Thursday, November 14, 2013

Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Category: New Adult
Genre:  Romance/ Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
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.

My Thoughts 

Wow. What a different read! I cannot get over how purely awesome this book was! And I am also mad at myself for not picking it up sooner! I kept hearing amazing things about it, and those amazing things were right. The Sea of Tranquility was a unique, interesting, and full of emotion, great read!

I honestly didn't know what to expect when I went into this one, other than it is an amazing book. Well, it was amazing, but it was also a really touching, very in-depth emotional read. It also was a very different sort of romance, finding yourself book. The characters were unique, the story line compelling and the writing style addictive.
“I know at that moment what he's given me and it isn't a chair. It's an invitation, a welcome, the knowledge that I am accepted here. He hasn't given me a place to sit. He's given me a place to belong.” 
The characters, as mention were unique. I mean I have read about characters with similar problems and so forth, but each felt very original and special in their own way. The main character was definitely different.  At first, she appeared one way, then as I got deeper into the story just to find out she is a totally different person. I loved that development and it also added a great depth to the book.

Nastya’s is a very emotional conflicted girl. And it shows throughout the book. But I loved being in her head. She’s cocky, intense and I just really liked that. But what I loved most is that she saves herself. She does get help with the problems she faces, but she became a strong character and she really changes her life.

Oh my Josh Bennett! This boy, wow! Yes, I absolutely adored him. Now, like Nastya, he really isn’t what he seems. But unlike Nastya, he is more of an open book and I was able to really see the depth of his character. Though his life is sad and tragic, he is such a wonderfully strong and well-developed character. He also goes through ordeals within the book, and though Nastya is by his side, he also manages to save himself by his own strength.  This made me really enjoy his character, a lot. He is also a bit cocky, and being able to see his world through his eyes was an experience! 

Though this book is a romance, what I adored about it is that though the main characters helped unravel each other and helped each other pick up the pieces of their lives; they do end up saving themselves, more or less, by their own strengths.  That was a great factor in the book. That was the really unique part. And being able to get both of their POVs was amazing! It helped see each character really well! 

I also felt that Nastya and Josh were the perfect balance for each other, and one of the most real-like fictional characters in a book that I have read. They dealt with problems, handled their emotions like real people, not fictional characters who somehow have all the answers. There are also some other really great characters in the book. One I really adored, and found quite funny!
“When I look at her now, I think, for just one second, that God doesn't hate me so much after all.” 
The story moves at a slow pace, but it never felt like it dragged out or that the story line was being pushing. It still flowed really nice. The buildup was great. And I felt the emotions so well from the characters! The development of the characters was by far the best thing of in the book! Intense and very in-depth. And the last sentence, HOLY LORD OF PICKLES. It was perfect, more than perfect! A wonderful ending! I didn't want it to end!! 

The Sea of Tranquility was, beyond a doubt, a very emotional, unequivocal beautifully written and heart wrenching, yet touching story. It broke my heart and then mended it back together. It was simply wonderful. And it is a book that will stay in your head days after you read! I highly recommend this one if you love a very emotional, intense, and raw read! 


  1. I haven't read this book yet, but I think I'd like to meet Josh *wink* This book sounds great Magen, and even though it was a slower paced story, it sounds like a perfect read. Fab review!

    1. Oh you have to meet him!! *wink wink wink* :D

  2. Wonderful review, Magen.

    I have this book on my wish list and I hope to read it soon, especially since you made it sound so beautiful!

  3. "And the last sentence, HOLY LORD OF PICKLES. It was perfect, more than perfect! A wonderful ending! I didn't want it to end!! "----> YES!!!!!! I told you it is the best last line in a book ever!

    I am so glad you loved this book as much as I did. Nastya and Josh are such special characters. Amazing review Magen!!!

    1. *muggle huggles* Thank you for bringing this one to my attention!! :D

  4. I pretty much agree with everything that you just said! I loved Nastya and Josh together - they did balance each other out really well, and they definitely were a couple that made me swoon! It's still in my mind, so it definitely stays with you. :) Great review! Now I have someone to fangirl with the next time that Katja puts out a book! <3

    1. Thank you!! :) Definitely fan girl over her next book!!!!

  5. I agree, very emotional and powerful!

  6. I am so glad you loved this one girl! I did too! I felt it was just a beautiful story and that last line whew. I nearly died at its perfection. Great review friend!

  7. I absolutely adored this book -- one of my favorites! Your beautiful review truly did it justice. I love the quotes, and I know for a fact I used the first one in my review -- it still gives me the warm fuzzies when I read it. HOLY LORD OF PICKLES, indeed!! That last line *flails* I'm so happy you loved this one!!


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