Sunday, December 21, 2014

Review: After Us by Amber Hart

After us
(Before & After, #2)
by  Amber Hart
Young Adult Realistic Contemporary
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.12
Published by: K-Teen
Published on: December 30, 2014
Pages: 368

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

An Overview of the Novel: Melissa's broken. Learning she had cancer six months broke her, losing her best friend Faith broke her. She's drowning in grief.

And then Javier comes back. Javier, the guy she kissed and hasn't forgotten. Not too mention, he's the the cousin of Faith's dead boyfriend. Despite all their issues, they are drawn together. 

But Javier has plans to avenge Diego's death. He's going to find the man who killed Diego and make sure he gets what's coming to him.

But with both of their broken pasts do they have any hope for a future?

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved this novel. It had a depth to it that left me stunned. It covered a whole gamut of issues. Racial issues, family issues, gangs, grief, facing death, and daring to let yourself be vulnerable--this novel had it all and more.

The writing wasn't the best I've seen. There were points that really bugged me in fact, but the plot and the characters won me over. I loved Melissa and Javier. I wished I had read the first in the series but I wasn't lost without having read it.

This novel is gripping and real. I loved this novel. I can guarantee I'm going to go back and read the first in the series and I'll be looking for more from this author. 

Definitely a recommended read. 
So why 4 stars? I would have given it a 5, but there were just some minor errors that knocked it down to a 4. (Writing errors, not grammar, but stylistically)

Can I read the series out of order? Not recommended. You should read the first one first. However, I didn't feel lost reading them out of order. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some violence after all it's about gangs. But it's not all that violent. It's a ya book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to 15+. 

The Wrap-up: A read that will consume you. This book was pure awesomeness. It was epic. This book took me on an emotional roller coaster, but now that I've finished the novel, I just want to get back on and ride it again. That's something only the best of books can make you feel. 


Danica Page

1 comment:

  1. This seems like an interesting series. I've never read about gangs before so I don't mind giving this a try. Good review.


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