November 18, 2013

Title: Breaking Nova
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: Nova
Publisher: Forever (Hachette)
Published: September 3, 2013
Pages: 224

Synopsis: 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 received a copy of this book from the publisher,
but that did not influence the review**

First Thoughts: 5 stars Hold. Me. My heart is broken into so many pieces after that story. It’s raw, dark, and gritty. I wish so badly that I had book 2 already because I need to find out what is going to happen.

Plot, Pacing and Style: The plot, my friends, is not for the faint of heart. It’s heavy and filled with death, grief, and guilt. It’s about Nova Reed and Quitnton Carter…they are both heavily weighed down by it. They meet and have a connection, yet don’t actually know what their the common bond is, just that they understand each other. This story is about working through their grief, and whether or not they can do it. Get ready, this is not an easy ride by any means. The pacing was slow and steady, but not in a way that bored me (I read the book in one sitting). It made me feel like sometimes I was living in the heads of these two tortured characters, which was told in dual POVs.

The MCs: I loved these two main characters, and I mean really loved them. So damaged, yet they really completed the other one although I’m not sure they knew it. So often they were both so close to being stronger, to making better choices, but then they wouldn’t….I wanted to reach into the pages and push them, and shout to make the right decisions while they both fought their demons.

Romance /Chemistry: Oh wow, this is a tough one, but it was ultimately really, really, really good.

Title/Cover: I love both. Love. I think the title actually has a few meanings, but I will leave that to your interpretation. The cover is something I defintely looked at for a while after I finished reading. I got the impression that Quinton was maybe a little scruffier than the guy, but still, their embrace says so much. And the fact that his eyes are closed speaks even more volumes, as if he is capturing the moment forever in his mind.

Ending: Oh, not what I really wanted, but I guess that’s what book 2 is for. I can only hope it goes in the direction I want.

Gripes/suggestions: Hmmm, I don’t really have any. I know, I know. Well, maybe this thought…it just seemed so unrealistic…all the deaths seemed like too much, and too many. And too many were actually witnessed. Could it really have happened? Of course, but probably not. However, I made peace with that and just took it for what it was and thoroughly enjoyed the story.

Final Thoughts/Rec It? YES YES YES. If you love to have your heart torn out, but then see some of the pieces start to mend, this book is for you.

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