Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Sea of Tranquility, by Katja Millay

Barnes & Noble

"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.

OMG, you guys.

Add this to my list of Top Ten Books EVER.  I wanted to know everything that happened, but I didn't want it to end!  I'm pretty sure that I went through every possible emotion while I was reading this book.

Fear, longing, love, lust, hate, pity.  You name it; I felt it.  I was a sobbing mess during many chapters.  Especially closer to the end when you find out what really happened to Nastya.

Nastya.  My heart hurts for her.

Sure, she's melodramatic, but what teenager isn't?  (And really, if you're reading an angsty Young Adult novel, it's to be expected.)  She makes some bad choices, even when she thinks she's making the right ones.  Especially when she thinks she's making the right ones.  Piece by piece, we learn what happened to Nastya to make her act the way she does.

Katja Millay gives enough information to satisfy your curiosity and leaves you begging for more.

And speaking of begging...

Josh Bennett.

Josh.  Freaking.  Bennett.


He's had a rough life, too (naturally!).  No family.  No friends, with the exception of the affable Drew.  No hope...

Until the day that Nastya walks into his garage.

They don't fall in love immediately, which is a nice change of pace from your usual YA romances.  But their relationship is so sweet, so snarky, and so surreal that it's okay; half the fun is the tension and uncertainty between the two.

When I finished this book, I cried and cried.  Happy tears.  Sad tears.  Why-isn't-there-a-sequel tears.  I want more, Katja Millay!

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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