October 23, 2013

WWW Wednesdays! (October 23rd)

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, simply answer the following 3 questions:
  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you'll read next?
What are you currently reading?
I'm reading Escape In You by Rachel Schurig. I received a copy of it from Netgalley. I just started it last night and I think it's going to be really good! I'm also reading The Luxe by Anna Godberson. It's taking me a while to get through it, but I'm getting there!

What did you recently finish reading?
The only book I've finished recently is Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen. You can see my review of it here. I've been in a reading slump for a while now, so I haven't been able to read too much lately.

What do you think you'll read next?
I honestly have no clue what I'm going to read next. Maybe Allegiant by Veronica Roth since it just came out! Of course I'll have to go buy it first, though.

October 21, 2013

Breaking Nova by Jessica Sorensen (Nova #1)

  • Title: Breaking Nova
  • Author: Jessica Sorensen
  • My Rating: 4/5 Stars
  • Format: Ebook

 I first heard of Breaking Nova through GoodReads. I had read a couple books from Jessica Sorensen before, so I was just checking out other books by her. I found this one and immediately the cover drew me in. I read the synopsis and though that it would be a good book. From some of the reviews I read, it seemed like most people enjoyed it, so I thought I would too!

Breaking Nova is about a girl, Nova Reed, and a boy, Quinton Carter. Nova is broken inside. So many tragic events have happened to her and she just doesn't know how to handle it all. Quinton is in the same boat as her. He feels like he has nothing to live for. He should've died that night, and even though he didn't, he wishes he had.

Nova is just trying to get by as best she can. Then she meets Quinton. She notices the sadness in him and all she wants to do is try to help him and understand why he's like that. Quinton swore that he would never be happy again...until he meets Nova. He doesn't know why, but Nova makes him smile and he doesn't like it. Quinton doesn't want to feel anything; he thinks he doesn't deserve to. However, Nova is determined to try to get him to open up, even just a little, about his past, but she never tries to push him too far.

Nova and Quinton both has obstacles that they have to overcome before either one of them can truly be happy. Breaking Nova is about their journey of trying to overcome these obstacles.

 When I first started this book, it was pretty depressing. I was immediately on the verge of tears when I started. It's a very sad, depressing book, but it's totally worth the read. Jessica Sorensen's writing is phenomenal. Period. I seriously think that if it hadn't been for her writing style, I might've put this book down because it was making me so sad.

The characters in this book were great. They were extremely realistic and relatable. I can't say that I, personally, could relate to them because I've never been in their situation, but I'm sure others who have gone through similar situations wouldn't have a hard time relating to them. I loved how each character was different from one another. They all had different personalities that either made you love or hate them. Also, the development of the characters was incredible. Even though some didn't change very much, Nova definitely did and I was proud to see that.

The emotions in this book are intense. One second your heart is breaking and the next you're rooting for the characters' happiness. There are some scenes where I was like "Yay! This is finally happening!" but then I thought about it and was like "No, wait. This shouldn't happen like this!" Basically, it was an emotional roller coaster.

I gave this book 4/5 stars because I really, really enjoyed it, but almost the entire book is pretty depressing. There weren't enough happy moments to balance it out, so when I was reading this I was always feeling sad for the characters. But don't let that discourage you! It really is a wonderful, realistic story and I think most people will enjoy it. I will tell you, if you're looking for a happy, fairytale ending, you won't find it in this book. Not that the ending doesn't make you happy because in a sense it does, but it's not the happy ending that I thought was going to happen. Does that make sense?

Favorite quote: "For an instant, I have something to hold on to again, a reason to keep breathing, to live."

Do I recommend this book? Yes! Don't let the fact that it's not a super happy book discourage you. It's a great story and the writing is wonderful.

October 5, 2013

Liebster Award Nomination

I've been nominated for the Liebster Award! I was nominated by Angelica @ Life is Reading! Basically, the Liebster Award is a way to help the blogs you like with less than 200 followers gain a bigger audience.

  • Link back the blogger that tagged you
  • Nominate 5-10 others and answer the questions of the one who tagged you
  • Ask 10 questions for the bloggers you nominate
  • Let your nominees know of their award
Angelica's questions for me:

What is your favorite part of blogging?
My favorite part is being able to write and express my opinion about things that I love...books. I also love when one of my reviews convinces someone else to read that book!

What would your dream job be?
I've actually given this question a lot of thought and, to be honest, I really don't know. Since I was little I've wanted to be a veterinarian so I guess I'll go with that!

Do you find blogging to be challenging at times?
Yes, sometimes. It's hard for me to find the time to sit down and actually gather my thoughts for what I want to write. I get distracted very easily, so whenever I'm trying to write I'll start doing something else.

Do you have any weird reading habits? 
I don't think so.

Hardcovers, Paperbacks, Audiobooks, or E-Readers?
It's kind of back and forth for me. Sometimes I like hardcovers, other times I like paperbacks. I do like having a physical copy of the book, but I have quite a few Ebooks on my iPod.

Book you would love to see on the big screen? 
Well, the book that I'm going to say is already going to be a movie...it just hasn't come out yet. Definitely Divergent by Veronica Roth.

If you could have an ability, what would it be?
I would absolutely love to be able to fly. I always have these weird dreams about being able to fly and it's awesome.

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because I wanted to express my opinion about books that I've read and just talk about books in general with other book-lovers.

Do you prefer series or stand-alones?
I think I prefer series just because I like the feeling of knowing that there's more to the story and it doesn't just end with one book.

What are some of your favorite series/stand-alone books? 
Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
The Coincidence series by Jessica Sorensen
Divergent series by Veronica Roth

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Paper Towns by John Green
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols
Easy by Tammara Webber

My nominees!
Listful Booking
Vampire (and Other Paranormal Things) Queen
Ini's Ravishing Reads
Diary of a Wimpy Teen Girl

My questions for you:
1. What is your all time favorite book and/or series?
2. What do you love most about blogging?
3. What was your favorite book as a little kid?
4. How many books have you read so far this year?
5. How did you come up with the name for your blog?
6. If you could be friends with any character from any book, who would it be and why?
7. What's your favorite genre?
8. Who are your top 3 book boyfriends?
9. Who's your favorite author?
10. Do you prefer to have a physical copy of a book or do you like Ebooks better?