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?
Nova is a girl who has been left broken after the horrific loss she faced almost a year ago. She is not the person she once was, but is just getting by. It is when she comes home from college that Nova’s somewhat reconstructed existence begins to crumble and all of the feelings and compulsions that help her survive begin to drown her. It is also where she meets the beautifully broken Quinton. Quinton is a guy who like Nova, suffered greatly. Carrying the burden of guilt on his shoulders, his once good guy persona has crumbled and transformed him into the broken, desolate young man who turns to purely heartbreaking avenues to deal with his pain. When these two lost souls meet, they begin to realise that life does go on, and that even the deepest of wounds can eventually heal. But will they be able to let each other in, or is the loss and devastation they both have suffered too much to love again?
From the moment the prologue begins, the devastating events that unfold set up this highly emotional and melancholic tale. This is a story of two lost individuals who are left so broken, that even together the emotional turmoil of their pasts leaves them fighting relentlessly to keep their heads above water.
Nova is a character who simply tears your heart out and as the author allows you to explore the shell that is left of this once whole young woman, you can’t help but feel such sorrow for her.
The recognition Nova finds within Quinton is the same fear, sadness and depression she recognised and found within her first love, Landon. As this young woman sees the remnants of a damaged young man who was once whole, she vows to try to put the pieces back together and help Quinton.
Quinton is a young man still reeling with the pain and loss, guilt and continually lives to punish himself in an effort to redeem what he feels is his fault. The guilt he carries lies like a heavy blanket on his shoulders and makes him very similar to Landon in the fact that he too, is left alone, in despair fighting and struggling with his grief. The difference is however, that Landon was a lost soul, Quinton has since become one. Both men in their own right instigate such a deep connection within Nova.
I am a huge fan of Jessica Sorensen and no one writes such poetically heartbreaking tales as she does. Much like Sorensen’s previous books, both the hero and heroine share the commonality of being broken and deeply damaged. This story was dark; it was bittersweet and utterly filled to the brim with melancholy. It is also a book that is stunningly written, depicting both the healing power of love as well as the detrimental effects caused by it.
Breaking Nova utterly broke my heart and left me in a perpetual dark cloud throughout the course of the book. I wanted these characters to find the light they so desperately needed to get themselves out of the situation they were in and I felt emotionally exhausted at the journey Jessica Sorensen took me on. It exemplifies the impact of her writing, and the way in which her characters draw you in and consume your every emotion, and every thought within her novels.
I want to give this book 5 stars so much, but 4.5 is what I will settle on.
It was the ending for me. This is a book about two people struggling to move on, fearful that if they allow themselves to feel again it will lessen the impact of loving and losing those dear to them.
It is also a book that takes you on a slow progressive journey where these characters’ lives transition from a life of contentment to utter destruction and devastation in the blink of an eye. It is at the very end of course, that Sorensen sheds the beautiful glimmering light that appears at the end of this long winding tunnel that her characters have been through. It is also the ending that made me feel so passionately and intensely, that I wanted to fling my Kindle across the room.
And so now here I am, impatiently patiently waiting until February for the second book in the series, that I so desperately cannot wait to read, especially after that awful tear-jerking cliff-hanger.
4.5 Heartbreakingly Beautiful Stars