Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book Review: Breaking Nova (Nova #1) by Jessica Sorensen

Breaking Nova (Nova, #1)
Jessica Sorensen
Published: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Age Demographic: New Adult Contemporary
Pages: 359

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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(Note: I received a copy of this book via the publisher, in exchange for an honest review which I have posted here on the blog and on Goodreads.)

One of the most emotionally wrecking novels I have read in quite a while, I was transfixed by the story it told. Full of beautiful tragedy and overwhelming sadness, Breaking Nova, absolutely ripped my heart in two. Nova and Quinton left me aching in every possible way the two of them could. This is probably one of the most realistic and humanly gorgeous novel's I have read in quite some time. It was absolutely worth every tear, every single frustration I had, and every chewed up emotion that I experienced after being wrung out from such a compelling and wonderfully written intense book.

Why have these books been missing from my life?!

Jessica Sorensen has definitely cornered the market on writing some of the most realistic and human New Adult contemporary novels that I've ever read. Breaking Nova gives you a glimpse into the gritty, edgy, and dark world of violence and drugs. Both Nova and Quinton, who are suffering from their own personal tragedies that have taken over and consumed their world, coloring it black from the inside out, absolutely break my heart in the best possible ways. Struggling with their issues and drowning in their own hell, these two fall together and fall apart further than either of them ever intended. It's terrifying and incredibly saddening to watch as they continue to make one bad decision after another, breaking each other and themselves to pieces.

It's the perfect struggle of guilt, intense overwhelming pain, hatred, and darkness overtaking these two characters. It plunges them into depths that neither of them really seem to care, because caring is to feel something and neither one of them wants that. Drugs are their way of turning off the world around them, numbing themselves the pain that sneaks in and threatens to overtake them, and it's ultimately their way of running away from their problems instead of facing them head on. It's Nova, who is pulled out of this sea of tempestuous agony by the revelation that life is what you make of it. You can make it hard and miserable or you can survive through the pain and live another day. Living in this world is hard and painful, but it is also strong and worth every bit of the fight that comes along with it.

It's ultimately what saves her and she believes that she can save Quinton too, but not before she saves herself.

From the first book in this series to the last book, Jessica Sorensen has captivated, wowed, and wrecked me in so many wonderfully painful and beautiful ways. The Nova series is definitely one of the best written, gritty, and realistic outlooks on what life is like when you're a druggie strung out, when you're so broken that you can't see your way out of the dark, and finally when you do reach out to take the helping hand offered to you. It's been quite a while, since I've immersed myself completely, wholly, and so emotionally into a series that has completely overtaken my days and nights because I simply didn't want to put it down.

If you are looking for a complicated love story filled with tragedy, painful reminders of how good life was like before the pain settled in, and what life could be like if you let yourself open up and let go of what's eating you up inside - then this series is the one for you. If you're looking for perfectly happy-ever-after endings where everything is peaches and roses, nobody dies, and everybody gets what they want in the end without having to endure the scars of painful tragedy then this isn't the series for you. Whether you choose to pick this book up and read it, I'll leave that up to you.

For me, I'd read it again every single time, in a heartbeat because easy, carefree, and always bubbly happy isn't always what life is about.

I'm operating on feels here guys and this book has ALL OF THEM!

Jessica Sorensen is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from the snowy mountains of Wyoming. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.

She has written several YA and New Adult series, among them the Nova series, The Coincidence, Shattered Promises, Fallen Star, The Secret, etc. 

Please stop by and visit her on her Goodreads page and don't forget to fan her as well!


  1. Great post! And what a hot cover :)

  2. Nice review!
    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! :)
    Find out more about it here


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