Saturday, July 6, 2013

From the shelf: The Sea of Tranquility

Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Date read: June 24-July 1, 2013
Dawn Rates:  (5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

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.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

This is a story that brings forth two complex persons (Josh Bennet and Emilia Ward masking as Natsya Kashnikov) finding solace in each other. Both broken and somewhat dark, they find peace with each other's presence where they could at least pretend that there is still something to hold on to..even for a while.

This story is so complex and profound that you could emotionally drown in every scene. Every character introduced in this story has their own part to play. Seriously, I wanted to slap Natsya and get her out of the black hole which is her misery but she has every right to hold on to her rage and shut everyone out. Someone stole her identity and killed her. She may be alive, but she is now a shadow of her old self, a shell. But I was glad she was able to redeem herself.

Till the next read...

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