{Review} Nova by Rebecca Yarros

{Review} Nova by Rebecca YarrosNova by Rebecca Yarros
Also by this author: Full Measures, Eyes Turned Skyward, Beyond What Is Given, Hallowed Ground, Rebel
Series: The Renegades #2
Also in this series: Rebel
Published by Entangled: Embrace on February 20, 2017
Genres: College Romance, Contemporary Romance, New Adult, Player Falls in Love, Romance, Second Chance Romance, Thanksgiving
Character(s): Athletes/Coaches, Celebrities, Students, Surfers
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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.

Kassiah: NOVA was one of my most-anticipated reads of the entire year. I love all of Rebecca Yarros’s books that I’ve read, especially Wilder, which I loved with the fire of a thousand suns. I literally begged the wonderful publicists at Entangled for Landon’s story–even before there was a cover. And despite the fact that I wasn’t crazy about who the heroine was going to be, I was so excited to read it that I dropped everything the moment this pretty boy showed up in my kindle.

But I didn’t love this book.

I feel like I must be broken.

So, if you haven’t read Wilder, I really think you must read it first because 1) it’s amazing and swoony and hot and ohmygodddd and 2) you won’t really know what the heck is going on here if you haven’t. There’s a lot of backstory that is integral to the plot that you’ll miss out on otherwise.

With that out of the way, Nova picks up shortly after Wilder ends, with Rachel on board the ship and Landon coming to terms with potentially getting a second chance with her. She’s not letting him in that easily, and he’ll do anything–risk anything–to show her he knows how much he ruined things before and that he won’t ever let her down again. There’s wanderlust, action, adventure, and extreme everything along with swoons and flails and some things that just didn’t work for me.

But let’s start with what I loved.

I loved Landon. He was so sexy and swoony and sweet. He was so authentic and fun. He was awesome.

“I want to make love to you, not sleep with you. I want to look into your eyes and tell you that I love you with my words, not just my body.”

I loved the swoon. I know I said I loved Landon already, but there really was an immense amount of swoon here, and it deserves its own love.

“In every timeline.”

I melt.

I loved how devoted to her he was.

“Six months together, Rachel. You can fight it all you want, but you and I both know we’re going to end up here time and again, because if there’s one thing our past has proved, it’s that you and I are inevitable, no matter who we hurt–even if it’s each other.”

le sigh

Nova Rebecca Yarros

I loved Wilder and Leah. Gah, seeing them together was the highlight of the book for me. This has to be one of my favorite couples ever.

“Knock your shit off. If anything happens to Leah because you’re goofing off, I’ll destroy you.”

I loved the Renegades. They have crazy adventures that made me feel like I was right there with them and I love how much of a family they truly are.

No matter how big we got, it would always come back to the four of us. After a decade of risking our lives together, we were a closer family than my biological one. I would give up anything for them.

So, what didn’t work for me?

One word. Rachel. Despite the fact that I liked her sass, I seriously cannot stand this girl. If you know me from my fic days, you’ll know how strongly I feel about her when I say I totally cast Skanktoria in her role if this were being retold as twific. Like, my most hated Skanktoria. She’s a total bitch to Landon (and everyone else) most of the time and I really, really do not understand why NO ONE (except Penna) calls her out for being a two-timing bitch when she was with Wilder. I mean, I’m not going to give away something that we find out in this book, but really. When you find it out, I hope you’re as mad as I am. Bottom line–this girl totally doesn’t deserve Landon. At all.

If I was going to actually be with him, then I couldn’t drag him though the mud over and over.

I also thought there was some manufactured drama that didn’t need to be there, but honestly that was (mostly) secondary.

I loved so many things about this, but the annoying heroine and the unnecessary drama made me not love the book overall. With that being said, I am clamoring for the next book in the series, and I hate that I didn’t love this one. I’m really hoping for Penna’s book, and I kind of hope she’ll be with Wilder’s brother. Is that even possible? Regardless, I’m counting down the days until we get more Renegades.

Report Card
Overall: 3.5

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