Monday, June 24, 2013

Audiobook Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio (Atria Books)
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Format: Audiobook
  • Read by: Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 13 hours and 10 Minutes 
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by the publisher for review
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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.

Full of rage and without a purpose, former pianist Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone discovering her past and to make the boy who took everything from her pay.

All 17 year-old Josh Bennett wants is to build furniture and be left alone, and everyone allows it because it’s easier to pretend he doesn’t exist. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, a hot mess of a girl who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. The more he gets to know her, the more of a mystery she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he may ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a slow-building, character-driven romance about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

Please Note: This book contains mature content including profanity, drug/alcohol use, and sexual situations/language.

My Thoughts

This book was every bit as amazing and emotional as I thought it would be. It took my heart into it's hands, and squeezed it tight. It did get off to a slow start, but the writing was beautiful and the characters were amazing. I was very invested in their story, and I felt what they felt. I would find myself thinking about the characters while not reading. I wanted to get back to it because I had to know where their story would go. I wanted to personally jump inside the book and help heal all the hurt that both Nastya and Josh were feeling. This book made me feel everything!!

Nastya was very complex. She has layer after layer of herself hidden away. She is very broken and has no desire to be fixed. She has built up her walls, and will hide behind them and be someone totally different so she doesn't have to be the girl who died. Everything about her was intriguing. She wanted to take herself down bit by bit. It was heartbreaking how she though of herself and how she wanted others to see her. I loved that she was able to be more of herself around Josh, but I hated that she still felt the need to punish herself for things that were out of her control. Through the book I really liked the changes that she went through. She did grow a massive amount, but in the end, she's not great and life isn't perfect. It's real.

Josh is a character that I loved almost immediately. This boy has been through so much, but he still seems so put together on the outside. Inside he is very emotionally broken, and it broke me to pieces at times when it was his POV. Hearing his story, and the things he felt and thought about completely ripped my heart out. The thing I loved the most about him was that he really tried to be strong. He was willing to try to let someone in no matter how wrong he thought it was. He's not perfect. He's got a lot of his own issues, but he was amazing. I adored him and loved being able to get his POV too.

This is about two very different people, who are broken in very different ways. They are able to find something in each other that they don't have with anyone else. Unfortunately, it seems easier to still push the other away and ignore what is between them. This romance was very real to me. It was both beautiful and totally heart breaking. It was also one that you aren't sure if it will ever really work no matter how much you think it should and want it to. They both have so much they need to heal in themselves, that it's hard to fully give themselves to one another.

The audio of this was beyond amazing! At first I thought that the male POV for Josh was a bit monotone and just seemed like someone reading from the pages, but as it got more into the story, and specifically when things get emotionally charged, the narrator was fantastic. He made me feel every emotion to my core. What would have made me sob softly while reading on my own, made me bawl my eyes out listening. I felt like I was part of the book. Not listening to it, but actually experiencing it. This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to.

This book is full of emotion, and it's so beautiful. I do think it was a bit on the long side and some of it could have been skimmed off, but it was amazing. I loved listening to it and I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of emotional contemporary books. This was a great story with great characters. This is an author who I will definitely be looking forward to reading more of!! 



* A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

22 comments:

  1. I loved TSOT and I think I may just have to pick up the audio book since it sounds emotionally engaging. Fab. review!

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    1. I am so glad I listened to the audiobook of it!! I really was able to get completely wrapped up in the story and it felt so real!!

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  2. Everyone seems to have loved this book and I still haven't read it, I'm a failure! I really want to read it and I will have to do that soon. I only skimmed your review because I have read like 30 reviews for this book and I'm sure somewhere along the way I ruined something... *sigh*

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    1. I made sure my review was non spoilery! I always put a spoiler tag if there will be anything in it that I think might be a spoiler. I took forever to read this too, but I'm glad I went with the audio.

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  3. I'm not sure if this book is suited for my age so I probably won't read it but I do like the sound of it- the hype has really been growing. The characters seem well developed.

    Lovely review! <33

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    1. Though it's got mature content, I think you would still enjoy it. It's not like there is graphic sex or anything like that. It's just more mature subject matter and there's quite a bit of profanity. It's no worse than something like Pushing the Limits or something like that content wise though.

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  4. I'm glad that you enjoyed this book, Amy.
    I started it but found it very hard to get invested in the characters for some reason. Plus, the book was SO long. I felt like not much was happening. Maybe I was in the wrong mood for this book because a lot of readers enjoyed this book, so I don't know what went wrong for me. :(
    Lovely review, Amy!

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    1. It is very slow to get into and at some points it did feel drawn out, but I did really enjoy it.

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  5. I read this book and loved it. While I do listen to audiobooks, I don't as much as I want to. It sort of hard to build up the imagination in my mind.

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    1. Some people don't do well with audiobooks. I really love them. Especially when the narrator is really great. It can really make me feel more of the emotion of a story.

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  6. Oooh, I thought you might love this one! I really liked the writing, but felt like it went on a bit long. Unfortunate that Josh's POV started out so wooden, though he is a bit like that, so I guess it makes sense too!

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    1. Yes, I think that the narrator did really well at portraying Josh. It felt very much like I was breaking with him!! Nastya's POV was great too, but I specifically loved Josh's.

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  7. You said it perfectly--life is real. It's not always perfect and it sure isn't perfect for Josh and Nastya. I agree that Josh was so easy to love even at first sight and LOL, Amy, you make me want to get an audiobook as well, haha. I just adore this story so bad and just as you, I'd love to explore more by Katja:)

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    1. This audio was so amazing!! I found myself trying to sneak in a few minutes here and there whenever I could, and listening way into the early hours of the morning.

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  8. Awww I just want to listen to this one NOW. I really want a full of romance kinda book right now. I picked up the audio when I saw you were listening to it. Good to know the narrator is good too. Thanks pal.

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  9. TSoT will always be one of my favorite books ever. These characters were so messed up and I loved how Katja made them work for their happiness. I think it made the book more realistic. And OMG, Drew! I loved him too. And seriously, the last two words of this book are the best ever! I get chills every single time I reread it.

    So glad you loved this, Amy!

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  10. This book was just wow…I’m dreading my review. It does start off slow but it creeps up on you. At first I was like meh, this is okay. Then next thing I knew I was sucked in the story and I was like OMG this is soooo good! And the end! Best ending ever!
    Now you just gotta read Hopeless :)

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  11. I'm reading this right now, a little over halfway through & boy was that 1st half SLOW! I was seriously wondering what the hype was about. It's picking up though and yes, the writing is poetic. I swear, you're getting me more and more interested in audiobooks. I have to try it some time. Great review babe!

    Vi
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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  12. I love this book so much. Josh Bennett is one of my all time favorite bb's. Glad you liked it Amy!

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  13. Oh I'm so glad this was wonderful! I have this one to listen to but I haven't listened to any audio at all on the trip so far (I thought I'd listen a lot but I'm too distracted with my kids when traveling) so I look forward to listening when I get back home. I'm really excited and am glad the narrator is great too!

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  14. Great Review Amy! I'm a huge fan of emotional contemporary books, and loved this one as well!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  15. I have been pretty curious about this one so I'm glad you really enjoyed it. It sounds like a different sort of read, like it's told in a different style, which I think might be refreshing. Thanks for the wonderful review, I hope to check it out in the future!

    Rowena Hailey (Ptarmigan Hunting)

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