Monday, October 7, 2013

Review: Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen

Breaking Nova (Nova, #1)
Breaking Nova (Nova #1) by Jessica Sorensen
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?
Publishes in US: September 3rd 2013 by Forever
Genre: NA contemporary
Source: Forever via Netgalley
Series? Yes. Nova #1
#2 is still untitled but releases Feb 4th 2014, and the third March 25th 2014

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    I got lost in Nova's story. It is so powerful emotionally because she has so much pain and heartache and break in her past, and to watch her figure out who she is and how to deal with that pain is such a journey. 
    I think that I also connected with her on a personal level because my dad committed suicide, and she found her boyfriend Landon after he killed himself. That on top of losing her dad, I was so invested in her, and gave me hope to watch her begin to heal and find herself in this huge swirl of emotions and in the scary world where it seems that most people just don't understand. 
    Quinton also brinks a perspective that I haven't read much about, the secrets of his past are just as painful and hard to get past, and it is interesting to see the extremes that depression, guilt and feeling left behind can do to people. 
     There was such chemistry between the two, and they sparked something in the other, a desire to feel again, a reason besides their once beloveds that stirs their heart. 
     I will say though that the constant talk of weed got to me. I understand that it gave them a numbness and a second to forget and not feel, but I understand they are doing something they never once would. I get the need and addiction, but it just felt to me that it was to entwined into everything and that is time that could have been better spent working on the character development or the chemistry. 
     The secondary characters bring things to the table as well. Nova's friend Delilah is quite the character, and I am glad that she accepted Nova. There were some rocky points in the friendship and it was hard to see her hurting but going back for more with her on again off again boyfriend. 
     The ending was nice, but it also didn't really give me the wrap up that I wanted with Quinton. But there was an excerpt from the next book, so I know their story continues and I can't wait to see where that goes. 

Bottom Line: Powerful story with very hurt characters.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Have you ever felt responsible for hurting someone?
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  1. I have heard great things about this one so far, but it really sounds like it is going to hurt! Great review.

  2. This sounds like a heartbreaking read but in the end it might be all worth it?

    Lovely review.

  3. I'm glad you got lost in the story, and that you found the suicide issue to be handled well. I think I've seen the over-use of drugs in the plot mentioned in other reviews, as well.
    Great review, Brandi!

    1. Suicide and drugs?! Damn this is some heavy stuff! I hope it's not sensationalized. I don't usually read books like this but I can tell it's a compelling story from the elements y'all mentioned.

  4. Tough question today and tough topic! Hmm.. I don't think I have felt guilty for really hurting someone, but I feel guilty for not being better toward people if that makes sense.

  5. I got this, and haven't started it yet. I am looking forward to it a little more seeing all the good reviews for it. :)

  6. Another series that I'm meaning to start. Well I love emotional reads so this sounds like just for me. Great review :)

  7. Great review Brandi. I quite liked this one, it was a very powerful read. I agree about the weed, but other than that it was great. I'm looking forward to more of them (although I wanted to slap Delilah in the end!!)
    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  8. Hmm, I submitted a comment and for some reason it's not showing up now. I'll see if I can remember everything I said...
    This sounds like a very heavy read, but really interesting as well! It's interesting that weed plays such a big part in the book, and while I can understand why, I think it would bother me just like it did to you. But I might have to add it to my TBR since you enjoyed it so much. Great review, Brandi!

  9. I got this one from Netgalley and hope to get to it soon. I've been hearing mixed reviews, so I'm eager to see what I think for myself. Great review!

  10. I am so glad you loved this, I read a few meh reviews and dismissed this one, but you have totally renewed my interest in it, I have enjoyed this author's previous books

  11. Books with suicide can be really hard to read. I haven't lost someone like a family member, but I have lost friends, so it brings that back. This one might actually hit a bit close to home, actually. I haven't read this author yet, but I've heard good things.

  12. Oh, that would be a tough story to digest, I can already feel it from your review. I like that it's not a standalone because then the healing process wouldn't be believable. I wasn't looking forward to this one, but now, I definitely want to give it a try. Wonderful review, Brandi!

  13. Yaaa, so happy this was a good one. I am so looking forward toward it.

  14. I haven't heard of this until now but it's great you enjoyed the chemistry :)

  15. I'm so sorry to hear about your father, Brandi! I'm sure this read must have hit buttons no one else could understand. I was so mad at Landon for doing that to Nova and his family. His pain was gone but he ripped everyone else open! I'm sure guilt figures heavily in the aftermath of such a tragedy as well. I ended up enjoying this more than I thought i would, Brandi. The drug use was heavy and I hate reading books that glorify drug use but I think this did anything but. Still, it was a lot. I'm happy with how Nova came through and I loved their chemistry. I'm just afraid there's a long bumpy road ahead. Lovely review, Brandi!

  16. Wow! This book seems like it really packs an emotional punch. Great review, Brandi!

  17. I confess I didn't know this book or the author but well it sound nice. It's nice to have something a little different.

  18. I've read another one of the author's books and she's definitely good at writing emotional stories. Great review!

  19. I really want to read this author, but I'm not sure this would be the book for me. It sounds quite intense, and I'm not a fan of overuse of drugs either. I can't think of a specific instance of feeling bad for hurting someone, but I'm sure in school there were moments when I could have stepped in and defended someone who was being bullied or something and I didn't. I think you immediately feel guilty for not being brave in instances like that, and that's almost the same thing. Lovely thoughtful review!

  20. I did enjoy this was. It was definitely an emotional book! I also got lost in Nova's story! And I'm with you, the weed talk did get to me, but despite that, I did enjoy this story. I will definitely be continuing it :)

    Great review!!


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