Gosh. I don't even know where to begin with this book. The Prologue was riveting. After reading it I knew I had to finish it. I HAD to know where it was going to go. This is one of those books that when you think you know whats going on it rips that idea away and throws another at you. It was amazing. If I could rate it higher I would.
Nastya is a young girl who you find out about little by little throughout the whole book. It leaves you wondering about what her story is with every chapter. She is an amazing character at that. For someone who doesn't do much she does a lot and has the most wonderful personality. Her story isn't a good one though. She has suffered and its eating her up little by little. You hurt for her as you find things out. Its such a wonderful and yet terrible way to meet a character. Nastya is Mute. But not because she must, by choice. By doing this she lives in her little bubble and doesn't face the world. She ignores people, ignores life, and does the day to day plotting for her final move. She is tortured everyday by what happened to her. They notebooks and the talking, gosh the nightmares. She is so hurt it breaks you. The bubble is not only for her sanity, its what is keeping her together. Until she see Josh that day. That is all it takes to turn her world around, in a good way.
Don't get me wrong, this is not THAT story. Its not the story about the boy who makes the girl all better until they fall in love. This is a story about a boy and a girl who are okay with just being okay. They are what they can be and then slowly they change together. It was refreshing and exhilarating to read. Josh is just like Nastya , just in different ways. He may live in a self induced bubble, but his is tolerated by everyone. His is respected because they know of his past. You do as well, just not all at once. You feel for them both. You understand that these are real things they are dealing with. This isn't a story about broken hearts. This is a story about broken people. They are stuck and need that special thing to help them move on, or well not so much move on, but to live.
I swooned over this story. Immensly. It is wonderful. The love story itself is romantic and tortured and real. I can state that enough. Its a real true love type of story. You are pulled deeper and deeper with ever page. Just wait to you real the End! *Grins* Its a super special mind blowing surprise. I didn't see it coming, and it made it all the more perfect. This is another of those Game Changer Books. I Seem to be reading a lot of them. Authors like Katja are changing this genre and evolving it into something Phenomenal. <3
*I was provided and ARC Copy of this book in return for an honest 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 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.