Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Title:The Sea of Tranquility
Author:Katja Millay
Release Date: September 2012
Publisher: Antisocialite Press LLC
Rating: 4.5 Hoots
Reviewer: Brandi
Buy From: Amazon/ Barnes and Noble


Sum It Up! The Sea of Tranquility is now on my list of Top Reads in 2012!

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.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language. (Goodreads)


After hearing such positive reactions to this book, I became intrigued to find out what all the hype was about. Needless to say, The Sea of Tranquility is now on my list of Top Reads in 2012! It packs an emotional punch that will stay with you days after you finish and possibly become a re-read in the near future.

There is no way I can do this book justice with a review but I must share why it touched me so deeply. First, the writing is extremely gripping as Millay puts you in character of these two tortured souls and also throws kinks into the storyline that are almost impossible for the reader to see coming. Second, this story is such an emotional journey of tragedy, acceptance and growth that it’s bound to touch any reader amongst us and last but not least, the steady but not rushed romance that blossoms between Josh and his Sunshine.

So, that’s it… I’m not going to give away any of the plot because simply you have to read The Sea of Tranquility for yourself and go thru all the emotions to understand why it has touched so many reader’s!

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