Friday, November 30, 2012

Review; Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

5+ Stars

    I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shape shifters, 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.

   I received this book as an ARC. Paperback release by Atria books will be June 4, 2013. It is currently available at Amazon kindle store.

   My thoughts;  Sometimes I read a book and I give it a few stars say it was great and recommend to everyone I know. Then other times I read a book and wish that I had more than 5 little stars so I give it a +. Then I read a book like this, one where I feel that no amount of stars and no amount of +'s will ever express how I felt while reading. 

   This story was equally emotional and heart warming. One moment my heart is breaking for the characters and the next I was smiling at the joy or nonsense they are sharing. This may be be a story about falling in love and it may be a story about dealing with demons from your past, but mostly, it is a story about rebirth and salvation. I closed this book with tears in my eyes and then had a few more just to mourn the ending of a good book. I do tend to love most books I read, but only a few touch me on a level that this book did. Thank you Katja Millay for such a beautiful experience. 

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