Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Jessica Sorensen

The Forgotten Girl, Breaking Nova

Mag's 5 Star Review

Breaking Nova is written from two different perspectives, Nova’s and Quinton’s.  Both Nova and Quinton are running from their pasts filled with love and loss.  Nova lost her best friend, boyfriend, and the person who kept her grounded, Landon.  Quinton is running from the deaths of both his girlfriend, Lexie, and the death of his cousin, Ryder.  The book starts off 15 months after the accidents occurred, where we meet an utterly broken Nova.  She is confused, sad, lonely, and barley making it day to day.  After her first year off at college, she finds herself back across the street from the place that changed her life for good.  After the death of Lexie and Ryder, Quinton shuts down emotionally feeling as if he deserves nothing anymore and turns to drugs as a way to cope with his day-to-day guilt.  After being kicked out of his parent’s house, Quinton takes a chance at crashing at his cousin’s house where he meets Nova.  Nova and Quinton spend one unrelenting summer trying to figure out where they fit in the world, and possibly stop themselves from feeling so confused.  
From the beginning, this book had my eyes brimming with tears.  There was just something so special about this story that made me stick with it through the emotional times.  This book was dark and sad, but as I stated there was this spark, something so beautiful about the love that Nova had for Landon, that just made me want to read it. This story has a few shockers that really help with the build up leading to the end.  As most of Jessica Sorensen’s books, this one will not disappoint!  I would highly recommend this book, as it is my favorite of hers so far.

Review: The Forgotten Girl by Jessica Sorensen

Twenty-one year-old Maddie Asherford is haunted by a past she can’t remember. When she was fifteen years old, there was a tragic accident and she was left with amnesia.

In the aftermath, Maddie’s left struggling with who she is—the forgotten girl she was six years ago or the Maddie she is now. Sometimes it even feels like she might be two different people completely—the good Maddie and the bad one.

Good Maddie goes to therapy, spends time with her family, and works on healing herself. Bad Maddie rebels and has dark thoughts of hurting people and sometimes even killing them.

Maddie manages to keep her twisted thoughts hidden for the most part. That is until she starts having blackouts. Each time she wakes up from one, she’s near a murder scene with no recollection of what happened the night before and this helpless feeling like she’s losing control of her life. Maddie doesn’t want to believe she’s a killer, but she begins to question who she really was in her past. If she was bad Maddie all along and that maybe she was a killer

Manda's 4 Star Review:

After a tragic accident leaves her with no memory of her past Maddie Asherford is left feeling lost. Her mother reminds her constantly of the good girl she was and the life she lived, but none of it feels right to Maddie. Trying on different persona’s to see if anything feels right leaves Maddie even more confused. She doesn't feel like the girl her mother tells her she was. The small voice in her head tells her to let loose and act upon the thoughts she is having of anger and pain, but she struggles to keep them at bay. When she start blacking out and waking up near murder scenes she fears the darkness she tries to hide is taking over. She knows something bad is in her past and as memories start to surface and a new danger takes hold, Maddie fights to find out the truth.

I had a little trouble getting into this book at first. I'm used to a completely different kind of book by Jessica Sorensen, so it took a bit to get really into this one. I am so glad I continued with this book. Jessica Sorensen is an amazing author who has the ability to completely pull you into a story. I got so caught up in Maddie's struggles that I was at the end of the book before I knew it. This book is mysterious and dark and completely amazing. It will leave you saying what the hell just happened. I love books that leave you thinking about them long after you finish and this is definitely one of those books. So many important characters to focus on and an amazing storyline that is different from any book I have read in the past. Just when you think you have it figured out something else comes crashing down. Fantastic job by the author and a must read!!

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