Gifted: This book was gifted in turn for an honest review.| I have been lucky enough to be able to join in on this blog book tour for the wonderful and talented Kelly-Marie Pollock that has been organised and ran by Frasers Fun House. From reading the synopsis of this book, I was immediately drawn in and knew I needed to read the Cherry Nova A.R.C. I love books about vampires and having a character trying to learn who they are again. These sort of stories are normally full of suspense and very exciting to follow.
Set in Victorian London, Cherry Nova follows the story of a young woman, who awakens in a dim hotel room with no recollection of who she is and how she got there.
With her life seemingly erased, she sets out on a journey of self-discovery, fuelled by an overbearing blood lust that leads her down the path of the unknown. She soon realises though, that not all lovers love you, not all enemies are evil and that you can’t always trust the person staring back at you in the mirror.
Magic, Mythology, Secrets and Lies all intertwine themselves around her newly carved out existence, but you can’t run from the past no matter how hard you try. Your sin will always boomerang back to you.
Monsters are real, after all, she should know – She’s one of them.
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Contains adult themes including Sex, Drug Use, Profanity and Violence.
Kelly-Marie lives in Dorset with her Husband Mitchell, 4 young children and menagerie of pets. She’d dreamt of being an author from a very young age and her late Auntie Julie pushed her to follow her dreams. Kelly-Marie is a stay at home mother, full-time carer and active Parenting and Mental Health Blogger, you can find her blog over at www.amixedupmummy.blogspot.co.uk
Her debut novel Cherry Nova is Book 1 in ‘The Chronicles of Nova Morgan’ trilogy.
First thoughts and emotions
Right from the beginning of this story, we come face to face with a young girl having no idea what is going on and a dead body. This must equal a disaster right? Correct! Since receiving this book I have been so excited to dig in and devour this book!
The language within this story is the language of the times meaning the characters we meet speak very Victorian. Although this can be difficult to follow at times depending on the story this was very easy to read and follow along with. Cherry Nova was such a descriptive and information-driven story that I was continually learning up until the last page. This helped me connect very well with the story and felt like I was a part of it all.
Cherry nova is a well thought out and plotted story. Right from the first page I was hooked and couldn’t believe how quick I was intrigued and had a bunch of questions I wanted answered like is Nova a vampire? If she is, who turned here into one? Why doesn’t she remember anything and so forth?
We meet Noah quite early on into the story and his encounter with Nova leaves me with more questions which is a good thing because throughout the story they do get answered! The beginning of this story is full of suspense and action-packed but as we get into the first few chapters it begins to slow down a little bit. We begin learning with Nova about who she is and what is actually going on in this story and begin connecting with the characters on a more personal level.
As I read through Cherry Nova I felt quite a connection with Nova, she had a terrible past and in all honesty so have I. It may not have been like Nova’s past but I could empathise and understand the reasoning behind some of the decision she made although I didn’t agree with them and felt annoyed seeing the results of the decisions she made at the end of the story.
I truly loved reading this story and I cannot wait to get my hands on the sequel.
We don’t meet many characters in the story but the ones that we do meet we become very attached them throughout the story apart from the villain who you just hate right from the start. Nova goes through a lot within this story and we see her start becoming who she truly is and who she wants to be.
Although Nova has her flaws like making the wrong decisions and rushing into things without thinking really annoys me it just makes me a more realistic character. Which means that she is easier to connect with. Everyone has flaws and Nova definitely does have some flaws.
The third character we meet is Bucky who provides great comic relief throughout this story. He makes jokes and it breaks up the tension throughout the story.
I truly enjoyed getting to know each and every character and I’m looking forward to meeting them and who knows maybe some new characters in the sequel.
Final thoughts and emotions
Wow just wow this book was amazing from start to finish. No part of this story was boring and I was so intrigued from beginning to end and devoured this book in seven hours. Cherry Nova is 100% a 5-star read.