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Thursday, September 26, 2013

ARC Review: Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen

I have read a few books by Jessica Sorensen now, and have become a fan of hers. So when I saw that she had a new series coming out, I jumped at the chance to read Breaking Nova. This book is definitely not what I was expecting at all, and after reading it there are so many things going through my mind. I will say that this book is definitely not going to be for everyone and there are a few things that everyone should know before diving in to read this one. First, this is not a happy and sweet story. This book deals with some very dark and serious issues, and is not for the faint of heart. Second, this book is not about fairy-tales or happily ever afters. If you are looking for a quick light read filled with fluff and romance, you are going to want to steer clear of this one. But although this story is dark and filled with angst and pain, I found this story to be one that was very real to me and I think that there are some very important things that can be taken away from this book.

Nova thought that she would grow up to marry the guy she loves and possibly end up being a drummer. But one day everything is taken away from her and she is left shattered. Quinton was always the nice guy. Thinking that he would marry his girlfriend, pursue a career in art and maybe one day start a family. But after a car accident kills his girlfriend and his cousin, he is no longer looking for a future, but rather looking for an escape. When Quinton and Nova meet, there is an instant attraction between them. Although both are curious about the other, they are both against any kind of relationship. But the more they spend time together and start to get to know each other, they begin to feel things that they both tried convince themselves they would never feel again. Can the both get past their tragic paths and begin a future together? Or will they continue to feel lost and alone?

Nova has suffered through a lot of pain. She not only witnesses her father's death, but then her boyfriend kills himself. Although she handled her father's death and was moving on with her life, when her boyfriend kills himself she is left completely broken and shattered. She turns to a new friend to help cope with the loss and ends up using drugs in order to calm her down and escape the constant memories of her boyfriend Landon. This book starts with her just sort of going through the motions, and is really a journey of Nova spiraling down to her lowest point and living only for her habit and the drugs. It isn't until she starts to feel things for Quinton and gets to know him that she realizes just how bad things have become for her. Quinton is filled with anger and guilt. He feels responsible for the death of his cousin and girlfriend. He makes a vow to his girlfriend Lexi to never forget her or allow himself to care about someone again. But with Nova, he finds himself unable to treat her as though she doesn't matter. Quinton has also turned to drugs in order to get through life, although he has a much bigger problem with them than Nova does. Nova and Quinton both want to let the other in at times and at other times they don't. There is a constant push and pull going on between them.

As the story progresses Nova begins to heal. Although it is not a short or easy process, it was nice to see her sort of wake up and make the decision to move on with her life. Quinton however is another story and things are left very up in the air at the end of this book on how he is. Although this story is not what I had originally thought it was going to be, I can honestly say that I did like it and I am glad that I read it. I am rooting for Nova to succeed in healing and moving forward and also for Quinton to be able to heal and get past his guilt and pain. I think that Nova and Quinton are good for each other and could really help the other out. This story ends with a sort of cliffhanger and I am anxious to find out just what will happen with not only Quinton and Nova, but also some of the other characters we are introduced to. If you are looking for a story filled with hearts and flowers and romance, this is not going to be for you. But if you are open to a story of pain and heartbreak and the healing and growth and overcoming of obstacles, this book is one you should definitely give a shot. I am hoping that as this series goes on that we will get more romance and connection from Quinton and Nova, and that hopefully they will both come out stronger and happy together. This story is filled with emotions and drama and I felt so much reading this story. I think regardless of whether or not people like this story, that they are bound to feel very strongly about it as it makes you think and evokes so many feelings and emotions. I just hope that February gets her quickly, because I absolutely need to read the next story.

**ARC provided by Publisher**

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