Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Nova and Quinton: No Regrets by Jessica Sorensen



Published: 4/15/2014
Series: Nova #3
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18210226-nova-and-quinton

Official Blurb:

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?

Spoilers Below:



This has been one of the books I’ve most looked forward to reading this year. This is the pivotal turning point for both Nova and Quinton. The book starts with Quinton fresh out of drug rehab and entering back into the real world. Coming back into the world is very hard for Quinton. He finds himself back in his old room, littered with pictures of his mom and Lexi. He begins seeing a new, aggressive therapist and joins a support group for ex-addicts dealing with guilt. While in rehab, he didn’t speak or write to Nova. He still has Nova’s letter, but doesn’t bring himself to read it until he’s ready. After he leaves rehab, they text and talk on the phone. Yet, she does a little unconventional to help him heal. She plays a song tailored to the emotions he’s feeling at the end of their call. Music has a funny way of helping us heal the hardest emotions to deal with and Nova seems to know the exact song he needs to hear. He can tell her a lot more than he can even tell his therapist or his support group

Meanwhile, Nova has grown a lot in this book. While facing guilt of her own, she’s learning to live her life again. Nova shares an apartment with Lea, her best friend, and Tristan, a former drug addict. She’s in band, going to school, and working a steady job. Nova still worries about her relationship Quinton as he never responded to her attempts to contact him in rehab. But, once their contact resumes, she cannot and will not give up on Quinton as much as he thinks he’s bad for her. Nova has this unbending quality of wanting to save people. She feels as if is her duty to save those who cannot save themselves and when she can’t, she begins to shutdown. We see this theme several times in this book. Nova is constantly after Tristan to make sure he’s staying clean as well as her therapeutic conversations with Quinton. But, things become very real for Nova towards the last 1/3 of the book. Nova is faced with many emotional hurdles, Tristan relapses and Delilah, a childhood friend and drug addict, has gone missing in Las Vegas. Nova cannot handle the pressure and takes off to Seattle to see Quinton. Meanwhile, Quinton rips the proverbially band-aid and takes down the visual reminders of his past demons the exact morning Nova arrives unannounced. While reluctant as his readiness to see her, he picks her up at the airport because she’s helped him so much in his life that he wants to be there for her. They spend the day together for the first time both being sober. They realize that together they can overcome their past and find happiness. Yet, that happiness almost immediately taken away by the news that Delilah was found murdered. Nova feels immense guilt that she never could get through to Delilah and get her away from her abusive boyfriend. Supporting Nova, Quinton attends the funeral with him. He keeps her strong and stops her from shutting down. He encourages her to find her own happiness and insists she join the documentary film team her professor asks her to join about life after death and healing.

In the epilogue, we find that Quinton has been building Habitat for Humanity houses across the country with Wilson and Tristan as a form of therapy while Nova’s been away working on the documentary. Nova and Quinton are both in a good place. We find out that they are going to work together on a documentary film and living together. The only sad part to the epilogue is the revelation that Tristan contracted Hepitiatis C during his drug use.

While I’ve seen other reviews stating that this book wasn’t as emotionally good as the first two in there story, I’d have to politely disagree. The first two books in this series were about Nova and Quinton meeting each other and their dark pasts. This book for me was the best in the series. Both have addressed their past demons and have found their way to happiness. The road to being happy was never easy for either of them. In the end, when happiness is hard fought for it means so much more. Love and life aren’t meant to be easy. This story, while dark at times, shows the true meaning of finding the light in the darkness. This is by far my favorite series by Jessica Sorensen and it will continue on with Tristan’s story, entitled “Tristan: Finding Hope” set to be published on 6/3/2014.

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