Thursday, February 7, 2013

BOOKANISTAS: The Sea of Tranquility

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.

So, I had never heard of this book before. That doesn't happen to me often, because I stay pretty tuned in to new releases through reading blogs, following a zillion people on Twitter, keeping tabs on, and all of that. There aren't too many book titles that I don't at least recognize. But when one of my friends said she was reading it and loving it, I couldn't believe it had slipped under my radar. 

After a little investigation I discovered it was actually originally a self-published book that got so much buzz that it was picked up by S&S for traditional release. So, right now you can only get this book in ebook format, but it will be on sale in physical copy in June. 

Anyway. This book. Oh man, this book. 

I don't even know where to begin with it. The rich, fully-formed characters? The slow-burn, completely developed in every way romance? The fantastic voice? The cast of multi-dimensional side characters I could read entire books about? (Drew, ILU!) The layers and layers and layers of this beautiful story that unfold piece by piece? I dont even know. This book has all of this and so much more, I don't even know how to talk about it without flailing my arms around and making high-pitched squealy noises. 

Fans of contemporary romance, or any well-developed stories with characters you will fall in love with and feel for: run, don't walk to this book. Now. If you don't have an ereader, buy one just so you can read this. Don't let the fact that you might not have heard of it before stop you. I promise, it will move you in so many different ways. 

Check out what the other Bookanistas are up to:

Katy Upperman  praises THE TRAGEDY PAPER

Debra Driza wonders at WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Stasia Ward Kehoe delves into OUT OF THE EASY


  1. This sounds so up my alley. Definitely checking it out.

  2. Damn it... I don't have an eReader! This is the first time I have EVER regretted that! Maybe I'll steal my husband's Kindle just so I can read this one before June. It is so obviously a Katy Book. :)

  3. Now THAT is a cover. I love it. Look how the illusion is formed by the melting ice cream. It's frickin awesome.

  4. This sounds good! Thanks for the rec - I hadn't heard of it either!

  5. Wow this sounds great! Just added it to my TBR, I hadn´t heard of it either! Thanks so much for recommending it :D

  6. THIS BOOK IS AMAZEBALLS. #whyyesididcomebackamonthafterthisposttocommentonsaidbook