Monday, May 6, 2013

Book Review: Day After by Emi Gayle

Title: Day After 
Series: The 19th Year #2
Author: Emi Gayle
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing (May 6, 2013)

Format Read: Ebook Novel
Source: Publisher
Genre: YA Paranormal

Demon crypts. Vampire lairs. Glowing angels. Sexy sirens. The stuff of fiction.  

Or so Winn Thomas always thought. 

Since being accepted into the fold of the supernatural, he knows better. None of what he imagined is true, but everything he feared is, and binding himself to his Changeling girlfriend until her nineteenth birthday will give him an education far beyond what he’d get at his human high school. 

Luckily, Winn’s not giving up, he won’t back down, and he definitely isn’t going to run away with his tail between his legs. After all, only werewolves have tails. Right? 

In this, the second of the 19th Year trilogy, Winn’s facing the challenge of one lifetime. If he doesn’t learn the truth about mythological creatures, his girlfriend Mac Thorne won’t either. That means, in six months, when she chooses her final form, she won’t know what to pick.

Winn, though, has his own ideas about Mac’s final selection—plans she knows nothing of.

He intends to have her pick human.  

Whether she can or not.

Teasers from Day After: Unlike Google or Wikipedia, the pages of text in front of us held information no human knew about vampires, fairies, gargoyles, werewolves, griffins, dragons—hundreds of beings I’d only hoped could be real half a year ago. Life went from wishing to a little freaked at that point. - 9%

Just goes to show you, you can’t judge a book by a cover or a house, or a vampire. - 18%

For a destroyer demon, Suze had a milder manner than a declawed kitten, and the brains of a toddler. - 37%

Early March in North Carolina could be thirty degrees or eighty. - 75%

Review: Winn Thomas strives to do the impossible in Emi Gayle’s Day After.

Unlike After Dark, Day After follows Winn’s point of view. Winn is such a great character, and Gayle does well in writing from a male point of view. I felt his frustration with the tasks given to him as well as his heartache when it comes to his girlfriend, Mac. Mac is up to her old stubborn tricks, and she put Winn through the wringer. Of all the characters, my favorite character is still Suze, the destroyer demon. He’s just so awesome and so unique when it comes to demons.

The challenges facing Winn and Mac seem insurmountable, and I was on the edge of my seat while reading. Gayle has a fast-paced style I just love. It did take me a couple chapters to get into Day After because it’d been awhile since I’ve read After Dark. The touches of humor helped alleviate the intensity of the storyline. The twists and turns kept me guessing, especially as Gayle continues to build the mythological world within our own. Several times I gasped at the new information we learned about Mac, Winn, and his sister, and that ending—wow, it had me crying.

For readers looking for complex worldbuilding, humor, and an intense fast-paced read, then I highly recommend Emi Gayle’s 19th Year trilogy. I loved After Dark, but I enjoyed Day After even more!

Five Bookworms = I loved it!

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