REVIEW: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

the sea of tranquility books keep me saneTitle: The Sea of Tranquility

Author: Katja Millay

Genre: Ya Romance

Release Date: November 13th 2012

Purchase: Amazon (Kindle, Paperback)

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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 her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

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 hiding—or 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.

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The blurb of The Sea of Tranquility has a very dark and brooding impression to me. The cover was also very memorable and everyone seemed to like it and I thought why not try to read it? Little did I know I was in for a great read.

Nastya can’t speak, or she chooses not to. In school she was avoided by the students because they are weirded out by her. Nobody dares to approach Josh or speaks to him because people could get into trouble when they do. It was like he had a force field around him. Nastya and Josh can both be considered social misfits and I guess that was how they bonded.

Josh’s passion is making quality furniture and he could wax poetry about the different kinds of wood if he likes to. Nastya’s body was fit, her arms toned and she had abs. But she is not the typical gym buff. She acquired a fit body not because she likes to be healthy, she would run miles and miles and work out until she would pass out from exhaustion. It was a way to escape the demons that are always haunting her mind. Both characters have their own deep flaws, both of them have quirks that make them interesting and memorable. It’s one reason why I love this book so much.

In the story, Nastya kept mentioning about the boy who killed her and I was so intrigued by it that I could not turn the pages fast enough. She is this damaged girl who was full of hate and bitterness. I felt bad because she did not deserve how ‘that boy’ wronged her. And Josh seemed to be the unluckiest person in the world because he keeps on losing everyone he loves and because of this he is afraid to love Nastya.

Even though most of Nastya and Josh’s conversation consists of glances and nods, it is in their unspoken words that you can feel their love for each other.

The  book shows us that sometimes we can be blinded by our self-hatred that we end up destroying ourselves. Or sometimes we blame ourselves for something that is beyond our control. The book also shows us the path to healing and forgiveness, to the people who wronged us and to ourselves.

The Sea of Tranquility is one of the most touching and heart-warming books I have read. It’s in the top of my most reccomended list right now.

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