Review – THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay

An oldie but a goodie!

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.

I bought and read The Sea Of Tranquility on January 2nd 2013, and I have re-read it numerous times over the years. It’s one of those New Adult books which never gets old, never loses its power to create such intense passion and emotion in its reader. I don’t think there’s been a single time since that very first, that I haven’t cried at least once while reading it.

Nastya and Josh’s story is one that everyone who loves angsty and emotional books needs to read. It has had me hooked every time I’ve read it, desperate to read more, to continue reliving their heartbreaking and beautiful tale. And to this day, it still has the very best last line of any book I’ve ever read! (But don’t be a cheater and read that first!!)

It’s now been over 5 years since the book first released, and unluckily for fans, Katja Millay has seemingly disappeared from the book world, leaving The Sea Of Tranquility to be the first and only book this incredibly talented writer has published. Katja, if you just so happen to see this, we still love your words, we miss you, and thank you.

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Katja Millay graduated with a degree in film and television production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked as a television producer and film studies & screenwriting teacher. Her debut novel The Sea of Tranquility was a recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by the School Library Journal. She currently resides in Florida with her family.

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