Breaking Nova [NOOK Book]

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ella and Micha series comes a powerful story of love, healing, and impossible choices . . .

BREAKING NOVA

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 ...
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Breaking Nova

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Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Ella and Micha series comes a powerful story of love, healing, and impossible choices . . .

BREAKING NOVA

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 arm 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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"Romantic, suspenseful and well written—-this is a story you won't want to put down."—RT Book Reviews on The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden

"Sorensen's portrayal of... relationships and long-distance love, as well as the longing to escape one's past, raises her above her new adult peers."—RT Book Reviews on The Secret of Ella and Micha

RT Book Reviews on The Secret of Ella and Micha
"Sorensen's portrayal of... relationships and long-distance love, as well as the longing to escape one's past, raises her above her new adult peers."
RT Book Reviews on The Coincidence of Callie & Kayden
"Romantic, suspenseful and well written---this is a story you won't want to put down."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455582723
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 16,539
  • File size: 717 KB

Meet the Author

Jessica Sorensen is a #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives with her husband and three kids in Idaho. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Thanks Jessica

    I almost didnt read this because of some of the reviews. Im glad I reconsidered. I see complaints about it being too dark, depressing and too much drug use. Life is not all butterflies and fairytales people. Just take a look around and past the filter we all can put over our eyes. Was I shocked?..absolutely not. Jessica's characters all have something dark in their lives and we get to read the amazing journey they go through to find themselves. This story is very real and the demons that Nova and Quinton live are close to what so many people have dealt with in real life. Thank you Jessica for your wonderful gift. Im sure you had to go to a dark place to put some of this on paper. I just wish we didnt have to wait so long for the next two books!

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Bummer

    I've loved Jessica's writing but this, this was bad. Super dark, made me feel depressed and not in the good way that books can do to pull you in. The drugs and talk and descriptions of the suicide was all just too much. Not her best writing in my opinion. I think it was even a waste of just $1.00! I'm sorry if I sound cruel and/or rude but this book was just horrible for my taste.

    6 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Amazing

    Loved this book....cant wait for the next book. Very emotional and heartbreaking. I felt so deeply for all the characters.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    I love Sorensen's books. I enjoy the well thought out background

    I love Sorensen's books. I enjoy the well thought out background to the characters, and the emotional depth she puts into them. This new series is just as good as the others.

    This story is about dealing with death and drug use, and it doesn't hold much back. It is dark and gritty. If you are wanting something happy, this is not a "feel good" book. We see the inner turmoil of our MC's and how they, together, are finally starting to heal from the tragedies that flipped their life upside down.

    We get to watch our of our character's growth. Some succeed, and others continue on their darker paths. Our main character goes through a lot in this book, and I loved watching her grow. She has to learn when to hang on to someone and when to let them go. Nova's story isn't easy and it isn't perfect. It is full of angst. Through the coarse of the book, she has to figure out who she is, and where to go from the current point she is at.

    Quinton is a wounded man. He has even deeper issues than Nova. He is in a much worse state, and makes some very, very bad decisions. It's these decisions that impact his development in the book.

    Overall, I enjoyed Breaking Nova a lot. I can't wait to read the continuing story, and where it takes our characters. They have a long journey a head of them, and I look forward to every minute of it. If you can handle a book with dark themes and doesn't have to end with a happily ever after then check this one out.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    POWERFUL!!!!

    WOW!!!! Jessica did it again!!

    I want more Nova and Quinton!!! This book was filled with so many emotions. The storyline in this book is so powerful!!! Jessica has a way of pulling you into the story she is telling. This story is about so much loss and pain and the struggle to get your life back and finding out who you are. All I can say is this is a must read!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Disappointed

    I love her books but this one not so much. Spoiler alert...there were 0 sex scenes in this book. Boo. Will probably read the 2nd one because of the huge cliffhanger.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    Tearjerker

    I greatly enjoyed this book, as I do all your books. I literally cried the entire book. PLEASE, PLEASE I beg you not to make me wait until next year for the next book. I need my Nova & Quinton fix.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2013

    I absolutely loved this book and cant wait for the next part.

    I absolutely loved this book and cant wait for the next part.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Boring!

    I'm tired of reading these series that could be written as one novel.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Good book

    It is a darker book, but none the less is a good book. I will read the next one.....

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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    To say my heart was broken from the beginning of this book until

    To say my heart was broken from the beginning of this book until the end says it all. Breaking Nova deals with so many dark emotions that you get lost in its grasp...suicide, death, hopelessness, devastation, and drug addiction. You wonder if the light will ever come...there is hope for Nova but you are left hanging where Quinton is concerned. I still can feel a deep pit in my stomach ever since I finish the book. Jessica Sorensen's writing just takes hold of you and won't let go.

    A quote that stood out is from Quinton: ...I know death hurts, death breaks, death consumes, and there's no magic cure to make it go away.

    Read this knowing your heart will hurt ... when it is over. It would have been 5 stars but I needed a HEA, so I had to go with 4.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Don't waste your money.while I am a huge fan of Jessica, this is

    Don't waste your money.while I am a huge fan of Jessica, this is not her best work. The story line is great, but it's a complete cliffhanger at the end. 

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Dark .... so worth the read

    This is a very dark, intense book. If you're looking for a warm, fuzzy ending this might not be the book for you. But if you want raw emotion and real life this book is amazing.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Excellent read

    As a high school teacher, this story is realistic and gritty. Could be a true story about a number of kids I have taught.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Love Jessica's books Th

    Love Jessica's books This one included, it is dark but waiting for the light to come at the end is worth it, although I wish the publishers would give us a hint as to when the next book comes out..


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Loved it!!!!

    Great Book!I can't wait for the second one

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    loved

    i really loved this book. can't wait for the next one. already pre ordered it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Must read!

    As in all of Jessica's work you become apart of the characters!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2013

    Great read

    This book is very great book. It is very dark but stays very true to real life. It shows how people work through hard times in life and start to move on. Can't wait for book number 2

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

    more from this reviewer

     Painful, Grim and Dark. Two Lost Journeys With No Light To Guid

     Painful, Grim and Dark. Two Lost Journeys With No Light To Guide Them Home...

    4 Anguished, Broken Stars!

    The Review:
    This read was so heartbreakingly tragic, it weighed on me several days after reading it. I love Jessica Sorensen's writing. She has a way with words, allowing the reader to feel the despair and loneliness of her characters. This one took her other books and amplified the pain up by a thousand, and I loved every angsty minute of it.

    The two lead characters are so tragic, their pain so grievous, it jumped of the pages, leaving my heart bleeding, shattered and stomped on until it was crystallized dust. The desperation of the characters to find some sort of peace was a futile, blinding misery in the darkness that had ensnared them. Everything they went through in their pasts has broken the forward-moving, happy, loving people they once were and turned them into human husks, suspended in time, their minds stuck in an emotional turmoil they neither can escape nor want to escape, thinking they deserve all the turmoil they can heap on themselves.

    They don't want to let go and they don't want to move forward. For different reasons, they both feel the need to trap themselves in the past, suffering each long day in a black haze of nothingness.

    Their pain is real and they've completely forfeit their lives to their misery and tragedy.

    They are utterly broken.

    Characters/Story...
    This book opens up with a Prologue where eighteen year old Nova Reed and her childhood best friend, now boyfriend, are laying in the grass behind his house, talking about life and what it all means. The conversation is a bit deep for two people so young, but Landon is an artist who thinks on a different, more somber level than most people Nova knows. Its one of the things that drew her to him, along with the sadness that matched her own, in his eyes. Best friends since they were thirteen, they decided to take their relationship to the next level six months prior and Nova is looking forward to the future.

    But when waking up in the grass alone after falling asleep with the person she loves most at her side, her life is suddenly turned completely upside down and she is consumed by a bleakness so dark, its sends her spiraling into the void. That day changed everything about Nova.

    ....

    Quinton Carter is carefree and loves life. He has a plan. He knows for a certainty that he will go to college in a few short months, get an art degree, marry his girlfriend who is the love of his life and together, have a family someday. But fate steps in and in an instant, thats all cruelly snatched from him and now he's left to figure out how to survive. Alone.

    The book finally opens up to fifteen months later where both Nova and Quinton are existing but not living. Neither one can get past the events that changed them so dramatically. On a chance meeting, they are both drawn to each other. The darkness within them is screaming out for a connection but guilt and pain keep them struggling to find a balance.

    As the days pass, they each try to find ways to cope.

    Nova has given up on the happiness in her life. She no longer plays the drums, she no longer thrives on music and she has turned off all her feelings except the pain. Instead of moving forward, she masks her pain with counting and order, a strict regimen, never expanding or experiencing. She's obsessive compulsive, trying to control everything in her life because she couldn't control the one thing that changed her unequivocally.

    Quinton has dropped all of the things he loves from his life as well, feeling he deserves no happiness at all. He never smiles, he never laughs and he drowns himself in drugs and guilt. He doesn't look forward to a bright future and he doesn't want a connection with anyone.

    Both of their coping methods are equally unhealthy as they try to run or drown in emotions instead of dealing with it. Its like those horrific event just happened yesterday because they are stuck. At times, while they are together, it seems there's a slight desire to move forward until the guilt takes hold again and sucks them back in, trapping them in the haze once more.

    Story...
    Nova and Quinton are surrounded by events and people that do nothing but aid in their struggle. I loved the harrowing journey these two take and their time together might have been steeped in sorrow but they could have been good together, healing together if only they allowed themselves. But both were so far gone, Quinton especially, that the good they once harbored, was suffocating under the pain.

    I also loved the flashbacks we get with Nova and Landon. It helped me to understand what happened to him and that he wasn't a hurtful person, just a person in so much pain he couldn't find the happiness, even though he tried so very hard and had so much to be happy about. His mind and soul just couldn't escape whatever was keeping him trapped in the dark.

    The Wrap Up:
    This book ends on a slight cliffy. Nova and Quinton's story will continue in the next book, which I know is going to be even more harrowing, given the way this one ended. I'm a huge fan of Jessica Sorensen and I can't wait to see where these characters are heading next.

    NOTE: Breaking Nova is book one in the Nova series and is a New Adult Contemporary Drama written by Jessica Sorensen. I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) through NetGalley.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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