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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.
I am honestly loving the books about South Asian Rep that are FINALLY coming out to grace the publication world. The multitude and diverse culture within this region makes for some amazing reads – just like Your Heart After Dark does!
When I read the blurb – what jumped out to me was the Muslim representation in the paranormal world – which is honestly a unicorn for a voracious reader like yours truly.
Now I don’t say that I have read every kind of book written out there (though that would be a horrifying experience; having read everything and have nothing new to read 😱) but having a book written by BIPOC author about a Muslim protagonist with paranormal aspects has got me squealing and picking this one up asap it hit my Kindle 😉
Now, Maria Chaudhry should be having a normal teenage experience – she has a crush on a cute guy; who like all guys everywhere is giving her mixed signals & that’s not just because he is her friend, but because he has a dark secret. Plus, with her parents recently divorced and her friend’s death hanging over her head – all that is missing is the supernatural element from her life. But is it?
Your Heart After Dark was a quick read – but it has elements and themes of familial bonding, friendships as well as the anxiety & angst of being a teenager with an unrequited crush – which made for an intriguing read.
Yes, this is a YA novel; so expect a few cliches; but still quite an enjoyable read, especially for those who identify as a desi reader – finding yourself, your culture and traditions represented within the pages of book makes you feel seen. Hence, why we say representation matters.
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.