September 26, 2012

Review: After Dark by Emi Gayle!

After Dark
By Emi Gayle
Expected publication: October 31st 2012
By J. Taylor Publishing

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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.

This was a fun read. The main character, Mac, was funny, bold, and daring. From the beginning to end there was always something happening so there really wasn’t any room for boredom. I enjoyed the plot a lot and thought it was pretty unique. I read so much that eventually a lot of the books all start to sound the same. I didn’t really get that from After Dark. I liked how the author introduces you to Mac’s world and she slowly reveals exactly how Mac’s world works, and what she truly is.

The romance for me was a huge plus. Mac doesn’t fall for the jock, or super rich popular kid. She actually falls for the “geek”. Winn and Mac were perfect for each other in every way possible. It was like two magnets finally finding each other and connecting. I loved their friendship and their romance. The romance wasn’t instant and it was believable.

My only complaint is that there were times that the book was so serious, and then the next it felt a little immature and fluffy. So it was sort of hard for me to take it so serious. I would say this was more a paranormal romantic comedy. I found myself laughing a lot with Mac rather than at the edge of my seat. There were some suspenseful moments and plenty of action, but then the fluffy side would come and throw me off.

I recommend After Dark! It’s funny and entertaining until the very end.

3.5 out of 5 Stars!


  1. I haven't heard of this one before but it sounds fun. I love hearing that the character is good and that there's action consistently. It's too bad that the tone jumps like that.

    I may have to read this one - thanks for reviewing it and bringing it to my attention :)

  2. thanks for a great review! This is the first I've heard of this book and it's awesome :)

  3. I will have to add this to my tbr as I like how you mentioned that it did not seem like a lot of the books out there as it is true, sometimes books in the same genre can start to sound the same.

  4. I'll have to check out After Dark. I love my dark with a touch of humor to lighten it up a bit, so this sounds like something I'll like.

  5. Oh, this sounds like a great read! I'll be adding it to my TBR list! I'm a sucker for a good romance and some humor. Thanks for the review!

  6. Great review! I haven't even heard of After Dark before, but it sounds like something I'd like!


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