Sunday, 24 July 2016

(ARC) Book Review (504): You Before Anyone Else - Julie Cross & Mark Perini

Published: August 2nd 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 400

Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her "good girl" persona, so she'll try Eddie on for size.

New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie's bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder.

My Thoughts.

I'm a sucker for books where one of the main leads is hiding some big secret, it seems to be par the course for any new adult book these days, but I like it.
There were so many things to love about You Before Anyone Else, Finley's twin brothers are adorable and her Dad is just so cool, the family dynamics were a definite highlight of this story, I also really enjoyed Finley and Eddie's relationship, and yes there may have been a curveball thrown into the mix but I thought that being something I've never read about in any other new adult book it was original and had me intrigued as the book went on and we find out just how the big secret that Eddie is hiding comes into play and how it works out at the end of the story.
The modeling and dancing scenes throughout were quite interesting to read about, and I'm a sucker for dual POV's in books, especially when it's from both the female and male protagonists, I feel you get more details in the story when it's written that way.
For the most part the characters were extremely likeable, aside from Eddie's parents whom I'm sure were meant to be intolerable, You Before Anyone Else was a quick and enjoyable read, and though I only realised after starting this book that there was a first book in this series or companion novels, focusing on a different couple that made quite a few appearances in this book it didn't really feel like you had to have read it to understand what was happening in this story.
This was the first book I've ever read from either author and I look forward to continuing on with more of their works, gorgeous cover, riveting storyline and great writing makes this a book you won't want to miss.
I give this 4/5 stars.

About Julie

Julie Cross is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author of New Adult and Young Adult fiction, including the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, Timestorm (St. Martin’s Press).

She’s also the author of Letters to Nowhere series, Whatever Life Throws at You, Third Degree, Halfway Perfect, and many more to come!

Julie lives in Central Illinois with her husband and three children. She’s a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA.

She’s a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres.

Outside of her reading and writing credibility’s, Julie Cross is a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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About Mark

Mark Perini is a New York City based author debuting his first YA novel, Halfway Perfect. Additionally, Mark is a featured author in the NA anthology, Fifty First Times.

Mark began his career as an international fashion model when he was 18 years old, while simultaneously obtaining a business degree from Seton Hall University. He has a passion for traveling the world, and he’s made a blood pact with friends to see all seven ancient wonders of the world before he’s thirty. Four down three to go.

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