July 17, 2013

Review- The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

The Sea of TranquilityThe Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars :star :star :star :star


Thank you to Atria Books for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

I generally don't read too many contemporary fiction novels. Especially emotional ones; because they usually just aren't my thang. I heard some good (okay, great) things about this book but I still was a little wary because I know it takes a lot to impress me in this genre that I don't often read. So when I got this book I told myself I'd read the first chapter and probably wouldn't finish it if it wasn't my thing. I wanted to give it a chance though.

So about one chapter in I was intrigued. I liked the narrator, she was plucky, and REAL. It also didn't feel like "ugh this is a genre I don't usually read/this is painful to read/why is this so slow?" My brain was silent as I lapped up the book and stayed up all night reading it. I'm kinda glad I had a terrible case of insomnia that night, because it allowed me to spend several hours straight reading this story! It was really fun.

As we're learning about Nastya and her life as it is now, we start to wonder what could've happened to her to make her stop speaking all together. Her grief is real, and then so is the outcast boy-- Josh Bennett. We get to know about why Josh has a "forcefield" around him in high school, where people tread extremely lightly. And Nastya is drawn to his garage where her presence unnerves him at first. Their relationship blooms and you really feel how much they need each other. Which, of course, makes it extremely volatile and hurtful. Their love story really clicks. I get why they're together, and why they need each other. They want to save themselves, and each other. Will they be able to? More importantly, will Nastya be able to save herself?

Sea of Tranquility is honest, emotional, endearing, and the ending goes full circle and will bring tears to your eyes. The prose is beautifully written, and the characters are refreshingly real. Nastya's journey is a winding one, but you'll grow so attached to her and want her to fight for herself. I recommend this book to lovers of a good character-based story, lovers of contemporaries (and non-contemporary lovers-- like me!), and love stories with real-life issues.



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Diamond

(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.

8 comments :

  1. Great review! Although I do read contemporary quite frequently, this book never really struck me. I know it got some great reviews, but still...after reading yours I'm getting the feeling I should try it, though. After all, if you don't even like contemporary but still stayed up all night reading this one it's got to mean something, right?

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    1. Yeah I really loved it. You could always do what I tried to do and just read the first chapter. ;) you never know, you may end up reading it in one sitting like I did! Lol

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  2. Great review! I really loved this one too and I liked Nastya too. I loved her relationship with Josh and this was definitely an emotional read. I will admit that these are my favorite types of books though :-)

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    1. Thanks! Yeah their relationship was one of my favorite parts <3

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  3. I cried a lot reading The Sea of Tranquility. Katja Millay's writing is great and really moving. Drew, Josh's best buddy is such an adorable hottie too <3


    Tirta @ I Prefer Reading

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    1. I Loved <3 Drew! I found myself reading a book where there was a similar personality, but not as lovable and I was comparing him to Drew! Lol. It's hard to read such a well written character and then not see other characters fall SO short. :|

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  4. I want to read this one really badly! Just don't have enough time. I already know that I will love this one, you know how I like my books with a side order of tissues :)
    I'm delighted your brain stayed silent and just let you enjoy :) Love the review Dee, short and concise but gets all the emotion across.

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    1. Thanks, Trish! You're too kind :h

      :rainbow <3 you :rainbow hehehe

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