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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay


Print Length: 450 pages
Publisher: Atria Books; Reprint edition (November 13, 2012)


From Goodreads.com: 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. 

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 My Rating: 1 star out of 5

This novel was very disappointing, and entirely not what I was expecting when I agreed to read it. The characters were unlikeable, and very cliche. The plot-line drawn out (to the point it was downright boring most of the time), and my biggest problem?  I couldn't feel anything for either the story or the characters. The author tried to convey the characters passions for certain things, for example Nastya and her piano playing, but even then, it fell flat.

This novel had the potential to be an enthralling read, but unfortunately it just never got there.

DISCLAIMER: I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way, all opinion contained in this review are 100% my own.


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