Review: After Dark by Emi Gayle

After Dark (The 19th Year, #1)After Dark by Emi Gayle
Series: The 19th Year (# 1)
Publication Date: October 31, 2012
Publisher:  J. Taylor Publishing
Page Count: 344
Source:  publisher

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.


Review:  I am not sure that I can truly express my love for this book in words!  Extraordinarily amazing may put a slight dent, but still not completely encompass my feelings.  As a huge lover of Young Adult Paranormal Romance, the moment I read the blurb for After Dark, I knew that I must get my hands on a copy.  As I began reading, I was thoroughly hooked, completely in love with the characters and blown away by the story.   What made me weep and my heart ache was when I read the final words and knew that I was going to have to hang on until April 2013 to read the next book, Day After, in the series (After Dark is the first book in a new trilogy).  The ending was perfect as it leaves the reader with one question answered, but opens up so many more!

What made me love After Dark so passionately?  One of the aspects of Young Adult books that I love is that “passionate yearning and aching of new romance”, as well as that sense of innocence.  Toss in paranormal and you have my attention!  This book is the perfect blend of both of these aspects, as well as the uniqueness of a Changling as a main character, who must live among humans, while having otherworldly guardians and the  issue of having to make a permanent, no-turning-back, life-altering decision within 9 months and you have one heck of a story.

Mac is a no-holds-barred, smart-alek and lovable character.  She has always had a disdain for humans, though she has been made to reside among them, go to school with them and put up with their ridiculous behavior during the day.  The nights, however, are hers and allows her to be free in whatever form she chooses.  Upon her 19th birthday, she must decide what form she wants to take on and what race she want to be ruler of.  No small decision, but one she has managed to continually put off – until recently.  Mac has never been one to ask questions about her heritage nor has she ever been curious about her otherworldly pre-existence.  That all begins to change when her life is put into danger repeatedly and several “incidents” lead to torture and horror.

Though human, Winn became a focus of interest when Mac spies a book that he is reading secretly.  This is a book that could answer many of her questions and she dearly needs to get her hands on it.  When the two are put together for a school project, Mac sees the perfect opportunity to discover what secrets are held within the covers of this book.  What Mac does not count on, however, is her attraction to Winn and the idea of a relationship between the two moving far beyond “2 people who are forced to endure one another for a school project.”

As for Winn, I adored him.  He is brilliant, sweet, caring and rather appealing to the eyes.  He doesn’t give up and is amazingly open-minded.  The dedication that he exudes toward Mac is endearing, but not in a wussy sort of way.  He is strong-minded and very personable.  He and Mac make the perfect couple – even if it takes them a bit of time to make this discovery.

Filled with shape-shifting, smoke and mirrors, urgency, questions of who to trust and who not to trust, and a sweetly sensual blossoming  romance, After Dark will appeal to a very large audience range.  Emi Gayle displays such an enormous talent for creating this fantastical world with real people, real feelings and real issues – in a paranormal way.  There is truly nothing that I did not love about this book.  I cannot wait for the next in the series and I highly recommend anyone looking for an awesome and not easy to forget book to grab this one as soon as possible!

Quote:  Dead on right – just the way I want it.  

Not today, Mac.  Focus.

The two sides of me talking to me irritated the real me just as much as being around actual people did

3 thoughts on “Review: After Dark by Emi Gayle

  1. Awe! I’m not kidding when I saw I have tears in my eyes because of this review. Is it because of the 5 amazing roses? Surely, but it’s more than that. You totally ‘get’ my intent in book one and *that* right there is beyond my emotional spectrum for just smiling. Thank you!!

    • April says:

      Emi! Your comment and brought tears to my eyes!! lol! We are a wonderful slobbering duo, lol. I cannot wait for the next book in the series (and if you need any pre-release reviews let me know, lol, I am more than happy to offer you my services!)


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