Monday, August 4, 2014

BLOG TOUR - Before You by Amber Hart

Title: Before You (Before & After #1)
Author: Amber Hart
Publish Date: July 29th 2014

Some say love is deadly. Some say love is beautiful. I say it is both.

Faith Watters spent her junior year traveling the world, studying in exquisite places, before returning to Oviedo High School. From the outside her life is picture-perfect. Captain of the dance team. Popular. Happy. Too bad it’s all a lie.

It will haunt me. It will claim me. It will shatter me. And I don't care.

Eighteen-year-old Diego Alvarez hates his new life in the States, but staying in Cuba is not an option. Covered in tattoos and scars, Diego doesn't stand a chance of fitting in. Nor does he want to. His only concern is staying hidden from his past—a past, which if it were to surface, would cost him everything. Including his life.

At Oviedo High School, it seems that Faith Watters and Diego Alvarez do not belong together. But fate is as tricky as it is lovely. Freedom with no restraint is what they long for. What they get is something different entirely.

Love—it will ruin you and save you, both.

This was really a great book that I had a ton of trouble putting down. If I had not had other things to do it would have definitely consumed me. 

I LOVE the characters in this book. I think that Faith was a truly complex MC. I loved all her edges and her strength was riddled with insecurity because of things she had been through. I am a PK (Pastor's Kid) and I am intimately familiar with the scrutiny and living your life under a proverbial microscope. Faith was just one of those MC's that you are glad that you got the chance to know, as much as you can a fictional character. The cast of characters was great. Melissa was a favorite character for me but Diego and Javier run a close second and third in the favorite characters with Faith taking the top spot. 

The plot was gripping and it was intense in so many parts. I lost it at the plot twist and broke down in tears. It was really an emotionally charged read for me. I like that it kept the intimate things steamy yet chaste and left some to your imagination. I don't even know if this is a Young Adult book but I have no problem suggesting the read to my sixteen year old daughter. 

I think that there was an epic story to be told through these characters and the author did an excellent job of bringing Faith and Diego's story into glorious being. It dealt with social situations, personal demons, plastic people and the cartel and other world problems. I think that in fact it brings light to how things really tend to be for so, so many. 

It was suspenseful and swoon worthy, Diego was a dreamy yet mysterious character that begged to be swooned over. I enjoyed every single word. It was most definitely one of my favorite books read this month. 

I loved it and I recommend it to anyone! I think this is a MUST read!

5 of 5


Amber Hart grew up in Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. She now resides on the Florida coastline with family. When unable to find a book, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or with her toes in the sand. She's the author of BEFORE YOU, AFTER US, UNTIL YOU FIND ME, and sequel to UNTIL YOU FIND ME (untitled as of yet). Represented by Beth Miller of Writers House. 

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