Review – Brand Like a Rock Star by Steve Jones

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Learn to tap your Rock Star potential!

Title: Brand Like a Rock Star
Author: Steve Jones
Genre: Marketing
Pages: 242
Reviewer: Debby

Blurb:
Brand Like a Rock Star takes you beyond the hype to reveal the core marketing strategies behind the success of the world’s greatest bands.

Author Steve Jones has earned his street cred as a savvy marketer in an outrageous business. He combines insider stories from AC/DC, The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, KISS, and many other legendary bands with sound business advice, to deliver a rockin’ guide to building a breakthrough brand. Brand Like a Rock Star puts a new spin on the branding process.

From merchandising, to establishing a resonant core message, to developing an iconic logo, Steve Jones illustrates abstract concepts with actionable practices. How is Led Zeppelin like Nintendo’s Wii? How does U2 resemble Proctor & Gamble? What do Johnny Cash and Old Spice have in common? The answers may have a profound impact on your business.

Marketers in any business will pump their fists and boost their bottom line with Brand Like a Rock Star.

Review:
I admire nothing more than a book that makes you think without noticing and this is exactly what author Steve Jones has accomplished with Brand Like a Rock Star. Not only is this a fun and informative read, I think it is also transformational. Over and over again, Jones highlights bands, brands, groups and individuals who have discovered that some of the greatest successes come not only to those who work hard, but to those who work different. All it may take is that one switch in your mindset or one nudge to your perception and you can discover, uncover and smash through any obstacle in the way of your Rock Star path.

Brand Like a Rock Star is a perfect read for anyone in the Marketing field, as Jones reveals simple, yet crucial, ways your brand may be missing out on big opportunities. All the while entertaining his readers by demonstrating how incredibly successful bands and brands have illustrated the merit of his techniques. I also think this is a must read for anyone who admires the perseverance and thoughtfulness that goes into to promoting a product, a brand or even yourself. Furthermore, Brand Like a Rock Star is perfect for the music buff who is curious about their favourite band’s rise to fame.

Jones makes thought provoking connections between rock star bands and key marketing principles which grant the reader back stage access to pivotal moments in music history as well as instances of practical application for the practices he outlines. Any employee of any business can benefit from reading this book.

Really, though, this book is for everyone. In today’s society we are all consumers and as such what better way to get inside our own psychology to understand why we love, and hate, the brands we do, and what those brands have done to earn their valuable place in our overcrowded mental market place. No point is more spot on for me than Jones’ explanation of one of the most “vital” aspects of any brand, “No matter what you sell, it is all about the experience: the emotional reaction that your customers have when they use your brand. Rock star brands realize they don’t sell products or services, they sell experiences.” (pg. 69) I suggest you experience the rest of Jones’ Brand Like a Rock Star to further understand our growingly complicated consumer environment.

I give this book a crying and screaming groupie level of recommendation and if you enjoy reading Brand Like a Rock Star, you will be pleased to know a new release by Steve Jones, Start You Up, can be expected in May 2014 so watch this space!

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Review – Greed (Seven Deadly Sins Series) by Fisher Amelie

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EVERYONE “NEEDS” TO READ THIS BOOK!

TITLE: GREED (Book 2 # of The Seven Deadly Sins Series)
AUTHOR: Fisher Amelie
GENRE: Young Adult/New Adult – Contemporary Romance
PAGES: 342
REVIEWER: Nicole

BLURB:

SPENCER BLACKWELL IS GREED.

Gather ‘round, love, because I want you. I want what you have, I want what you don’t have, I want more of what I already have. I want. But if you so much as ask for something in return, go ahead and walk away. Know if you want to play in my world, its every man for themselves and the weak become mine. Leeches will be obliterated because I make it my job to destroy them. I protect what’s mine and I take what’s yours….because that’s what I do. I want.

My story will not endear me to you and, frankly, I could care less if it does because I’m in this for the money and nothing else. There’s nothing redeeming about me. I’m a corrupt, money hungry, immoral asshole from Los Angeles. I’m every man’s worst nightmare and every girl’s fantasy.

I’m Spencer Blackwell…And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most coveted guy to the guy no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

BREAK THE CYCLE

REVIEW:

Greed is the second installment to Fisher Amelie’s ingenious series focused around the seven deadly sins. As explained in my review of Vain, the first installment, this series showcases a deadly sin in each book wherein the respective protagonist bears a persona emulating that deadly sin.  The twist is found in the fact that the protagonist is given the opportunity to change their character and seek redemption.

While Vain inspired me and left an ever lasting impression on my soul, Greed opened my eyes up to this particularly evil and destructive sin in which someone can become so easily entrenched. Greed is an addiction and something so relevant and embedded in today’s society.  This story contains many valuable life lessons and for this reason alone, I believe Amelie has accomplished an amazing second installment to this series.

“Greed is a strange, strange sin.                                                                                                                                                All you want to do is acquire. Acquire money, acquire material, acquire time, acquire energy, acquire attention. The running mantra is “I want, I want, I want” but that quickly turns to “I need, I need, I need”.

The protagonist in Greed is Spencer Blackwell, who we originally met in Vain as Sophie Price’s friend.  Spencer, under his father’s control, is ordered to commit Illegal acts for his father’s business in exchange for large amounts money.

“I Can’t do that,” he said, exhaling sharply and staring out the glass into the street.

“Why Not?”                                                                                                                                                 His face softened. “I need his money”                                                                                                                Spencer looked at me, and I couldn’t help but stare back. We were all in the same boat, prisoners to greed.                                                                                                                                                                                        -VAIN – Sophie Price

But when his younger sister Bridge gets herself in a predicament their father makes it very clear that he will go to any means to look after his money and his reputation before his family.  In the best interest of Bridge, Spencer and Bridge run away from their life in L.A and their father’s hold and take refuge with the grandparents of Spencer’s college roommate August Hunt.   Emmett and Ellie Hunt own a ranch in Montana and it is at the Hunt ranch where Spencer and Bridge meet the most loving, caring, genuine, hardworking and down to earth people they have ever encountered.  Here, Spencer sees himself for who he really is and discovers “the want and the need” to change.  Spencer also meets Cricket Hunt who captures his whole heart from the moment he lays eyes on her.  Only problem is that Cricket has a boyfriend, Ethan – and a secret.  For the first time, Spencer is finding himself experiencing real emotions of love, happiness, sadness, anger and redemption.

Amelie’s writing style is impeccable.  Greed is extremely well written, full of depth and content with great flow and pace. Amelie also has the skill and knowledge to include symbolism in her story, regarding the inner demon taunting Spencer and I have to say the banishment of the demon once Spencer had finally sought his redemption was quite chilling.

Greed had the most powerful Prologue that stunned me with so much truth; it was the first of many of the life lessons shared in this book. The Epilogue was fantastic, jumping into the future by four years, revealing more insight not only into the characters in Greed also about our much loved characters from Vain, Sophie and Ian, which was a beautiful touch.

Amelie has the ability to really engage the reader and help us to develop an emotional connection with all the characters. I loved witnessing Spencer’s character transition and grow throughout the story from someone consumed with Greed to this,

“I lived by many things, but my top motto was “give”. Give, and you shall see the incredible rebound of it. The more you give, the more you get. It’s staggering notion, but the truth nonetheless”…Spencer

The chemistry between Spencer and Cricket was instant but frustrating at times to witness, as Cricket struggles to decide whether to follow her heart towards Spencer or remain loyal but not in love with her boyfriend Ethan. Though Bridge, Ellie and Emmett Hunt all contributed to bringing this story to life, I have to say that Jonah’s character really shone in this installment – he was such a humble, genuine, down to earth gentleman. Jonah was beautiful inside and out – pure lightness, some might say an angel in disguise, in contrast to Spencer’s father’s character who was the devil in disguise – pure evil had taken over his heart, with no redemption for this character.

Greed  is a book that makes you open your eyes to what our society is potentially becoming as so many of us are getting confused with the difference of “needing” and “wanting”. We are “wanting” more and fueling our greed to negative emotions and “giving” less and missing out on beautiful selfless emotions such and love, and this is a tragedy.

I really look forward to the next story to this series which focuses around the deadly sin of Fury.  This installment is focused around Cricket ex- boyfriend Ethan who shows his wrath throughout this story and promised Spencer his revenge, so I look forward to witnessing his redemption.

I would like to leave you with one of the many amazing quotes in this book that is so relevant and true;

“We’ll discover that our problem wasn’t genuinely a problem after all, not after we’ve seen it for what it actually is. In the light of day, when our adrenaline wears off, we’ll discover that all we truly feared was the unknown.”

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Review – Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A Tucker

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BREATHING IS THE KEY!

Title: Ten Tiny Breaths
Author: K.A Tucker
Pages: 280
Genre: New Adult / Young Adult – Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: Nicole
 

BLURB:

Four years ago, Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her fifteen-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. They’re struggling to make ends meet at first, but Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything – anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes and deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice  guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable, and Trent is desperate to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart – even if it means revealing an explosive secret that could shatter both their worlds.

REVIEW:

K.A Tucker has delivered a remarkable, must read book for readers of all ages for this story holds some of the most powerful and real life messages we all need to understand and value.

The messages in this story will test your heart and make you think harder about how you view situations from another person’s perspective.  This book helps the reader understand that good people can make mistakes and open the reader’s eyes to the consequences of certain mistakes and how many people can actually be affected by that one mistake.  While realization is key, the most important message this story holds is the healing tool of forgiveness.

Ten Tiny Breaths protagonist Kacey Cleary found her life shattered at sixteen when a drunk driver hit her father’s car killing her parents, best friend Jenny and her boyfriend Billy while Kacey’s crushed body is trapped in the car waiting for help to come. Kacey endures a year of rehabilitation only to find herself on a road of self-destruction.  It’s not until she sees the anguish she is causing for her little sister, Livie, that she snaps out of her self-harming days. Four years after her accident Kacey and her now fifteen year old sister, Livie, are faced yet with another horrible situation when their Uncle makes a sexual pass at Livie, giving them reason to flee from their current lives and start fresh somewhere where no one will know them. Kacey and Livie move into an apartment building in Miami, and in this apartment building, their lives change in so many ways. Kacey is conflicted when she finally starts to let people into her heart only for complicated situations to present themselves, which force Kacey to confront emotions she has been shutting out for four years.

Ten Tiny Breaths has the most powerful prologue I have ever read, which left a huge, ever lasting impression on me; however, I could say that about the overall plot. This story was extremely well written even though I found the story line predictable the plot keeps you so engaged in the chain of events waiting to witness the unveiling of the truth.  Even when everything falls down and you think the climax has ended, I personally found the recovery and the ending of the story even more powerful and engaging than the climax. 

I loved all the characters in this story and felt a strong emotional connection to all of them but I have to admit even though I empathized with Kasey’s character, she also really frustrated me at times with the self-pity and anger that consumed her to the point of preventing her from witnessing and realizing that the key person in her life, her sister Livie, was struggling as well.

My heart ached for Livie’s character, who suffered greatly.  Some might say Livie suffered more than Kasey as she lost her parents at a younger age and then having to witness the only family member she had left self destruct to the point  that it is debatable she will even survive the day. Feeling that you have to step up, be stronger and way more mature for your age for your older sister’s sake would be a huge challenge, as I said my heart just ached for this character.

Trent’s character was initially so dark and mysterious but when you witness the man completely broken and exposed only quickens the rate that the reader falls in love with his character. I loved Storm’s character and all the boys at Penny’s, if only all the men that worked at strip clubs were like that!!!

What I loved about this story was it was so heartfelt, emotional and tragic and so very relevant to today.  K.A Tucker has done an amazing job opening my eyes to all her messages and meaning behind what this story represents.

I give this story a well deserved five lips for as our rating system states, this book has changed my life in so many ways and has reminded me to remember there is always two sides to every situation.  I have been reminded that forgiveness is so life changing not only to the person giving forgiveness but also to the person who seeks forgiveness.

I look forward to reading the next story in this series, which is about the next chapter in Livie’s life.  I hope she gets the happy ending that she so rightly deserves.  Until then, I will take away Kasey’s mum’s quote and use it on my own daughters for it’s a good one that means so much!

JUST BREATHE,. TEN TINY BREATHS.

SEIZE THEM, FEEL THEM, LOVE THEM.

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Review – Vain by Fisher Amelie

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INSPIRATIONAL READ!

TITLE: Vain (Book 1 # of The Seven Deadly Sins Series)
AUTHOR: Fisher Amelie
GENRE: Young Adult/New Adult – Contemporary Romance
PAGES: 355
REVIEWER: Nicole

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SOPHIE PRICE IS VAIN

If you’re looking for a story about a good, humble girl, who’s been hurt by someone she thought she could trust, only to find out she’s not as vulnerable as she thought she was and discovers an empowering side of herself that falls in love with the guy who helps her find that self, blah, blah, blah….then you’re gonna’ hate my story.

Because mine is not the story you read every time you bend back the cover of the latest trend novel. Its not the “I can do anything, now that I’ve found you/I’m misunderstood but one day you’ll find me irresistible because of it” tale. Why? Because, If, I was being honest with you, I’m a friend using, drug abusing, sex addict from Los Angeles. I’m every girlfriend’s worst nightmare and every boy’s fantasy.

I’m Sophie Price….And this is the story about how I went from the world’s most envied girl to the girl no one wanted around and why I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

BREAK THE CYCLE

REVIEW:

Fisher Amelie has created an imaginative series focused around the seven deadly sins.   Each deadly sin features in an installment wherein the respective protagonist of the story bears a persona which emulates that deadly sin.  The twist is found in the fact that the protagonist is given the opportunity to change their character and seek redemption, and for that reason I loved this book, Vain.   I loved what it represents, I love the concept behind this series and I really look forward to continuing along this journey through all the seven deadly sins.

“Vanity’s a debilitating affliction. You’re so absorbed in yourself it’s impossible to love anyone other than oneself, leaving you weak without realization of it. It’s quite sad. You’ve no idea what you’re missing either. You will never know real love and your life will pass you by”.

The protagonist in Vain is Sophie Price who after being slapped with her second drug offence is sentenced to spend six months in Uganda, Africa to help out at an orphanage. It is in Uganda, where she meets the most selfless people and truly inspirational children, where Sophie sees herself for who she really is and discovers the desire to change.  Sophie finds herself in situations that are heart wrenching, real, ugly and even deadly, but as Sophie spends more time in Uganda she also experiences for the first time real emotions such as love, happiness, sadness, anger and redemption.

Vain is extremely well written and I found the flow and pace of this book to be perfect.  Amelie has the ability to really engage the reader and help us to develop an emotional connection with all the characters.  I felt that the overall story presented in Uganda was full of depth and content, this stimulated all these emotions inside of me, which at times brought me to tears.

I loved all the characters at the Orphanage. I loved witnessing Sophie’s character transition and grow throughout the story from being so vain to;

“You are so gosh damn beautiful in here,” he said, tapping my chest, “that what’s here,” he spoke, running the side of his hand down my face, “is magnified tenfold and that is a sight to behold.”…Ian

The chemistry and romance between Sophie and Ian was intoxicating, it started off slow and grew gradually throughout the story. Ian’s character was a real stand out with his selfless and protective actions. Of course, at times he showed flaws, but this only made him more human and more loveable. Karina’s character was all sunshine – just beautiful inside and out – she really was a Mother Teresa representation for me.

Vain is a book that makes you reflect on the person you are and inspires you to want to do more and give more to these third world countries and these inspirational children. It makes us appreciate where we live and what we have and thank God we have the opportunity to be there for our children. It inspires you to be more selfless and want to make a difference.  This book is a good dose of “humanity” that everyone should read.

I really look forward to the next story to this series which focuses around the deadly sin of Greed – which I believe is so relevant in today’s society. It also is focused around Sophie’s friend Spencer who showed some redeemable qualities in this story.

Now, I would like to leave you with my favourite quote from this book and hopefully it will have the same impact on you as it did me.

“You may have misery, you may lose hope in the sorrow of an unplanned life but as long as you have faith and trust in adoration, in affection, in love, that sorrow will turn to happiness. And that is a constant, dear”

“No one can know sincere happiness, Sophie, without first having known sorrow. One can never appreciate the enormity and rareness of such a fiery bliss without seeing misery, however unfair that may be”.

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Review- Allegiant (Divergent Series # 3) by Veronica Roth

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I  SWEAR MY ALLEGIANCE!  

Title: Allegiant (Divergent Series # 3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Genre: Dystopian
Publication: HarperCollins
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 526
Reviewer: Kelly

Blurb:

The faction- based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered- fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties and painful memories. 

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature- and of herself- while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Explanation:

Allegiant opens with the discontent people of Chicago hoping to make a stand against the Factionless. The discontent, become the Allegiant, a small group revolting against Evelyn Johnson, the new leader. The Allegiant want to find answers and resolve order to the city of Chicago. Tobias, Tris and their friends are chosen to go where no one else has gone before, outside the city limits into the world beyond. In leaving the city they enter a society they know nothing about.  Here they learn the truth about their home, and must decide what to do with this knowledge. The Allegiant have two choices- to assist the citizens of this strange new world and walk away from the only home they have known or to fight for the people they have left behind.

Opinion:

Every once in a while a book comes along that is so different, exhilarating and refreshing that it takes your breath away- Allegiant is one of those books! Veronica Roth elevated Allegiant from what could have potentially been a mediocre read to an EPIC novel, by creating a diverse and unpredictable plot. How do you make a book truly EPIC? You leave the reader reeling, with the most unsatisfied taste in their mouth after turning the last page! This feeling makes the reader ponder what could have been, long after the book was completed.

When I first began reading this book I did find it a bit ‘ho-hum’. It took me a week to get halfway through and I really wasn’t interested in getting to the end because I thought I knew exactly what was coming- oh how wrong I was! I think my reluctance to read the book too quickly was also because I didn’t like some of the earlier revelations in the book, and I didn’t want to know how anything else could damage these characters.  I preserved though and all I can say is wow, Veronica Roth, WOW!

Roth also did not do the one thing that turned Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series into a mediocre read. She did not close every loose end up by the conclusion of the book. Now I am a fan of stories being completed properly, and I hate movies that leave you guessing. But Roth created her story without its neatly packed endings, which elevates this book to the beyond impressive level.

The dual perspective writing also gave more insight into both Tris and Tobias‘s thoughts and feelings. The previous two books in the Divergent Series are told only from Tris’s point of view. That sufficed for those books, but Allegiant very much needed the two viewpoints in order for the reader to understand the whole story. Tobias’s point of view allowed the reader to see how deeply he cared for Tris and how much his parents have impacted upon his life choices. Tris’s chapters were written in the same strong, determined and selfless voice of the heroine we know and love.

Summary:

Allegiant could have been just another nice, teen book series where the heroine always gets what they want. Instead Roth has turned it into a best seller. Allegiant was fantastic. The Divergent Series was amazing! The movies are going to be phenomenal! Kudos to Veronica Roth!

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Review- Unbreakable (Legion # 1) by Kami Garcia

WOW, WOW, WOW!

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Title: Unbreakable (Legion # 1)
Author: Kami Garcia
Genre: Mystery/Paranormal/Romance
Publication:  Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2013
Pages: 305
Reviewer: Kelly

Blurb:
Kennedy Waters didn’t believe in ghosts, until one tried to kill her.

When Kennedy finds her mother dead, her world unravels. Then she meets gorgeous identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart who reveal that her mother was part of the Legion, a secret society responsible for protecting the world- a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now the Lockhart’s need Kennedy’s help to track down the evil being responsible – will they be able to destroy it before it kills again?

Explanation:
Unbreakable is the first book in the new Legion series by Kami Garcia. It centres on the life of seventeen year old Kennedy Waters. Kennedy was just a normal school girl until her mother is murdered and she becomes a part of the Legion. The Legion is a secret society that protects the world against evil spirits. The Legion consists of five living members at any one time. The current five members being teenagers, Kennedy, the Lockhart twins Jared and Lukus, Alara the granddaughter of a Haitian witch doctor and Priest the genius grandson of a spirit based mechanical engineer.  They must work together to stop the evil demon Andras from entering and destroying the world.

Opinion:
Wow, wow, wow! This book had me hooked from the first chapter! I read this entire book in a day! Kami Garcia truly outdid herself with her descriptive and suspenseful writing. The story was new and refreshing being about spirits, ghosts and ghost hunters. The mystery of the unknown and the sleuthing that the characters needed to do kept you gripped throughout the story.

Kami Garcia did a fantastic job in using emotive language in the story, to the point where you feel as though you are in the scene. This book did what no book has done before; it made me so scared that I had to sleep with the light on! Now I am not a person who likes scary stories, movies or shows, so I always steer clear from this genre. Though I never imagined that a book of this genre would also make me feel so scared! Garcia wrote so well that I could picture the scene as if I was the character being just as fearful of what lay ahead.

The storyline was mysterious and suspenseful, with the reader piecing together this mystical world of the Legion alongside Kennedy. The reference of the Legion to an actual historical group made the story feel even more real. As the teenagers work together to solve new clues and go on an adventure to stop evil spirits the reader becomes more engrossed with every step along the way. The twists and turns made me read faster as I was anxious to discover what was going to happen next!

The romance in Unbreakable was subtle and slowly developing in this story. It allowed the reader to see every angle of the characters and understand their true intentions and feelings. It also made the story a real page turner as I was excited to find out what, when and how the love story would develop.  The romance, however, didn’t overpower the story but was necessary to make it a well rounded read.

Summary:
I cannot believe there is not a sequel out yet! Pick up a copy of this book and read it now!

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Review – The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay


THE POWER OF HOPE!

Title: The Sea of Tranquility
Author: Katja Millay
Pages: 426
Genre: Young Adult /New Adult – Contemporary Romance
Reviewer: Nicole

BLURB:

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 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 Kashinkov moves to a new town determined to keep her dark past hidden and hold everyone at distance, But her plans only last so long before she finds herself inexplicable drawn to the one person as isolated as herself: Josh Bennett.

Josh’s story is no secret. Ever person he loves has be 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.

REVIEW:

AMAZING!!!!!!!

This book blew me away! I couldn’t put it down causing me to read into the wee hours of the morning, much to my husband’s annoyance with the lamp light in his face while trying to sleep.  This then left me absolutely train wrecked with the biggest book hangover ever having to deal with my one and three year old daughters at the crack of dawn BUT it was so worth it! The Sea Of Tranquility captured me from the first chapter to the last power punching sentence. This book is full of so many contrasting emotions and you will connect with every one of them, you experience the dark emotions of hurt, pain, anger, hate, fear and frustration but you also experience the light and much needed emotions of love, friendship, loyalty, trust, hope (so much hope) and redemption.

It is unbelievable that this is Katja Millay debut novel with her impressive writing style and the way she captured and created this amazing story and such memorable characters. Millay has the ability to keep the story compelling by revealing details slowly throughout the book forcing the reader to devour page after page.  Most importantly, she has the ability to make the story feel real and her true to life explanation of trauma from an incident and its after effects was no fairytale version.

I won’t comment in detail on the plot and characters as I want you to experience the full impact and element of surprise as this story unravels, which reveals the true power of this book. What I will say and what you need to know, is that I was so emotionally connected with the story and “all” the characters, even the secondary characters played a very vital role in this story and they were executed brilliantly, which is seldom done. The connection between the two main characters Nastya and Josh, and the hope they found in each other had my heart soaring. This story made me appreciate life, view death in a different way and appreciate the miracle of second chances that life presents you.

I get so nervous writing a review on a book that impacts me so much and that I have become so passionate about . I want to give it the justice and exposure it deserves, and trying to express how good the book was without giving too much away is so difficult.  This book simply makes me want to shout on the top of my lungs to all book lovers out there TO READ THIS BOOK!

So, if I haven’t made myself very clear I will spell it put, TSOT is unforgettable and a MUST READ, for this is a book that will stay with you for quite some time, if not for eternity!

TSOT is my favorite book of the year! Is not only in my favorite book bag but up in my top three books of all time and Katja Millay has definitely made my favorite author’s list and I cannot wait for her to write another book, for I am a fan for life.

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