Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Sea

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme created and hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's one of my favorite memes because it gives me an excuse to spend large amounts of time looking at Amazon and Goodreads for upcoming YA/MG POC releases (I'm pleasantly surprised by how many I've found so far).

This week I'm waiting on...

Sea by Heidi R. Kling

Release Date: June 10, 2010

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.

-At first glance this book looks like a cute summer read. But upon reading the summary, I think this book will be heavier than the average beach read (not that there's anything wrong with light summer reading, I like those books too). I like that the book is set in Indonesia, dealing with victims of the tsunami as one of the plots and that it has an interracial romance (specifically that the interracial romance is not black-white. Again, nothing wrong with that or those books but there are other interracial relationships out there) Furthermore, the cover is absolutely gorgeous :D I love how it looks like they are underwater and that you can't get a clear glimpse of the two main characters, you can make up your mind about how they look. Thankfully, I don't have too many more days to wait for this one!

Summary from

What POC releases are you looking forward to?


  1. This sounds like a really interesting book. Thanks for telling me about it. I’m hooked. That’s great that we don’t need to wait long for its release. It’s unoriginal to admit this, but I’m really looking forward to the last Hunger Games book.

    Today I reviewed/interviewed a fabulous debut novel, The Girl Who Fell From The Sky, by a biracial author. It’s written for adults but would appeal to teens. The protagonist is a girl, aged 11-16, with brown skin and blue eyes. It draws from Toni Morisson’s legacy. I’m mentioning it because I think you’d love it and you might miss it since it’s in the adult section.

  2. I very much want to read this and I really enjoy chatting with the author on twitter. I was so pleased she was as nice as she seems in real life, too!

    Re: Sarah's comment, I've also met Heidi Durrow the author of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (though I haven't read it yet) and I know she said she'd love for her book to be considered YA.

  3. Amy, yes, Heidi said in her interview that she wrote a book that she would have liked reading at 15.

  4. @Sarah-Psh who cares if it's unoriginal? I'm excited for Mockingjay too (even though I have yet to read Catching Fire, I don't want to have to wait as long!)

    I checked out your interview with Heidi Durrow and left a comment. I've had my eye on The Girl Who Fell From the Sky and I may do a mini review of it as an adult fiction book. Thank you for telling me about the interview (not sure how I missed it) and review because everyone is raving about it and I'm excited to read it!

    @Amy-The author is so active on Twitter and her Tweets are usually very informative and/or really funny. She seems very nice (I firmly believe that if an author is on Twitter and reguarly interacts with readers, people will want to pick up the book. The Tweets along with everyone gushing about how Sea is so awesome have made me even more eager to read it).

    I'll be looking for The Gril Who Fell From the Sky! Maybe I can help introduce it to some other teens :)

  5. MissAttitude, I'm looking forward to your review of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. It's exactly the type of book I would have gobbled up as a teen. Sea is on my list of books to read, thanks to you. I read the first 2 Hunger Game books back to back. They were a Christmas present for my tween daughter, but I couldn't resist a peek before wrapping them. I haven't reviewed them because everyone else has. It's good to use blog time to get the word out on new and not as well known authors like Heidi Durrow.

  6. I ahve this on my list, but for some reaosn was convinced it was about mermaids - so many boooks, so little brain. I wonder what the balenace will be like between heavy subject matter and first love, hard to do well I'd have thought but probably fantastic if the author pulls it off.

  7. @Sarah-Oh the pressure when people say they are looking forward to your reviews :) I'm looking forward to reading it. Just have to get to the library. I held off on reading and reviewing the Hunger Games because while it sounded good, dystopia has never been my thing so I wasn't dying to read them. But it was excellent! Exactly, so many book blogs talk about the same titles, I like to see blogs that promote the older and/or lesser known recent titles.

    @Jodie-LOL it does have that sort of look. And you have a great brain! I'm curious as to how the balance will be pulled off as well, it sounds like the author does it well (based on other reviews) but most reviwers gush about the love story so I'm not sure.


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