Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review, Character Interview and Giveaway: Day After by Emi Gayle

YAY!!! **Happy Dance** Woot Woot!!! **Cartwheels**
I CANNOT even hope to tell you how excited I am about today!

I've got a post super stocked up with total awesomeness!!!

We've got the SIX STAR review of Day After (book #2 of the 19th Year series) 
and that's just going to be chopped full 
of crazy fan girl squeals and much gushings as this is a 

One you should just go ahead and grab right this very second!

(to do so stop by Amazon or Barnes & Noble
but come right back cause there's other goodies to be had here)

Besides my review, we've got a chance to speak with Winn!!!!!
I know right?!?!?


an awesomesauce of a giveaway!!!!


So let's get started and jump right in to the interview 
which occurred between the events of book 1, 
After Dark and Day After

Now if you haven't read After Dark 
and don't want any book 1 spoilers, 
stop here and check out my review of After Dark instead.

Ready? Me too!!!
He’ll be here any moment…knock, knock …
**happy dance***, here he is!!!

Hello, Winn! So nice to meet you; thanks for coming by Known to Read. Can I get you anything? Coffee?

No thanks, I’m good. And thanks for having me.

You're welcome!  So glad you could come!!!  I’ve got to say, the events of After Dark left my head spinning. I can’t imagine how you coped with it all. 

Coping and dealing ... well, I think I might still be in the middle of that. 

Are you ready to share with us some of your impressions of those events?

Impressions? Well ... hmmm... Getting to know the real Mac was a big surprise. I mean who thinks their girlfriend, or even a girl friend, someone that you’ve known about for years, is anything but the human you think she is? I mean, that’s a big shock.

No doubt!  Why don't you tell us about where and when it all began? Halloween. You seemed a bit stand-offish with Mac at first. What were your impressions of her before you got to know her?

Standoffish? Yeah, you could say that. I didn’t really want to get involved with her. I mean she was, and still is a lot of times, snide and selfish, but she’s got a side I never really thought possible. I mean, actually, two - since she’s a Changeling and all. 

Tee hee hee.  Did she ever tell you her first impressions of you that night?

All I know is that she wanted my book. Who ever would have thought a book could bring two people together?

Kind of  romantic, if you ask me.  Granted that's coming from a book geek such as myself.  Tell us about your feelings and thoughts when you realized there was truly more than humans in this world.

I was so excited! I mean, think about it. We spend all our time thinking there has to be other types of life on earth and it’s there! It’s true! It’s awesome!

Were you ever frightened of Mac?

Do I have to admit that? I mean, I think I about wet myself when I saw her fangs dropped. Don’t tell her that though. She doesn’t need to know.

Your secrets safe with me.  I would have passed right out!  Let's talk about the contents of the book.  What “mythological” creature do you find most interesting? 

Why does everyone ask me about my favorite? See, I don’t have to have a favorite. I can like them all. I’m partial to the magical realm, like the fairies and wizards, but I know Mac and magic aren’t always connected, so who knows about her. So I just like that I can know about them all!

Most frightening?

Nahir. That dragon. Errr.

If you, like Mac does, needed to choose a creature to become, which one would you choose? 

No idea. Seriously. For me, I just want to learn more. I actually don’t mind being human, I just want to know that it all exists for everything. That would be my wish.

What were your thoughts when you went with Mac on New Year’s Eve to meet the council? My knees would’ve buckled right out of underneath me had I been in your shoes! Especially with Nahir!

At first, I thought I was fine, seriously, until they took me out of the room and didn’t tell me what was going on. It took them a while before Alina shared what they intended and I knew Mac would be ticked off.  Had to convince them to let me go in, even if something happened because I knew she’d get mad and do something rash. Which she did. I am glad though, that she did what she did, you know?

Tell us what was happening with you that night while Mac was “doing battle” with the council members?

Hanging out. Talking to Alina. Waiting. Asking more questions. Waiting. More questions. It seemed like it was taking forever, when I finally got her to tell me what they planned to do and why.

How do you feel about Mac naming you her teacher? Do you feel up for the challenge?

I was shocked. Seriously. Then I didn’t think they’d let me. As for being up for the challenge? No way. I don’t know anything, but look at Mac. She’s part of that world and doesn’t ask all the question I’d be dying to ask, so I’m kinda glad because now I get to know everything I ever wanted!

Well, Winn, I sooo appreciate your taking the time to be with us today. It’s been quite enlightening!

You’re welcome and thank you!

That was incredible, huh???
Wanna know more about Day After now, don't you???
I so knew you would.
So here's the run down of the book (that was just released this week)
and my thoughts on it....

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.

Genre:  YA Urban Fiction
Publisher Type:  Small Print/Indie
My Rating: *  *  *  *  *  * Yes, SIX stars!!!

My Review:
You know those books, the ones where you after you finish you want to start all over, because the're that good and you just don't want it to be over???  That's how I feel about Day After.  This book is so crazy good that I hardly know where to begin in my review..... so how to start? ..... well, I gave it six stars, an honor reserved for my very favorite of books.  

Day After is written from Winn's point of view, a change up from book 1, After Dark, which is told by Mac.  I loved the change of perspectives from one book to another.  It gives a nice peek into each character while keeping the mystery quotient up by not flip flopping back and forth between character perspectives within one book.  And the mystery quotient in this book is huge.  There's so many twists and turns to this plot!  I had a constant inner monologue going of "Geez!  I so didn't see that coming?" and "What?!?!? No freakin' way!"  There were tons of surprises throughout this book.  

I also really appreciate the creativity that goes into a work such as 19th Year series.  The world that has been built within is overflowing with unique supernatural characters taken from mythology world-wide.  Day After gives us so much more insight to these characters.  It's just so fun!!!

Now if you've read some of my other reviews, you'll know that I'm also a huge fan of character growth.  And again Emi Gayle hits the nail on the head with that here.  Winn's growth is subtle and nicely done.  Mac, even as we view her through Winn's eyes, sheds a bit of her rebellious and selfish ways.  Even the adult characters show growth.  **happy sigh**

Everything about Day After is a complete perfection in my eyes.  I just soooooo love this book!!!  Now I will warn you it's a pretty big cliff hanger we're left with at the end, but it's not the type that leaves you feeling irritated and incomplete; there's enough closure there to be pleased with the ending, but the end does leave you craving your next dose of the 19th Year!!!

So who's up for a giveaway??!!?!?
I thought maybe **big smirk**
Here it is!  Good Luck!!!!


  1. WOW! On behalf of Mac, Winn (and of course Suze), we all thank you for the 6 stars and the amazing review and the interview! THANK YOU!!!! :) :) :)