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The 19th Year #3

Darkest Day

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Mac Thorne’s time as a Changeling is coming to an end.

It may have taken eighteen years, but Mac did finally manage to do what the Council wanted: she chose a teacher and renounced the in-between.

There’s just one last step. She must say goodbye to her human. Forever.

After being challenged in every way possible, Mac leaves what she thought would be the easiest task for the last possible moment. As midnight on July fourth draws near, though, she hasn’t found a way to give up Winn Thomas.

Nor does she want to.

With time running out, Mac stands at a literal crossroads. Choose Winn, and she’ll be stripped of the only family she’s ever known — vampires, dragons, and her favorite demon. Even her own mother. Accept her position on the Council and rule as an equal to her twelve peers, and she’ll forget Winn ever existed.

Independence and freedom have never before been so limiting.

In this final chapter of the 19th Year Trilogy, it’s time for Mac to decide.

Responsibility? Or Love?


First published December 16, 2013

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Emi Gayle

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Emi Gayle just wants to be young again. She lives vicariously through her youthful characters, while simultaneously acting as chief-Mom to her teenaged son and searching for a way to keep her two daughters from ever reaching the dreaded teen years.

Ironically, those years were some of Emi's favorite times. She met the man of her dreams at 14, was engaged to him at 19, married him at 20 and she's still in love with him to this day. She'll never forget what it was like to fall in love at such a young age — emotions she wants everyone to feel.

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31 reviews
May 20, 2012
Emi Gayle’s final installment of The 19th Year Trilogy is awesome!

One way or another, Mac’s dilemma is finally solved. Of course, all the loose ends get tied up and our questions are all answered. It’s like a mystery/ romance/ thriller all wrapped into one- it's got everything, even a HEA ending. As a bonus, this one has a lot of underlying “moral lessons” for the young adults out there. As a parent, I really appreciate that. Hearing the same message from your favorite author that mom has been telling you all these years, it might just sink in!

Loved it and can’t wait for my kids to get just a bit older so they can read it too!

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879 reviews189 followers
September 24, 2014
You want to know this series? Go listen to this song and watch the video:

So, did you watch it and listen to the words? Have you read the first two books in this series? If so, then you must understand why I just had to make this song my theme for this book!

I want to thank the author, Emi Gayle, for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. For trusting that I would tell her exactly what I thought of this book. I was super excited when it was offered to me, there was no way I was turning it down. And I'm SO glad that I didn't because I was not disappointed in the least!

Blurb from Goodreads: To be revealed June 17th! Check it out at www.thecovercontessa.com on that day! Wait until you see it!

If you haven't read the first and second books in this series, I cannot say that this review will not contain spoilers from them. I can say that I will not reveal any spoilers from this book, though. So, if you are willing to read on, and haven't started this series, do so at your own risk!

Mac, well, she remains Mac: smart, feisty, hot headed, hard headed and, despite her annoyance at being so because he's human, totally and completely in love with Winn!. And who wouldn't be. He's smart, yet geeky, sexy, yet kind of a nerd. It's the perfect package. And he's totally and completely committed to Mac, despite knowing that once she turns 19 and picks a form he will no longer remember her. And as per her usual self, Mac doesn't like to play by the rules. And she also never asks the right questions. But she's totally cool. And who needs to ask questions when your boyfriend does it for you! My favorite part of Mac is how much she grew from the first book to the last in this series. Wow, it was truly incredible to watch.
And if you are a fan of Suze, as I am, you get him in this book. Lots of him. He's funny and silly and loving and caring and scary, yup, he's that too!
And characters that you were not so sure about, the ones you wanted to punch in the face and throw through a window, well, they are going to surprise you and perhaps make you see them in a totally different light.

I have to say my emotions were all over the place in this book. I wanted to scream, I wanted to cry, I wanted to through my Kindle across the room! I laughed, I sighed and overall I just had total love for this book from beginning to end. Emi's writing is spot on. She really pulls you right back into her story, tugging you along and keeping you in total and complete suspense. You can't guess what will happen from one page to the next. Yes, Emi's ability to keep you wondering is awesome! And she's not afraid to do things to her characters that you would not expect. I love authors who are not afraid to take risks. It's an emotional roller coaster ride filled with mystery and intrigue.

The ending is just perfect. I will tell you that you will not be disappointed and that, as Emi said, you get your HEA. You will not guess it at all. And that's the fun of this series. It just keeps you guessing. When I finished this book I got so excited, I immediately told Emi I needed to order hard copies of the first two. And she sent them signed and everything! I can't wait to get the final book added to my collection on the shelf

I really could not put this one down and if you are a fan of this series, I don't think you'll be able to put it down either. I wish I could go into so much more detail, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone. So I'll let you all decide what you think once you're done. And maybe I'll come back once the book is released and give you more of my opinion on this awesome trilogy!

5/5 stars
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1,301 reviews1 follower
January 27, 2014
I love trilogies but I hate them! I love that there more than one book filled with people and worlds I love. And I hate when they end. This series is definitely one of my major favorites!! I yelled and smiled and cheered and cried a lot and yelled and then cried and then smiled a whole lot! I’ve never had a series ending quite so perfect! This is absolutely the best book ever! I mean how could anyone not love it? It’s so well done. I’m sad to see them go :/ but boy was this one so damn satisfying! So does Mac finally chose, yes. Did she get her HEA and everything she wants- maybe. She’s lost some but gained some too :)

I knew Mac would be different. She’s such a unique character and her choice blew my mind. This book also made me cry beyond most. Some sacrifices were made and it blew my mind. Mac is such a strong girl, but she’s smarter than anyone ever have her credit for. She figured out what no one else could. She made me so freaking anxious while she did it. This is hard one. She still has her stupid impulsive moments but she is still awesome.

I’m so damn proud of Winn. He also figures some things out. It amazes me what he’s had to go through. Does he get his happily ever after? Well you’ll have to find out. He’s also had to make some sacrifices. He lost a lot but he too has gained a lot as well.

I knew going in that this would be emotional, I just wasn’t prepared for how emotional. I knew a lot was to come, I should have expected it. The writing is phenomenal. The secondary characters have become just as important as the main characters. You know how they say you should wait to get what’s yours? Well the wait was so vet much worth it. This is a story about a beautiful girl who grows into a magnificent woman and has made some great friends along the way. And is was a magnificent ride! I don’t think I could’ve asked for more. And I don’t know if this will ever amount to 5 PAWS because it deserves so very much more, but what a PHENOMENAL, MAGNIFICENT, HEARTBREAKINGLY BEAUTIFUL 5 PAWS!
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3,001 reviews368 followers
January 6, 2014
It is so hard saying goodbye to trilogies and series you have come to love and care about. To never see the characters again, those pesky people who have crept into your heart over the course of the books and have become like friends. You don't want to say goodbye yet you can' help but once again become immersed in their story as you read on, dying to know how it all ends.

Do they get their happily ever after that you are hoping for or are things left open ended and frustrating beyond belief? Will you close the book with a happy sigh or want to chuck it across the room with disbelief that the author choose end it the way she did?

Either way I knew I was going to be in for quite the ride. There were so many questions that still needed answers, so much still left unsaid and undone. I knew I needed to buckle up. I was afraid the ride would be bumpy at best and a full on mud slinging four by four, get stuck in the ditch ride at the least.

I wasn't wrong, not at all, this was quite the journey. One filled with happiness and love but also heartbreak, consequences and as always, filled with a beautiful friendship that was forged from the very beginning between all the characters. Ever single one of them had a role to play in the final book and they all played it well.

Emi Gayle managed to create a beautiful ending to a fabulous trilogy, and while it wasn't all smooth sailing, it was perfect. Yes there was heartache and tough times for Mac and Winn but everything played out wonderfully, fabulously, realistically. Everything was answered and them some. She didn't leave a single thread undone or a single word unspoken.

Gayle outdid her self and this last installment shined. I couldn't have asked for anything more.
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Author 29 books115 followers
December 6, 2013
Mac must choose between the human boy she loves and her place on a supernatural Council in Darkest Day by Emi Gayle.

The third and last installment of the 19th Year Trilogy put this reader through the emotional wringer. I didn’t know what Mac would choose to do until about 89% of the book when it dawned on me how this might work out. To keep out spoilers, certain events broke my heart. I love how strong and honest Mac is, even when people might not want to hear her honesty. Winn is smart and keeps Mac in line, which is quite the challenge. They make a perfect couple. Suze is still my favorite demon ever, and I just love him to pieces.

Gayle does an exceptional job at tying up loose ends and bringing a satisfying yet emotional end to her trilogy. The world-building keeps up pace with the previous books and brings about new twists. I love Gayle’s fast-paced writing style. I wanted to sit and read this in one sitting.

A fantastic end to a fantastic series, Emi Gayle’s Darkest Day will leave the reader satisfied and yet missing the characters because they’re awesome like that.
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642 reviews469 followers
January 15, 2014
My entire nineteen years had all come down to one moment. One, single, solitary moment.

When I received my review copy of Darkest Day I was bouncing with excitement!!! I have loved this series and these characters so much. I have taken the journey with them through all their ups and downs. I have cried with them, laughed with them and loved with them. But then something pulled me up. Once I started reading it I knew I wouldn't be able to put it down, and then it would be all over. I didn't want that. But then I was desperate to know what choices Mac would make and what the outcome would be for her and Winn. And so it was with mixed emotions that I finally dove into Darkest Day...

And so everything has been leading up to this moment for Mac. Making her big decision. The choice of what form she will take once she reaches her nineteenth birthday. How do you make such a choice, when doing so will tear you from the boy you love? A boy you love more and more with each passing day. Mac was so Mac in this book, but she also grew so much. I felt she became a much more well rounded character. Yes, she had moments of being feisty and hot headed. She wouldn't be Mac if she didn't and I love that side of her, but she just became more. When you compare the Mac that we had at the start of the series to the Mac we had at the end, it was impossible not to completely love the person that she became. And then there is Winn. He was again just as perfect as he has been in each book. Always loving, always caring, and always supportive. They compliment each other to a tee.

"We love who we love, and those who are worthy of that affection, of that emotion, of that gift, will earn it. They will find a way to be grateful for your presence in their life, not the other way around."

Mac and Winn's love really shone through so much for me in this book. I never doubted their connection, but it was just a whole different level this time around. Their need to be together and make the most of the ever dwindling time that they had left with each other really tugged at my heartstrings.

Mac smiled. She laughed. She kissed me back. She made me love her. I had no choice.

I always find that Emi Gayle writes with such fantastic pacing. I find myself at each turn eagerly wondering whats going to happen next. Never a dull moment or a lull in intensity. Even when things are moving along at a nice even pace, I'm devouring the words, so intent on finding out what is in store next. And Darkest Day has twists and turns aplenty.

Emi Gayle has outdone herself this time around. She nailed this one, and then some. Darkest Day is in my opinion the best book in the series by far. It was everything I could have hoped for. It was heartbreak. It was finding answers. It was understanding. It was choices. It was love. It was so damn amazing. The most perfect ending to a perfect series. I couldn't have asked for anything more.

5/5 Completely Outstanding Mac and Winn Stars
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August 13, 2016
This is the third and final installment in The 19th Year Trilogy, and one that I have been looking forward to for a while. It is a series that has been so good, with characters that were just great and such a good storyline as well. I’m sad to see it end, but wow it was was a good ending. Being the third book makes a little harder to not give away too many things but I will do my best. Mac has not had it easy at all, event after event has tested her, and as the time approaches for her to make a final decision as to what supernatural form she will choose, the hardest thing will be if she can give up the only guy she has ever let get close and loved.

Mac has always been one stubborn but so courageous young girl. As her 19th birthday approaches it should be a fun time for her, so I don’t envy her at all for the life changing decisions that she has to make, and I certainly understand her reluctance to give up Winn. Because come on, he is just an amazing guy. Now don’t get me wrong, Mac is hot headed, and doesn’t necessarily always think things through, but she has grown so much when it comes to the way she views the world around her. The realisticness of Mac’s character is what made her an enjoyable heroine. She strong some strength and wit that I was quite pleased with. Winn, well he is as always, just wonderful when it came to Mac, so understanding and loving. The fantastic cast of secondary were awesome, especially good ole Suze. Love him!

The story has quite a few loose ends that were left from the first and second book, and they all came together so well. The pacing was perfect, giving just a little bit of information that played into Mac’s decision about her seat on the Council. Gayle kept me wondering until the very end that’s for sure. There were so many things that happened, from the snarkiness that made me crack up laughing, and those twists that you just don’t see coming that made me so happy. There was even a life lesson that teens have to deal with but should never have to go through that made me cry my eyes out. The ending is exactly how this needed to have it all end, and I couldn’t have been more pleased with it.

Darkest Day is one satisfying conclusion to a series that I am so sad to see end. The whole series is one that I have enjoyed and highly recommend picking up, especially for those who are fans of YA paranormal romances.

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631 reviews61 followers
January 15, 2014
Amazing end to an amazing series! Full review to come...

Update 1/14/14:

The final installment in The 19th Year series delivers in every way imaginable. Mac is finally forced to make her choice, which means giving up Winn. And with everything against them, it's hard to imagine a happy ending to the story. Well let me tell you, Ms. Gayle takes us readers on an emotional roller-coaster throughout this novel. There are so many heartbreaking moments, especially the death of a character that has become very near and dear to all of us. I found myself tearing up many times during this book for multiple reasons. Mainly because of the events of the story, but also because I felt for the characters and what they were going through; the tough decisions they had to make for the greater good.

One of my favorite parts of this series is the realistic nature of the characters. Mac and Winn have both grown tremendously since the first novel, Mac especially. She is stronger, even tougher, and willing to take risks even though they might not work out in the end. But Winn is also there every step of the way, helping and guiding her. Both Mac and Winn have had great impacts on each other, to become more open and ready to face the tough situations thrown at them. I loved how creative Mac was at the end with her final decision. It shows just how far her character has come, and she handled the situation expertly.

The alternating POV's helped this novel feel more complete, and gives a good sense of closure to the story. You get to know what is happening from all angles, and the story never lulls. It moves along at a great pace, and you never feel bored. In fact, it's the exact opposite. You never want to stop reading, except for the fact that you know that when you keep reading you'll get the end faster! Ms. Gayle's writing is flawless, and we get to learn even more about Mac's world. Ms. Gayle shows perfect and absolute creativity in this series, and it's definitely something that should cause envy among other authors. All the loose-ends are tied up, so there's no worry that one of your questions won't be answered. However, the story is filled with twists and turns so you're left guessing until the very end.

It's incredibly hard to say goodbye to this series, simply because of how amazing it was from the very beginning. Mac, Winn, and everyone's favorite demon, Suze, have a place in my heart, and it's sad that I won't be hearing anymore from them. However, I won't say goodbye permanently, as I will definitely be re-reading this series many, many times. The 19th Year series starts with a bang, and goes out with a bang. You will not be disappointed! For fans of Ms. Gayle and this series, this is a sure-fire winner. Check this series and this book out now! Happy reading :)

5++++ stars
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290 reviews12 followers
May 22, 2013
So I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to read this book; I've loved the series from the first chapter of book one and I was totally, completely, twitching-in-my-seat DYING to know how this impossible situation was going to play out. You know that Mac doesn't play by the rules and she keeps jarring the expectations of the establishment (everyone wants to be THAT cool), but how in the world was she going to make it all work out?!?! Well, I spent two days, pretty sleep deprived, glued to my Kindle because this is one crazy, roller coaster of a ride!

This is such an emotional book. After the first book from Mac's perspective and the second from Winn's, we get to hop back and forth between their perspectives and experience it all. These two are such unique characters and I can't say I warmed to either of them at the start of the series, but by the beginning of book 3, they both had wedged themselves firmly into my heart. Mac and Winn were tormented by this decision that had to be made and it seemed completely impossible. There's also something incredibly sad that happens in this book. Obviously, I won't tell you what, but I read this part in a doctor's office waiting room, just trying my best not to ball like a baby. If you read Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy series where Rose is with Dimitri's family after his death --yeah, just like that-- soooooo deeply sad, but not in that sappy, over the top, drama-y way.

Even with all this emotion going wild, there's tons of action and mystery to this novel. Things are happening and new questions abound; a foe rises up from an unexpected place. There's lots of incomplete answers from the previous books rearing their ugly heads with their need for completion. I truly cannot get over how much Emi Gayle was able to weave into this trilogy without it getting overwhelming. Wow, just wow.

The conclusion of Darkest Day was everything for which a girl like me could ask. Much like the TV series LOST, the 19th Year series had a whopping amount of mystery to be unraveled; unlike LOST, Darkest Day completely satisfied all my curiosity. I'm amazed by the ending, the choice Mac makes, how it all works out. This was a total jump and down, hug my Kindle moment. Such character growth! Such plot twists! Such fun! I did actually guess what Mac would choose (totally a random guess), but had no idea how even her choosing what she did would give her that happy ending. And then it all came together perfectly. I cried I was so happy!
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3,032 reviews645 followers
January 11, 2014
Darkest Day is the last book in the Nineteenth Year Trilogy. Emi Gayle moves us towards the moment when Mac Thorne a changeling must choose her permanent supernatural form and takes her place on the Council. I was worried about how I was going to get my HEA or if there would even be one. Ms. Gayle wrapped this trilogy up and left me with a smile. Mini review: twists, turns and trials, and a side of romance made this exciting ending.

Mac is quickly approaching her birthday and the time of choosing. Winn a human is her advisor and the boy whom she loves and will lose once she decides her fate. The council deems his memories of her will be taken. If she doesn’t take her place along with the other 12 council members she could change the fate of their world. Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. Could you choose your true form at nineteen? Give up the boy you love? The tale that unfolds is an emotional one that kept me on edge.

From the beginning, I have enjoyed Mac. She is strong, opinionated and doesn’t bow to the will of the council. She questions everything. Heck in the beginning she didn’t even like humans. We have seen so much growth in her and in this final book we see her suffer, mature and define herself. Winn despite his love for Mac and his own struggles has tried to be a good advisor. He has always known he must sacrifice his memories for the greater good and it pains him. Suze the demon charged with protecting Mac is a hoot as always. He is one of my favorite characters. The council and Mac’s human friends create obstacles, assist and propel the tale towards its outcome.

Darkest Day offered excellent closure to a fast paced, well spun tale that I thoroughly enjoyed. Told in dual prospective, Winn and Mac bring us right into the thick of things and ratchet up the tension. We suffer a loss and enjoy moments of laughter in this final episode. Gayle weaved in drama, deceit, life lessons and growth as we approached Mac’s birthday. Along with the suffering she wove in a message for teens, and it was powerful and well executed. As we moved towards Mac’s birthday things began to click into place, and I began to hope for Mac to have her cake and eat it too. The ending was cleverly done and felt natural. I closed the book and the trilogy with a satisfied smile and happy heart.

Copy received in exchange for unbiased review​. ​Review​ originally published @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer​
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237 reviews1 follower
January 21, 2014
I can't believe it's over! I loved all of these books, and especially Mac and Winn. LOVED.
Mac has to be my top M.C at the moment. She was written so well, and I enjoyed her personality. Add Winn into the mix and I'm in love.
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5,157 reviews458 followers
December 27, 2013
*Genre* Paranormal Romance
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

Emi Gayle's Darkest Days wraps up The 19th Year trilogy with Changeling MacKenzie (Mac) Thorne facing the reality of her 19th birthday and her predestined choice hanging in the balance for both humans and supernaturals. Will Mac choose human so that she can remain with Winn, or will she choose to take the place of one of the current 12 council members and therefore lose Winn forever?

If you haven't read After Dark or Day After yet, I would highly recommend that you do so. Darkest Days picks up immediately after the events of Day After so if you haven't read that book yet, you will be utterly, and completely up the creek without a paddle to save you.

Gayle leaves you hanging by a thread right until the very end of the story even throwing more challenges and mysteries and sadness in Mac and Winn's paths. Although there will be those who will guess what Mac chooses, I will not spoil it for you. Let's just say that I was surprised by Mac's choice(s) and leave it at that!

Gayle alternates POV between Mac and Winford (Winn) Thomas so that readers can sit back and read about the challenges they both face without missing key situations and happenstances. It shows the constant struggles and emotions the couple faces in order to stay together while outside forces lure in the background just. It also shows that they each have their own family secrets and surprises they haven't yet uncovered.

I have read more than a few conclusions of trilogies and series over the past 2 weeks. I have been let down, and disappointed, and rolled my eyes over the silliness of the endings. I will say that Darkest Days will shock and surprise you and leave you emotionally drained with the challenges that Mac and Winn face in order to stay together. But, it also does exactly as you would expect it to do considering the world in which these characters live in.

Gayle did NOT let me down with Darkest Days. She added fuel to the fire, hidden challenges and secrets that left me wondering just how much more Winn and Mac could take before finally exploding and going their own separate ways. She left Mac's final choice so well hidden that when it was finally revealed, I took a deep breath, and let out a sigh.

I think my favorite secondary characters over the course of this trilogy have been Suzi (destroyer demon & Mac's protector), Alina (Mac's surrogate mother), Gwen who has a secret identity I shall not spoil, and Caroline who grabs Mac and helps her through some funks even going as far as dragging her to the prom!

09/19/2013 Recvd via Publisher* Expected publication: January 6th 2014 by J. Taylor Publishing
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509 reviews32 followers
April 1, 2020
"Winn and Mac. Two people on opposing sides of the world, yet living in the same realm."
Getting through the first two books in the The 19th Year series and the first half of Darkest Day felt like a chore. However, towards the end, I started to care about the characters and by the time I reached the end, everything felt bittersweet.

I've mentioned before that The 19th Year series has a lot of potential and an interesting take on the changeling mythology. While that potential isn't fully realised, the last few scenes that dealt with the lore and the council in Darkest Day is what I was hoping this series would have more of - along with Mac asking questions and being an active participant, instead of rebelling without any rhyme or reason. But, I can't say that the council doesn't deserve Mac's attitude because they are so frustrating.

I could also see some form of a deeper plot in Darkest Day, but the aspects of the plot was not to my taste. By the end of it all, I was so over the Maddie and Ridge drama. 

While I started caring about the characters towards the end, there are still moments of grief that I never felt, moments of stupidity that annoyed the hell out of me and many moments of indifference. I also still don't care about the relationship between Mac and Winn and all their ups and downs gave me whiplash

All that being said, I'm glad that I got to enjoy the reading experience a little more, even if it was just at the end. I can say, with hesitation, that my hope was not shattered
"Life brings us challenges for a reason."
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1,520 reviews243 followers
January 4, 2014
I got a copy in exchange for an honest review

Since the first book I have been waiting for the last book so I could finally find out what Mac was going to choose. I really enjoyed this series so far and while I think I enjoyed Darkest Day the least of the 3, it was a good ending to the series too.

The Darkest Day is a bit darker than the earlier books, more bad things happen and things get serious soon with Mac choose being so close. The beginning was interesting, then it got a bit slow and then the ending was greaat again. I think part of why I thought the story was slow at some point was the fact that I just wanted to know which choice Mac is going to make, the whole series leads to this point and I just wanted to know what she would choose. A lot still has to happen before that and I felt like some of the subplots where a bit unnessecary and this book could've been a bit shorter and still tell the same story. There is also this event, that just felt off, with all the danger there is, that happens? I am not going to spoil more, but yeah there was a part that I got annoyed at the book and thought why did that happen? Also around 75% Mac does something so stupid, I couldn't believe she actualy did that, but yeah she did.

Let's say that part of this book felt a bit like a fill-up till be could get to the end. And then when I got to the end, it was great. I just kept hoping for their happing ending and everyone kept hinting at a certain choice, but everything is so vague that I actually had no idea what was going to happen and sometimes I got annoyed that none of the cuncil member would actually just say and explain things. The ending makes up for a lot, it nicely wraps some things up and while some parts seemed a bit too easy and convenient, I did like the ending.

There is some character development in this book, but not a lot. The relationship between Mac and Winn changes and develops a bit, but the characters mostly stay the same. I like Mac as a character, but really sometimes she need a good shake or something to tell her to slow down and think for a change. Really after all she has been through sometimes I think she would've learned something, but noo, she makes her fair shair of not-so-smart descisions in this book. I almost hated Maddie in this book, she was annoying and dump and I totally agreed with mac that she had something up her sleeve. really Winn is obvious totally in love with Mac and she still thought she has a chance. Uhm no. I really like Winn, he is the more calm and serious one especially compared to Mac. He is a bit too nice and naive, but is such a nice guy and sometimes I wish mac told him a bit more and dind't leave him in the dark.

Some chapters are from Mac and others from Winn's perspective, so we get to see both sides in this book. But while we get to see Mac's point of view there is still a lot of her thoughts about her choice that she didn't share, like it all had to build up to the ending. And that was a bit tiring sometimes.

In terms of world building, this book doesn't add a lot. The little world building there is, is done in the first book and the other 2 books only add little snippets. I understand the story focusses on Mac but sometimes I would've liked to get a glimpse how live is for the other supernaturals. What they are, what they can do, where they live. There just wasn't a lot about that. And the council keeps all these secrets and rules and sometimes I wonder why. World building is one aspect this series could've had more, but mostly I think that's just me, because I want to know everything about this world.

To conclude: The Darkest day had everything from annoyance to slow moments, till emotional scenes and a lot of build-up to the ending. The whole series is working towards to the ending and I sometimes thought there was a bit too much side story in this book. When the ending finally came, I have to admit I liked it. The characters don't change or grow a lot in this book, most character stayed the same, although I started to dislike Maddie more and more as the book progressed. I wish there was more world building, but I think that's just me. After the ending, I actually found myself a bit sad that this was the end, because I wanted to read more.
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236 reviews5 followers
July 16, 2015
Finally, FINALLY!! I finally have been able to read this book without having to buy a Nook or Kindle. It was great to revisit great, fun characters in a realistic world that made myth, legend, and magical beings come alive.

This is the third and final book in the Nineteenth Year series and boy, it did not disappoint. This book picked up right where the second book ended. It was nothing but a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. There are times where readers will grin, cheer, cry, get irritated, laugh, and bite their bottom lip wondering what would happen next. Darkest Day is a fast, fun, enjoyable read that has a satisfying ending. Every loose end and all questions are answered in this book and boy, some of the reveals and answers are a doozy. But a good doozy.

Mac is still the firecracker that readers love from the first two books. Her character is flushed out more in this one and we see a more softer side to her. Quinn is still the fun, geeky, smart guy that readers will cheer for. The other side characters are flushed out more as well. There is plenty of suspense, action, romance, mystery, and of course comedy. Well written, well paced, and great world building top off this really good book and series overall. Kudos to Gayle for creating such fun, wonderful characters and world.

Overall, this was a fun, fast-paced, enjoyable read that will satisfy readers and have them beg for another fun series from Gayle.
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May 20, 2014
It was fun to check back in with Mac and Winn as they face the challenges that come with entering the paranormal world.

This is the third book in the series. In order to understand the events happening in the book, they do need to be read in order.

Mac is in the last months before her nineteenth birthday. She must make a decision and choose a form that she will carry for the rest of her immortal life. She is a changeling. She will need to give up her boyfriend, and the other human people she has grown to love. It is a traumatic decision. She will become a leader of her people. It is a heavy burden for a young person.

There is a lot of action and drama in the book. Mac has enemies who want to prevent her from taking her place. She has enemies who want to take Winn away from her. She experiences love and loss. All of these events make her stronger and her decision firmer.

This book is not for young YA readers. There is sexual situations, innuendo, and swearing. I have to admit, one of my favorite parts of the story was Mac paying money every time she swore. It was humorous to see her try to tame her potty mouth.
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January 25, 2014
Woo Hoo! I figured it all out by book 2. Hee Hee.

OK I'll stop patting myself on the back now.

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