Author: Lucy Clarke
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication date: 9th May 2013
Genres: Young Adult
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Katie and Mia are two sisters who are very different. Katie is organised, mature, responsible and doesn't take risks. Mia is irresponsible, immature, is happy to take risks and loves freedom. They don't have the best relationship with each other - they are always arguing. It made me quite sad when they argued, because I knew that in a few chapters Mia would have died, and I knew Katie would be regretting all of the arguments and bad thoughts she'd ever had with her sister.
This book has alternating points of view - we'll see life from Mia's eyes in one chapter, and life from Katie's in the next chapter. It wasn't confusing at all as at the top of each chapter, it said who was talking. Sometimes alternating chapters can be a problem, but it definitely wasn't a problem in 'The Sea Sisters'.
After Mia dies on her travels, Katie decides to travel the world using the same route as Mia, with only Mia's travel journal as a guide. This made it really interesting, to see how each sister experienced the same places so differently. A lovely character in the book was Finn - Mia's best friend - who went travelling with her. He secretly loved Mia, and *spoiler alert* it made me sad that Mia never loved him back in the same way. Also, Katie loved Finn but he didn't love her, so it was a bit of a love triangle! It was just disappointing that none of them ended up with who they wanted. *end of spoiler*
It took me a while to get into this book, but once it started getting exciting, I couldn't put it down. If you haven't read this already, you should! The characters and plot are well developed and thought out and I've never read anything like this before. It's a brilliant story full of twists and turns - an emotional roller coaster!