Tristan: Finding Hope (Nova, # 3.5)
By: Jessica Sorensen
Published: June 3rd 2014 by Forever Yours
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Source: Personal Kindle Library (freebie)
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Goodreads description--Tristan has always felt like a ghost. After a painful loss, he became all but invisible to his grieving family. So he dove headfirst into a dangerous life, sinking deeper until he felt he could disappear-and almost did. Though Tristan survived, staying on track is a 24/7 battle he’s not sure he wants to fight.
Then Tristan meets Avery, the girl with purple streaks in her hair and tattoos like secrets, waiting to be uncovered. Her smile is warm and inviting, but her sad, hazel eyes tell a different story. And the strangest part is-she can really see him. A girl like that might just keep Tristan out of the darkness . . . or pull him right back in.
Ok so Tristan: Finding Hope is a free novella that is a prequel to the upcoming last book (I think, as of now anyway) in the Nova series by Jessica Sorensen. I wasn’t sure that I was going to read this one when I found out that it was just a novella, but since it was free and all, I wanted to jump on it. Obviously since Wreck Me (book 4) in the series hasn’t been released yet, I don’t know how much of Tristain: Finding Hope is really necessary in order to just jump into Wreck Me, but having read this one, I don’t know how or why anyone would want to skip this novella. Again, it’s a freebie, but it shows how Tristan and Avery meet.
Despite being a short story (72 pages), Tristan: Finding Hope sets up a good bit of backstory that I imagine will really be helpful when it comes time to read Wreck Me. We already know from Nova and Quinton: No Regrets that Tristan still struggles with his drug addiction. Despite him having gotten clean first, Quinton has more reasons to maintain his sobriety than Tristin does. Tristan struggles daily with his decision to remain clean. He’s up and down. I imagine this is true for most addicts, but it isn’t always easy to read about. In the same way, we don’t know as much about Avery because she’s a new character to the series, but we know that the house Quinton and Tristan are building for Habitat for Humanity is for Avery. And we know that she’s struggled with addiction as well. And then finally we know that she has a potentially abusive ex-husband who’s apparently recently gotten out of jail and who Avery has a restraining order against. That’s a lot of setup.
This novella flew by for me. Of course, that helps when the last 48% is advertising for other books (a pet peeve of mine). Either way, I would recommend this one before you check out Wreck Me. Tristan: Finding Hope gets 3.5 Stars. That’s not because it was bad, but it’s because this book really is only setup for more to come. Have you read Tristan: Finding Hope? What did you think? Let me know!