Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on The Sea of Tranquility Blog Tour! As a huge fan of this book and Katja Millay, I am honored to be taking part in the celebration of the paperback release of this brilliant book. I have included a few of my favorite quotes from the story, and there's a signed giveaway!

The Sea of TranquilityCategory/Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: 6/20/13

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.

A Few of My Favorite Quotes
These are only a teeny fraction of my favorite quotes.
 “And maybe I'm a liar and I do need it, because being kissed by Josh Bennet is kind of like being saved. It's a promise and a memory of the future and a book of better stories.”  
  “Just so you know,” I inform him, “one day, I’m going to get tired of sharing your affection with that coffee table and I’m going to make you choose.” “Just so you know,” he mimics me, “I would chop that table up and use it for firewood before I would ever choose anything over you.”  
  “True story.”  
  “I'm not sure how long we sit in Josh's truck, holding hands, surrounded by darkness and unspoken regrets. But it's long enough to know that there are no stories or secrets in the world worth holding onto more than his hand.”  

  "I wished my mother was here tonight, which is stupid, because it's an impossible wish." He shrugs and turns to me, drowning the smile that cracks me every time.
  "It's not stupid to want to see her again."
  "It wasn't so much that I wanted to see her again, " he says, looking at me with the depth of more than seventeen years in his eyes. "I wanted her to see you.”
  “People like to say love is unconditional, but it's not, and even if it was unconditional, it's still never free. There's always an expectation attached. They always want something in return. Like they want you to be happy or whatever and that makes you automatically responsible for their happiness because they won't be happy unless you are ... I just don't want that responsibility.”  

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 I have one signed copy of The Sea of Tranquility to give away, courtesy of the publisher.
US Only

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About the author:
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.
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  1. Ah, this book! <3 I love the quotes you chose, Andrea--they are a lovely reminder of how swoony Josh is. *sigh*

    Such an awesome giveaway for your readers and such a great way to spread the SOT love! Yay.

  2. With those amazing and beautiful quotes you chose it's not hard to see why this is my favoritest book EVERRRR!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  3. This book was full with such amazing quotes Andrea, I don't know how you were able to whittle your favourites down just to a few. Thanks for the great giveaway and sharing this great post with us too! :)

  4. hahaha "true story." love that. I still have not read this one and I feel so left out because everyone around me has! I really must get on reading it soon. Thanks for sharing your favorite quotes!

  5. One of my all-time favorites for sure!

  6. I am such a slacker! I have this sitting on my kindle and I have yet to read it! I really have to make time for it ASAP! Love the quotes!

  7. I need to read this!! I know that I will love it!! I have it for review so I should be getting to it soon!!

  8. Oooh no wonder Debbie loves this! Love the quotes you shared. I haven't read this yet but I do get the allure.

  9. The quotes you chose brought me right back to why I love this book!! <3!

  10. Oh wow, this sounds amazing. I wasn't really sure about it before but seeing your favorite quotes makes me think I would really like it, so thanks for the giveaway. *fingers crossed* I like the quote "true story"...I don't know how it fits in this novel but I tend to say "true story" a lot in my life. haha


  11. SUUUUUCH good quotes!!! I've been sadly sitting on this one for a while!! I hear such good and phenomenal things that I'm almost nervous to start reading it!!

    i'm crazy...

  12. I have heard such wonderful things about this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. I am dying to read this! Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I love this story so much! It's one of my absolute favorites!!!! Great quotes!!!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  15. I still haven't read this one, Andrea. *bows head in shame* If the quotes you shared are just a fraction of your favs, I need to get to reading this one asap! Thanks for sharing. :)

  16. Love those quotes! I've been meaning to read this one FOREVER. I just know it's going to slay me, but I've heard nothing but good things.

  17. Love the quotes you chose! I really enjoyed this book!

  18. I love the quotes you chose, Andrea! Loved this book too, and as I read it off of Netgalley I'd love the opportunity to get my very own signed copy. Thanks! :)

  19. I have had this for so long and I really need to make the time to read it. I've heard such good things about it.

  20. I should have read this one already but it got lost in the craziness that is my life. Soon.


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