The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay Review

Friday, June 7, 2013

A White Zin Bookends Favorite

The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel
By Katja Millay
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Rating: Whole Bottle of Wine

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.
Our Review:

If you are looking for sexy…. This isn’t it. 
If you are looking for a quick, easy, emotionless read…..This isn’t it. 
However, if you are looking for something that will grab you from the beginning and not let go…not even weeks after you’ve finished…..THIS IS YOUR BOOK!

“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.”
Let me start by saying, I’m a crier. I don’t seem to cry in appropriate situations… you know when three of your friends move away all within 6 months of each other. Or when your first nephew…the most beautiful baby you have ever seen (aside from your own, of course) is born.  OH NO…. I cry while reading about fictional people, in fictional towns, with fictional problems. This book touched me so profoundly that the tears flowed freely.

For this to be a Young Adult genre book, the content of this book is incredibly deep and deals with life situations that hopefully no young adult will ever be forced to face. 

Nastya is so deeply wounded by the violent hand she was dealt and is coping the only way she can think; by closing herself off from the world. The author does a great job developing this character and there are so many little details that, when put together form such a complex person that it’s hard to wrap your head around the fact that this is supposed to be a young adult.

Josh has faced more loss than anyone at his age should ever have to. His solution to keep from ever facing that again is to put up a barrier between himself and everyone around him. Convinced that God doesn’t care about him, he does not dare get close to anyone.  They are all taken from him.  Aside from Drew and his family, he has no one else.  Your heart literally aches for him when you stop to think about what he has been through.

Together, Naysta and Josh are able to face the things that terrify them the most.

“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.”

Best quote in the entire book, in my opinion.  That is, until the ending. The last sentence of the book is only two words.  But those two words are absolutely heart stopping and it totally melted me into a puddle.

As deep as all of this seems, don’t let that scare you off.  This book is also funny and the supporting characters are charming.  I firmly believe Josh and Nastya would not be who they are together with out Josh’s best friend Drew. Oh, Drew….Funny and charming as all get out.  I know they are only in high school, but Drew could probably charm me right out of my panties with just a smile. He succeeds in convincing Nastya to go to a party with him, where she inevitably gets incredibly intoxicated. His solution?  Drop her off with his best friend. 

“The only three things that I know for certain took place last night are that one-small elves climbed up my body and tied my hair into a mass of tiny knots, two-I must have slept with my mouth open because something crawled into it and died and three-I was sucked through a vortex into some animated world where an anvil was dropped on to my head…I’m on someone’s couch. Someone’s couch. Someone’s couch. And as soon as I remember, I’m wishing I could forget.
            “Good morning, Sunshine!”
Josh Fucking Bennett.  By now, I’m pretty sure that if I were to find his birth certificate that is exactly what it would say.”

And that’s the beginning of a beautiful relationship……

Please, if you do not read anything else for the rest of your life….READ this book. 

If you don’t read fiction...READ this book. 

Even if you ONLY like paranormal...READ this book.

The Sea of Tranquility is seriously worth venturing out to a different genre for. And I promise you won’t be disappointed.  This book is worthy of a whole bottle of white zin.

1 comment:

  1. I don't read paranormal :-)
    And I don't read romance either! But I read this one and loved it!