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?
I loved this read. It has all the characteristics of a 5 star read for
me: I stayed up all night reading it and it ended with me feeling that I
can’t wait for the next book in this series.
This is not a
story that will appeal to everyone. It deals realistically with some
very difficult subjects: suicide, accidental death, hard-core drug use,
and depression. If these topics are triggers for you, you may want to
This is the story of Nova. She’s a mess, still grieving
after losing her boyfriend and best friend. And there’s Quinton,
dealing with same emotions under slightly different circumstances.
There’s a lot of pain here. When they meet, neither one knows that they
are fighting frighteningly similar demons. I couldn’t help but wonder
what was going to happen when so much pain came together. How could
these two damaged souls be good for each other?
But they are
drawn to each other, and over the summer, their shared experiences may
change the course of their lives. Yes, I’m being deliberately vague
because this book is a journey and I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you.
is a lot of drug use in this, but in my opinion it wasn’t glorified.I
loved the gritty real feel of this book. It was a realistic depiction
of how kids get involved with drugs, and what it takes to get away. I
thought this aspect of the book was very well done without preaching
The emotional content in this book is huge. If you
like a story that takes you deep into the heart and mind of the
characters and like a darker story, this may be for you. The emotions
dripped from the pages, but yet I did not find this maudlin. I think
that’s pretty darn good writing, because there is so much sad in this.
for me, this book had a lot of what I look for in a read. It was fast
paced, had some interesting multi-dimensional characters, had supporting
characters that weren’t just placeholders, and it left me wanting more
when I got to the end. I liked the dark realism of this read. Jessica
Sorensen isn’t afraid to give the reader a heaping dose of it in this.
I also loved how Nova moves forward as the book comes to a close. It was a very hopeful ending.
can’t wait to find out what happens to Quinton. Will he pull himself
out abyss or will he fall? What will happen to Nova when she tries to
help him? I will definitely be making a note of the release date for
the next book in this series.
Thanks to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.
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