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The Sea of Tranquility Blog Tour

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Oh my gosh, you guys, it’s THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY blog tour!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am to be a part of the tour. Ever since I first read the book back in November (wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long already!), I have been fangirling for the book and its amazing author, Katja Millay.

THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY is a powerful character-driven contemporary novel surrounding the mysterious and withdrawn Nastya as she begins to develop a relationship with the one person who seems just as beautifully broken as she is: Josh Bennett. Josh Bennett!!! *fans self* Love that boy. Anyway… back to the book… Nastya and Josh really drive the story home, folks. They feel like extremely real people and the novel just flows so amazingly that I found myself gobbling it up and not wanting it to end all at the same time. These characters take you on an emotional journey and you can’t help but get swept up in their stories!

The blog tour for THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY celebrates its paperback release on June 4th, 2013!  It actually started out as an indie novel but with all of the praise and glorious feedback it received, the ever-wise-ones at Simon and Schuster took Katja’s story and gave it a home at S&S to reach even more fans!

For the full background on TSoT, here’s the official description from Simon and Schuster:

Publishing Info: June 4th 2013 by Atria Books
Book Info: Paperback, 448 pages
Pre-order: Atria Books || Amazon || B&N || Book Depository || Indie Bound

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. 
Two and a half years after an unspeakable tragedy left her a shadow of the girl she once was, Nastya Kashnikov moves to a new town determined to keep her dark past hidden and hold everyone at a distance. But her plans only last so long before she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the one person as isolated as herself: Josh Bennett.
Josh’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. When your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space. Everyone except Nastya who won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But as the undeniable pull between them intensifies, 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.” — From Simon & Schuster Catalog


“I grew up in Florida where I spent my time hiding from the sun. Then I moved to NYC where I attended film school at NYU and spent my time hiding from the rats. I was a high school film production/screenwriting teacher in a former life and now I sit at my kitchen table writing stories and ignoring the frightening mountain of laundry threatening to overtake my home. The Sea of Tranquility is my first novel.” — From Katja Millay’s Goodreads author page

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Before I even try to convince you further if you haven’t read this book yet, let’s look at the stats, shall we? This is a screen cap of the current rating on Goodreads.com: Out of 12,687 ratings, this book has received an average rating of 4.57 stars. I’d say that’s a pretty amazing rating!!

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I know many of you out there have already read THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY and probably already have your paperback version pre-ordered so I want to make this blog tour exciting for all of us TSoT fangirls! (Or fanboys (fanboys? Is that the correct term?)) Just for fun, I want to hear what your favorite aspect of THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY was while you were reading. For me, it was definitely the fact that the characters felt so real. I really fell into sync with Nastya and Josh’s relationship and the surprise character of the bunch who I LOVED was totally Drew! I never expected to be so swept away by these characters. What was your favorite part? The romance? The mystery? Did you love the characters like I did? Was there a certain scene that made your heart melt? Did you bawl your eyes out? (Guilty.)

For those of you who haven’t read the book yet, what are you waiting for!?! No, just kidding. But seriously, TSoT is honestly one of my favorite contemporary novels of all time. I’m sure you can ask a ton of people who have read it and they will all come gushing back to you how amazing this novel was! If you’re not convinced, you can check out my review originally posted on 12/6/12. I’m not sure I did the book much justice in my review, but I couldn’t help from going on and on about the things I loved about it!

I really hope you’ll pick up the paperback version of THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY by Katja Millay coming out on June 4th! I just want to close by saying a HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you to Atria Books who originally sent me the suggestion to download TSoT from Netgalley back in November and also for having me be a part of this blog tour! Thank you to Katja Millay for making me feel like a superstar by always answering my tweets and of course, writing this amazing book! And finally thanks to all the other fans for screaming/crying/laughing/obsessing over this book with me!

If you want to WIN a copy of this marvelous book, there’s one SIGNED COPY up for grabs (which I am totally jealous of, by the way) for one lucky winner, courtesy of Simon and Schuster! Want to win? Just enter the Rafflecopter below! Good luck!

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Top Ten Tuesday – February 26, 2013: Top Ten Authors on My Auto-Buy List


It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish!

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No doubt about it that Gayle Forman is my number one answer to the question “Which authors are on my auto-buy list?” I have adored all of her works and after each book, I’m left dying for the next or to go back and re-read every book that’s come before it!


Lauren Oliver is another author that I would follow to the ends of the Earth. I’m a little scared to be reading Requiem right now, but so far I’m enjoying it! I’m just praying the series wraps up well because I just always get scared when series end!! Anyway, Lauren Oliver’s writing is gorgeous and reading her books is always amazing!

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I fell in love with Sweet Evil over the summer and now I’m anxiously awaiting Sweet Peril! Before I knew what fangirling really was, I was fangirling for Sweet Evil! You can bet when SP comes out, I’m buying it immediately!


I just finished the last book in The Chemical Garden trilogy, Sever. I really enjoyed how Lauren DeStefano wrapped the series up (although I heard a lot of mixed reactions from people) and I look forward to purchasing anything else she writes!


Anna and the French Kiss became an instant favorite when I read it. Although I wasn’t as big of a fan for Lola, I’m definitely buying any new books from Stephanie Perkins the nanosecond they come out!!


I never expected to like a fantasy book so much so when I read Shadow and Bone, I was blown away. I loved Leigh Bardugo’s writing and you can bet I’m barely able to contain my excitement for Siege & Storm!! I’ve also been able to meet Leigh Bardugo a few times and knowing that she’s such a genuinely nice person and how much fun she is makes it that much more exciting to pick up her books!


I’ve only read The Sea of Tranquility but the sheer beauty of the book and the amazing characters that Katja Millay created has made me a believer! You can bet I’m getting this book when it comes out in print so it can have a home on my shelf and I’ll be buying any future books from this amazing author!


What a fun debut from Lauren Morrill!! I had just a blast with her characters and a really great story line. I’d be happy to buy any new books from her!


Okay, admittedly, I haven’t actually purchased any of Richelle Mead’s books. SAD. I know. I borrowed all of the Vampire Academy series from the library since I was zipping through them and I then I quickly caught up with Bloodlines in anticipation of The Indigo Spell. Richelle Mead technically hasn’t been an auto-buy author but she’s definitely an auto-read author for me!!


Same with Robin LaFevers – I borrowed Grave Mercy from the library, but absolutely plan on buying it because I loved it so much! I have Dark Triumph on my Kindle right now, but I’ll be buying that too when it comes out!!


So those are my auto-buy authors! Anyone we have in common? Looking forward to see other people’s picks this week!!



Shout Outs for my Fav Adult Auto-Buy Authors:

1. Meg Cabot (Yes, I know she writes YA too but for some reason I’ve only ever read her adult books)

2. Lisa Lutz

3. Janet Evanovich

4. JD Robb

The Sea of Tranquility – Katja Millay

The Sea of Tranquility – Katja MillayTitle: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Publishing Info: November 13, 2012 by Simon & Schuster
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // GoodreadsDate Completed: November 30, 2012

    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.


Wow. Just wow. I don’t even know how to start a review for this book because it totally blew me away. Before I first started, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into and I was a little unsure about the book. Yeah, that was totally wrong. I started reading and was immediately intrigued by Nastya’s story. She’s starting a new school in a new city with her aunt after what we know has been a tragic incident for her, but it takes Natsya a while to reveal to reader exactly what that was. I liked that we weren’t given the whole story right away because I was so curious to see what had happened to her, what had caused her to shut down, what had taken all the joy out of her life.

The character development is amazing. If I didn’t know this was a work of fiction, I would have believed that these were real stories of real people. The amount of emotion that you feel from them is incredible and everything about the book just felt so real. As their hearts were breaking, my heart broke too. When they felt joy, I was excited for them! It was so great to see these characters evolve over the length of the novel and to really see how their interactions affected the course of their decisions and at the same time, how they struggled to prevent those feelings from affecting their decisions.

The relationship that develops between Nastya and Josh just felt like it flowed so naturally. I guess normally you wouldn’t expect two people so affected by tragedy to be the ideal people to fall in love, but then again, it makes perfect sense. They have an understanding right off the bat and when Nastya needs someone who won’t ask questions, Josh is the perfect person to spend her time with because he’s tired of questions himself. I loved that you could see the trust building between them, the relationship slowly developing instead of jumping into things all at once. It made me fall in love with the characters as they were falling in love with each other.

Really, I could go on and on about what I loved about this book, but I don’t feel like talking about it will do it justice, in all honesty. It’s an experience that each reader needs to go through, to feel all the emotions as they figure out the book for themselves. I’d honestly recommend it to anyone (and  I’ve already tried to force a few of my friends to stop reading what they’re in the middle of to get a copy of this book and read it). It’s quite the emotional roller coaster and there are some really painfully realistic scenes that the reader witnesses, but it’s such an amazing journey. THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY is something that you need to feel your way through, and you will do just that. So go read it!


Nastya/Sunshine/Emilia: Wow. I absolutely loved her character. She’s been incredibly wronged for no logical reason, stripped of her talent — what’s made her the person that she was — and that one incident really look away her whole life. There’s a storm raging inside her at all times yet she chooses to keep in all in, refusing to talk to anyone, only releasing those emotions into notebooks. Her strengths are her biggest weaknesses and my heart broke for her over and over again throughout the book. She felt like such an incredibly real person that sometimes it was so hard to pull myself out of the book. I absolutely loved how she grew throughout the novel (and I can’t really say much about the end because it’s something you have to figure out as you read) and finally starts to allow people to help her. Not like I’ve experienced a tragedy like that, but Katja Millay does a fantastic job of intensifying so many emotions that I’ve felt at my lowest lows and I just felt them all.
Josh: Oh, Josh. Poor Josh. I can’t imagine what it would be like to slowly lose your family, everyone leaving around you. I was actually quite impressed with how much he maintained a level head (I mean, as best you can when you’re 17 and all of your family has died), but at the same time, he still has a giant hole in his heart that makes him the perfect person to relate to Nastya. He’s quite flawed as well, but in a way that any of us can relate to. I’d say if I was in his position, I might react the exact same way to these situations. My heart went out to him as he went through quite a few hard times himself, dealing with it the best a teenager can.
Drew: I think Drew was one of my favorite characters and it was totally unexpected. I wouldn’t necessarily say that Drew changed a lot, but what did change was the light I saw him in. Up front, he’s a ladies’ man. He has a reputation of “lady slayer” to protect and we come to find out that that’s all it is — a reputation. Now, of course it’s based on the way he once was, but Drew has a lot more substance than a stupid womanizer (and THANK YOU for not making him a football player!!! You have no idea how sick I am of that stereotype). I loved Drew and how much he was a part of the story and not just some supporting character.



Ohhh my gosh, I loved this book. It was so moving, so emotional, so deep. I was just totally hooked from start to finish!