Thursday, November 14, 2013

Audio Review: The Sea of Tranquility

Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Kajay Millay
Pages: 448
Format: Audio

Release Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Rating: 5 Cows

Goodreads Description:
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 Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

There was one thought that kept popping into my head as I was listening to The Sea of Tranquility, “This may be the best book I’ve ever read!” And while I can’t say for absolute certain simply because I have loved many books through the years and time seems to dull my memories of them, I can say that this book is definitely one of the best books I have ever read. It’s a brilliant, heartbreaking, soul-searching book and I loved every second of it!

It’s hard for me to decide which I loved more the character themselves or the story. Both were excellent so I think I’m going to just count it as a draw.

It’s amazing to me that Millay was able to create so many characters that I love. Nastya, Josh, Drew, and Clay were all so amazing. I loved that Nastya wasn’t one of those girls that moved to a new school and suddenly everyone loves her. She’s an outcast and likes it that way but she still manages to make friends. I think all of the characters learned something from being friends with Nastya and I think they all helped her.

Nastya and Josh’s relationship is one of my all time favorites now. I loved that their relationship wasn’t easy but their love was. They loved each other despite not wanting to and despite all of the secrets. It was great seeing how each of them helped the other become a better, more whole person.

Drew was the character that surprised me the most. I honestly thought he was going to be a big jerk but he turned out to be this great guy. I love that he ended up having redeeming qualities and that we learn that he isn’t the guy that everyone thinks he is.

Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton did an excellent job with the narration. At first I didn’t like Kirby’s voice as Josh but by the end of the book I loved him. Kirby did an excellent job acting out the scenes. You can hear the anger or hurt in his voice when he spoke. Candace has a great voice for audiobooks simply because her voice is so soothing.

Simply put, The Sea of Tranquility, is a beautiful story that will captivate the hearts of anyone that reads it. And while I did figure out one part of the story I love how it was answered on the very last page.  Read this book! It’ll be one of the best decisions you’ve ever made!


1 comment:

  1. This story sounds really interesting. I love all the mystery surrounding both of the characters.


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