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Feb 4, 2014

Book Review: Saving Quinton by Jessica Sorensen

Title: Saving Quinton (Nova, #2)
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: Forever
Release date: February 4, 2014

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From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Breaking Nova comes a gripping story about what it takes to save the one you love . . .

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 $0.02

Jessica Sorensen has always been a favorite author of mine. Personally, I tend to gravitate towards books that are dark and heavy and gritty and Sorensen’s books always deliver. When I read Breaking Nova, I was excited because I was getting more Sorensen but as I delved deeper and deeper into the story, I felt like there was something missing for me. But regardless, I knew that when book two came out, I was going to read it because maybe that missing thing could be found in book two and what do you know? It sure was! Saving Quinton was such a tough and rough roller coaster ride. I wasn’t sure if I was going to survive it but something kept pulling me back that eventually, I just had to glue my eyes to the pages. Actually, now that I think about it, the thing that kept me coming back was the fact that I had to know if Quinton ever got saved, simple as that. Saving Quinton was a story full of hope and determination and redemption, one that sticks out so brightly in its color crayon box.

Saving Quinton takes place the following summer after Nova initially meets Quinton. As the story begins, she’s immediately conflicted with the need to save Quinton. I have to applaud Nova for being such a strong and resilient person. She had been through the wringer and back times two yet, she had such a hopeful outlook on life. There were numerous times when I felt like everything she was doing was all in vain, times when I wanted to give up and grab her by the shoulders and shout, “It’s not going to happen! Let up already!” But that’s exactly why I love her so much: she never gave up on Quinton; she made sure she did everything that she could to save him.

Oh, Quinton! He is definitely one of Sorensen’s more hopeless characters. Like I said, there were numerous times when I felt like there was seriously no hope. Sorensen did an amazing job at really nailing his character. She painted such a realistic and no BS picture of his life that it was a very true struggle and fight. To be honest, because of its… realness, at times, it had me pulling back because it was tough to be so immersed and exposed to this world that I know nothing about. I guess most of it was shock? I couldn’t believe what I was reading yet at the same time, I was intrigued. The life that Quinton was living was filled with guilt and darkness and more guilt. I hated seeing him “punish” himself because like Nova, I saw something in him that was hard to give up on.

Saving Quinton was heartrending yet incredibly hopeful. Sorensen put me through the wringer yet she still managed to keep me whole afterwards, albeit a little disfigured, but whole nonetheless. The ending had me in a glass case of emotions, ready to burst, and then it just… ended. To say that I’m highly anticipating book three would be a huge understatement. I’m dying for it and I cannot wait to see what will be next in store for Nova and Quinton!

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