It’s been a little while since I last posted and gaaah, I missed book blogging! 🙂 I have been a little pre-occupied by a new project (a personal blog! Sssh. Shut Up Kat) and neglected my book blog for a while. But hey I’m back, and what better way to get back in the zone than to update you about my reading! 🙂 Continue reading
Where do I even begin with this one? It’s been 10 days since I finished reading this gem and I’m still left speechless. Just thinking about it stirs something in me that I can’t even dare explain. It’s beautiful. The Sea of Tranquility is one beautiful piece of literature that I would even go on saying that books like this one is the reason why I read.
Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Milay
Date Published: November 13th 2012
Date Read: May 27th to June 18th 2016
My book format: Kindle edition
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.
Honestly, the title wasn’t a big come on to me. I mean – The Sea of Tranquility – you don’t get a lot from it – no hint of romance, no hint of the genre it was written under, no nothing. So I wasn’t really expecting anything from it at all. Just saw it in my TBR + it was in my Kindle + I have some sort of a free time = why not get into it, so I did. Didn’t know that what I had in my hand was going to be one of my most favourite books ever. Everrr!
Book in my Bag is a feature of this blog where I talk about my current read – the book that is currently IN MY BAG and the one that I currently bring everywhere. It’s just like your little what-I’m-reading-at-the-moment update so I can share with you guys all the feels I’m having during those times when I can’t post yet a full blown review of what I’m reading! 🙂
Being on a slump sucks. And since I have been in a huge huge reading slump for four months now, I have nothing to review and nothing to wrap up as the month of May came and ended.
Thank heavens, though, I found something up in my Kindle that really caught my attention and is now consuming all my free time
and all of me – and that is The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay!
I didn’t know this book was such a huge thing a couple of years back! It was published in 2012 and I can’t believe that I discovered it just now. Bummer.
So I was browsing through my Kindle hoping to find something that would drag me out of this lonesome and very depressing reading slump. Lo and behold, I accidentally tapped The Sea of Tranquility and it was love at first chapter. This book and I? We’re meant to be.
I never thought I would love this book soooo soooo much! It’s been a while since I’ve stumbled upon a YA contemporary that made me smile and fall in love and hurt and feel all the feels all at the same time. Since You’ve Been Gone is definitely one of the best YA contemporaries I have read in 2015.
Title: Since You’ve Been Gone
Author: Morgan Matson
Date of Publication: May 6th 2014
Read from: May 21st to June 7th, 2015
My book format: Paperback, published by Simon & Schuster
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.
On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?
Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.
Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?
Kiss a stranger? Um…
Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?
Where do I start, though, coz I have a lot to say about this book. ❤ ❤ ❤
This is my first ever Morgan Matson read and I am glad it is, because now I am so pumped to read Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and Second Chance Summer. ❤ ❤ ❤ It’s not in my immediate TBR, actually, but my little book club has chosen it as our book for the month of MAY (we needed a green book!) so yeah. 🙂 Looking back now, I’m really really glad we picked it.
Anyway, at first, I didn’t think I would like this book. To be honest, the hype made me feel just meh about. I was expecting it wouldn’t be for me, coz you know, I wasn’t in high school anymore and I really don’t think I’d relate well to the character. BUT BOY WAS I WRONG!
It was soooo good. Morgan Matson, hands down!
The characters were the best part of this book. I mean, yeah, the plot is unique and everything, but the character development! Ahhh!! It’s all so fleshed out, and so intricate. Like, every single one of the character grew and developed, not just Emily. ❤
I really loved how Emily’s character developed so greatly. I mean, yeah, at first she’s like super dependent on Sloane and it’s like she can’t do anything without her. I know some of my book friends got really annoyed with this personality, but I think it’s natural for a high school student to be such – especially when you have always been the shadow of your friend, then once she’s gone, you can’t find where you’ll cling to 😦 Anyway, so that was Emily before. And I loved how she realized towards the end that she’d been doing the list not for Sloane anymore, but more for herself. ❤
I also loved the rest of the characters! Frank Porter was adorable. Your typical student council president, staright A guy who wants to save the turtles and the rest of the environment. But deep down, he’s just a guy who has weaknesses too, like running 🙂 I am so invested in Frank’s character that when he left Em after their kiss (and didn’t text nor showed up for a week) I was already starting to get disappointed in him! Ha! But I knew he’d be back. And knew he’s break up with Lissa. 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ Oh, Frank, just so perfect 🙂
I also loved Dawn and Collins! Expecially Collins!!! ❤ He is your typical funny friend who is so self absorbed but in such a good good way. Like, he shows he knows he’s a catch for all the girls in the world and all but deep in a lot of insecurities are boiling up. AND OH, my fave Collins moment was when he really got to be honest that he didn’t want his best friend get stolen from him. Sigh. That was the best Collins moment for me – so raw and so emotional! Dawn was cute, too, and she’s a really cool friend. I just didn’t like how she just dismissed Em after the latter told her about the kiss 😦 It’s like she left her hanging in the air without anyone 😦 I mean, yeah, she hates cheaters and all but Emily is her freaking friend who was there for her when here boyfriend cheated on her and she’ll just leave her without no one?! I mean come on, Dawn, I thought you were better than that! I hope they become friends again, though, ‘coz there really was no resolution in the ending about them 🙂
So I guess that’s about everything. This book is so character driven and I loved loved loved every bit of it 🙂 Oh, I especially loved the skinny dipping part! It was so cute and Em was just staring all the time! Haha. I loved it!
A 4.5 for Since You’ve Been Gone! ❤ ❤ ❤
So that’s it guys, I’ll see ya next post and happy reading always!