Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Release Day Blitz: Saving Quinton (Nova #2) by Jessica Sorensen (REVIEW, EXCERPT, + GIVEAWAY)

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Title: Saving Quinton
Series: Nova, #2
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Category: Romance/ Contemporary
Genre: New Adult/ Mature content
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5 
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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 My Thoughts  

I think something is a bit off with me, why you ask? Well because I love an emotional book that’s dark, gritty, and just emotionally plays with your heart. I do, in fact, crave books like this. I love emotional turmoil. I find that odd, and I’m not sure what that says about me. I can, however, say one thing; Saving Quinton was just the kind of emotionally intense book I just love.

I fall in love with this series, the characters and their situation, when I read the first book. It was quite a ride. And Saving Quinton was a great next book in the series. And just as emotional! I love where the book picked up and seeing where the characters were at. And though it hurt my heart, I couldn’t get enough of the characters!

I’m really happy to see where Nova was in this book. She has overcome a lot and really made something of herself. But her past still clings to her in many ways. Quinton being a major person in her past whom she just can’t move on from. Something I do admire about Nova is her determination. When she set her mind to find Quinton and help him, really made me respect her character. And, of course, how Nova cares so much for Quinton.

Quinton is definitely a character I like. However, he really broke my heart in this one. Where he was at, just took my breath away. I can’t help but feel for him and want him to get better. I don’t want to go into where he was mentally and emotionally-don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say seeing him and his struggles just broke my heart. And I cannot wait to see him overcome his situation because I have a feeling he will.

There were also a few side characters I really enjoyed getting to know. Some I even got attached to and became very proud of. And something I must point out, getting the story from both Nova and Quinton’s POV really made the story that much more… I don’t know… heart wrenching. 

Jessica Sorenson knows how to deliver heart wrenching stories that’ll split you open and make you hurt. Yet, she adds an underlining of hope you just cling to. I think that is why I like reading her books so much. No matter who gritty and dark and emotionally stressed they make me, I can always feel that hope.

I think the book moved at a very decent pace and that everything built naturally. It did take a while for some things to get rolling, but I never complained. Well, except for that cliffhanger! Dear lord, that cliffhanger (I really need the next book)!! Besides that, I really got lost in this book.

All in all, I think Saving Quinton is a great addition to the series. It made my heart hurt, yes, but also made me very hopeful. It was dark and so very scary real. Gritty and consuming. Definitely not for the faint of heart! But I do recommend this series to those who love books that are like that! 


EXCERPT
     I suddenly realize that I’m in my room. Awake. And Nova’s here. With me. My thoughts start racing as I try to recollect what happened. I was planning on those guys beating me to death. Why didn’t that happen? Because it was too easy? Do I deserve not to be let off so easy—do I deserve worse than death? But if that’s true then why’s Nova here?
     “What are you doing here?” It’s painful to talk, but I force the words to leave my mouth. “Or am I dreaming?”
     She repositions her hand on my cheek, but doesn’t pull away, the startled look in her eyes diminishing. “You’re not dreaming…you were unconscious but…are you okay?” She seems nervous and it reminds me of how innocent and good she is, and how she shouldn’t be here in the crack house that I call home.
     “Why are you here?” I ask, my voice feeble as I try to sit up, but my arms aren’t working and I fall right back down on the mattress.
     “I came here to see you,” she replies, absent-mindedly touching her lips, and I wonder if I really kissed her or if I was imagining it.
     She stares at me with her fingers on her lips and it’s uncomfortable because she’s really looking at me. I’ve been so used to people looking through me, as if I were a ghost, seeing the drugs, the person that I am now, the worthlessness all over me, instead of who I used to be. I’ve forgotten what it’s like to be really looked at and for a split second I enjoy it. Then she looks away and I feel like I’m dying, my brain registering the pain in my legs, arms, chest—everywhere. And I’m crashing. Badly.          My hands start to shake, my heart rate picking up as soon as I realize this.
     “Go put some ice in a plastic bag,” she says, snapping her fingers at someone.
     I hear a mutter and then Tristan steps into my view. He glances down at me and the haziness in his eyes lets me know he’s high on something, but I’m glad he’s at least here and it doesn’t look like he’s been beaten up. “Dude, you look like shit,” he tells me with a dopey-ass grin.
     “I feel like shit,” I mutter, managing to get my hand up to my face to rub my eyes.            “You look like you got away.”
     “I did, and you should have run with me, you dumbass…I thought you were for a while until I realized I was alone.” Tristan chuckles under his breath. “Wait until you see yourself in a mirror.”
     His amusement seems to piss Nova off and she gets to her feet, tugging the bottoms of her shorts down, fury burning in her eyes. “Go get a fucking bag to put the ice in,” she says, not yelling, but her tone is cold, abrupt, harsh, and she sort of shoves him.             This isn’t the Nova I remember at all and she kind of scares me.
    She seems to scare Tristan, too, who surrenders with his hands in front of him and backs toward the doorway. “Fine. Jesus, Nova. You don’t have to get crazy about it.”
     “You haven’t even begun to see me get crazy,” she snaps, pointing at the door.                  “Now go get a damn bag.”
     After Tristan leaves, she turns to the doorway and says, “What am I going to do?”
     I can’t see who she’s talking to and it makes me wonder who the hell is in here.          Delilah? I doubt it, since I don’t think she’d be asking Delilah that question.
     “I don’t know,” someone replies. I still can’t see who it is, but I can tell the voice   belongs to a female and I hate how excited I get over the fact that Nova’s not here with a guy. 
     Suddenly a girl with black hair and big blue eyes steps in. “He looks…” She assesses me, then looks at Nova. “He looks like he needs to go to a hospital.”
     “No hospitals,” I croak. “I don’t have the cash to pay for that.” And I don’t deserve to heal so easily. I should suffer for getting up and running away from my death.
Nova stares down at me with reluctance. “Quinton, I really think you need to go to a hospital.” She kneels back down on the mattress, sweeping her long brown hair to the side as she leans over me. Her fingers gently enfold my wrist and, moving slowly, she bends my arm so I can get a good view of my hand. It’s twice the size it normally is and my skin is purple and blue. Even where her fingers are, the skin is swollen and raw, and it seems like her touch should hurt, but all I can feel is heat—her heat. God, I’ve missed her heat. I’ve spent the last year wrapped up in coldness, feeling the numbness of drugs and sex with random women and now she’s here and I feel like I’m burning up.
     “It’s just a bruise,” I say, not looking at my hand, but at her. I want to hold her, hug her, kiss her, touch her, but I also want her to go away. Stay. Leave. Right. Wrong. Lexi. Nova. Guilt.
     Guilt.
     Guilt.
     Guilt.
     It was all your fault.
 
About the Author: 
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Jessica Sorensen is a #1 New York Times and USA Todaybestselling author who lives with her husband and three kids in Idaho. When she's not writing, she spends her time reading and hanging out with her family.




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5 comments:

  1. You know I love the emotional books too so this definitely sounds like something for me. I have so many books by this author I really need to get to. Great review!

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  2. I'm with you! Sometimes emotionally damaging books are just what I'm in the mood for! LOL. Sorensen does a great job with these types of books. I remember you enjoying the first book, so I'm really glad this one worked as well! I'm really intrigued about this one, especially after reading that excerpt!

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  3. Great review Magen. I loved this one too! I loved where Nova was at, and how determined she was when it came to Quinton. And Quinton... he broke my heart too!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  4. I loved the emotion and character depth in this series

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  5. I have Breaking Nova but I have yet to start this series. Glad you enjoyed this installment.

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