Review: Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorenson (@jessFallenStar)

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Rating: 4/5 Stars

The blurb:

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?

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I don’t know about you all, but I’m getting pretty tired of the billionaire stories. Breaking Nova was a refreshing read for me, but it also caused me some anxiety since I have a teenaged sister. Sometimes I forget about the kinds of scary things that can happen! I digress …I thought this was going to be about a love triangle. Yes, I’d read the blurb. I just assumed something different was going to happen in the beginning than what actually transpired.

Nova is an intelligent young woman who has just returned to her hometown for the summer following her freshman year at college. I’ve used the phrase “beautifully broken” about another character in another book by a different author, but the term applies here too. Perhaps, differently. Nova is so young, and so inexperienced in many ways. Because of “that day”, she lacks the drive to live out her days actively. She is so sad, and I just wanted to pick her up and carry her away. I felt her pain, even though I haven’t shared her experiences. That’s good writing.

Delilah …oh, Delilah. I liked her at the beginning. A friend with something in common, someone to talk and share with who would understand a little of what Nova was feeling …sounds like the ideal situation. Except Delilah wasn’t all that she seemed, and I grew to dislike her very quickly.

Funnily enough, I liked Quinton immediately. I guess I have a bit of a soft spot for troubled young men who feel something. I’m a bit of a fixer, I suppose. This guy has been through something really terrible, and really wants to shut off his feelings about everyone and everything. Cut off by his family and most of his friends, he turns to a life of drugs and one night stands to numb the pain.

When Nova and Quinton meet, they both feel for the first time in a long time. They feel for each other, for themselves, and they also feel guilt. Lots of guilt. I was expecting this book to be very angsty, but the guilt and sadness really overtook it. I’m glad of that, actually, because it really made you process what these two were feeling instead of read faster to get somewhere in the story that allows your pulse to slow down again. It’s good to slow down and feel the story sometimes instead of get lost in it.

The beginning of the story was slow-going for me. It usually starts slow for me when the characters are this young, because you have to get to know their parents or the story behind why they don’t have any parents. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but when you read late at night as I do, it’s hard to want to keep reading after a full chapter of background information. I’d likely do better to start these ones during the day. Once it got going though, I had a hard time putting it down to go to bed and I’ve found myself very tired a few mornings this week! It was easy to root for Nova and Quinton to find happiness in each other, but without resolution I feel a little stuck. I’m very much looking forward to seeing where these two end up in the second part of their story. I could really picture each different setting in the book in my head, but I saw the trailer and the concert the most clearly. I could really put myself into those places as if I was that proverbial fly on the wall, watching what the characters were going through.

This was the first book I had read by Jessica Sorenson. I had requested another via NetGalley but was not approved. I look forward to reading the other one when it is released.

Sorenson writes with conviction. Her characters are solid, and the plot keeps your interest. I found that this particular book would build up for anticipated event, but then it wouldn’t happen – over and over. Again, not a bad thing. It kept me going through the pages wondering what the climax would eventually be. It was a good, steady-reading book. Not the whirlwind read that I had expected.

*ARC obtained via NetGalley

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