Friday, January 18, 2013

Book Review: Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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.

My Favorite Quote:  "I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there ae no claivoyants 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."

Meet Natasha. She dresses. . .different than the average heroine--black provacative clothes, thick black eyeliner, red lipstick, black nail polish, and stilettos. Why does she dress like this? You'll find out later.

Oh yeah. She also doesn't talk.

Meet Josh. He's not the regular hero--introveted, but the school is afraid of him. Why? you'll find out later. He's awesome at building furniture, which I found to be the most awesome part of the book.


This book is more than a romance.

This book deals with youth issues, tragedy, healing in the most raw, yet poetic way.

But the romance is truly there and it's real. It takes time to develop.

First they are silent friends.

Then confidants.

And then so much more.

There were times when I was so scared that their happy moment wouldn't come. That the healing wouldn't begin, but. . .I believe the book ended in a way that made me comfortable and believe in humanity .


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