Author: Katja Millay
Publication: June 4, 2013
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.
Bennett wants is to be left alone, and everyone allows it because they
all know his story: each person he loved was taken from his life until
at seventeen years old there was no one left. When your name is
synonymous with death, people tend to give you your space.
except Nastya, a new girl in town who 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 a mystery 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
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.
Thank you Netgalley and Atria books for this ARC.
What I Loved: It's
not often that a book leaves me at a loss for words, but this one did. I
read it fairly quickly although I wouldn't classify it as a "fast
read" because if you skip over any part then you'll miss vital
pieces of this story which is as complex and beautiful as it's characters. Nastya and Josh are unique and an interesting mix of strength and vulnerability. Both are broken in ways that most people can't begin to fathom but it's in that shared loss they're able to connect and help each other.
Perceptions and first impressions play a key role in this story but once the characters begin to reveal themselves it becomes obvious how misconstrued those impressions are.
My first impressions:
Natsya - Angrypants
Josh - Untouchable
Drew - Captain Inappropriate
Natsya - Strong
Josh - Unconditional love
Drew - Loyal (He could totally be my BFF!)
Drew's Mom - What to strive for.
What Left Me Wanting: The cover snob in me says this one does not do this book justice even though it does show elements that tie into the story. Pacing was a little slow in the beginning for me and it seemed to take forever before there was any kissing.
Final Verdict: Gritty, heart-wrenching, beautiful story of love, forgiveness and second chances. Read it.
"He hasn't given me a place to sit. He's given me a place to belong." ~ Nastya
"I imagine she came out of the birth canal holding a cupcake and a spatula." ~ Josh
Review also posted at YABC.