“Nova” by Rebecca Yarros
Review by NICUnurse96
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book. No money or bribes involved, as I basically all but begged for it! This is one of my favorite authors. If you haven’t ready any of her books, you are truly missing out. Get on it, people!! This is the second book of her Renegades series and it can be read as a stand alone. I will say you will definitely get more out of the story line if you read the first book, “Wilder,” before you start into this one.
This is Landon Rhodes (AKA Casanova, or Nova for short) and Rachel’s story. Definitely a second chance romance story and I’m a bit of a sucker for those as I lived my own. Not quite as emotional and crazy as these two, though. I really wanted to hate Nova. And actually, I did hate Nova. But my heart hurt for Landon. He made a mistake as an 18 year old kid and had no idea how to live with the consequences of that mistaken decision. So he does what most 18 year old guys do and drowns his emotions in alcohol and meaningless sex. Thanks to his best friend, and fellow Renegade Paxton Wilder, he’s given a chance to make it right. Like all young men, he kind of screws up again here and there in the name of making it right. But, eventually he gets there.
Rachel has her own, separate, drama that also runs parallel with the drama with Landon. The twist at the end of this part of the story was one I didn’t see coming. But it’s weaved into the main conflict very well and kept me guessing the entire time. I kind of like being surprised like that. But I kind of wanted to smack her dad for not being more forgiving, considering his own mistake.
The book is very well written and the characters believable and relatable. Honestly, I loved it and give it 4 out of 4 propellers. Landon and Wilder are definitely swoon worthy but they are no Josh Walker! Sorry, Rebecca! He’s still my favorite! (See Rebecca Yarros’ “Full Measures” to understand the awesomeness that is fly boy, Josh Walker!!). Check out our live review of “Full Measures” and then get started reading all her books! You will NOT be disappointed!