Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen (Review)

New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date:October 7, 2014

Published By:  Forever
WebsiteBreaking Nova on Goodreads

Jessica Sorensen Website
My review copy:Provided by publisher in turn for an honest review

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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?

 I didn't always used to think this way.  I used to have hope.  I used to believe in things.  Like when my father told me if I wanted something bad enough that I could make it happen.
I was too weak, or maybe it was too strong.  I honestly don'y know anymore, what's considered weak and what's considered strong.  What's right and what's wrong.  Who I should be.
  I ask myself the same question every day: Why me?  Why did I survive?  And every day I get the same response: I don't know.  Deep down, I know there really isn't an answer, yet I keep asking the same question, hoping that maybe one day someone will give me a clear answer.
Me, I deserve it, because I caused the agony in my past, but Nova, she didn't do anything.  Something happened to her and it fucking makes me ache, like physically hurt on the insideand out.

  Breaking Nova is beautiful, heartbreaking and everything that you would expect from a new adult novel.  Jessica Sorensen expertly wove this tale of heartbreak and finding yourself, even if it means losing yourself in the process.  Around every turn there was a new emotional wave ready to hit you and knock what you thought was going to happen right out of the park.  It was the realistic portrayal of the feelings that each character experienced that hit me the hardest though.  This read was something else that I can't even begin to describe.

  Breaking Nova was not perfect, but it did pull at me in all the right ways.  The plot was like many new adult novels but unlike them in many other ways.  Both Nova and Quinton had a past that had torn them apart and left them feeling empty in a way they felt could never be filled.  It was the way in which they both dealt with their pain, and the way that they fell apart that made it so original.  They both didn't have perfect home lives, and had ways of trying to hide/mask their pain.  The pacing was wonderful and though there were parts I felt were a little bit on the slower side, they were countered by ones that pulled you completely in.  I also seriously appreciated the way this book left off... I can't tell you how without ruining the entire thing but know that it is going to leave you wanting more.

  I can't say that I ever truly connected with Nova, but I did feel for her.  Being honest my heart went out to her and what she had been through, and how she was trying to find herself again.  Nova lost what she thought she would always have, and in the process she lost not only herself but she believed her control.  What I loved about Nova was that she had experienced loss, and the flaws that came along with it felt undeniably real.  Her struggle to find herself and pull her head above water again, felt so real that at times I wanted to hug her and tell her that it would be okay.  She let herself go, doing things she never thought she would, but the growth she made in doing so made her an amazing character to follow.

  Quinton had his own set of scars to deal with and they were more than skin deep.  Being honest I liked him and felt that he was perfect for Nova, but at the same time I knew he wasn't making the progress that she was.  In fact he makes progress, only to seemingly fall deeper into the black hole that he has created for himself.  However, when he is taking some steps forward he was the guy that girls threw themselves at and the one guys wished they could be.  Quinton has so much potential and yet even with Nova shining brightly in front of him, he could not see his way out of his self created darkness.  The moments that him and Nova did have were spectacular and made me long for their romance to pull both of them above where they landed after their loss.  When these two are together you can't help but route for the fairy tale romance and a happily ever after. 

  Breaking Nova was not what I had expected, but it was beautifully written with characters that you can feel for.  There are so many little details that make this read such a memorable one, and I don't believe the word within this review can truly do it justice.  I sincerely look forward to picking up Saving Quinton and hopefully finding the happy ending that I normally don't search for.  This book is filled with angst and for a new adult is lighter on the steamy factor, but I highly recommend this read to previous fans of Sorenson and those that love new adult.

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