Saturday, January 25, 2014

ARC REVIEW - Saving Quinton by 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 . . .

Saving Quinton picks up where Breaking Nova left off more or less. Nova has taken her baby steps at getting better. She is doing good but one thing is missing and that's Quinton. Summer break is about come up again and Nova wants to find Quinton and help him but he has fallen into such a dark place.
He got his wish when the girl that made him 'feel' ran out on everything. Quinton feels he doesn't deserve to be happy and there's no one who thinks he does besides Nova.
He is not the only one she had to leave behind. Delilah, her best friend stayed with Dylan getting high and getting in deeper. Nova walked away at just the right time to miss out on the meth that would consume her friends.
She has a new roommate at college, Lea, and when Nova learns that Quinton has moved to Vegas she makes a sudden decision. She is going to Vegas, no matter what. She needs to see him, know he's okay, at least breathing. Her mom is reluctant but once she explains why, she gets the support she needs. Lea knows about everything Nova went through, they met at a suicide support group meeting at school.
Going to see Quinton for the first time I could tell this was going to be a rough read. It's dark, it's gritty, it's painful, it's reality and so well written. I was there, in my mind I could see and feel and experience the uncertainty and determination Nova portrayed. I got completely sucked into this book and I loved every agonizing second of it. I did not put it down! I couldn't!
I was left raw and frayed yet satisfied by the end of this book but I am also left wanting more. Needing more. This was a harshly relatable read for me. I have seen some of those situations close up and I didn't envy any of the characters. I laughed a little but I cried more and I felt a sinking in my gut most of the way through. It really was a great read and a brave thing on the part of the author.
While my life never went as deep into the rabbit hole as Quinton's, I have been low and addicted and unhappy and felt completely alone even though I wasn't. I am glad that I'm not in that place anymore, that's a hard climb that I'm so glad I made and seven years sober I am happier than ever.
I love Nova, I love Quinton and Tristan too and I ache for Delilah.
I NEED book 3... There is a book 3 right???!!
If there's not I may have to start counting random things to make it through that. I'm just saying!
I am fully invested in this series and so in awe of Jessica Sorensen's writing chops. Bravo lady you knocked this emotional rollercoaster out of the park, into the atmosphere and beyond the stars.
5 of 5 Hearts
Jessica SorensenJessica Sorensen is the author of The New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers, The Secret of Ella and Micha, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, and Breaking Nova, which are New Adult Contemporary novels.  She also writes Paranormal series, including the Fallen Star Series, Shattered Promises, Darkness Falls, and the Death Collectors. She loves writing and reading and is an avid watcher of TV series The Vampire Diaries and Modern Family.  An immense music lover,  Jessica immerses herself in her music as she writes.  She has a broad taste in music, and a list of favorite songs that goes on for miles!  A few of her current favorite bands are Chevelle, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Brand New, Death Cab for Cutie, Flight 409, and Nirvana.  Some of Jessica’s favorite “watch it over, and over again” movies include Anywhere but Here, Juno, Pride and Prejudice, The Hangover, and Bad Teacher.



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  1. First, congratulations on your 7 years of sobriety! My mother is a recovering addict so I know the struggle she goes through every day to remain clean so I'm truly happy for you!!

    Thanks for the awesome review - I love Jessica Sorensen she's an amazing author and cannot wait to get my hands on this book :).

    1. Thank you Victoria! She is most definitely one of my fave authors!