Today I am excited to bring you a review of the second book in the 19th Year series by Emi Gayle thanks to J.Taylor publishing and their blog tour:
by Emi Gayle
Series: 19th Year #2
Publisher: J. Taylor
Publication date: May 6, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
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My review of book one: After Dark
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.
I was blown away by After Dark and was excited to jump back into the fascinating
world Emi Gayle has created. In Day
After we see more action, and learn more about the world and the creatures who
reside there. I quickly consumed this and look forward to the final book. The tale is fast paced, filled with mind
blowing revelations and characters you cannot help but love.
Winn agrees to be Mac's teacher and to meet with the council
for lessons. As he learns he cannot reveal information to Mac unless she asks.
With only six months left, Winn takes his job as teacher seriously even if it
means losing the love of his life forever. The tale that unfolds has suspense,
danger, impossible decisions and an impossible romance. The tale is delivered
from Winn's perspective and I enjoyed getting inside his head.
While the last book focused on Mac Thorne’s perspective and
personality this time we really get inside Winn’s head. Tasked with an impossible
responsibility he readily accepts. He must help Mac ask the right
questions and guide her; which will ultimately separate them. As he interviews those on the council he
begins to discover everything isn’t black and white. I really like Winn,
although he is only seventeen, he takes his responsibilities seriously and his
love for Mac is unselfish. The
relationship struggles as Mac pushes Winn away and even when he wants to throw
in the towel, he cannot stop helping her. I loved how he gives this confident
outward appearance and then we glimpse his inner fears and thoughts. One of things I like about him is that he
totally gets Mac; from her snarky attitude to her refusal to ask the right
questions. He is a loyal nerd whom you cannot help but adore. We learn more
about the council as well as Winn’s Dad and sister. Suze is back and I gotta
tell you I love this crazy demon protector.
Gayle weaves a tale that keeps you guessing. There is an air of suspense and mystery
throughout both books that kept me turning the pages. She drops subtle clues
and adds foreshadowing that make me believe in possibilities and question everything! The
council and their “ask the right questions" was clever as it slowly reveals
information that will aid both Mac and Winn. There are some intense scenes and
unknown forces at work that kept me on edge. The last few chapters and the
ending had my emotions all over and some of the things we learn had me gasping
aloud. Winn and Mac really work as a couple, he is the yin to her yang and they
bring out the best in each other. The book really worked from Winn’s perspective. I was excited to learn Gayle will do a dual POV in the next book. *happy dance*
If you are searching for an escape, and want a book with awesome world-building and
characters to root for than the Day After and the 19th Year series is something
you will enjoy. Darkest Day the final
book will release in October 2013.
Four and half cups of demon coffee out of five
Labels: Emi Gayle, J. Taylor Publishing, The 19th Year series, YA paranormal