Beautiful. Powerful. Deep. Heart-wrenching. Believable. Uplifting. Unforgettable. A must-read!!
Wow. 5+ stars.
One of my favorite reads of the year!!!!!!
The Sea of Tranquility is a beautifully written, deep, heart-wrenching drama about two damaged teens surviving unchangeable tragedies, and devastating grief, hurt, and pain, learning to cope with them, accept them, and somehow finding healing, safety and finally happiness and love in each other along the way.
Its quiet and very, very slow building but it just felt SO real and believable. Without my even realizing it, this quiet book had me worked up to the point where my heart was pounding and felt like it was being being ripped out. The emotional punch took a while to build, but when it hit, it was huge and powerful and took my breath away.
This is not your typical romance where boy meets girl and they live happily ever after. I’d call it more of a character-driven drama with a bit of a YA romance in it. It highlights the realities, horrors and imperfections of life (and, yes, love) while still having a powerfully uplifting ending,
“My name is Nastya Kashnikov.
I was a piano-playing prodigy…
I was murdered two and a half years ago.
Nastya is a beautiful, bright seventeen year old girl struggling with having her dreams and life as she knew it shattered two years ago by a random act of violence. At her new school, she meets Josh, a guy who just wants to build things and be left alone, who everyone avoids and yet no one messes with. Surrounded by worlds of pain, death and self-imposed isolation, both of them have survived hurts no one their age should ever have been through and are both struggling with having survived and living with that pain every day.
One night, out on a run, Nastya ends up at Josh’s house. He’s there, in his garage that’s filled with tools and wood and he’s making something. For the first time in a long time, Nastya feels a connection of sorts with him and just sits down, quietly and watches him work. She keeps coming back every day and so begins their strange, yet beautiful relationship.
“When you look at her what do you feel? … Joy, fear, frustration, longing, friendship, anger, need, despair, love, lust.”
“All of it.”
Its not romantic for a long time, but rather what built between them is a sort of companionship or friendship based on mutual understanding, empathy, and trust as they slowly open up and confide their secrets in each other.
“I know at that moment what he’s given me…the knowledge that I am accepted here… He’s given me a place to belong.“
The thing I loved about Nastya was that she was fragile in some ways, but absolutely tough as nails in others. She wasn’t helpless or frail, despite a part of her soul being broken. She was strong, intelligent, witty, perceptive and although she made choices that people around her didn’t understand, they were her choices to make. She was sad and angry, dealing with a tragic act of random cruelty that took away her dreams. So she copes with it in the best way she knows how, by doing what feels right to her, not what anyone else wanted her to do. I loved that about her.
“Eventually, my body healed as much as it was going to. My mind started getting put back together, too. I think it’s just that the pieces got put back a little out of order. It seems like the more my body healed, the more fractured my mind became, and there aren’t enough wires and screws to fix the breaks in it.“
“With any other girl I could probably pull the classic guy fail-safe of walking over and wrapping my arms around her and letting her put her head on my shoulder. It’s cheap, but it works. Drew swear by it. But I’m afraid that in this particular instance it would result in one of two things: a string of innovative new expletives or her knee in my balls. My money’s on the knee.“
Josh was a beautiful character. Quiet, a bit of a loner, but deeply understanding, caring and protective. What I loved most about him was how strongly he respected her boundaries – giving her a safe zone to her be herself. The real her. The one she feels she has to hide from the world. Giving her the space and security of being able to share exactly as much or as little of herself as she wanted. No judgments. No questions. No obligations. He knew that she areas of her that were locked up in her hurt and he never pushed her outside her comfort zone, no matter how badly he wanted to know what happened to her.
“He needs to be able to fix things and make it all better; to believe that you’re okay so that he can believe he’s okay.”
The book starts out quiet and somber. It is slow building in every possibly way. Nothing is rushed. And although I loved it, a part of me just wished something would happen because of how slowly the story built and the romance-story lover in me wanted them to become a couple sooner (their first date is at about 65%) but having finished it and looking back on the pacing of the story, I can understand why it was the way it was. In the end, the slowness contributed to how powerfully the ending hit. And the ending was really, really beautiful.
And by really, really beautiful, I mean that I read the last two words over and over again with tears in my eyes and my hand over my mouth. I literally just sat there crying, rereading the page, letting the powerful emotional punch hit me every time. (And don’t go flipping to the back of the book to see what those words are! Seriously, you’ll ruin the whole book if you do and there’s no getting it back…)
The author is an amazingly gifted, brilliant storyteller. The book is worth reading for the writing alone. Her style is beautiful, evocative, poetic, and deeply meaningful. I’m very much looking forward to more of her work.
Absolutely everyone should read this book at some point in their lives. It was GORGEOUS and unforgettable. One of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read. Trust me, its totally worth it!
Rating: 5+ STARS! Standalone.
Giveaway now closed.
Gin Bryant says
Excellent review! Just hopped over to Amazon and bought a copy!
Thanks for sharing!
~Gin @ Addicted to Words
Donna Galanti says
This book sounds achingly delicious! I am checking out – plus the cover just so draws you in. Thanks!
I hope you guys like it! It was really different, but really beautiful 🙂
So I’ve just started this book and it has an unbelievably slow start :/ However, I feel like I should stick with it seeing as we seem to have the same taste in books! Approximately how far through the book does it start to pick up the pace a bit?
Its definitely a VERY slow building book – but the ending is SO worth it 🙂
Ahhh AMAZING! You were SO SO SO right, loved this book to bits! Thanks so much for the great review that persuaded me to read it! I have to say, I actually loved how it was slow building and so long in the end, lasted longer that way! Just wish there was an epilogue!
Going to look through your other recs now 😀
I agree, the pace of the story is kind of slow. At some point, I got bored and just want to stop reading because nothing big is happening in the story.
Fortunately, I didn’t stop. The ending is epic. I really love it.
I can say this is one of the books I’ll never forget.
Megan Bolyard says
Ugh…I have only 30 pages to go and I feel like I may just LOSE IT!!! I want Josh and Milly to have the HEA SOOOO bad. I feel like a teenager. I am a big ol’ wah wah over this book! LOVE IT!
Kassy LaRossa says
I looooooved this book! Thank you for the wonderful review!!!
Farzy @ BooksKeepMeSane says
i hope to win! 😀 I’m really interested in this book
This is one of my all time favorites!
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Karen G. says
I have not read this yet, but is on my tbr list. I have read so many great things about it.
Maria Malaveci says
Thanks so very much for the giveaway! This was such an amazing book!!
One of the most amazing books ever.
Would love to win the signed copy!!
Sharalee Roberts says
LOVED this book!!!
Awesome book and giveaway thank you!
Hay! So excited for this giveaway! I’ve been wanting to read this for awhile:)
Morgan Kleiss says
This book has been bumped up on my to-read list, thanks to your review! 🙂
Laura Davis says
definitely one of my favorite books of 2013!
I wanna read this book. read lots of good review about this book.
I loved this book so much! I would love to win this!
Sofia B says
Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
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Thanks for the giveaway!! Love the blog!!
I loved this book!!!
Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the giveaway.
Great review and giveaway! Thanks Aestas! 🙂
Lindsay Turpin says
sarabara081 @ Forever 17 Books says
I love this book! And I would love a signed copy! Thank you for the giveaway! 🙂
This book was one of the best YA in years. Would love to own a copy.
Love books!! Love free signed books!!
Sounds awesome! Thanks for hosting the giveaway. 🙂
Jenniffer Kilner says
Love this book!!!
Looks really great!
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I so want to read this book!! I have heard it is amazing!! <3
Thanks so much for the giveaway!
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Danielle Grater says
I love this book! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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I would give my eye teeth for this book! Seriously. My husband knows how to run a food processor, I’d be totally fine with puree’d food! 🙂
I love your giveaways!!
Thank You for the giveaway!! I have been stalking this book like a hulk, reading the reviews and putting it on my wish list.
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Love your blog. Thank you for the giveaway. =)
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I’ve been wanting to read this one for quite a while! *crosses fingers*
Nice Giveaway! Thanks! 😉
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Yay! Another one!! Thanks so much for all the amazing giveaways that you do. ^_^
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Sounds like a great book, it’s going on my TBR list . Thanks for another awesome review!!!
Thanks for the great giveaway.
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I hope to win! I have it on my list!
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Thanks for another great blog post and giveaway.
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Awesome giveaway! I have this on my TBR list!
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Great review!! I’ll definitely check this out! Thanks for the giveaway!
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This book sounds great!
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Thanks for the giveaway! ❤
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This is my favorite book!! Excellent story and beautifully written
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It on my tbr list I think I should move it up on the list.
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Adding to my to-read list! Sounds like a great read!
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Love all the giveaways and book reviews.
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This book is amazing! It’s a must read!!
Have seen so many great reviews for this book, put it on my wish list!
One of my all time favorites!! Love this book!!!
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Thanks for this great giveaway!
I loved this book. It was definitely an emotional read… Maybe time for a re-read 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win.
Loved this book, I read it 3 months ago and it was a touching story.
Can’t wait to read this!
Heather Reed says
Thank you so much. Hugs : )
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Love this book
Tanya C says
Awesome giveaway of a great book. Adored this one from start to finish.
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I absolutely LOVE this book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a signed copy :). I’ll sure be jealous of the winner (if the winner isn’t me that is, haha)
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Thank you very much for the giveaway.
i know i must read this book, but haven’t gotten to it yet. i feel anxious that my life will be altered once I do…
I f*cking heart you Aesta! you have the most amazing reviews and giveaways! <3
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I would LOVE to win this!! I’d be so much better than owning a none signed copy. 🙂 Which I have a preorder.
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Beautiful book with the perfect ending! Thanks for the opportunity!
I want to read this book so so bad!
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OMG. I really would love if I win this!! I really love this book!
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Would love to read this. Great review!
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Love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway!
This sounds like it will be a great story!
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This is one of my all time favorite books!
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I just finished this book last night. I was amazing!
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I’ve heard such awesome things about TSOT. Can’t wait to read it 🙂
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Great giveaway! Great blog!
Love this book! Pick ME! ^_^
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This book sounds amazing! Thanks for the excellent review and opportunity to win!
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One of my favorite books….thank you for the chance to win!
I can’t wait to read this! It sounds awesome!
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Thanks for the giveaway!
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what a great giveaway!! Thank you 🙂
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Signed books are awesome. Thank you for the chance.
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This is absolutely one of my favorite reads too!! Love it so much 🙂 Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
Really enjoy your blog. Hope to read this book soon.
I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard nothing but good things and I’m so excited to read itttt!!!❤❤
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One of my top 10 favorite books! LOVE it!
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I love this book so much! I can’t wait to read more of this authors work.
This book sounds amazing. It’s been on my TBR list for a while but I think it just bounced to the top. Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Crystal Barr says
I loved this book so much!!!
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One of my favorite books ever!!! Thanks for a chance!!
Hands down one of the best books I read last year! I ditched my family for a day just to finish it…seriously, I could not put this book down! AMAZING!
Jamie Moua says
Loved this book!
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I so want to read this book…thanks for the sneakpeak and giveaway! Your blog is awesome!!!
Karen H says
This sounds so good. Thanks for the contest.
Awesome giveaway as usual!
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Wonderful book – absolutely stunning. I hope to win the signed copy to put on my shelf!!
Roxanne G says
One of my all time favorite books! I’d love to own and cherish this book! Thanks for the chance. 🙂
Adrienne Scales says
This is an amazing book. I hope that everyone takes the time to read it! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
Holly Letson says
Love the interesting cover!
I love Josh and Nastya so much! They both came from their own dark pasts and helped each other simply by being around and do simple things together. Very sweet and meaningful!
Yvette Cervera says
Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book.
thanks for the giveaway! cant wait to read this book!
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This is one of my absolute favorite books! Thanks for the giveaway. <3
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This book was so fantastic. I would love to own a signed copy!
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I would love a signed copy of this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!
Yvonne C says
Amanda H says
I’ve heard this is amazing, and this post just confirms it! can’t wait to read, thanks for the giveaway!
best book I have read this year! a signed copy would rock!!
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I really want to read this book!
Imma give this book a try. 🙂
On my TBR list! : )
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Love this book. Great giveaway!
Would love to win this book!
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I can’t wait to read this, it’s on the top of my TBR list!
awesome give away thank you for the chance to win!!
My absolute FAVORITE standalone!
I love your blog…I read it via my email subscription…
Look forward to reading. Thank you for the giveaway.
Leah Skalicky says
One of my ALL time favorite books. Amazing! Thanks for another awesome giveaway 🙂
Cassandra Hake says
I can’t wait to read this book I have it on my very long list lol:) Awesome giveaway:)
Layla Lopez says
Josh<3 one of my absolute favorite reads of all time I love this book!
Loved this book and so excited about the giveaway!!
I loved the Sea of Tranquility it’s an awesome book!
This is high on my TBR list. Thanks Aesta!!
What an amazing story and so worth the slow start!!
Definitely one of my fave books! Loved Josh! Him and Nastya had troubled pasts, but together they were able to get through it. They saved each other. Thanks so much for the giveaway! *fingers crossed*
Le sigh. Josh. I didnt really expect to be that into this when I heard about it. But oh my. So good.
The characterizations were so good. Thanks for the giveaway!
Irene Rosa says
I am so looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for this giveaway.
My all time favorite book. I would love to add a signed copy to my collection. Thanks for the giveaway.
Debra Diaz says
LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Would love to get a signed copy!!!!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Michelle T says
Love this book! One of my favorites!!
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Jennifer MacLeod says
Love this book!
Sarah Underwood says
Woohhoo exciting giveaway – Totally love this book 🙂
LOVED this book!! Top 5!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!
melissa boutsy says
ahhh this book definitely made it to me TBR list!
SHELLEY S says
THANKS FOR THE REVIEW AND THE GIVEAWAY!
Thank you for the giveaway!! *fingers crossed*
Alexandra A says
The Sea of Tranquility is the bestbook EVER <3 Thank you for this opportunity, Aestas <3
Lisa Vazquezanzua says
Ooohhh this book sounds SO GOOD!! I’ve seen this book on a couple of blogs and I AM DYING to read this one!!! I’m so excited about this giveaway and a chance to win this awesome book!!! Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway!!!
I’ve heard some really good stuff about this book,
and would love to win!! Great giveaway!! 🙂
Amanda Good says
Thanks for the giveaway!
Susan E says
Thanks for the giveaway 🙂
Patrice Jamie says
I’ve heard that this is a really great one!
Stephanie D says
thanks for the giveaway
Loved, loved, loved this book! Definitely a must read!!
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Love to read !!!! I will give up chocolate for a chane to get this book.
Natascha vO says
This is one of my all time favourite books.
Kylee Owings says
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!!!!
Another awesome give away, loved this book 🙂
Karese Blackwell says
Amazing Giveaway! I <3 this book!
Chantell Melgarejo says
Im excited to read this now!
Would love to win this book.
Dana Piazzi says
Looks really cool, I would love to win it!
Hope I win!
Love coming here to see what I need to add to my TBR list!
Alyssa Chen says
One of my favorite books of all time! <3
Debbie Jensen says
Great review. Thanks for the giveaway.
Sabrina D. says
So excited to read this book!
Laura Harris says
Thanks for your review and this giveaway! I’ve had Sea of Tranquility sitting in my Kindle for a while and haven’t read it yet…You have pushed me forward. I will start it this weekend 🙂 <3
haven’t read this yet…but have heard good things.
Victoria Hernandez says
woot woot thank you this is my favorite favorite book
Thanks for this giveaway!
LOVE this book!
Just love everything that you do 🙂
Dannica Alcantara says
I so wanted to read this one for a long time already.
Raquel Perez says
Great review!! Thanks for the giveaway!!
Christy (Kincaid Beretta) says
Love your blog!! I havent read this book yet..but heard it was great 🙂
Thank you for the giveaway! I love your updates!
Jody Duffy says
I have heard so many good things about this book and would love to win a copy so I can finally read it. It has been on my TBR since it came out. I can’t wait to read it.
Heather Kraemer says
This is my very soon TBR list. I would love to win it!
Hai K. says
Thanks for the giveaway!!
Bea Tejano says
I’m super excited to read this!:D
I’ve been waiting so long to read this book, and a signed copy is just the icing on the cake! Thanks for the giveaway!
jeannie looper says
Best giveaway everrrrrr 🙂
TSoT is my all-time fav book! I love love LOVE IT! It was such an emotional and breathtakingly beautiful story! It’s a must have on everyone’s Kindle and bookshelf! Thanks so much for a chance to win a signed copy! ♥
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sara fuller says
Would love to read this book. 🙂
Boots Reyes says
Want it! This book is an amazing read. :)) Giveaway!!
Yvette Sharp says
Hi Aesta! I was lucky enough to have Cristina from ‘Cristina’s Book Reviews’ gift this book to me a few weeks back & it is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever read. I’ve been yakking about it ever since. Definitely in my top 10 for the year thus far. Thanks for the giveaway. Hopefully I’ll win & can gift the copy and share the experience 🙂
Lili M. says
Love this book, it’s in my top 5 favorite books of all time!
I absolutely love the cover xx Can’t wait to read it! 🙂
Megan M. says
Awesome giveaway! Just recently picked up the ebook, n I’m totally excited to dig in! Thanks for the chance to win a signed copy!
Amber Bennett says
Thanks for all your awesomeness!
Loved this review. I just read it and totally agree with you! And your casting ideas are great:)
Aestas Cross says
Thank you so much, Tinley!!
Jamie Pinson says
Great review!!! One of my all time favorite books right next to Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless. I went through a huge New Adult (damaged people) type phase and still love those types of books. Love the light at the end of a dark tunnel theme alot. This one still stands out as one of the best books I’ve ever read.
If you’ll haven’t read this one yet then do yourself a favor and get it. Just a wonderful book.
Lucy Miller says
Thank you for recommending this book is amazing. I love this author’s writing , and I hope she never stops writing.
Viri Villarreal says
OMG! you are like my souldmate!!! really, REALLY true!!!! i was a little scared about the conexion in our opinions, in almost all the cases were the same! but… well i love your blog! Be my bff haha 😛
Crissy M. says
I was hesitant after reading the blurb for this book on Amazon, but after searching for books in your favorites I once again noticed this book. I went to the library to chance it because honestly, I didn’t want to spend so much money on a book I wasn’t sure I was going to like, but now I can honestly say I read it and fell in love with the characters and the story. I returned the book to the library and went online to Amazon to buy it because it is a book I can definitely read again. Thanks so much for listing the books you love with very detailed reviews.
Based on your review and the blurb I read I and going over to buy this book. Thank you for your review.
Aestas u rock
I had this book on my list to read for forever. I finally was able to get to it and it’s most definitely one of the best books I’ve ever read. Amazing story. Amazing writing.
Thanks for the recommendation!