Breaking Nova (Nova #1)
By Jessica Sorensen
Published September 3rd, 2013
Forever / Grand Central Publishing
New Adult | Contemporary Romance
Source: Received from Forever (via NetGalley) in exchange for unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
Nova Reed used to have dreams-of becoming a famous drummer, of marrying her true love. But all of that was taken away in an instant. Now she’s getting by as best she can, though sometimes that means doing things the old Nova would never do. Things that are slowly eating away at her spirit. Every day blends into the next . . . until she meets Quinton Carter. His intense, honey brown eyes instantly draw her in, and he looks just about as broken as she feels inside.
Quinton once got a second chance at life-but he doesn’t want it. The tattoos on his chest are a constant reminder of what he’s done, what he’s lost. He’s sworn to never allow happiness into his life . . . but then beautiful, sweet Nova makes him smile. He knows he’s too damaged to get close to her, yet she’s the only one who can make him feel alive again. Quinton will have to decide: does he deserve to start over? Or should he pay for his past forever?
A long time ago I read a book by Hunter S. Thompson called Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. During the entire time I was reading the book, I felt like I was high on drugs and alcohol. Or what I imagined it felt like. I kind had that feeling again when I read Breaking Nova.
With only words, Ms. Sorensen was able to send me into a tailspin of loss and the feeling of despair of having thousands unanswered questions. Nova, having already gone through the loss of her father, is again blindsided with horrendous tragedy. Nova is picking up the pieces and trying to make sense of her life but it isn’t easy. Making it worse is going back home for summer break from school. She’s reminded daily of being lost with no answers.
The other voice in this dual POV story is that of Quinton. He, himself, has been knocked down and knocked around a few times. Mistakes have happened in his past and everyone, including himself, puts the blame for the consequences of those mistakes solely on his shoulders.
These two characters are so thoroughly written and are given very distinct personalities, Nova and Quinton are like night and day. But they seem to be drawn to each other when they meet through a mutual acquaintance, Delilah. As Nova spends more and more time around Delilah, Nova gets pulled down into the vacuum of despair with Quinton. It doesn’t help matters that it seems like everyone in their little group of friends is depressed and has given up on life. Could be the drugs they’ve used to numb themselves.
I can’t even explain how this story evolves but it’s not a straight line and it isn’t as if one thing leads to another. But the ending wasn’t at all what I was expecting. If you must have a HEA with every book you read, then you might want to ponder reading this book. Oh… there’s a happy ending. It’s just that the story is only half-way finished at that point. There are at least two more books in their story. UGH!
I was highly impressed with the writing and the intenseness of the story. Back a year or two ago, I wouldn’t have touched this book with a 10ft. pole. Too real for me! I read specifically to escape reality, not to be reminded of the ugliness and sadness of it. Now that I’ve been immersed in contemporaries for over a year now, I survived Breaking Nova.
Funny thing, when I told my hubs what I was reading, he wasn’t happy about me (specifically) reading these books. But the thing is, I wouldn’t have found such a great writing talent as Ms. Sorensen if I hadn’t stumbled on this series.
No, this book isn’t for everyone. But it is good, for those willing to take a chance 🙂
About the author:
Jessica Sorensen is the author of The New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers, The Secret of Ella and Micha, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, and Breaking Nova, which are New Adult Contemporary novels. She also writes Paranormal series, including the Fallen Star Series, Shattered Promises, Darkness Falls, and the Death Collectors. She loves writing and reading and is an avid watcher of TV series The Vampire Diaries and Modern Family. An immense music lover, Jessica immerses herself in her music as she writes. She has a broad taste in music, and a list of favorite songs that goes on for miles! A few of her current favorite bands are Chevelle, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Brand New, Death Cab for Cutie, Flight 409, and Nirvana. Some of Jessica’s favorite “watch it over, and over again” movies include Anywhere but Here, Juno, Pride and Prejudice, The Hangover, and Bad Teacher.
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