Monday, November 19, 2012

Blog Tour: After Dark by Emi Gayle



Today I am super excited to welcome author Emi Gayle to The Cover Contessa for a guest post appearance! Emi's most awesome book, After Dark, was released October 31, 2012. If you have not gone out and gotten this book, GO GO GO! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? It's totally and completely AMAZING!

So, I asked Emi to stop by and answer this little doozy for me: If you could be any supernatural creature ... what would you be? Appropriate seeing as the main character of this book has to choose, no?
Here is what Emi had to say:


This is a question many have asked and probably many have thought about. For Mac Thorne, main character in After Dark, this is very key question to her future.

You see, she has to pick ... one. 

Yep. One. 

But right now, she can be ANY supernatural form.

So what would you be? If you could be anything, is there a favorite? Shapeshifter? Vampire? Werewolf? Something obscure? Sphinx? Gnome? 

Sure we can all pick the stuff we know, but what about the stuff we don’t know. Gnome’s strenght, Sphinx tenacity, Siren’s weakness. Have you ever thought about why you’d want to be that creature and why you wouldn’t?

That’s what Mac has to do ... and she has a geeky guy to help her out.

But the question to pose now is to you! 

What would you be? And don’t just name the creature, tell me why!

Sure, the third book (Darkest Day) is written and I know what Mac will choose ... but maybe you’ll pick the same. Guess we’ll have to see. ::wink::
Totally awesome, right? I just love, love, love her answer! So...what WOULD you choose? Let us know in a comment below.

I had the opportunity to read an eARC of this book and it was FABULOUS!  So read on below to see what I think!

I want to thank J. Taylor publishing for allowing me to read an ARC of this awesome book to read for an honest review. When I was offered this book I was super excited. It's been on my list for a while and I couldn't wait for it to come out.

Blurb from Goodreads:
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.

First I want to start with the cover of this book. It's extremely eye catching and was one of the reasons I looked into reading the book in the first place. The cover is dark and mysterious. It draws you right in. And I love how it has the very special quote on the front, "Dawn conceals what the night reveals." This is used several times throughout the book and is key to understanding the characters. Then there is the element of the cemetery that is pictured on the front, also key to the story. Of course, the beautiful girl on the cover is always a plus. All in all I love the cover. I think it perfectly depicts the main character of the story and gives you some inside information on her, at least information you understand once you read the book.

I love how the characters are developed in this book. So many of them are mysterious, which makes learning about them all the more fun. And they make the story addictive because they are so likeable, even the villainous ones!
Mac (Maya Mackenzie Thorne) is a spunky loner with a ton of attitude who only hangs with humans because she is being forced to do so until her 19th birthday. She's confident and secure and quite stubborn. She thinks she knows it all until she finds out that everything she thought she knew was not what she needed to know at all. I will be honest and say that I didn't connect with her immediately. I felt like she was too withdrawn, but as the story unfolded, I understood why she was this way and then saw her develop into something totally unexpected.
Winn (Wineford Thomas) is the geeky guy you never really cared for in High School. And yet, he's got this attractiveness about him that pulls Mac in, despite her not wanting to be there. Once you get to know him, you see he's not only smart, but extremely sexy, and corny at some points as well. He has a quick wit and can certainly hold his own when he's with Mac. And he's not afraid to be exposed to things that might seem different as he's always been interested in the supernatural. When he was first described, I was sure he was just going to be this awkward, nerdy guy. But he is so much more than I would have ever expected! So much so that I could not wait for the scenes with him in them!
The supporting characters are really great. We get a glimpse at so many different facets of paranormal: vampire (Mac's "Dad" Lucas), Fae (Mac's "Mom" Alina), angels, demons, witches, sirens and even dragons, yes dragons! I think my most favorite supporting character is definitely Suze. He's a demon and he is not at all what I would have expected. He's funny and completely cares for Mac in a way I never thought could be possible from such a creature. He's her protector in so many ways, and he's also her friend. Their interactions are often funny.

Gayle does a great job at world building in this book. This world is like no other supernatural world I have read about or known. in all other paranormal books of this type, you see the different creatures at war or odds with each other. And, while this is certainly part of the theme in this book, you also see a cohesiveness to them as they struggle to "survive" in our human world. For the first three chapters of the book, I really wasn't sure what was going on. But once the characters were all introduced, and the reason for Mac's existence was explained, I could not put the book down. It was completely addictive. Gayle created a world that is totally unique, which is what I think will draw people to this book and keep them there. The originality storyline will keep people coming back for more. There are enough twists to make you wonder and enough turns to keep you on your toes.

Gayle's writing is excellent. She doesn't use extraneous words to try and make her material seem more interesting. She easily explains each character and allows you to see who they are through her words. And her writing was face paced keeping the story moving but not confusing the reader in the process.

All in all this a must read for any paranormal YA lover. The storyline is completely different, the characters are fun and interesting, and the world is nothing like you've ever seen. This is a 5 star book for sure. I am really looking forward to reading the rest of this series! Emi Gayle has a sure winner on her hands with this fun and entertaining read.


Publication Date: October 31, 2012
Publisher: J. Taylor
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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.


Praise:
“Winn and Mac were perfect for each other in every way possible. It was like two magnets finally finding each other and connecting.” — Good Choice Reading

“Awesome beyond awesome! For lovers of YA Paranormal, this is a MUST READ!!!” — Romancing the Book
“Talk about can't put down...I accidentally opened this one instead of the book I was scheduled to read. Made the mistake of reading the first paragraph -- and I have not been able to put my iPad down since!” — Parajunkee
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