Title: Breaking Nova (Nova #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Release Date: September 3, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: It’s very depressing and sometimes a bit dragging, but otherwise, a decent read.
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 had a seriously depressing feel to it the whole time. Add to that, the fact that I didn’t really know where the story was going or if these characters were going to get better, I was pretty blase about it. Sure, Sorensen does a great job at drawing out an emotional topic, really delving into how a person copes with loss and tragedy, but often times it felt a bit too much and a too drawn out. I was definitely expecting this book to go one way, and it kind of veered off from that into a slightly different lane, not that it was a bad thing, but it was just different.
With Nova, I sympathized with her. Going through what she went through, losing your best friend and first love like that is tragic. It was interesting to see her struggle with the reality of it all, figuring out why it happened, and coming to terms with. I was hoping and impatiently waiting for the moment she would move on though, and was a bit disappointed with all it all played out. It was kind of anticlimactic, to say the least. Also, I wasn’t into the whole drug and mindless sex aspect of this book. I know it’s a reality in this world, and I appreciate the realism of it, but I didn’t care for it, personally.
Quinton wasn’t such a bad character. He had one heck of a tragic thing happen to him and I could totally understand his inner turmoil. I felt like I sympathized more with him and with Nova, I don’t know why. Regardless, I think their relationship was dragged on for far too long, just so there could be another book in the series. I know that his problems and the hole he dug himself into would take a lot longer to get through, so I see the purpose of another book, but still, it was a bit too much.
What I will say about this book though, is that ending was mean! Way to have a cliffhanger, Sorensen! Even though I was mildly disinterested in this story as a whole, that ending makes me seriously want to read the next book just to see what happens. She piqued my curiosity, that’s for sure! Most of the book is pretty melancholic and it wasn’t until maybe the last third of the book when things picked up a little. Not to say I didn’t enjoy the read and appreciate what the author was trying to portray with her writing, it just isn’t particularly the kind of book I go crazy about. Like I said, if it wasn’t for that ending, I probably wouldn’t give this series another thought.