Review: The Sea Of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Title: The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel
Author: Katja Millay
Series: +++
Source: NetGalley in exchanged for an unbiased review
Where to buy: Amazon

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.  Two and a half years after an unspeakable tragedy left her a shadow of the girl she once was, Nastya Kashnikov moves to a new town determined to keep her dark past hidden and hold everyone at a distance. But her plans only last so long before she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person as isolated as herself: Josh Bennett.  Josh’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. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space. Everyone except Nastya who won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But as the undeniable pull between them intensifies, 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.

REVIEW:  I have become a believer once again.  There is always a possibility that characters and stories all start to blend in and start sounding and feeling the same, well that’s until you read The Sea Of Tranquility. Not always one come across books like those where characters and plot lines are exquisitely created, and in which the phrase new beginning takes a whole new meaning. This story as well as the characters flow in perfect harmony.

The Sea Of Tranquility is the story of two young adults who find themselves being thrown around by their feelings, their actions and their past. I like to think that nothing bad ever happens to people but even in books that is never the case. This story broked my heart, Nastya a young girl with a shattered soul who finds herself trying to put the pieces of her life and heart back together. Though she isn’t exactly type of girl that screams love and tenderness, under the facade of toughness and rough attitude lies a broken soul screaming for help and understanding. I really liked this story because it is deep, it is realistic and it certainly makes us wonder if we could ever overcome tragedy.

Nastya & Josh aren’t the perfect characters, they both have suffer greatly. Nastya suffered a terrible trauma that would’ve destroy the strongest of people, but Nastya was brought back from a certain death because she had a purpose in life, even when she didn’t see it that way. Josh suffered dearly when at a young age he lost his mother and sister and later on his father. Tragedy marked these two characters who found on each other peace and purpose. I think this story though it is sad it is also very deep and realistic. We hear and see tragedy happening around us and not always we stop to think how it could happen to us and how we would react. I found this story shattering and sad, but I also found it to be a burst of fresh air within a genre that seems saturated with whining and selfish teenagers. I loved this book, it has everything a powerful story should have, love, tenderness, tragedy and second chances. Do not hesitate to pick up this book, you will not regret it.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ½

Do I recommend this book? YES YES

Can’t wait to read this book? Buy it now!


Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

All Comments

  • Definitely adding to my to-read list!

    Rita J Webb 07/16/2013 9:31 pm Reply
  • Amazing review Maggie, I adored this book and loved the author’s writing style.

    kimbacaffeinate 07/12/2013 2:44 pm Reply
  • Great review and I totally agree that his book stood out from all others. It is in a class all by itself and I just loved it.

    Ellen 07/12/2013 1:07 pm Reply

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