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Beyond the Rising Tide

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Kai met Avery only once--in the moment he died saving her life. Now when he's not using his new healing powers to help people, he watches helplessly as Avery's life is unraveled by his death. To help her, he risks everything by breaking the rules, dangerously blurring the barriers between life and death.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Sweetwater Books
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Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: highly-recommend
Lovely!!! What a great, unexpected good read!!! Wonderful love story, this book kind of reminded me of the movie “City Of Angels” but ever more endearing and with teenagers. Lol
Katie W
This is a great teenage love story with a lot of angst. There are many moments overflowing with emotion and some great, thought-provoking quotes. I honestly can't even imagine going through what Avery and Kai do--not only does it blow my mind, but it breaks my heart.

The only time Avery and Kai met is when he jumps into the ocean to save her--and gives is life for her. She can't get over the fact that someone, a stranger, died for her, and when he has the chance to help her, he takes it, even tho
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
Wow. Just, wow. Beyond the Rising Tide has everything I love in a YA novel- strong emotions, vulnerable characters, and a creative setting. The paranormal aspects of Kai's existence outside of mortality are fascinating and well-depicted. They don't dominate the story but provide support for an imaginative plot. Avery's grief and depression are easy to relate to, and her struggles are compounded by a thoughtless ex-boyfriend and bipolar mother. I appreciated the levels of complexity in the dynami ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
It's hard to try to describe the emotions of this book in a review. It is beautifully written and follows the story of two teenagers who are hurting. The book is fictional, but the issues that the two are dealing with are real. The circumstances of their introduction to each other was tragic and leads to this story that is full of healing and selflessness.

Kai died six months earlier when he saved Avery's life. He has watched her and the struggle that she has to live her life. More than anything
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Beard has written a beautiful and intriguing story that readers are not going to want to miss. The expression of emotions from Sarah’s characters are brought life in this expressive and captivating story. The love story is a bit complicated in that, Kai died the day he saved Avery. Now he works from the other side working on missions to save people has been assigned to. But Kai is intrigued with Avery and her struggles after her near death experience in the waves and wants to help her. Ave ...more
Julie Ford
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am so pleased to be the first to read and review this novel. And not only because it’s super fun to be first, but because I love, love, loved this story.

Expertly written with vivid imagery, Sarah Beard’s writing elicits a range of emotions that took me from goose bumps to laughter to tears. The love story between Avery and Kai had that wonderfully forbidden, Twilight-esque, no-way-can-this-end-well brand of romantic tension. Only in this story the heroine isn’t annoyingly whiny and flakey and
WOW! This book is amazing! I loved the author's first book, Porcelain Keys, so I was excited to get my hands on this one and it did not disappoint!

Avery's life has drastically changed since the night she almost drowned and was saved by a boy who wound up drowning himself. Her boyfriend can't handle what she's going through so he's giving her space. Although she's not sure how cozy he's actually becoming with some of the students he's teaching how to surf.

Kai is the boy who drowned saving Avery.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
I am in love with this book. Could I tell you anything better than that? I doubt it, but here's my attempt to explain why I love it.

This is not what I would classify as your typical YA romance. The story felt meaty- full of depth and emotion that I could just sink my soul into. There was nothing light or surface to this book. I really loved that. As the book went on and more of the story unfolded, I felt like I was really getting to know the characters. They became real to me. I was invested com
Cindy C Bennett
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In an uncertain world where choices between light and dark aren’t as clear as they seem, Kai risks everything to save the girl who he already died to save once. Beyond the Rising Tide is a beautifully written story of love, hope, and redemption.

Avery is a strong young woman who fights to overcome the tragedy that saved her life, but took the life of a stranger. Kai is a courageous young man who hasn’t let a heartrending life change the core of who he is, in spite of a few stumbles along the way.
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a phenomenal book. The concept was well crafted and created a plausible world within the realm of the real and the beyond. Rules were created and used and played with as the characters struggled to be together. Kai was a strong character with a painful past and an impossible situation. Avery was dealing with her own pain and difficult situations. Their story plays together well with the violent emotions only teenagers can have, and yet you get pulled in to hoping they can find some way ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
Beyond the Rising Tide was amazing. It perfectly captured more emotions than I knew existed, and made me feel every single one of them. It's the kind of book that I want to pick up and read again because I'm not ready for it to be over.
I love how honest the book is. I love how it captures the feeling of being hurt, guilty, vulnerable, lost, and scared without being melodramatic. I love how real everything feels, like it all actually happened and this is a true story.
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This was a long book. There were parts where it dragged for me. The concept of dying and going into this temporary place (Demoror) before you decide to go to Heaven (Elysium) or Hell (Briar), was interesting. It does seem that some people are too attached to what they left behind on earth to move on to the next phase, so they wonder in this temporary place. It was an interesting concept for a book. Writing about a dead boy. I liked Kai most of the time and Avery was a good character. Not sure ho ...more
Aug 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was probably a cute story but I was so confused for most of the story. He saves her and dies in the process. He goes back to help her get over her guilt. They wander around the city. After that I was pretty much lost. And the ending? What the heck happened? The after life situation was so different from anything else I’ve read that I just couldn’t understand it. Like I said this book was probably cute and romantic but I didn’t get it. I wish you better luck.
Lilian Deforest
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was entertaining while it lasted, but nothing more. The world-building was vaguely interesting to me, but it wasn't all that developed, so I didn't really love it. I probably wouldn't normally have read it from the premise on the cover, but I read and liked Porcelain Keys by the same author. It was ok, but nothing more than that.
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
So incredibly over-dramatic and groanworthy, even for YA.
Nancy Brady
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I received this novel through a First Reads Goodreads giveaway, but that in no way affected this review.

4.5 stars...this YA romance is not a run-of-the-mill romance, but it is one that is full of angst and spirituality. Told from the alternative perspectives of the two main characters, Avery and Kai, the story tells of their first meeting when Kai saves Avery from drowning with his death as a result.

Now, a healer in Demoror, he observes Avery's continuing difficulty with his dea
Jenny Jo Weir
I loved this book! It was sweet, cute, fun, creative and touching. Made me feel like I was at the beach, wind in my hair, sand in my toes. Heard the guitar and tasted the chocolate. It's one of those you experience while reading. Great book!
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
This took me DAYS to finish. It was sooooo slow.
Lustful Literature
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Beth's Review

There truly is nothing better than when you pick up a book and absolutely fall in love with it when you least expect it. Well Beyond the Rising Tide did just exactly that. This book was definitely not my normal read, one with it being YA but second with it have the “afterlife” twist to it. This book really took me out of my comfortable reading bubble but it truly WOW’d me. It was absolutely a phenomenal read that sucked me in from the moment I started and took me on such an amazing
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Avery has been struggling after she nearly drowned in the ocean. She lived and the boy who saved her life had to give up his own. Avery can't remember his face and his body has never been found. She is consumed with guilt because of his family, who have no idea what happened to him. Avery's going through all online databases looking for boys who have been reported missing and maybe just maybe she will find him there.

Avery has always been a carefree, thrill-seeking girl. She is good at so many sp
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Just Wow!! I didn’t want to read this. I mean when a person is dead they’re dead! How can a romance survive that? But I really liked Sarah’s first book, so I wanted to see what she would do with it! Let me tell you, she put some major twists and turns so that whenever I thought, “I see where this is going”; she would take you on a detour!

Then the emotional rollercoaster I felt was overwhelming at times. I think there were instances when sacrifices were made and were done so selflessly that
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beyond The Rising Tide by Sarah Beard is a clean YA fantasy romance novel and I really enjoyed it, in spite of being considerably older than a YA! I found Beyond The Rising Tide a most beautifully written novel. The love contained within its pages, sinks deep into the readers' soul. As the novel ends, the reader feels calm, peaceful and loved.
The novel is about love. A gentle love that permeates all it touches. A sacrificial love motivated by the best interests and love of another. It reminds th
Kai died to save Avery. Since that day, he has been watching her and watching her life unravel because she blames his death on herself. She can't get over the fact that a stranger died to save her. She tried to find him but her memories of that day are hazy. All Kai wants to do now is help her move on but since she can't see him, he can't help. That is until his mentor shows him a ring that can make him corporal. What follows is a story filled with heartache, unconditional love and redemption.

May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Why don't more people know about this book?!?! This book was seriously amazing! It is a great mix of contemporary and paranormal! I was instantly hooked! I have been contemplating on whether to give this a five or four star rating. After some thinking, I've decided that this is definitely a 5 star book! I love how everything wrapped up at the end of the book and is probably the best ending to a book I have read in awhile. That ending makes me want
Boundless Book Reviews
Beyond The Rising Tide, is one of those books, that you know will make a big impact on anyone that reads it. After a tragic accident Avery hasn’t been herself. Blaming herself for death of boy who saved her life. She doesn’t know his name, she can’t remember his face and spends months trying to find anything that could tell her who this boy once was.

Avery doesn’t realize that the boy who saved her life, has been watching her. Has wanted to help her, to make sure she is going to have the life sh
Paula  Phillips
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
At first , I thought this was going to be a surfing beach novel but ended up being more of a Paranormal Teen Romance with Heaven, Hell and the In-Betweens. Last summer there was an accident when Avery was out surfing , she managed to survive but the other person - Kai died that day. Ever since then Avery has been going through the motions of what she could have changed and questioning why she survived and he didn't . Also since that day , the Avery everybody else knew has disappeared as she is n ...more
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 star phenomenal YA read

WOW what a really fabulous different. This one is truly not a normal read but was so intrigued by the blurb I had to check it out. I am not sure what exactly I was expecting going into this read as I don't do these type of paranormal reads but it was totally not at all what I was expecting, it was so so much more. The level of emotion between Avery and Kai was amazing. I fell absolutely in love with Kai, he was such an amazing selfless person.

This was definitely an em
Ashley D
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

I absolutely loved this book! It hooked me from the very beginning page. It was different than I thought it was going to be. Paranormal isn't my favorite genre but this is one of my favorite books of all time. I LOVED all of the characters and had to keep reading to see how it would all come together and in the end I was not disappointed. Kai is the sweetest, most selfless and wonderful person. I loved how even after he died, he still had a
Wall-to-wall books - wendy
3.5 Stars

This book has great teen appeal. Its sweet, fun, has some good angst, and is light reading.

This story started out with some punch. I really liked the beginning. Then towards the middle it got slow for me and I almost got bored with it. Thank goodness it did pick back up at the end.

Good character development. One thing I did love was the teens did really seem like teens in this book (they weren't too mature or too babyish). My only problem was that even with the good development, and the
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
This had me feeling so many emotions and I laughed and cried at every opportune moment. What made this even more special for me was the fact that I was able to listen to the audio book and the narration was beautifully done. I felt like I was right there witnessing the love, the hope and the unequivocal redemption that the characters went through. A beautiful story.

{I received an audio copy when I signed up to host the audio tour. I made no guarantee of a favorable review and the opinions expres
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Sarah Beard is the author of YA novels PORCELAIN KEYS and BEYOND THE RISING TIDE. She earned a degree in communications from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MFA in creative writing from VCFA. When she's not writing, she referees wrestling matches between her three boys and listens to audiobooks while folding self-replicating piles of laundry. She is a baker of sweets, a seeker ...more