Review: Breaking Nova (Nova #1) by Jessica Sorensen
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Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen
Series: Nova #1
Published by: Forever Romance on 9/3/2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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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?
Breaking Nova is the first book in the Nova series by Jessica Sorensen. I’ve reviewed one of her books in the Secret series, so I had an idea of what I was getting into with this one. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised reading Breaking Nova. It is an emotional roller coaster in a different way than the Secret series, filled with teens going through some hard times and making all the wrong choices.
Nova was doing fine with her life. She lived alone with her mother after her dad passed away when she was twelve, and she was dating Landon, the artistic boy next door. Literally, the boy next door. But everything changed with Landon’s death. Now Nova has no idea who she is, or where she’s going in life. College was an escape, but Nova’s back home for the summer after her freshman year, and the time has come to face her demons — or run away from them.
Quinton also had a pretty good life. He was a good kid, and he was dating the girl he was positive he would marry someday. But his girlfriend’s death in a car accident sends him crashing fast and hard. Now he’s living with his cousin Tristan, a kind of good guy(?) who hangs out drug dealers.
When I went into this novel, knowing that it was going to be pretty angsty, I was afraid I was going to be re-reading The Secret of Ella and Micha, but with different characters. I was really pleased to find out that this wasn’t the case, although the two do have similar elements, being home after freshman year of college being one of them. I sympathized with Nova a lot in this story. She lost her dad when she was young, which is sad enough as it is. But then her boyfriend dies as well? And the sad thing was that Nova pretty much defined herself around Landon, which I didn’t like, because everyone should be their own person, but it left a lot of room for character development and it gave Nova a chance to grow, and I think Sorensen took full use of that opportunity.
Quinton I didn’t sympathize with as much, and I’m not entirely sure why. What he went through is arguably just as tragic as what Nova went through, but I think his reaction to it all is what made it hard for me to connect to him. The whole novel I was rooting for both of them to get themselves out of the really dark place that they found themselves in and that wasn’t necessarily the case. I keep telling myself that there’s two more whole books for me to get what I want, but it doesn’t seem to be helping.
The character that probably made me the most angry is Nova’s friend, Delilah. Angry and sad at the same time. She comes back home with Nova, only to throw herself into what is clearly an abusive relationship, both with a man and with drugs. I wanted so much for her because she seemed so supportive of Nova at the beginning of the novel, and I feel really betrayed. I honestly hope she comes back in the series and is able to pull herself out of her relationship with Dylan, because it’s really unhealthy.
The writing style was fabulous. The book alternates between Nova and Quinton’s perspectives, although some chapters ran really long for me. One chapter from two perspectives is one thing, but one chapter that changes perspectives four different times is a little extreme for me. I also felt like the novel was split kind of funny. It starts in Nova’s hometown, and there’s talk of a week long concert festival type thing, which the characters end up going to, but I was expecting the concert to take up less of the book than it actually did.
I am giving Breaking Nova 4 out of 5 controllers. It was a really great read, despite some really minor grievances, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book!