Monday, August 3, 2015

Blog Tour: Before & After by Nazarea Andrews

Rating: 5/5 stars
Publication Date: July 30, 2015


Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. 

A boy from the wrong side of the tracks, covered in ink and crooning in a bar is the last person a straight laced girl with a art major should fall for, but his rough edges made her jagged, alive, shaving away the coddled southern princess and revealing a soul wild and brilliant. 

They fell in love, despite her family and his past and all the reasons why it wouldn't work--and with their best friends, they made a life. Everyone was supposed to live happily ever after. 
They, more than anyone, knows that life doesn't go according to plan. 

Rike and Peyton fell in love in college. A boy with a guitar, and a poet's heart, and a girl with freckles dusted over her nose, a perfect fucking fairy tale. 

But what happens when the fairy tale doesn't fall apart--but is forgotten?


I signed up to read and review this book without even reading the blurb. I just saw the author and said that I want to read her next book because I had read Sweet Ruin, one of her other works, and loved it. Only when the time to read it came, I realized that this book might have been a second chance story (before and after their breakup) and that someone might have cheated. I thought that I had f-up, but once I read the blurb (finally!) I saw that wasn't the case and I panicked for no reason. The line at the end of the blurb stuck in my head and got me hooked. But what happens when the fairy tale doesn't fall apart--but is forgotten? 

The cover looks like something Peyton could have created and it's something I as a reader appreciate because it's one of the covers that capture the essence of the book. The fact that I commented on a book cover should be by itself a big thing because I never comment on the cover of a book. I usually don't notice or I don't have an opinion on the cover.

The before chapters are being told from Rike's point of view and they are the flashback chapters that explain how they met and fell in love and the After chapters are being told from Peyton's and tell the story that's happened after the accident and in present time. I wanted them to switch for a chapter or two while I was reading the book, but now that I have finished it I can say that a chapter in present time from Rike's point of view could have ruined the story by spoiling it.

I fell in love with Rike by the end of chapter 2. I don't know how or why, but I did. I don't like his name though. (Sorry to all the Rike's out there) The story is quick and easy to read and I am recommending this to everyone.

Almost all the book is perfectly written. The pace is great, both the Before and After chapters satisfy you and leave you wanting more at the same time when the end and the characters develop (a little, but they do). Usually I hate it when a certain amount of time elapses and I still have the impression that it has been a month instead of three, but somehow I was okay with not knowing the exact amount of time that had elapsed in the chapters before. In the after chapters are more detailed i.e. Peyton says that she spends 2 weeks in the hospital.

But the 28th chapter and the epilogue felt rushed and poorly written compared to the others. For me the ending chapters matter the most because it's how the story wrap's up. The reader is going to remember the ending and it's not good to leave him with a bad impression. I would have liked a more detailed explanation about what happened with Scott and Lindsey and I think that's what bothered me the most. I get what brought Peyton's memories back and I would have loved a chapter about that.


Author Bio:

Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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