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The Sea of Tranquility

4.41 of 5 stars 4.41  ·  rating details  ·  46,037 ratings  ·  6,723 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.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kash
Kindle Edition, 426 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Atria Books
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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!

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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


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
Alexis *RealityBites! Let's Get Lost!*
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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


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
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
Sep 24, 2014 Fred rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Grounding Quinn, Beautiful Disaster, Easy, The Opportunist
Recommended to Fred by: Katja Millay
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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
Rachel ♥Reads Ravenously♥
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
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 11, 2014 Jennifer Kyle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Crash, Pushing the Limits and the Breathing Series
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"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
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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
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
✝✝ Ⓓaisy ❣ Lucas, Jesse, James,Jethro and Daniel ✝✝
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
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
“He took the fucking piano, Sunshine. He didn't take everything. Look at your left hand. It's probably clenched in a fist right now, isn't it?"
I don't need to look. It is. He knows it.
"Now open it up and let it go."
And I do.”

So what happens when you lose the one thing that makes you who you are? When your mind and soul is ripped apart because your body cannot keep up with them?When everyone insists you're alive while in fact you are long gone?

When one fateful moment
destroys your past..
Smitten's Book Blog

Woah! That was some book. I finished it last night so I've had a night to sleep on it, which is always good, when reading something so intense. Gives my brain chance to process the barrage of emotion that The Sea of Tranquillity launched at me...

"How do you see her?... Joy, fear, frustration, longing, friendship, anger, need, despair, love, lust?"
"Yes, what?"
"All of it,"

But oh my God I loved it! Seriously, this book was stunning!

It's a tale of agony, loss, rehabilitation, friendship an
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
To say I love this book would be understatement.

No matter if you prefer light or dark read, YA or chick-lit, paranormal or contemporary just stop whatever you are reading at the moment and read this amazing story!!!

My Nastya and Josh:

The Sea of Tranquility was perfection! It was beautifully written, with original and interesting ideas, thoughtful characters and never boring storyline. What more do you need? I really loved the style of writing, it was very appealing and it just blew my mind. This
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The Sea of Tranquility - The dream of second chances

This book left me in a complete daze. I almost don't know how to start this review, because how do you possibly put something like this into words? The Sea of Tranquility has so much emotion, devastation, power, helplessness, and an odd sense of hope.

The first half of this book was absolutely hilarious. Maybe that's wrong of me to say, given the nature of this story, but I can't help it. The characters are AMAZING! Their inner dialogue had me totally cracki
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
5+++ Stars. As far as YA goes, I don’t think PERFECT would be an exaggeration. I loved this book and the only thing I didn't like was that it ended. I went into this totally blind as a buddy read. The only thing I knew going in was that Alexis who reads a crap load of books said that it might have been her best read of 2012. Now I never go by one person’s opinion but that statement grabbed my attention.

The story is told in a 2 person POV that is done seamlessly. The female POV is Natsya who does

This is my new mantra.

Why do I do it? Why do I get sucked into reading this genre? I know, I see stars, lots and lots of stars and think, 'Oh My God, what am I missing?'

I read the reviews..."Best thing I've read all year. Most beautiful story ever etc etc..."


Honestly! This is it! No more YA books for me.

Yes the writing was quite good. So nothing against this debut author at all. In fact
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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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