Review: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

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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.

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.


My Rating: 1000 stars.

Do you remember this quote from TFIOS? If you don’t, I’ll write it.

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like betrayal.”

And you know what? Don’t read The Sea of Tranquility. I can’t bring myself to tell you something else. This is a betrayal. Because Katja Millay became my personal Peter Van Houten.

Nastya has become a symbol of strength and overcoming difficulties for me. She is such an amazing character! After reading the book, I have for some time ceased to speak. I kinda showed respect for her. Trying to understand her. I can’t say that I got to do it, but I’d feel bad if I didn’t try.

Josh is another example of excellent character. He is not an alpha male. He just Josh. And if you read the book, you’ll understand what I mean. Because Josh is one of my most favorite book characters.

I also very much like the relationship between Nastya and Drew. Their friendship is just wonderful. Reading some of the scenes with them, I always thought of Easy A. That scene where Olive and her gay friend pretended to have sex. It just made me laugh again.

In total, this is a great book that made me laugh and cry at the same time.

But don’t read it.
Now, not even out of my jealousy.
Simply, it can break your heart.
I warned.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: Maybe Someday by Coleen Hoover

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…


My rating: 5 stars.

DO NOT BELIEVE THIS SUMMARY.
JUST DO NOT BELIEVE.

For a long time this annotation discouraged me from reading the book. I thought it was a typical romance about a rock star and his girlfriend, who is innocent as a lamb of God.

Well, I admit that it was one of the most fatal mistakes in my life.

Firstly, this guy named Ridge is a deaf musician.
I repeat, deaf. Musician.

How many books have you read about the same? Zero? Here I am, too.

Another factor is the heroine Sydney. She is kind, funny and clever. And most importantly, mature. She can not destroy the relationship of people for the sake of her own happiness. It makes me respect for her.

In general, this book made me laugh and cry. I will never regret that I read it. It taught me many things.

By the way, I can not wait to read the story about Warren and Bridgette. These characters are so funny. (The quote I once read, saying that Bridget starred in porn movies, ahahaha, I love her).

So, guys, quickly run out and buy these books. They are excellent.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.


My rating: 5 stars.

Marie Lu. You’re adorable. Inimitable.
Your words made me fall in love with Legend. They broke my heart.
Now you’re doing it again with The Young Elites.
I am in love with this book. It is told from the point of view of a girl with a difficult past. Probably be selfish to say it, but I found myself in the words and actions of Adeline.
And the world. It is beautiful. Discrimination against people because of their dissimilarity with ordinary people has always been my favorite topic.
Honestly, my dream was to make a cosplay for Adeline. She fascinated me. Her inner expansions mixed with contradiction made me nervous twitch every tense moment.
Enzo was the reverse side of the coin. I tried to relax, thinking that he was a perfect match for Adeline. They fall in love, show the world what they are capable and happy go off into the sunset at the end of the third book.
I was stupid. I forgot that this book wrote Marie.
So my heart is crying for Adeline and Enzo.
And all is not well.
And will not go well.
But this is an amazing book.


Here is my fan-art for this book:

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