The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay
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.
This book really tugged at my heart strings. Nastya and Josh both had skeletons in their closets and they were both outcasts at school. They both seemed to melt into the background and tried to not bring attention to themselves. When their worlds collide, they both become intrigued by the other and they start to form a friendship that neither of them expected. The writing style of this author is superb. The characters were very well thought out and planned. I enjoyed the mystery revolving around each of the characters and felt that the pacing was spot on!!
Flawed by Kate Avelynn
Sarah O’Brien is alive because of the pact she and her brother made twelve years ago — James will protect her from their violent father if she promises to never leave him. For years, she’s watched James destroy his life to save hers. If all he asks for in return is her affection, she’ll give it freely.
Until, with a tiny kiss and a broken mind, he asks for more than she can give.
Sam Donavon has been James’ best friend — and the boy Sarah’s had a crush on — for as long as she can remember. As their forbidden relationship deepens, Sarah knows she’s in trouble. Quiet, serious Sam has decided he’s going to save her. Neither of them realizes James is far more unstable than her father ever was, or that he’s not about to let Sarah forget her half of the pact . . .
Flawed was a little frightening and reminded me a little of the book Forbidden. Although Forbidden is one of my favorite reads, it was slightly different than Flawed in the respect that in Flawed, the feeling between siblings was not mutual.
Sarah loves her brother Brian, like sisterly love, but Brian has more feelings than just brotherly. Sarah has always relied on Brian to take care of her. Their mother is kind of out of it and their father is very abusive. Brian has become her protector. After Brian makes a few comments and has a few stolen kisses, Sarah starts to question his feelings for her and turns to Brian’s best friend Sam. The ending is sad, I wish that I could say differently, but I had tears in my eyes.
I recommend this book for anyone whom loved Forbidden.