By Jessica Sorensen
Author’s Website: http://jessicasorensen.com/
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Una
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?
This is a very deep and disturbing first book of a trilogy that certainly would not appeal to someone looking for a light romance.
This book is the story of Nova Reed a troubled youth who had witnessed her father’s death at 11 and then came upon her boyfriend Langdon at 18 after he committed suicide. Distressed she also tries to commit suicide however is saved and then falls into obsessive compulsive behavior and severe anxiety. Disturbed that she could not have helped Langdon she never watches the tape he made prior to his suicide. On returning from school she and her best friend Delilah decide to go to a rock concert with Delilah’s boyfriend and Quinton Carter a boy Nova has just met and is enamoured with because he has many of the same tributes as Langdon. . At the rock concert she tries weed and develops a relationship with Quinton. Although she knows he is extremely troubled and is using drugs she still is able to see the good in him. On a romantic encounter he learns that she is a virgin and leaves her intact. The story ends with her watching the tape and realizing that this drug scene is not for her.
Quinton Carter is a victim of survivor guilt. He feels he was responsible for his girlfriend and cousins death as he was driving. He wishes he would have died also as he feels that no one can forgive him for what he has done. Enter Nova who suddenly makes him feel again and brings out the person he used to be. Feeling not deserving even of her he goes further and further down the drug route.
This book would have difficulty standing alone as the reader is left with too many unanswered questions. Although not a fun read I look forward to the next books to complete the story.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*