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 after. :)
One last thing, as of today Masquerade went on pre-order! You can find the book here