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End of Mae Paperback – April 14, 2012
The novella offers a unique and well realized take on the fascinating Jersey Devil myth and succeeds in keeping the reader turning pages in order to find out what will happen next. I especially enjoyed the non-fiction section at the end of the novel, which built upon the legend and will appeal to all fans of the paranormal. The End of Mae is an interesting and authentically scary. Perfect reading for one of those long nights when you just feel like being scared and will stay with you long after you turn the last page. -- Michelle E. Goldsmith at Vilutheril Reviews
About the Author
A former news journalist, Angela Yuriko Smith retired from that world to focus full time on her own writing. Her prose and poetry have been published in several print and online publications, including the “Horror Writers Association's Poetry Showcase” vols. 1-3, “Christmas Lites” vols. 1-6 and the “Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthology. She also has nearly 20 books which include dark and speculative fiction for YA and adults, books for children and two collections of poetry. Her first collection of poetry, “In Favor of Pain,” has been nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. When not writing, she teaches creative writing at Northwest Florida State College. Find her online at AngelaYSmith.com.
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This book, short, eerie and totally disconcerting was a fast read that kept me glued to the pages but...
A lot of this story bothered me to no end. I felt as if I as a reader were not party to all of the facts. I am unsure if this were intended or not but it sent chills down my spine like you would not believe.
Part Dr Hyde part beauty and the beast the story is all its own plot and voice.
I must say whether or not the plot holes were intended or not the result was extremely disturbing.
It is only after the very end where a bit more of the Jersey Devil legend was explained when I caught a bit more of the plot.
That made the story EVEN MORE disturbing. Truly. You would not believe it. Even if I love horror this book chilled me like few before. In a way this book should get a higher rating but....
I was a bit disconcerted by not feeling as if I had all the info.
Like I said, this book is confusing thus a confusing review. But and this is true. If you want a chilling read then this is the book for you.
End of Mae starts off to where the main character in the book Mae is a small-town reporter looking for a "big" story to get her career going. Instead she becomes I want to say part of the story. She is viciously attacked and wakes up in a strange place. She is given no answers to what exactly happened to her. The only thing she is told is she was found in the woods and was brought to Heylel's home. From there she is mostly asleep and when she does wake up she ends up getting beaten by Prym. Who I never quite understood her hatred for Mae. Then for the ending it is a twist that you may not see coming.
My questions that I had for the book.
I wonder how the character Dr. Smeltzer ended up being involved with Heyley and Prym. He did not seem to be what they are.
What is Prym exactly?
Why did Mae so willing accept what was happening to her? Why did she not try to escape? I would have liked more back story as to what exactly happened to Mae, more detail into the dark world that has now surrounded her.
I do hope that there is a sequel that will follow this? So maybe a lot of the questions will be answered!
"End of Mae" was a quick, easy read with a lot more twists and turns than one would expect from a novel of its size. The author did an awesome job of setting the scene, and was very generous in her use of imagery. I felt as though I were laying on that white marble slab with her, beyond frightened yet full of a courage and wit that would have fled many others in her situation. Beaten down, broken and out of her element, the main character was someone I felt I could connect with at times, while at others she seemed an entirely different entity all together.
The book was eerie and full of supernatural quirks. The ending took me quite by surprise and I can only hope that author Angela Smith has more in store for her readers as I would love to find out more about Mae and her unlikely "hero," the villain Heylel. A little bit of extra editing would have definitely made this novella a five star review!
My biggest complaint was that it finished too soon. I was really enjoying the twists and turns when it ended (and boy was it an exciting end!!). I'm looking forward to the squeal, to see what happens next to Mae!
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