by Amber Hart
Series: Before & After #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: December 30, 2014 by K-Teen
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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 book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
After Us features two character that I know readers wanted more of from Before You. I believe After Us is more on the emotional level than Before You (not like the ending of Before You…that’s a whole other level of emotions I won’t get into now or I will start crying).
Melissa is dealing with her own scars, visible scars. She hides them away from the world so no one but her family knows what has happened. She is trying to keep on living without her best friend Faith. It’s really hard for her because they were the best of friends and then Faith leaves to another country because she can’t deal with her boyfriend’s death.
Javier is Diego’s cousin. They treated each other as if they were brothers. When Diego died, all Javier wanted was revenge and the only way to do that is to look for the gang that killed Diego.
When these two character’s life crosses again, their feelings are still there and stronger than ever.
Melissa used to be such a free-spirited girl but tragedy happened and she changed. It hit me hard to see that change because I read about her in Before You and she used to be so much fun. Then in After Us, the readers find out something that shakes their world—it shook my world. I couldn’t believe it. It pains me to read that she doesn’t have anyone she can talk to about it. Faith is gone and she’s alone. She wants to share with Javier why she has scars but it is so difficult for her and that was hard to read. I missed my Melissa. But don’t get me wrong, she still jokes in this book and she still has fun.
Javier is mad sexy. Every time he calls Melissa “mami“, I melt. I hate that he made a bad choice and is now endangering his life but he really loved Diego as a brother and when he lost him, he was devastated. But obviously there are good times in this story. Most of the story was actually on a happy note and I enjoyed that because these two characters are very fun.
While reading a certain part of the book—almost at the end—I got so many emotions and once again, I was in class and I needed to let out my frustration so I went outside. I came back to class after a while and my friend asks me, “Why did you yell when you got out of the classroom?” So apparently I yelled and the professor heard…yeah…
I have to be honest and say I enjoyed Faith and Diego’s story more. You can read my review HERE. And if you don’t like deaths, I will only say there is more than meets the eye 😉
I want to know what’s happened to the air in this room, how he’s so effortlessly syphoned it away. Because I can’t find oxygen to draw into my lungs when he stares at me like that. My breathing becomes embarrassingly erratic. –Melissa
“…you’re here because I don’t wanna stay away from you this time.” –Javier
He’s absolutely drugging me with his stare. He’s kissing me and not stopping. Wanting me and not stopping. I need him, too. His lips and fingers and, and, and…his heart. –Melissa
Happiness is Melissa’s laugh. Finding Wink. Knowing that Diego is in a better place, though I miss him. Happiness is Melissa’s touch and soccer and Cuban food. –Javier
One, two, three, four beats of his heart that I imagine say: I. Love. You. Too. –Melissa
Disclaimer: I am taking my favorite quotes from the ARC. These quotes could be deleted or edited in the published version.
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