Sunday, January 6, 2013

Review: Sea of Tranquility By Katja Millay

                                                       The Sea of Tranquility
                                                            Katja Millay
                                                   September 5, 2012 (e-book)
                                                    Antisocialite Press LLC

         I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone and everyone allows it, because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

   I think this is one of the most beautifully heartbreaking books I have read. My heart ached for Nastya, when we meet her you know something is wrong, something terrible happened to her but you don't find out quite what until you are completely emotionally invested in this story. Josh is just as damaged, he is only seventeen and has had more heartache than anyone should have in that short amount of time. Both of them just want to be left alone and hide from the world. When their worlds collide its beautiful to see how they can help heal each other but they can also hurt each other. This was an amazingly deep, heart wrenching story of two young people that have experienced so much in their short lives and how they heal. Was so amazing and I think everyone should at it to their TBR pile if they have not yet read it. One of the best books I have read in a while. 

Sea of Tranquility:                5/5  stars
Cover:                                5/5  stars
Audience Rating:                 PG-13    (language,drugs/alcohol, sexual situations) 


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