Author: Jessica Sorensen
Release date: September 3, 2013
Reading level: NA
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?
This is going to be a super short review since I didn't finish this one and I honestly don't have a whole lot to say about it. I've heard great things about Jessica Sorensen's books so I thought I'd give this one a chance. That was a poor decision on my part. Maybe this one was just a fluke but there was honestly nothing about this book that I liked.
The main character, Nova, is so stuck in the past. She constantly throws pity parties for herself. I understand that she's not able to get over what happened with her boyfriend but she's constantly feeling sorry for herself. Then she meets Quinton and immediately loves him. That's even after she sees him leaving his bedroom with some random girl. She doesn't care about any of that. Quinton is just as bad though. He's stuck in the past just like Nova. Oh and he also immediately feels something for her even though he knows he shouldn't. Of course. Their relationship was so typical and just plain boring. They had no chemistry. Also, normally I'm okay with the insta-love thing but in this case it just did nothing for me because I felt like Nova and Quinton had nothing between them.
My other big issue with Breaking Nova was how stupid the characters were. I only skimmed the majority of the book (I wanted to see if it got better. It didn't.) but what I read was just bad. There was tons of drug use and just generally trashy behavior. I'm not against drug use in books but it was just horribly done in Breaking Nova. Nova and Quinton didn't have to live the lives they ended up with, they did it to themselves. They had potential and they pretty much just threw it all away. That annoyed me.
Overall, I don't recommend Breaking Nova. The writing, the characters, the romance, the story, none of it did anything for me. It was just plain bad.
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What others are saying about Breaking Nova:
Book Fanatics' review: "This dark novel is not one I'm likely going to reread, but I am anxiously waiting for the sequel."
Smokin' Hot Book Blog's review: "Overall, I am a little bit angry and disappointed in this story."
Obsession with Books' review: "Jessica Sorensen’s writing is great but the subject matter/s and characters just left me feeling quite underwhelmed."