Friday, August 16, 2013

Book review of The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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.
I don't even know where to start. I have major book hangover right now. I feel so numb (cue emo music) LOL. The moment I started this book I knew I was going to have a problem putting it down. I was hooked from the very first page.
The story is about Nastya and Josh, two very different, very broken individuals, who find each other. It's a story about love, healing, death, friendship, second chances, and soooo much more! I don't want to go into detail about what brings these characters together because it would give the plot away, but what I can say is that you must read this book. Although I didn't cry (gasp!), this has emotional terrorist potential and its a very specific kind of book, so read accordingly.
The writing was absolutely fantastic. The story is told in a dual POV which grabbed my attention and had me immediately invested. Nastya's character was strong but also weak, loud but quiet, funny but sad. I felt like hugging her a lot of the time and I became so consumed with her daily struggles and thoughts. Josh was pretty much the same. These two characters are so broken and frayed around the edges but their relationship brings them this incredible sense of comfort and belonging. The transformation these two go through is beautiful! 
Pick this up NOW!!! 

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