Monday, March 4, 2013

#Review : Day After by @emijgayle #YAlit #paranormal

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Day After (The 19th Year #2)
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.
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.

Let's dive right in, shall we?


Characters, characters, characters!!

I fell in book-love with Winn in book #1 of The 19th Year, After Dark, so when I got my hands on this 2nd installment I was dork dancin' like a pro. Think about it - how many series in a paranormal switch character PoV's with each book?

This is the first to do so - that I've read - and oh am I ever glad Ms. Gayle went this route!!

Winn is the type of boyfriend we all wish we'd had back in high school - loyal, compassionate, kind, respectful - the kind you looked forward to taking home to meet Pop.

The supporting cast is endearing & frustrating all at once, a variety of humans, gods, and mythological creatures that keep the reader on their toes. This book has it all.  Angels, demons, griffins, vampires, dragons, but they have their place & mesh in a way I've never seen done before. A council of 12 such creatures act as a ... senate, I guess you could say, representing their kind and ruling, but without one single leader. The relationships between them is sometimes full of tension, and oftentimes snicker worthy. 


Ok. This isn't REALLY a yucky, but here goes.

While a lot of answers are given in DA, quite a few - the most important ones - are still a mystery. Le sigh. I understand the need for cliff hangers of this sort (I'm guilty of them myself!!!!!) but I HATE waiting for conclusions!

Ms. Gayle's voice & story telling expertise will leave you growling for the 3rd and final installment of this as well - what I consider one of the best YA paranormal series to date.

See. Not really yucky at all.  ;)


To YA lovers & occasional readers - to NON YA lovers as well - yes. These books are enticing. Easy to relate to even though they're full of mythological creatures, funny, and endearing. 

So worth the time!!


  1. Hi, Terri! I just found out that you and I are both on Shannon's team of Minions/Warriors for the A-Z Challenge. It's great to meet you! I'm glad to find your site and look forward to reading more of your reviews. :)

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Julie! I'm off to stalk you as well. :)

  2. I love tweeting five star stories and get the word out there. :-)

    1. I LOVE that you swing by to get the word out there! Hugs.