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Wonderful concept, sweet romance
With this wonderfully unique premise, Sea engages with the trauma of a fairly recent world tragedy and spins a compelling YA romance from it. The Indonesian culture is portrayed in respectful detail, the love story rings true, short chapters keep the pace clicking along nicely, Sienna is a sweetheart and Deni...well, it's easy to see why Sienna falls for him.
An observation: though there's plenty of peril in the story (psychological, physical, sanitary), the scariest moment in novel for me was when Sienna rides off into town with Deni on his motorcycle. I was thinking, Girl, you are so lucky you're in a YA romance, because under any other circumstances, driving off with a cute boy you recently met in a country where you don't speak the language, without anyone knowing who you're with, where you're going, or when you're coming back is a baaaad idea. The trip with Deni was fantastic and really advanced the story and the emotional arcs, but my big sister alarms were going crazy anyway.
Lastly, when reading Sea, you can look forward to a fantastic and very unexpected ending. Usually, when a book takes an unexpected turn toward the end, I'm upset by the imbalance, and ready throw the book against the wall, but in Sea, the change is totally satisfying. I highly recommend it.
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I thought the premise for this book was very interesting, and a welcome relief from the ad nauseum fantasy novels on the market. Honestly, however, I found that there were passages I had to reread from the outset because sentences were so oddly structured and verb tenses seemed to jump. It just didn't flow well for me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In terms of the characters - the adults in the book are frankly disturbing. They laugh at Sienna's mistakes when they know she's going through difficulties. Sienna herself is such a shallow person who appears to also be completely uneducated. I find no redemption for her character by the end of the story, either. Deni is an interesting character, but is completely overshadowed by the conclusion of the book. For me, the book was less about the tragedy, and more about a summer surf read that happens to be set in different region. It was frustrating for me as a reader, because I did start it with high hopes.
I would recommend this book for anyone who is interested in an extremely light read. Just don't expect anything spectacular. Sadly, I must agree with another reviewer who said that it might have been better if the concept had been taken on by a different writer.