Saving Quinton: Quinton Carter and Nova Reed
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 is the second book in the Nova Series is a dark contemporary New Adult series filled with pain angst and two people broken almost beyond repair. At the end of Breaking Nova, it’s been about nine months since Nova has seen Quinton. She’s managed to scrap herself together over the past school year but she hasn’t been able to forget the so terribly sad and broken Quinton. She knows he is carrying around a lot of baggage but she just doesn’t know what it is. One phone call to her ex-best friend and her world is blown apart. Now she is determined to save Quinton from himself. Quinton does not want to be saved. He has determined that he deserves this life and the slow death he is leading himself too. Brief glimpses of the old Quinton surface and Nova tries her hardest to save him, but it may be too late for not just him but her as he drags her deeper into a world she is not prepared for.
This book is so very very dark, be prepared to be submerged into a world of young people with pasts so dark that they will do anything to forget them. Drugs are in the forefront of this book, almost like another character in the book they have taken on a life of their own. This is not just weed like the first book but drugs that most people never ever come into contact with. There is very little romance in this one as Quinton and Nova struggle to connect but there are several intense moments between these two which I hope continues into Book 3. This book is not for someone who is looking for light and fluffy, be prepared to be shocked and possibly be brought to tears. Despite the so very dark subject matter I COULD. NOT. PUT. IT DOWN… I was up until the wee hours in the morning GLUED to this book. Quinton is freak’n breaking my heart! At one point I was pleading with him in my head to not do it.. please just don’t do it! There are a lot of parts where this could be applicable but there is one part in particular where you’ll know what I am talking about, towards the end. His survivor’s guilt is killing him slowly but surely. While reading the first book a song came on that I’ve always liked but it hit me that Quinton is this freak’n song (Bother by Stone Sour) he wishes he had never lived and is basically dead inside and is doing his best to make sure the next time he dies it’s sooner rather than later.
Lyric (Bother by Stone Sour):
Wish I'd died instead of lived
A zombie hides my face
with its memories
This pretty much sums up Quinton, except when he’s with Nova. Nova brings back some of the good he used to be which causes him further conflict. He feels like he failing his dead cousin and girlfriend. When he is with Nova he can almost feel normal but once he’s not in her presence anymore quilt comes crashing down and he feels worse than ever. A vicious cycle. Nova refuses to give up on Quinton. Every day she visits him in his cesspool of an apartment and neighborhood. Every day she tries to get through to him, every day she tries to give him something good only to know that he is high of every minute of every day. She can see she is losing the battle but those brief glimpses she sees almost makes it worth it. Trying to save Quinton actually destroys a little bit of Nova. It brings her back to a dark place that she thought she left and she isn’t sure if she is strong enough to deal. It’s when Quinton needs her the most that he pushes her the farthest away and she is left not knowing if he’s dead or alive.
Overall, this book is an INTENSE rollercoaster ride. I would suggest having a light fluffy read on deck to read when you are done with this one, because you are going to need it. I read this one in all one sitting glued to the pages and I’m already dying for the third book but I can see someone needing to take a breather from the intensity. I have some experience with addicts so the content of this book was as big of a shocker to me as it may be to some others but I think those who really give it a chance and especially those who have had loved ones drown in addiction will really end up if not liking this book, respecting it for going where few may be willing to go.
*ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest opinion. No other compensation was provided.