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The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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English: The Sea of Tranquility of the Moon. Infrared image in L band centred on 3.75 micrometres. Taken with the SIRCA camera by M. Gålfalk, G. Olofsson, and H.-G. Florén. Nordic Optical Telescope, Stockholm Observatory. More images can be found here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Book Description:

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.

Sandy’s Review:

Wow I have to say this is not what I expected.  Nastya and Josh are not your typical characters, they do not even act like they like each other for a good portion of the book, they just ‘get’ each other.  When I first started reading about Nastya I just wanted to know what the hell happened to this girl that she was so traumatized that she didn’t talk. Then I got pieces very slowly so it frustrated me at times, I can understand how the other characters in the book felt.

Josh was just dealt a shit hand in life.  He just wants to get through the last of his heartache and Nastya shows up.  When she just pushes her way into his life he just shrugs and lets her. She’s like him, neither of them give a damn, wants pity, or questions. He wants to remember, she wants to forget.

I have to say the romance is real because they gradually fall in love out of respect for each other and the realization that life is better together than apart.  Good YA read.

Purchase book here:The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

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