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The Sea of Tranquility

4.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  55,245 Ratings  ·  7,535 Reviews
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.

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Paperback, 434 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Atria Books (first published September 5th 2012)
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So I ended up creating a new shelf for that book : "Everyone loved but me".
Here I am, all sheepish and disappointed because I, once again, didn’t like a praised Goodreads book as much as I thought I would (should). So many good ratings for this book. So many wonderful reviews, so many people saying they cried over the story. I didn’t. I so fucking didn't.

+ : It’s true what most of the reviewers say, there is no insta love.
- : There is what I call NEVA-LOVE. Or, 800-pages-long-and-still-nothing
Tough Critic Book Reviews
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This book amazed the funny right out of me, but replaced it with something more. So much more that I can't even curse properly! It was so well written it hurt. By the end I was bled completely dry of all thought...all emotion!

I was so incredibly close to just repeating, "OH MY GOD, WOW! OH MY GOD, WOW! GET ME A DRINK! OH MY GOD, WOW!", over and over again for this review, but it's important for me to let you know exactly how this book made me
Aestas Book Blog
May 19, 2013 Aestas Book Blog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

Beautiful. Powerful. Deep. Heart-wrenching. Believable. Uplifting. Unforgettable. A must-read!!

WOW. 5+ stars. One of my favorite reads of the year!

The Sea of Tranquility is a beautifully written, deep and heart-wrenching drama about two damaged teens surviving unchangeable tragedies, and devastating grief, hurt, and pain; learning to cope with them, accept them, and somehow finding healing, safety and finally happiness and love in each other along the way.

Its quiet and very, very slow bui

An infinite amount of stars!

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Beautiful, emotional, powerful, and unforgettable. There is a reason why I love this book so much. It gets better and better with every read. This is easily my favorite book. Period. A story of strength, love, forgiveness, healing, moving on, letting go, and second chances. Both main characters are amazing. They are damaged, broken and perfectly imperfect. There are so many other secondary characters you will fall in love with (Drew ). After re-reading this again, I
Kristin (KC)
*5+++ Stars!*

Beautifully tragic and powerfully uplifting!

The Sea Of Tranquility is quite possibly one of the most beautifully written books I've read in its genre. The five stars allotted for rating just don't seem to suffice. Everything about this book pulled me in: from the ample rave reviews decorating Goodreads, to its calming title and enchanting cover--yet all of this was rendered insignificant when I became captured by the artistry within.

The story opens with a powerful prologue, igniting
Kat Stark
Mar 31, 2016 Kat Stark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, reviewed


I have never been so angry with a book in my entire life. I don't even think I can go into details with you guys. That's how mad I am.

When I see a book--I see time, dedication, and accomplishment. Which is why I don't enjoy giving one stars or writing hate-filled reviews. I don't like pulling out my figurative dick and pissing all over someone's work. Especially with a novel that seems to be loved by many, including my precious Goodreads fr
Ana {The Good Gif Fairy}
Nothing is perfect. It's not even good yet. But maybe.

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This book is not made of sunshine and roses. The Sea of Tranquility is full of complex and broken characters. Their lives have been full of pain, suffering, loneliness and violence. This book takes you on a journey of healing and self-discovery. It's dramatic, yet ultimately inspiring.

Nastya is a believable, likeable heroine. I felt bad about what she's had to go through. I admire her because of her strength, and her ability to move for
Dear book,
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review -READ THIS BOOK NOW! IT'S A MUST READ!!!
5 STARS out of 5
Genre: YA Romance-Mature Content


'Dying isn't so bad after you've done it once.
And I have.
I'm not afraid of death anymore.
I'm afraid of everything else.'

Nastya Kashinkov is a self inflicted mute at age seventeen. She was once an accomplished pianist but then something happens. She dies. She dies a horrific brutal violent death. Yes, death touches her for ninety six seconds before she is brought back to life. Only to
Emily May
Feb 06, 2013 Emily May rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Pushing the Limits

Oh my god, I just don't know what to say about this book. I seriously considered leaving the rating blank because The Sea of Tranquility isn't something that can easily be summed up in stars, my feelings for it are much more complex than that. I do realise that I'm pretty much the only person in the universe who gave this less than 4 stars (and most gave it 5) and there are a number of reasons, but I'll get to those in a minute. But it's important to know that 3 stars isn't really accurate at a
Oct 08, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads


In awe! Just experienced greatness!

Have you ever read a book and when you go to review it, you simply can not find the words to do this said book justice? Have you ever been so amazed and in awe of a book that you can not put coherent thoughts together? Well, The Sea of Tranquility by Katka Millay is that book for me. Millay has written a powerful book about two damaged individuals. Can they be fixed? Can they get a second chance? Not sure that we are provided with all the answers. However, we a
Annie Brewer
*SOB* God dammit. I've been crying for like the last hour. Fucking heart hurts, my nose is running and my eyes are puffy. To say this book broke me would be an understatement. I can't write a proper review at the moment because I'm an emotional wreck...devastation. But I will say...well hell now I'm at a loss for words choked up...nothing is coming to me. Once I can get my emotions in order, I will attempt at a good review. Bravo Katja, this book topped my list. I love you....seriously ...more
Lisa Jayne


I am moved beyond words. What an incredibly moving, beautifully tragic novel. Poignant, heartrending, moving, touching, emotional, captivating, intense, tragic, wistful, tender, dreamy, hopeful, enthralling, impassioned, sentimental, stirring, inspiring, monumental, unforgettable. These are Just some of but not all of my descriptions of this book. Whatever I write in my review it will not give this book justice, I know that this story has buried itself in my he
Duchess Nicole
5 ++++++ stars!! A must read for any of my reader friends, and I don’t say that lightly!

This is one of those books that make me want to re-evaluate all of my five star ratings. This is NOT just for readers of the YA genre. It’s for everyone. It’s not a feel good book, though I did put it down for the last time feeling good. Throughout most of it, though, my emotions were in such a turmoil that I didn’t know WHAT I was feeling. I had sad tears in my eyes, and then angry tears. By angry, I mean I
Amy (Foxy)
I reread this one via an audio book.
After 3 years I decided to listen to this one and I have three words for the second time-> I LOVED IT!


You know it's good when you can't put it down and you stay up reading until you fall asleep with the book in your hands. Then you wake up extra early so you can finish the last couple of pages you couldn't keep your eyes open any longer before you zonked out.

After I finished I had to go back and read the section (view spoiler)
Beth Hudspeth
Review here: Hello Beautiful Book Blog
So you see the title The Sea of Tranquility
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I'm doing a short review since there are so many to choose from and also because I am late to the party!

My favorite part was really just the smaller details woven in.
Her love of name meanings
The chair
Ice cream
I could go on and on

^^^ I guess I really like to cling to the good things and the lighthearted moments, but there was a lot of pain and depression. Nastya hasn't spoken a word in over a year. She is
Mar 20, 2015 Ariana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ariana by: Jacek
When two worlds full of tragedy collide, prepare yourself for some heartbreak...

Sometimes there are books that take my breath away, sometimes my emotions flood my soul, sometimes words cut deep into my heart, sometimes stories don't want me to let go, sometimes I fall in love... with a character, with a paragraph, with an author... sometimes I just feel like falling.

Deep and raw, that's how this story is.
It breaks your heart and even makes you enjoy that feeling, it plays with your mind, it mak
May 17, 2013 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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"I hate my left hand. I hate to look at it. I hate it when it stutters and trembles and reminds me that my identity is gone. But I look at it anyway, because it also reminds me that I'm going to find the boy who took everything away from me. I'm going to kill the boy who killed me, and when I kill him, I'm going to do it with my left hand."

WOW.... AMAZING..... I've been thinking about this book all day... wondering where to start with this review. I just don't know where to start. I've read m
Sep 24, 2014 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Grounding Quinn, Beautiful Disaster, Easy, The Opportunist
Recommended to Fred by: Katja Millay
Shelves: favorites
I loved this beautiful and emotional contemporary romantic drama. I felt caught up in, and utterly swept away by its power, like a small boat being slowly but inexorably driven by the wind into a storm, an emotional storm that left me washed up and wrung out, but somehow richer as a person for having experienced it. It's beautifully and poetically crafted - every element, every character, all combine and contribute to the artful and emotionally intense world author Millay creates.

So what's up wi
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 11, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Crash, Pushing the Limits and the Breathing Series
My Cast:


"He needs to be able to fix things and make it all better; to believe that you’re okay so that he can believe he’s okay.”

Nastya is an illusion. She has changed schools and fled the safety of her family because she can’t be who she used to be before her life took a horrific detour. She has moved in with her aunt and has begun classes at a new school. She also dresses to scare/repel other students. Josh Bennett is as socially inept as Nastya. He has lost every single perso
Rachel Reads Ravenously (AKA The Wildcard Reader)
4 stars!

"I think I can believe in hope and I would like to believe in the dream of second chances."

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Well Katja Millay just brought on all of the feels.

This is one of those books that has been sitting on my tbr shelf forever. I had made a 2015 resolution that I would do my best to read all of the physical books I owned that have been sitting on my bookshelves for months, some even for years. The first book in line was this one. I cannot believe I waited this long to read it. It's such a cla
They say there's a place you go when you die
Perhaps it's full of life, laughter, and loved ones
Perhaps there's no light, no laughter; only darkness
Perhaps it's a place you've never seen before
Or perhaps it's a place familiar to you...
You can't know unless you've survived death
Survived and come back;
But what if...what if upon returning to life
All you've discovered is that you're still dead?
Walking around aimlessly with no purpose
Walking around and simply just existing
What if existing is all you h
*The Most Amount of Stars I Can Give*


This…This right here…This is the kind of story that makes you appreciate words. Makes you appreciate when nouns and verbs and adjectives are strung together to form these magical little sentences that touch your heart and you don't even know they're doing it until you're so sucked into the story you can't put it down and 4 hours have gone by and you haven't eaten or moved or even blinked because you couldn't possibly stop.

That's what this book did. It makes
Kim B

I get it! I FINALLY get it!
Everyone's been admonishing me for not having read this book.
"Read it!" They told me. "You'll love it!"

Well, you were all right! I did enjoy this book. Very much.

It's sad and melancholy, yet sweet and uplifting.
The characterization is really beautiful ... I liked that every single character was flawed in some way. Incredibly realistic. And not at all forced. Everything about them felt natural and realistic. And, even though it's been a (long) while since I was 18, I
Aj the Ravenous Reader

If it weren't for my friend's warning, I'd sue this book for emotional assault!!!I should have known. The title itself is already suggestive of highly emotional meaning. I should have prepared myself better. But thank you Pearl, at least I didn't go through an emotional breakdown because of your friendly advice. BTW, your name is highly symbolic in this book. Did you notice that? :) But I guess, even if this book murdered my heart, crashed my soul, and unnerved my stomach, I would still be a ver
Dec 05, 2015 Tabetha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 4.5 Review: "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 must 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 and walk."

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants to get through high school without anyone learning the secrets of her past. She als
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ Hearts Cole, Lucas, Jesse  & James ✝✝
What did I think......
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This book blew me away! It was captivating, heartbreaking, enchanting, ballsy, antsy and broken!!

It is between love story between Natsya and Josh and her friendship with Drew.

"I hate my left hand. I hate to look at it. I hate it when it stutters and trembles and reminds me that my identity us gone" That's our lady, Natsya!
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"When my mom died, I went through the angry phase" He is broken, surviving a tragedy alone and loves to woodworking, our hero, Josh!

The story picks up
Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥

Two wounded souls, two teenagers who instead of making dreams and thinking of the future, desperately try to survive each day and forget the past. Can they heal each other or they are doomed to loneliness and despair?

-Sea of Tranquility (what the book implied)

-The surface of planet Venus (what the book actually delivers)

Starting my review I must admit that I don't like young adult books in general. There are few (OK more than a few) bright exception but they are mostly in t
Jan 28, 2013 Giselle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc, contemporary
Wow I did not expect this! To be completely honest the cover did not initially attract me to this novel so I never looked into it before I started getting all these recommendations. This is not always a good sign, however, since it raises my expectations, but I am happy to say that it was absolutely amazing. Not only does it involve a gritty, unapologetic story, we have characters who will tear your heart out with their grief and self destruction, leaving you feeling bruised and battered. It is ...more
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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“If we had a telescope, I could show you the Sea of Tranquility.” She points up at the sky. “See? Up there on the moon. You can’t really tell from here.” “Is that why you have a picture of the moon in your bedroom?” “You noticed that?” “It was the only thing on the wall. I thought you were into astronomy.” “I’m not. I keep it there to remind me that it’s bullshit. I thought it sounded like this beautiful, peaceful place. Like where you’d want to go when you die. Quiet and water everywhere. A p
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Katja Millay graduated with a degree in film and television production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and has worked as a television producer and film studies & screenwriting teacher. Her debut novel The Sea of Tranquility was a recipient of the American Library Association’s Alex Award and was named one of the Best Books of 2013 by the School Library Journal. She currentl ...more
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