Sunday, May 26, 2013

Review: “The Sea of Tranquility” By: Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility
By: Katja Millay

Book Description:

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.

Former piano prodigy 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 herher identity, her spirit, her will to livepay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hidingor if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility
 is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

My Review:
     This was a dark, emotional rollercoasterand I loved the ride. I am pleased to see that this author took some real hard hitting true to life emotions and situations in this book. It was very refreshing to read a book that is so relatable it is almost scary.
     Some may find this novel too dark for them, but I found it to be the perfect amount of light and dark. I am a little tired of reading love stories that couldn’t really happen in real life. The Sea of Tranquility was very close to something that could be reality; I got swept away with the danger, excitement and overall intrigue as to what was going on. This book is very suspenseful, almost to the point where I got frustratedbut I didn’t.
     The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the title. I feel like something else could fit a lot better; I do see why it is called what it is though, but still I think the title lacks because the book has so much depth. The ending line of this book will just make your heart drop into your stomach. I am really glad I got a chance to read this book; I highly recommend it.

NA Obsessions approved!


Author Bio:
“I grew up in Florida where I spent my time hiding from the sun. Then I moved to NYC where I attended film school at NYU and spent my time hiding from the rats. I was a high school film production/screenwriting teacher in a former life and now I sit at my kitchen table writing stories and ignoring the frightening mountain of laundry threatening to overtake my home. The Sea of Tranquility is my first novel.

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