Wow, this book was pretty intense and awesome! I loved how Ember was this awesome warrior woman and was proud of her strength. The supernatural elemen...moreWow, this book was pretty intense and awesome! I loved how Ember was this awesome warrior woman and was proud of her strength. The supernatural element and the secret church connection were fascinating, and I loved the whole idea of the order.
There's a little bit of a love triangle going on, but not really in a bad way... it wasn't Ember flailing around not knowing who to choose -- it was a slow growing affection between two people, as well as the presence of another guy who has been in love with her for a long time. I felt like his presence was necessary to get the story in motion, so I didn't mind this aspect.
This is a decent sized book but I was pretty riveted by it, and finished it in about a day's time. I always appreciate books that make me want to keep reading above anything else, and that was definitely the case with 'Rift'. Overall I was really impressed with this one, and it made me want to read Andrea Cremer's other works as well.(less)
When I finished ‘The Sea of Tranquility’ I was completely in awe. I really needed time to process how insanely awesome I found it, but the words that...moreWhen I finished ‘The Sea of Tranquility’ I was completely in awe. I really needed time to process how insanely awesome I found it, but the words that kept repeating in my head were “freaking flawless”. I was amazed at how powerful and wonderful the stories and the characters were, and how quickly I fell in love with them.
‘The Sea of Tranquility’ is pretty much everything I could ask for in a book. It’s a contemporary book with real and deep emotions running through it. It features characters who are so lovely and so flawed, characters who are dealing with incredibly difficult situations in whatever way they can. The book also features one of the best romances I’ve read in a very long while. The relationship that is formed is so absolutely beautiful, I dare you not to fall in love with both the characters and their non-traditional romance.
The pace of the book is definitely a slower one, but I never found myself bored. Instead I was deeply entrenched in their world right from the beginning, wanting to know more about the characters and their secrets. The “mystery” is so perfect here, almost in a Jellicoe Road like manner (and my goodness, you must know I don’t make that comparison lightly). As a reader you slowly unravel what has happened to these characters, and find out what and who has made them who they are today. You get an idea and glimpses of the situation, until it is finally all revealed.
There’s so much more I could say about how wonderful this book is. I loved the dual narration from Nastya and Josh, I loved the secondary characters (particularly Drew, who is so much more than what he comes across as), and I especially loved how real it all seemed. I love books that take over and wrap me up in the world and the emotions of the characters, and Katja Millay completely succeeded at this. This book was definitely heartbreaking at moments, but there was always a sense of quiet strength throughout. If you are looking for a book that is incredibly powerful, one that will keep you thinking about it long after you’ve turned the last page, then look no further than 'The Sea of Tranquility'.(less)
I have to say that Spencer was my favourite character. How can you not adore him? He's such a good big brother! Scarlett was really likable, which is...moreI have to say that Spencer was my favourite character. How can you not adore him? He's such a good big brother! Scarlett was really likable, which is important for me. I love the aspect of theatre and living in a hotel. I would definitely recommend this one.(less)