My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received to Review
Genre: YA Paranormal
Book Description: 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?
My thoughts: 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 are 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.
About the author: 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.