Review ~ Before (Betwixt, #0.5) by Melissa Pearl


“Sometimes to find your way…you have to get completely lost.”

Dale Finnigan is a teenage rebel; he lives for parties, girls and joy riding in stolen cars. In spite of his uptight parents’ constant warnings and lectures, he continues to run wild. His crazy lifestyle is the only way he can live and feel free…until his reckless behavior takes him down a path where there is no going back.

In this prequel to BETWIXT, find out who Dale Finnigan was before he became known as“scar-face”—the unassuming hero everyone underestimates.

WARNING: This book is intended for mature teen readers due to coarse language and mature content.



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My ****4 Star**** Review

Novellas can be tricky. They are short, so there’s little time to grab the reader. Typically, you still have to read a couple chapters (at least) before you’re sucked in. That wasn’t the case with this one, though. I was intrigued right from the start. Dale Finnigan lets you know the kind of person he has become, but then he takes you on a ride showing you just how he became that person. Dale’s father is a minister, and Dale had felt stiffled by rules. He rebelled, which lead to some very ugly consequences.

This story is full of some very raw truths and harsh realities. It shows the joys, but mostly the heartaches of living life on the wild side. Having a brother of my own that learned some hard lessons the tough way, it was tough watching Dale in his downward spiral. This book could very well be a life-changer for a vulnerable teen.

The only thing that bugged me in the story was Dale’s parents. But, what parents don’t make mistakes.

This book has a definite Christian aspect to it, but it’s also very REAL with the language to match. I can’t wait to read Betwixt!
*I received a copy via NetGalley and Indie Inked in exchange for an honest review.*

About the Author ~ Melissa Pearl

Melissa Pearl

Melissa Pearl was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent much of her life abroad, living in countries such as Jordan, Cyprus and Pakistan… not to mention a nine month road trip around North America with her husband. “Best. Year. Ever!!” She now lives in China with her husband and two sons. She is a trained elementary teacher, but writing is her passion. Since becoming a full time mother she has had the opportunity to pursue this dream and her debut novel hit the internet in November, 2011. Since then she has produced three more books with her fifth novel, Betwixt, due out in November 2012.

“I am passionate about writing. It stirs a fire in my soul that I never knew I had. I want to be the best writer I can possibly be and transport my readers into another world where they can laugh, cry and fall in love.”

Twitter: @MelissaPearlG

Happy Reading,



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