Sea of Tranquility by Katja MillayPublished September, 5 2012 by Antisocialite Press LLC380 pages Purchased

Genre: Mature Young Adult Romance, New Adult Comtemporary

Reviewer: RywnRating: ♥♥♥♥♥

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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.

This is hands-down one of the best books I’ve read in the last few years. Sea of Tranquility does nothing half-way, and it’s definitely, definitely, worth giving a read. The romance between Nastya and Josh is an evolving one that takes its time getting to right place, but not so slow that you’re thinking ‘get together already!’.

Nastya is damaged. In a slow-reveal, we find out just what happened to take the piano, and with it her entire identity, away from Nastya. Once a piano prodigy, she has no idea who she is anymore, and she sure isn’t telling. Nastya hasn’t spoken to anyone about what happened that day, but she knows she wants to make the boy who ruined her life pay. Josh is just as damaged. Josh sits outside of the rest of the world in a force field that only his best friend bothers to enter until Nastya comes into his life. Or more accurately, runs into it. When Nastya enters his life and refuses to leave it, Josh begins to see the rest of the world again, and finally feel something again.

While some people may be frustrated with how long it takes Nastya to reveal what happened to her, it makes every reveal feel more important and significant. This isn’t something that she really likes to dwell on, and if she can run from her past, she will. The novel alternates between Josh and Nastya, and it is through this that we really get to see the emotions for two quiet characters. Sea of Tranquility features an excellent supporting cast as well, with their story feeling like it is being told while not pulling away from the main story, and by the end, I cared as much for them as I did Nastya and Josh.

Sea of Tranquility is an excellent, excellent addition to the New Adult Contemporary romance genre, with more substance to it than just the boy drama that frequently fills up this genre, and by the end I can promise you’ll love the characters as much as I did.