Review: Before & Masquerade by Cambria Hebert

Before Blurb: What if your life was charmed and everything in it was perfect…

This is the story of my past. Of what things were like for me when everything was normal. Of what every teenager’s life is like. Clothes. Parties. Boys and summer vacation. What’s so wrong with that? I liked it. I was happy.

Until things changed. I changed.

Masquerade Blurb: Before. Everything was so much better Before. I wasn’t haunted by nightmares, my place at school was secure and my face was flawless. Now, I’m a freak and everything has changed. The worst part is that I can’t remember the night I was sentenced to the shadows. The memory has been stolen from me and I just can’t shake the feeling that someone, something is out there -watching.

Just when I think I have my life handled, Sam, with his intimidating golden stare and shiver inducing voice, makes me realize that I don’t know anything. He makes me see that my scars don’t matter. That they never mattered. I can’t help but fall for him, completely unknowing that he knows exactly how I got this way. Not knowing he was involved.

My Thoughts: I really thought Before was stunning. It began from Sam’s POV but doesn’t explain what the monsters are or how he’s involved with them. It’s very short, so basically Sam gets too close to Heven and bad things happen to her.

In Masquerade Heven is no longer this perfect cheerleader girl. She hides her face due to some nasty scars. I’m immediately reminded of Sophie from The Infernal Devices. Her face had the same affliction but people seemed to get on with her just fine. In Hebert’s world this isn’t true for Heven. She carries the burden with her and lets it stop her from doing things she used to do. For instance, she’s not captain of the cheerleading squad anymore, and she thinks that no boys will want to touch her because of her imperfections.

And then Heven meets Sam.

I don’t know what this boy was thinking considering the fact that he’s the reason she got those scars, but he gets close to her anyway and then closer yet because they end up together despite all the potential problems surrounding them. I found Sam to be supportive but aloof, there and in love with her, but there was also something about him that I couldn’t entirely agree with in this story. I liked him and I liked the heat between them but I guess I wanted more from his point of view.

The only thing that struck me as weird about the whole book were the passes from “The Hope” and there was another one, but I can’t remember what it was. They’re basically omniscent POV passages that assess what’s going on in Heven’s life at any given point.

The writing in this one is pretty solid, you won’t find too many typos and definitely no bad grammar. Hebert knows how to weave a tale that’s haunting as well as passionate and really gives the readers something to latch onto.

I’d say if you want a straight forward horror story that mirrors teen life, this is the one for you. Cambria Hebert is a star with her words and this isn’t your usual paranormal romance.

Ooh and now to try out the pretty rating icons I made! (Yeah I made them so I don’t know if I trust them yet.)


Comments ( 1 )

  • Andrea @ Cozy Up says:

    Great review! I have really been wanting to read Masquerade, I didn&#39;t know there was one before it though. Need to move these up my TBR list. I love the covers for them too.<br /><br />Andrea

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