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Before (Heven and Hell 0.5)

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  663 Ratings  ·  127 Reviews
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.

I didn’t know that lies and secrets were about
ebook, 45 pages
Published November 18th 2011 by Otherworld Publications (first published November 13th 2011)
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Dec 17, 2011 Heidi rated it really liked it

Two lives one light, one dark; One hiding in shadows, haunted by horror and the monster. The other, alive, happy and hopeful. Sam is desperate to escape the evil clutches of the monster, even if it means rescinding his chance to be near Heven. He is a dark moth drawn by an unrelenting desire to seek Heven's glow one last time. Heven, his beckoning ray, is a beautiful girl standing on the brink of teenage bliss; a cheer captain crowning, a handsome boyfriend prospect, friends and popularity
Veronica Morfi
Oct 28, 2011 Veronica Morfi rated it it was amazing
Before is the prequel to Masquerade. It allows us a glimpse into the lives of Sam and Heven before...before both of their worlds changed.

The story made me impatient for the first book. I love Cambria Hebert's writing and Sam's point of view. There is a whole mystery surrounding him and even when we see through his eyes we don't get to know a lot, it's really nice.

This is a great story to get you pumped up for the real thing! So, I learn what happened before, now I can't wait to learn about the
Michele at A Belle's Tales
Nov 09, 2011 Michele at A Belle's Tales rated it really liked it
We have an old, southern saying that goes something like this: “If that don’t light your fire, your wood’s wet”. That is exactly what kept running through my mind after reading Before Heven and Hell 0.5, the exciting prequel to Masquerade Heven and Hell 1…because if that didn’t make you excited for a book, well, my friend, you are completely unexcitable. The fact that the author was able to draw me in with only 19 pages is an extraordinary talent. The story is spicy and sweet - with Heven being ...more
BEFORE is the prequel to Cambria Hebert's Heven and Hell series. It's a quick introduction that contains just the right amount of mystery and tension. In short, this prequel does its job. I'm hooked, caught up with the lead characters and soooo ready to read Masquerade (Heven and Hell #1.) I have a feeling that is series you DO NOT want to miss. Don't take my word for it. Come meet SAM and HEVEN and see for yourself!
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Dec 29, 2015 CerejaCult CerejaCult rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviwed, supernatural
This is a bittersweet sensation,, great start,, tottal cliffhanging end,, me crying out NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,,, as I read the last page and hiding my face in my hands,,

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yep,, that's a recepie for hooking me up to a book LoL

Reviewed on 11/14/11

The Plot - Since this is a prequel, there’s not much going on here. Is just a taste of what to come. Mysterious guy likes pretty and oblivious girl. Something bad happens. I’m left hanging from a cliff. Yep,, I
Oct 28, 2011 Jenn rated it really liked it
Before serves as a prequel to Cambria Hebert’s debut novel Masquerade.
Heven is your normal teenage girl entering her Senior year of high school, her biggest worries are that of if her crush likes her, what to wear to school and if she will be made the head cheerleader.
You know, the stuff majority of girls think about or even dream about when they are little.
Heven has it all in this story, she is beautiful and popular and it seems like everything is going her way.
But the question is, how long can
Nov 08, 2011 Ottilie rated it really liked it
Before is a short story setting up for the debut Young Adult novel Masquerade by Cambria Hebert. The novelella is written in beautiful language that wraps around your mind placing you in this world. Cambria's words are descriptive so that the readers can imagine every scene as if they are there. The main characters Sam and Heven are eager for the readers to get to know them more in Masquerade as we get a peek into their lives in Before. Sam is part of a dark world that is looming over him, he ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Nov 09, 2011 Mlpmom (Book Reviewer) rated it really liked it
Heaven and Hell. Light and Dark. Goodness and Evil. Sadness and Happiness. Hope and Despair. Sam and Heven.

Cambria Hebert has created a fresh new look into monsters and darkness and a young man that is struggling to overcome what he is and what he wants and what he is drawn to in this great new series that will leave you breathless and wanting more.
This prequel may be short but it will grab a hold of you and refuse to let go until you get more.

Cambria Hebert is a very talented, very promising n
Nora Weston
Nov 02, 2011 Nora Weston rated it it was amazing
Possessing the looks of an angel and high school popularity topped off by becoming the new head cheerleader, Heven has it all—or does she? In Cambria Hebert’s perfectly spun prequel to her debut novel, “Masquerade,” nothing lasts forever, especially the idyllic world Heven exists in. On the other hand, Sam is a mysterious teenager captivated heart and soul by the bewitching Heven, who can only imagine a perfect world, and if that world is to be perfect, it must include Heven. “Before” is a quick ...more
Nov 30, 2011 Giselle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, arc
I don't usually read short stories because they're, well… too short. I never have time to get into it so I don't bother. When I do read them, it's most likely after the main course - so yes, I cheated and read Masquerade first. *blasphemy*.

Before is a short prequel to the upcoming full length novel Masquerade. When we meet Heven in Masquerade, the attack that gave her horrible scars on her face has already come and gone. So in Before, we get a glimpse of how glamorous her life was when she had
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Oct 31, 2011 Kayleigh {K-Books} rated it liked it
Before Review on K-Books

Cambria kindly sent me the prequel of her debut novel for review before her novel comes out in December.

Heven is the perfect girl with the perfect life. She has just been asked out by the guy she's liked for a while and she has just been appointed head cheerleader. Everything is looking up.
Sam is a mysterious guy stuck in a mysterious world Heven knows nothing about. She doesn't know him but he knows her but he can't be a part of her world as he wants, it could put Heven
Sandra "Jeanz"
Nov 02, 2011 Sandra "Jeanz" rated it really liked it
Right first of all yes I am friends with Cambria on Goodreads but I want to take this opportunity to say that my review will be as honest as if I had picked up the book at a local bookstore.
Now onto the book review...
Hmmm very mysterious, it certainly makes you want the next book NOW!
It is well written very descriptive, so much you feel the atmosphere and can see the surroundings etc.Its definitely got me thinking what is Sam? I think I might have an idea but am I being too obvious and who is th
Tricia Kristufek
Apr 20, 2012 Tricia Kristufek rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews, recommended
Heven's life was perfect. She is beautiful, popular, and just got voted cheerleading captain - all things that any teenage girl would dream about.

Then her world falls apart.

Sam's life is dark. His only shining light is Heven, and the monster has forbid him to see her again. Even though he is anxious to escape the clutches of the monster, Sam can not forget about Heven. In his desire to see her 'one last time,' Sam inadvertently leads the monster right to her.

Before is the prequel to Masquerade
Nov 17, 2011 Natshane rated it it was amazing
It took me 19 pages to fall in love with this book, imagine what a hundred more would do? I could never ever imagined how 19 pages could have worked me up so much, I was screaming CLIFFHANGER like a maniac in the end, no kidding.

I love how the story was written, 19 pages to introduce us to Mr.Harbouring-Dark-Secrets-And-Crushing-On-A-Girl Sam, and bubbly-I-don't-see-it-coming Heven (I just can't get over the fact that I am crushing on a guy who I've known only for 19 pages, that must be a new r
Danielle Smiley
Nov 13, 2011 Danielle Smiley rated it it was amazing
This short story tantalizes you into putting "Masquerade" (the first full book in this series) onto the top of your TBR pile. Hebert's writing flows beautifully as you are immediately drawn into the story. Mere sentences pass and you already care about what will become of the characters. Reading "Before" will make you hold your breath until "Masquerade" comes out.
Nov 17, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Tease! That is what this delightful little Novella is. It's amazing, that in a short amount of time how invested I felt in these characters. Their story is very captivating and well written. I really really want to know what Sam's secret is? He is such a tortured soul, good, and mysterious. Heven is pretty, sweet, good and popular life is good to her then......??? I liked Kimber too, she is Heven's sassy best-friend. I completely enjoyed this prequel and am anxiously awaiting it's sequel ...more
Cassie McCown
Sep 23, 2015 Cassie McCown rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon!
Nov 12, 2011 Misty rated it liked it
So, I know this is a short story and I know it's just a teaser for the full length novel 'Masquerade' but personally I still don't think it had enough to it. I would've liked just a little bit of the history to really draw me in.

We meet Sam, who is so drawn to Heven he's pretty much stalking her even though he's resigned to never actually speaking to her because he knows he can't be with her. He thinks she's the perfect girl but I don't really know why he does since he doesn't really know anythi
Katie Rodante
The description is intriguing, that this story is a prequel to what happens once Heven's (yes, that's her name) life changes in a big way.

This short story is told in alternating points of view, Heven being one, and the other is Sam, a boy who is seemingly obsessed with Heven.

Heven's a high school cheerleader, blonde and ditzy. I'm not sure what Sam sees in her because she reads like the type of girl who is a dime a dozen, but maybe she has a secret--at least I'm hoping she has one that will be r
Nov 26, 2011 Anagha rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Maggie Stiefvater and anything paranormal!
Recommended to Anagha by: Cambria Hebert
Shelves: posted
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"I got caught watching the one person I was supposed to not care about"...

Review: Told from alternating points of view of Sam and Heven, this prequel to Masquerade grabs you from the very beginning. I usually make notes while reading, but I hardly knew when it began and when it had ended!
As for characters, I love Sam, who seems to be the unrequited love type (god, I love those!), but I don’t rea
Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
This left me very intigued. I'm really interested in seeing how Heven and Sam's story develop in her novel Masquerade.

I love Cambria Hebert's writing style and her characters. She is definitely a writer I'm going to keep my eye on.

For a more extended review of this short story along with her other short story Whiteout, check out this link
Nov 22, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
A short prequel that really leaves you hanging. I have quite a few questions and now I have to wait until December to find out what the heck is going on. Such a tease!
Really short story with chapters from both Sam and Heven's points of view before Heven is attacked. Not really a lot in here.
6 out of 10
Apr 08, 2012 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, books-i-own
Okay i have to admit that i got this from Kindle for free one day i was searching for new books (back then i didnt knew anything about Masquerade)

I am never a big fan of pre sequels but this was very interesting to read specially when you have no idea whats going on.

From those 18 pages i read i believe this was a very well writing tease from Cambria Hebert. The story is captivating and well written and full with so many secrets mainly because of Sam. Who is Sam?What secrets he has? Why he havent
Dec 12, 2011 Sapphyria rated it really liked it
Sam is under the control of a monster and watches Heven from afar, knowing she's the one person he should be staying away from.
Heven has just been named Captain of the cheerleading squad and been asked to an end-of-the-year party by Brice, Heven's crush.
As Heven leaves the library one evening, after completing one last homework assignment, Sam is caught by the monster watching her.

Will Heven ever be the same?

This is a very awesome teaser to Cambria Hebert's 2011 release of "Masquerade."

Each sect
Mario Ebbwa
Dec 20, 2011 Mario Ebbwa rated it really liked it
It is difficult to rate such a short story, but I found this one vey interesting, especially for a YA book. I don't know if I will get the next book but as far as short stories go this one deserves four stars!
Shambhawi P.
Aug 08, 2013 Shambhawi P. rated it it was ok
I have no idea what is going on, what just happened and what the whole story is about but I'm intrigued.

A story about the pretty popular girl with no self-esteem issues. And she's not even damaged. Who knew, right?

2.49 Stars. Maybe. I dunno.
Jennifer (random jendsmit)
What in the hell just happened!!!???

Holy crap - That was a good teaser for Masquerade! Masquerade by Cambria Hebert

Jan 16, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Once I read the prequel, I went straight to Barnes & Noble to buy Masquerade which is the first series in Her Heaven and Hell series. I was completely taken in by Cambria's style of writing and the story of Heven, a popular girl at school.
Apr 25, 2016 Amy rated it liked it
This was my first Cambria Hebert novel. I'm intrigued and looking forward to the next book. But man that cliffhanger....
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Cambria Hebert is a latte sipping author of the Heven & Hell series, the Death Escorts series, and the Take It Off series. She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes, chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will always have good hair. She currently lives in
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Heven and Hell (4 books)
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