Breaking Nova

Breaking Nova

by Jessica Sorensen


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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 . . .


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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455582716
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Series: Nova and Quinton Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Twitter @jessFallenStar

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Breaking Nova 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 139 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book....cant wait for the next book. Very emotional and heartbreaking. I felt so deeply for all the characters.
Ashley-at-Nook-of-Books More than 1 year ago
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.
tjcb01 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book and cant wait for the next part.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm tired of reading these series that could be written as one novel.
Oswegomom More than 1 year ago
As a high school teacher, this story is realistic and gritty. Could be a true story about a number of kids I have taught.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a darker book, but none the less is a good book. I will read the next one.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
sugarpine721 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
slz52 More than 1 year ago
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..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book!I can't wait for the second one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i really loved this book. can't wait for the next one. already pre ordered it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As in all of Jessica's work you become apart of the characters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was dark, but honest. A total tearjerker, but worth the read!
BookReaderSyd More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Since the first page I can relate to the pain she was going through throughout the story. This book is not for everyone but me it helped me find some clarity and peace for myself.
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SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
Breaking Nova had me hooked from the first page, the prologue was an insight into the way Jessica set the tone for this story. Letting the readers in on the tragedies that befell Nova and Quinton early on which turned them into the people we meet in the first chapter gives us an insight into why they have become so withdrawn, grief-stricken and prone to addiction, neither are coping with the tragedies that have defined them, both have in a way given up, Quinton especially who is on a downward spiral to nowhere. Nova is home on Summer break, through her friend Delilah she finds herself hanging around with the wrong crowd, drug users/dealers and it's not long before she finds herself partaking in the drugs that seem to be prevalent throughout the trailer where they spend most of their time, living there is Quinton who has been disowned by all of his family except Tristan who's trailer he's staying in, Quinton bears a strong resemblance to somebody named Landon that Nova is desperately trying to forget that and the reason why he's no longer around with the drugs leaving her hazy and out of it, letting her for a time whilst high to not think or care about anything. Nova and Quinton are both drawn to one another, each of them feel guilty about their feelings for each other, they both need saving, both need redemption and to neither feel guilty for actions beyond their control. Breaking Nova is a story that features heavy subject matters, it doesn't shy away and doesn't apologise for what it is, this is real life, this stuff really happens, it's a sad but true fact that not everybody's lives are perfect, people struggle, some can only feel relief from the guilt in certain ways, to escape they turn to whatever they can to just forget if only for a little while, it's heartbreaking but realistic and I applaud Jessica for that. After the ending I'm anxious to get to the next book which I have sitting here next to me waiting to be picked up, I really enjoyed this book I just hope life picks up for Quinton especially in the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I regret purchasing this book. It took me days to finish and i can go through 1 in a night. I would close it and read another because it was so bad. I did finish hoping that it would get better, but sadly no. The nova book was alright but q was not ever soso. I felt nothing for the story or characters and didnt think the author knew enpugh about the content she was writing. Felt as she were reading reserch from pamplets then repeating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago