and I love it! Also thank you to Little Brown who sent me an ARC of this book as well.

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