Thursday, 18 June 2015

Review of Nova and Quinton: No Regrets by Jessica Sorenson

The bit on the back…

Today is the first day of Quinton Carter's new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She's the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day . . . but he's not ready yet.

Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova's life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life's dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past . . . and into Nova's heart?

Firstly thank you to Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for approving me for a review copy of this title via NetGalley. This is what spurred me on to read the series from the beginning and had me devouring Breaking Nova and Saving Quinton in just a few days.

We start back with the characters where the 2nd book left off. Nova’s relentless attempt to bring Quinton back from the brink and back into living his life rather than waiting to die has paid off and Quinton is ready to try and move on with his life.

Where the previous two books have been a little depressing, dark and overall not the easiest books to feel great about after you’ve read them, this is like a little ray of light shining over the whole series. Nova is in a much better place with her filming and drumming and Quinton is in a place to start fresh with the addiction in his past.

Unlike the first two books there is a real sense of frustration in this book. It comes from a few sources. Firstly on Quinton’s side of the story is his continued frustration with the guilt that he carries and how he feels about moving on, leaving the past behind him. His is the biggest transformation throughout the whole series and I was so happy to see him better and almost back to his old self.

Secondly there is frustration on Nova’s side of the story too. Nova and Quinton are sort of on a time out while Quinton tries to adjust and since both characters only know a little about each other they spend the time becoming proper friends before mention of their destined relationship. For Nova having Quinton so far away is hard to deal with because she wants to be there to help him through this new phase in his life. For me there was a little bit of frustration with Nova herself. It’s inherent that Nova suffers from OCD from the beginning of Breaking Nova and while she has conquered the nervous counting she has yet to conquer her compulsion to save everyone. Her compassion is admirable but like her friend Leah and her mum I often worried about the impact that “saving people” really had on Nova.

If you’ve read The Edge of Never I would definitely recommend this series to you.

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