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Maria Chaudhry’s personal demons trap her in a downward spiral, but the beast lurking in Ehmet’s blood can do a lot worse than that.
After a year of living in a prissy suburb, Maria Chaudhry is back downtown. Back to what she never wanted to leave. But she can’t really enjoy it since neither the living nor the dead will leave her in peace.
JC’s death still keeps her up at night and Ehmet’s sudden ambivalence isn’t helping. Maybe she had read his signals wrong and Ehmet was never in love with her like she thought. Or maybe his love is tangled with secrets too dark to speak aloud, secrets about JC’s death and the unpredictable beast in Ehmet’s blood.
When an upcoming hiking trip is canceled, there’s no pretty path left towards the truth. A growing spiral of deceit threatens to tear Maria and Ehmet apart forever, but the beast lurking within Ehmet can do a lot worse than that.
Mahtab Rohan’s debut YA novel delivers a paranormal tale of crumbling friendships, malevolent secrets, and the struggle to have hope in the face of uncertainty.
“Tangled up with my heartstrings, though, and the heart strings are like bomb wires, and I’m the poor sucker in the movie holding pliers and trying to keep my hand steady.”
Plot : 4/5
Characters : 4/5
Writing : 3.5/5
OVERALL RATING : 4/5
Genre : Fantasy, Paranormal, Fantasy
Date of Release: August 4th, 2020
* I received the book by the publisher in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are unbiased. *
Your Heart After Dark is a YA debut that discusses some really important issues. The plight of the Uyghur Muslims in China as well as conflicted friendships and twisted family dynamics. The story revolves around Maria, a Pakistani Muslim immigrant, who recently had her parents divorced and is living with her mother. Her maternal grandmother is sick in Pakistan but due to financial problems they can’t visit and Maria, whose heart is breaking for her mother, sells some of her things as well as uses her budget for the planned trip with her friends that she’s been looking forward, to send her mother to Pakistan. There is great paranormal twist in this story which surely makes you get lost into the engaging world of this book. As an #ownvoices novel, I really think it did a great job at voicing the necessary.
The plot was really diverse and yet very gripping. I really was not expecting it to be one of those plot which would always keep me on my toes. But, I was proved wrong! The plot was extraordinary! Every twist and turn was unexpected! The pacing was pretty well managed too.
“Life starts with one breath and ends with one breath, too. If you learn how to control the breaths in between, you can save yourself a lot of grief.”
The characters were quite interesting as well. I liked the character developments throughout. It was quite smooth and well paced as well. Since I don’t wish to give away spoilers, I will not go into details about the characters.
The writing style of the author surprised me! I mean I did not have much high expectations as usually many cannot really pull off the whole fantasy genre. I really admire her writing! And I can’t wait to see more growth in her writing style now!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
MAHTAB ROHAN is a Canadian writer of South Asian & Himalayan descent. Rohan was born in Ontario and currently resides in the relentlessly cold Canadian Prairies. When she’s not writing stories that keep her up at night, she’s busy perfecting her square rotis and tutoring English.YOUR HEART AFTER DARK (SEPTEMBER 2020) is her debut novel.
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