Saturday, February 25, 2017

REVIEW: Nova by Rebecca Yarros


Shel: If you're new to this series one of the stand out features that drew me in, and keeps me reading, is that Yarros set it on a student study abroad cruise ship. So not only does that allow for the characters to go to really cool and interesting places to add additional conflict or to set a mood, it also creates the additional element of having her characters stuck on a ship together--there's no escape if there's an issue and lots of time to make the issue worse or better. BRILLIANT, right? Court: So brilliant. The settings though add so much to this story, and really adds so much love for her writing because they are such a huge part of the story. The most exotic places in the world are the perfect setting for the most extreme people to do the most extreme things. It was really exhilarating to read about the jumps that they pull off, and their stunts made my heart race. Uhhhh! It was so much more than I ever hoped for, this book! 

Shel: In this second book in the series, Nova, we get to the bottom of the Landon/Nova and Rachel relationship we were introduced to in Wilder. We find out what really happened in their past and keep turning pages to see if can they move past it. As you can see this sets up for revelations, backstory on all of the Renegades, and also the whole will-they-have-a- second-chance-to-be-together-or-not scenario? Here's what I'll tell you--Yarros gives Rachel a most stubborn demeanor--one that many find frustrating (because sometimes it is frustrating). That being said, I actually like her stubborn nature because I can relate to it--I can imagine I'd be equally reticent and protective of my heart if someone destroyed it the way Landon did. Even when I found Rachel unrelenting and hard, I knew that I'd be the same way, if I found myself in a similar situation. Court: I was frustrated at first by her unwillingness to give him a chance...but then the more you delve into it...and think about it, I can agree that we'd act the exact same way. The scenes were hard to read sometimes because it would be brutal to see the one guy you'd loved and lost surrounded by beautiful women all day fawning over him. That would be even more brutal that the thought that maybe he'd love you again! But, Yarros made it a believable ride and everything happened in its due time, so the plot wasn't rushed even though I was wishing it was. I was a little impatient, but there was so much more to learn from these two! 

Shel: I also liked that Yarros gave us a Landon who was equally stubborn when it came to what he wanted. Kudos to him for knowing exactly how to attack the problems he created. I really liked these two together. Were they maddening at times? Yes. But I liked the tension. Court: I loved him for the Landon (Nova) combo. I love these boys nicknames. I love the world that has been created here, and really wish it was my current reality! They definitely don't know how to lose, and I think that makes them so much more in terms of book boyfriend territory because they don't face a single thing without thinking they'll be the best, or win however they can. 

Shel: What I hope to know more about as the series progresses is how this group will move forward--will they be successful in what they're working on? Will Penna be able to overcome her issues to rejoin them? Will Nova get another shot at his big moment? And will Zoe ever stop being so...Zoe? I'm eager to see where the cruise takes us next and how they're going to make their hopes and dreams come true. Court: MMMEEEE TOOOO! Is it weird that even though she isn't an original, that I want Zoe to get her happy ending too...and read all about it? I am so nervous for Penna. I don't know what is going to happen next, and I just CANNOT WAIT TO GET BACK ON THE ATHENA! 


SYNOPSIS:The only heart he wants is the one he already broke...

He's Landon Rhodes.
The Renegade they call Nova.
Sinfully gorgeous, broody, tatted-up, professional snowboarder.
Four-time X Games medalist—
Full-time heartbreaker.

They say a girl broke him once—
That's why he's so reckless, so driven, so careless with his conquests.
But I'm that girl.
They can call me his curse all they want.
He and I both know the truth—
He's the one who destroyed me,
And I'm not the sucker who will let that happen again.


***NOVA can be read as a standalone***

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