Friday, December 19, 2014

After Us (Before & After #2) by Amber Hart

After Us (Before & After, #2)Series: Before & After #2
Author: Amber Hart
Publication: December 30, 2014
By: Kensington Teen (K-Teen)
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3 Stars

Sometimes secrets kill. Maybe slowly, maybe painfully. Maybe all at once.

Melissa smiles. She flirts. She jokes. But she never shows her scars. Eight months after tragedy ripped her from her closest friend, Melissa is broken. Plagued by grief, rage, and the painful memory of a single forbidden kiss.

Javier has scars of his own. Life in the States was supposed to be a new beginning, but a boy obsessed by vengeance has no time for the American dream. To honor his familia, Javier joins the gang who set up his cousin, Diego. The entrance price is blood. Death is the only escape.

Two broken souls could make each other whole again—or be shattered forever.

Our time will come. And we'll be ready.

*I received this eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

This is the second installment in the BEFORE & AFTER books and can be read as a companion or a stand alone.

I like the cover. It's crisp, clean and still allows readers to form their own opinion of what the characters look like. Dual POVs is a bonus too.

As with the first book, I had issues with the flowery prose and how easily the gang aspect was explained away, but, I guess that's why they call it fiction. I liked both Melissa and Javier, enjoyed seeing how their cultural differences play out with secondary characters and felt the overall story was fast-paced and entertaining. The prose had a poetic feel which added a lightness to the storytelling, but also made it seem rushed at times. (This has more to do with personal preference than anything else, I think.)

Hart does a good job of tying this one together with the first book. Fans of the series won't be disappointed. 

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