Sunday, August 28, 2011

End of Mae

End of Mae
By: Angela Yuriko Smith
Published May 29, 2011
Available Format: Paperback, ebook

My Rating: ★★★★☆

Mae is a small-town journalist on the cusp of an exciting story when something suddenly attacks her.  She wakes in a dark room and is confronted with what she can only describe as an angel.  On the brink of death, Mae is whisked away to a strange mansion full of bizarre people.  The most thrilling story might be her very own, and she is dying to tell it.

I’m certainly glad I took a couple hours of my life to devour this fantastic little read!  I love the mystery of Heylel—how we never really know exactly what he is until the end.  I may be weird (okay, I am), but I always love it when the ‘evil’ characters are more humanized and given more realistic feelings and emotions.

Mae was hilarious!  Every time she turned around something was happening to her, and usually, in some sick twisted way, it was funny.  She is exactly the kind of girl I could imagine I’d be in her situation—falling down stairs, choking on wine, having a knockdown, drag out with the evil old maid. 

This story is full of mystery, suspense, a little horror, and some warped characters.  I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and full of conflicting emotions about the characters and what was happening to dear Mae. 

Sure we could have known more about the characters, but I didn’t really feel like that distracted me.  I was so engrossed in what was going on with Mae, and I appreciated the bit of mystery surrounding her.  I do wish there was more to the story, in a good way.  I want to have a full length novel with lots of explanation and more about what happens after the ending of this novella!!  (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge, Angela! ;-))

I really love it when I read a book by an author I know.  It’s almost like getting another look into their lives, and I am able to pick up little glimpses of their personalities in the story—kinda like when you recognize the parents in their children.  Angela is a great lady and obviously a great author too! 

Please grab yourself a copy of End of Mae and enjoy!