Book Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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The Sea of Tranquility

By: Katja Millay

My Rating: 5 Stars

Sometimes you pick up a book and start reading and find yourself thrown into a stunningly beautiful story and you wonder how you ever lived without having experienced the wonder of this book.  Katja Millay has delivered that very thing with The Sea of Tranquility.  This was an amazing book.  I loved everything about it.  I loved the story, the characters, their struggles, their interactions, their love, their pain, their friendship, their tragedies and their healing.  I loved the twists and turns, the surprises and the painful truths.  I loved the suspense of what happened to Nastya, the coincidences and the fate of the two characters.  Everything about it blew me away and left me reeling.  This was a beautiful book with truly amazing characters and a story that will haunt long after you read the last page.  Within it’s pages is a story of unbelievable pain, sorrow, loss, love, and redemption.  This is definitely one of my favorite books of the year.


It’s been two years since Nastya Kashnikov suffered an unspeakable tragedy that left her broken beyond repair.  Not able to deal with her family anymore she decides to go live with her aunt in another town.  There she will be unknown and she won’t have to be constantly reminded of her past.  But her plans to remain invisible and unknown are shattered when she meets Josh Bennett.

Josh Bennet’s story is known to everyone.  He’s suffered unimaginable loss in his short 17 years.  Now he’s completely alone in the world with no one to rely on but himself.  He’s determined to keep it that way and everyone gladly keeps their distance from him.  But when Nastya Kashnikov inserts herself into his life he finds a kindred spirit.  For whatever reason, Nastya and Josh are drawn together.  But as their relationship progresses, Josh wonders if Nastya will ever reveal her secrets to him or if he even really wants to know.

My Thoughts

This is one of those beautiful stories that will haunt you long after you walk away from it.  You will laugh, and cry, and feel almost every emotion imaginable as you read it’s pages.  This book was unbelievably amazing.  Millay has weaved her magic and creating a very special book with The Sea of Tranquility.  It’s beautifully written.  The characters possess such depth that it’s hard to imagine more perfectly flawed characters.  Both Nastya and Josh’s characters suffer unimaginable horrors in their short lives and they way they deal with them is heartbreaking and tragic.  As the reader, you can’t help but feel their pain and suffering. Their hesitance to live life is real and understandable.  But despite their pain, they find solace in each other.   I loved this about this book.  I loved how expertly Millay portrays their attraction and need for one another.  How she creates their healing balm in the other and how the grown and change despite their efforts not to.

If you are looking for a beautifully written story about two people who have been damaged beyond repair who ultimately find the one thing they need to make them more whole, then you need to read this book.  It’s a standalone story so it’s not a huge commitment.  You won’t regret reading Nastya and Josh’s story. In fact, you are likely going to want more of them once you’ve read the final page.  Katja Millay has successfully put herself in the same category as Colleen Hoover and Katie McGarry when it comes to beautiful, broken characters with horrifying pasts.  Break out your tissues, because you are going to need it for this book. I highly recommend it.  Don’t wait, go out and get this book now. It’s sure to become one of your most beloved books of all time.


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