Wednesday 1 May 2013

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay - Book Review

Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Publisher: Atria
Publication Date: 4th June 2012
Pages: 448
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: YA
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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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.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. 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 may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language. (Goodreads Synopsis)

Now, usually if I am going to read YA it is within the paranormal/fantasy genres, but I'm glad I was drawn in enough by the blurb to give this one a try as I thought it was completely amazing. This is, without a doubt, the best YA book I have read... ever.

The storyline is gripping from start to finish and it even had me in tears a couple of times. Both Nastya and Josh are compelling, well-drawn and fully fleshed out characters, and you can see them grow and develop during the course of the book. 

I had trouble putting this one down as I was so desperate to find out if things would work out from them. I don't want to give too much away, but I can say that I was satisfied with how Millay left the ending and I felt it fitted the tone of the book.

Even if contemporary YA is not usually your thing, I can recommend giving this book a try. I know I shall be keeping an eye out for any future releases by this talented author.

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