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review 2016-09-15 00:34
Review for Ruin Me by Jessica Sorensen
Ruin Me (Nova) (Breaking Nova Book 5) - Jessica Sorensen

This review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews


Clara McKinley has made the fact that she doesn’t have time for a relationship abundantly clear. She has set up a serious of rules to insure her Friday night flings with Jax Hensley don’t become anything more than a friends with benefits arrangement. That works fine until Jax receives a call from his crack-whore mom saying she fears for her life and he needs someone to go with him back to Wyoming to check on her. Clara agrees under the assumption that nothing will change between them on this trip. But even as she makes the stipulation, she knows it’s useless. Things with Jax grow more intense at every encounter and pretty soon she’s be breaking all her rules for him.


I was half in love with Jax from the previous novel. Jax does a lot to help his sister Avery in Wreck Me and he’d already won me over there. He’s smart and loyal and sweet and just right level of cocky to have me swooning. It had me wondering how Clara managed to resist him at all, much less for how long she does. It was just a bit weird for me to switch Jax from brother role to lover in my head. I don’t know why exactly as I have read series’ that feature different siblings before, but this time switching gears just took a moment. The first time him and Clara get it on, I was still wearing my Avery goggles and that gave the scene a very different vibe than I expect was intended. It is probably only because I jumped directly into this after finishing Wreck Me. I mean I literally finished Wreck Me and then flipped through my kindle for this one and started it. So, you know, don’t do that. Wait a few hours or a day before starting this to let your brain settle Jax out of the brother role. Once I got out of that, though, I was immediately swooning over him.


Clara was a character I didn’t love as much as I expected to. I think it was because I felt like she was putting too much emphasis on her mom and her responsibilities. She shies away from guys because her high school boyfriend dumped her over the responsibilities she was left with when her dad died and her mom became mentally handicapped. She’s scared all guys will run away because he did. I get that Jax is young, but she knows enough about him to know that he has his fair share of responsibility and would never walk away for such a reason. It really bugged me that it took her so long to let him in. The boy has had a hard life and he deserves some happiness. I don’t like anyone who stands in the way of that.


My only issue with this was that I didn’t love Clara as much as I normally love Sorensen’s heroines and it felt too short. With Clara, I just felt like she was making more out of taking care of her mom than she needed to. I’m not saying her situation isn’t sad, just that it isn’t as bad as she makes it out to be in her head. The shortness thing is probably just because when I really enjoy things I don’t want them to end. Besides, I’m used to 300-400 pages from Sorensen and this doesn’t even hit 200. So naturally I wanted more. Even with not loving Clara, I was ready to see more scenes between her and Jax. Or maybe a few more snippets of Jax and Avery interacting because I like seeing the novels connect. At the same time, I can see why it’s short. Jax’s has been through enough and is more than ready to start his happily ever after. After this one adventure tracking down his mom, his life should be turmoil free for a good long time and there is no need to draw out his torture unnecessarily.


The story and writing here is just what I’ve come to expect from Sorensen, amazing. She never fails to deliver a story that keeps me enthralled and begging for me. She’s also pretty known for her cliffhangers, but that is blessedly absent here. Ruin me is written with her signature level of smut and snark and heart. Even as you smile at the humorous dialogue, your heart hurts for these characters and their lives.


I know I’ve said it in several reviews before, but it bears repeating. Jessica Sorensen knows how to write a perfectly flawed character. She knows exactly how to give me the characters I didn’t know I needed to read about and this is no exception to that. Though it doesn’t quite live up to the epic-ness that is Wreck Me, it’s an amazing story in it’s own right and one that kept me thoroughly entertained. She is already one of my favorite authors and each book I read by her just bumps her higher up the list! Though I think this could be read as a stand-alone, I recommend reading Wreck Me before diving into this so you have a bit more background on Jax.


****Thank you to Jessica Sorensen for providing me with an eARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review****

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review 2015-09-03 12:12
Review: Breaking Nova
Breaking Nova - Jessica Sorensen

BREAKING NOVA is the first book in a new New Adult series by Jessica Sorensen. The book follows the stories of Nova Reed and Quinton Carter; both are struggling to deal with tragedies that have affected their lives, and the summer that their paths cross.


Having read two books by the author, I thought I knew what I was getting into with this book: a troubled couple and plenty of romance. I found that BREAKING NOVA was more troubled than romance, and I honestly feel that the book would have worked better marketed as an “issues” book – at least then I wouldn’t have had certain expectations regarding the romance when I went into it.


To be fair, Sorensen weaves an interesting and complex narrative. I thought she did a good job in showing what happened to both Nova and Quinton without being melodramatic. She also made them both seem like believable characters with their own unique tragedies. Sorensen does a sensitive job with these events. In particular, for me, she did a good job with Nova’s journey through the book – although she could have added a few more details towards the end. In a lot of ways BREAKING NOVA is just about Nova, and Quinton’s story just seems incidental and a way to link to the next book in the series.


If you are looking for a typical New Adult book, then BREAKING NOVA may surprise you. The story is a complex one; with the dual narrative we get to see both sides of the narrative. This is a characteristic Sorensen uses in most of her books, and as always she pulls it off brilliantly. If you are looking for an intricate story within the New Adult genre then you may want to consider this book.


Originally posted on The Flutterby Room.

Source: theflutterbyroom.com/2015/09/03/review-breaking-nova-by-jessica-sorensen
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review 2015-02-25 04:40
Book Review: Saving Quinton (Nova, #2) by Jessica Sorensen
Saving Quinton - Jessica Sorensen

Saving Quinton - Jessica Sorensen Nova Reed can't forget him-Quinton Carter, the boy with the honey-brown eyes who made her realize she deserved more than an empty life. His pain was so similar to her own. But Nova has been coming to terms with her past and healing, while Quinton is out there somewhere, sinking deeper. She's determined to find him and help him . . . before it's too late.


Nova has haunted his dreams for nearly a year-but Quinton never thought a sweet, kind person like her would care enough about a person like him. To Quinton, a dark, dangerous life is exactly what he deserves. And Nova has no place in it. But Nova has followed him to Las Vegas, and now he must do whatever it takes to keep her away, to maintain his self-imposed punishment for the unforgivable things he's done. But there's one flaw in his plan: Nova isn't going anywhere . . .

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Saving Quinton


I fell in love with the Nova series, the minute that I started reading and ended up devouring the complete series like I was starving for air and left for dead. It is truly THAT GOOD, people!

Saving Quinton, is the sequel to Breaking Nova, and it follows Quinton Carter as he continues to spiral out of control and becomes deeper embroiled within the dark, seedy, drug trafficking underbelly of Las Vegas. Beautifully written, it is a harsh and gritty look at the how and what low self-worth and the allure of drugs to numb the pain can cause someone to come undone and almost lose themselves forever. Quinton has this way of breaking my heart into a million little ugly pieces and then puzzling them back together in some of the most uniquely painful and endearing ways possible. Completely wrecked with the grief and pain over the lives that he accidentally took and letting the guilt eat away at him until he's barely a shadow of the person he was before the accident claimed the lives of two people he cared about, he free falls deeper and deeper into the world of drugs in an attempt to snuff out the pain, run from what he isn't ready to face, and to eventually kill himself one way or another as a way of paying his own messed up complicated penance for those lives lost.

Quinton's life is filled with so much heartache and personal tragedy, that the only decent thing in his life is the little ray of light that Nova brings to him. He's so convinced that he doesn't deserve her or anything good in his life, that he almost lets the darkness overtake him and dampen the best thing that could have possibly happened to him. Nova believes in him, will put her own depression and sadness in danger of overtaking her once again, just to help save him. This is the one thing that she is hell bent on doing, because she knows that there is so much more to Quinton than drugs and if she can pull herself out of the world that she almost got caught up in, then she can pull him out as well. Even though the lengths that she went to in order to help him, the danger that she readily placed herself in for Quinton, was messed up on many levels and nearly got herself hurt or could have possibly gotten herself killed - her tenacity and strength at finally succeeding in making him fully aware that he is worth it is what mattered the most in the end.

Saving Quinton, is an incredibly emotionally intense and moving novel that will leave you breathless, and aching for more. It's not the most pretty story, in fact, it's dark, gritty, and pretty damn ugly most of the time but it's definitely worth it in the end. It will absolutely break your heart and then stick it back together with duct tape and twine, only to leave jagged and frayed edges behind. Not everything in life is easy and no one is exempt from the pain of harsh realities, life altering situations, and devastating losses. Jessica Sorensen, definitely knows how to pen a novel and a story so emotionally wrecking that it will stay with you long after you've finished reading it. Her characters are real, they are messy and complicated, and their lives aren't always filled with sunshine and easily happy-ever-afters. This, in my opinion, is the best thing about them.

The ability to write such a poignant, realistic outlook on what the world of drugs and complicated romance between two people who are just as scarred as the other, doesn't always come easy. The fact that Jessica Sorensen could do it and pull it off so well with this series, is completely amazing! More than anything, I love how even in the darkness there is the flicker of hope always there, a spark that ignites the flame and rises so high that it almost bursts off the pages. These are the stories - the books - and the characters that I want to read about. Their self-worth wrung inside out, their hearts shattered almost beyond repair, yet the two of them fall together hard and finally collapse in each other's lives with arms wide open. I will read this story every single damn time.

If you're looking for something with tumultuous emotion, intense feels, and a gritty look at complicated romance then this is the series that you'll want to pick up. I would definitely recommend this highly! Jessica Sorensen is an author that is forever on my auto-buy list.

Source: soulunsung.blogspot.com/2015/02/saving-quinton-nova-2-by-jessica.html
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review 2015-02-18 22:44
Book Review: Breaking Nova (Nova, #1) by Jessica Sorensen
Breaking Nova - Jessica Sorensen

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?


One of the most emotionally wrecking novels I have read in quite a while, I was transfixed by the story it told. Full of beautiful tragedy and overwhelming sadness, Breaking Nova, absolutely ripped my heart in two. Nova and Quinton left me aching in every possible way the two of them could. This is probably one of the most realistic and humanly gorgeous novel's I have read in quite some time. It was absolutely worth every tear, every single frustration I had, and every chewed up emotion that I experienced after being wrung out from such a compelling and wonderfully written intense book.

Why have these books been missing from my life?!

Jessica Sorensen has definitely cornered the market on writing some of the most realistic and human New Adult contemporary novels that I've ever read. Breaking Nova gives you a glimpse into the gritty, edgy, and dark world of violence and drugs. Both Nova and Quinton, who are suffering from their own personal tragedies that have taken over and consumed their world, coloring it black from the inside out, absolutely break my heart in the best possible ways. Struggling with their issues and drowning in their own hell, these two fall together and fall apart further than either of them ever intended. It's terrifying and incredibly saddening to watch as they continue to make one bad decision after another, breaking each other and themselves to pieces.

It's the perfect struggle of guilt, intense overwhelming pain, hatred, and darkness overtaking these two characters. It plunges them into depths that neither of them really seem to care, because caring is to feel something and neither one of them wants that. Drugs are their way of turning off the world around them, numbing themselves the pain that sneaks in and threatens to overtake them, and it's ultimately their way of running away from their problems instead of facing them head on. It's Nova, who is pulled out of this sea of tempestuous agony by the revelation that life is what you make of it. You can make it hard and miserable or you can survive through the pain and live another day. Living in this world is hard and painful, but it is also strong and worth every bit of the fight that comes along with it.

It's ultimately what saves her and she believes that she can save Quinton too, but not before she saves herself.

From the first book in this series to the last book, Jessica Sorensen has captivated, wowed, and wrecked me in so many wonderfully painful and beautiful ways. The Nova series is definitely one of the best written, gritty, and realistic outlooks on what life is like when you're a druggie strung out, when you're so broken that you can't see your way out of the dark, and finally when you do reach out to take the helping hand offered to you. It's been quite a while, since I've immersed myself completely, wholly, and so emotionally into a series that has completely overtaken my days and nights because I simply didn't want to put it down.

If you are looking for a complicated love story filled with tragedy, painful reminders of how good life was like before the pain settled in, and what life could be like if you let yourself open up and let go of what's eating you up inside - then this series is the one for you. If you're looking for perfectly happy-ever-after endings where everything is peaches and roses, nobody dies, and everybody gets what they want in the end without having to endure the scars of painful tragedy then this isn't the series for you. Whether you choose to pick this book up and read it, I'll leave that up to you.

For me, I'd read it again every single time, in a heartbeat because easy, carefree, and always bubbly happy isn't always what life is about.

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review 2014-08-24 00:25
Review: Breaking Nova (Nova #1) by Jessica Sorensen
Breaking Nova - Jessica Sorensen

Initial reaction: One of the few times I picked up a book where it started off terrible and cliche, but the progression really grew from where it started. I liked it, but I have some bones to pick with the narrative. This review might run a little long, for constructive and personal feedback.

Full review:

This is the last time you say,
After the last line you break,
It's not even a holiday,
Nothing to celebrate.
You give a hundred reasons why,
And you say you're really gonna try.
If I had a nickel for everytime,
I'd own the bank.

Thought that I was the exception,
I could have rewrite your addiction,
You could've been the greatest,
But you'd rather get wasted.

You fall asleep during foreplay,
'Cause the pills you take, are more your forte.
I'm not sticking around to watch you go down.
Wanna be your lover, not your fucking' mother.
Can't be your savior, I don't have the power.
I'm not gonna stay and watch you circle the drain,
Watch you circle the drain,
Watch you circle the drain.

-lyrics from "Circle the Drain" by Katy Perry

I start this review off by quoting these specific set of lyrics because this was the one song that played through my mind after reading this book. It's a pretty powerful statement since this book is pretty heavy for its subject matter - tackling drugs, depression, death (including suicide and survivor's guilt) among other matters.

I'll be blunt starting this discussion/reflection: Sorensen's previous narratives have not impressed me, because many times, I had issues not only with the way certain issues were portrayed, but the writing was just so underwhelming, lacking quite a bit of character intimacy and an eye for detail and reflective insight (plus...cliches. Many, many cliches). There were more moments of telling versus showing, and quite a few of the series I started from her I had to stop because of the very cheap cliffhangers that she would usually use to break into the next installment of a series.

"Breaking Nova" is a bit of a departure from that trend (and seriously, thank goodness for that), but it's still extremely flawed for a narrative. I'll admit I had a hard time getting into this novel to start. The writing in the beginning was very underwhelming with its tell-all format, and it felt like there was a mismatch between the very heavy ordeals the characters endured and how the presentation came across. Quinton and Nova are palpable characters, they're young and naive, marred by tragedy. Nova's boyfriend commits suicide, leaving Nova herself grappling with depression as well as obsessive compulsive disorder. Quinton has survivor's guilt after being the person at the wheel that killed his girlfriend and another friend. He pretty much is a dead man revived and walking, lost to the lust of drugs and addiction.

This is not an easy narrative to read, two-fold on the note. On one hand, I really liked the realistic and blunt way this narrative is told between Nova and Quinton's characters. It made them more dimensional and you get the impression that they are not perfect characters. However, I did not like the way the narrative seemed to beat me over the head with some of the ideals intended. Yes, we know these characters are not perfect or "good" - and the narrative spent far too much time dwelling on this fact. I did love that Nova spent a lot of time searching for some mark of herself through this novel, despite her grief. She showed a lot of growth from the time she started in this novel to the endpoint, where she came to terms with things. I rarely see this kind of growth in NA novels - seriously, this genre needs to pick itself off its bootscraps and do more of this. Show its characters coming to terms with their grief in realistic ways and moving away from things that may tempt or make them lost or what have you. Added to handling it with the kind of maturity that it deserves. Because that's life - that's real, that's the kind of thing I like to see in contemporary narratives with handling this kind of tough subject matter. It makes it more mature and identifiable, even when the characters do things that the reader may not like or agree with.

But, I'm not happy about the cliches and misinterpretations of issues here. This doesn't completely depart from the usual slut shaming/bitch slamming, melodramatic meandering that I usually see in the genre. And that sucks really, because I don't know if this narrative really needed all that to tell its respective story, and it probably could've even been more powerful without it. Some of it I could accept for realism, but I think there was just a bit too much focus with that here (not as much as other narratives I've read, but enough to where it was a problem).

Let's also establish something right now about the way this book handles depression/anxiety/OCD/mental illness/addiction. Some parts of it are amazingly well presented, especially with respect to Nova coping with her boyfriend's suicide, her father's death, her own suicide attempt, and other measures where she's in her own head and succumbs to habit and anxieties she can't control. Even Quinton's survivor's guilt has value and identifiable traits, and his spiral into the use and abuse of drugs is very realistic given the pain he feels. The narrative doesn't sugarcoat it, which is something I respected when it was done well.

But here are the things I didn't like:

1. Depression is not just "sadness." Please stop perpetuating this myth. I didn't understand why this was repeated through the narrative as much as it was, and it played right into the hand of the cliche/assumption and it's wrong. Every other line seemed like something about the other characters observing Quinton and Nova looking "sad" or "depressed" or "like shit" and I was like "Dude, STOP. This is not the way to emphasize this."

And it's a shame, because there are moments when Sorensen hits the nail on the head for the experience and how the characters come to terms (well, at least Nova's case, because even by the end of this book, Quinton's still struggling, and at least those portrayals were realistic and not some magical sex/love cure-all B.S. that tend to pepper NA narratives pervasively.) I liked the fact that Nova got into making films and revealing her raw struggles and grief. I liked that Quinton's descent into drugs was realistic. There were moments where I worried the narrative would glorify his use and abuse, but it's shown to be a problem and a spiral that consumes his life (and almost consumes Nova as well.)

2. Too much crying. I understand the grieving process, and I even embrace the fact that this narrative shows both its male and female characters grieving during crucial and critical moments where they're emotionally overworked/overwhelmed by their experiences. But it was a bit too much in this, man. It felt like it was repeated (and really, that was a big flaw in this collective narrative: repetition where there didn't need to be repetition).

3. The realistic portrayal of OCD was very limited here. Yes, it was mentioned the character suffers from compulsive habits, and there are points where Nova's anxieties have an intimate exploration. But instead of being told this information and repeated continously, I would've liked to see more how she actually deals with this. It could've even been valuable to see her in therapeutic settings (since it was mentioned she did see a therapist). I almost would've liked it if Sorensen did something similar to what E. Lockhart did with the Ruby Oliver series, in that it showed how Ruby suffered from panic attacks, what triggered them and how she was able to overcome that. While this is NA, and I understand there were other issues here to be explored for the narrative constraints - it would've been far better to use that time to develop and show this rather than just spending the time in the telling repetition it chose to go with. I would've valued Nova's character even more with that, because at least - from the perspective of someone who doesn't have that particular condition - I would've been able to see more of Nova's experiences.

This isn't so much a romance novel as it is a realistic fiction/tough subject work in contemporary terms, but I thought the narrative did a decent job of showing the connections between Nova and Quinton, even when there were matters that created tension between them. And while these characters had a lot of growing up to do, at least this narrative really made it palpable after a time.

I'm likely to follow this series to see where it goes, and I hope that Sorensen's narrative improves upon the point where this series started. There are some moments of good standing here, but it's almost undermined by the fact that Sorensen chooses to repeat measures that don't need the repetition or telling, and undermined by the cliches and misinterpretations/juvenile portrayals of heavy subjects that often pepper other narratives in this genre. But I am glad there were at least moments in this where it went away from the box of complete instalust or just trainwreck relationships for the sake of the trainwreck. It actually meant something, and I fully appreciated Sorensen's dedication in the beginning which addressed this book to anyone who's ever felt "lost." I've been there personally in moments in my life, and while I couldn't identify with any of the characters directly for their experiences (understatement), at least there were moments in this novel where I could say "Yeah, this conveys the measure of losing your way and place in the world, but there's potential to be able to get back up again, regardless of how far you fall."

Overall score: 3/5 stars

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.

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