Thursday, July 31, 2014

~Book Review: Before You by Amber Hart~

Before You (Before & After #1)
Amber Hart
Publication Date:  July 29, 2014 by K-Teen

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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

Faith is the perfect daughter.  Beautiful and charming, she says the right things, has the perfect boyfriend and is captain of the dance team.  Too bad no one knows the truth.  Her best friend Melissa is the only one who knows the real Faith.  The one who is living a lie and trying to make everyone else happy even if it means sacrificing herself.

Enter Diego.  A brand new transfer student from Cuba.  With all of his scars and tattoos, Faith is intrigued and finds herself drawn to the handsome and mysterious bad boy.  Just as you suspect, though, Diego has some secrets of his own.  Why did he really have to leave Cuba?  Why does he never let his guard down?  

I really enjoyed reading this new book.  I have been reading so many books lately where the bad boy with the heart of gold gets the good girl.  It kind of reminded me of Perfect Chemistry (which I loved) but it has so much more.  Diego is such a complex character.  He realizes how much he loves Faith and wants to be with her but that will never happen until she breaks out of her perfect mold.  Faith's father is a preacher and she sets herself in high standards even though her father thinks she is too hard on herself.   And the ending, OH NO!  I was so mad and about to throw something but somehow it all works out.  True love will always prevail.

All in all this is a first great novel from an up and coming amazing author.  I am glad this is going to be a series and look forward to the next book.  I definitely would recommend this book. 

I received a copy of this book  for a fair and honest review.  This in no way influences my thoughts or review.

 ABOUT AMBER HART 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. She lives outside Washington, DC with her family and English Bulldog.

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