End of Mae

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Mae was a born writer. Her life's passion was to find the ultimate story.

In her quest to find the truth behind the Jersey Devil disappearances, Mae uncovers something much more sinister wandering the Whitesbog area at night.

Little did she know that the ultimate story would be her own... and she'd by dying to tell it.

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Overview

Mae was a born writer. Her life's passion was to find the ultimate story.

In her quest to find the truth behind the Jersey Devil disappearances, Mae uncovers something much more sinister wandering the Whitesbog area at night.

Little did she know that the ultimate story would be her own... and she'd by dying to tell it.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781463540760
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/14/2012
  • Pages: 190
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Yuriko Smith is a professional writer with extensive experience in newspapers and online publications. Her work has been featured internationally, including a live interview on NPR.

She has written for a variety of publications, including the Community News featured in the story. An American, she currently lives in Australia with her husband, and maintains her blog dandilyonfluff.com.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    A Creepy, suspenseful, fast-paced story.

    Mae, a naïve and eager writer, hopes to boost her career from small town reporter, by researching the eerie disappearances (believed to be caused by the Jersey Devil Monster) that occurred in the woods of Whitesbog. While investigating the woods at night, she is captured by the mysterious monster, and her life becomes a nightmare. She is taken to a unfamiliar place with strange beings and happenings. (This is where I cringed and winced.) To say she was beaten is to put it lightly. She soon yearns to cover a mundane story for the paper. Moral - Be careful what you wish for. LOL

    Pros:
    Wow. This story was definitely different. I feel like I walked in on a horrible nightmare. As much as I tried and tried to pinch myself awake, the visions kept me hostage until Mae's final end. It was definitely unpredictable - and not at all what I expected. (LOL)

    The imagery in this story is vivid. I cringed and winced at Mae's agony and it was easy to see this playing out like a mind-movie.

    Cons:
    I found the story interesting, but the repetition of Mae's name was very distracting. The use of pronouns would improve it dramatically. The story was so fast-paced, which isn't necessarily a con, but I wished for a pause, or change of pace here and there.

    Overall:
    Upon finishing the book, I wasn't quite sure if I'd give it a 3 or 4 star rating. Now, after a few days of lingering mental images, I've decided to give it 4 stars for the lasting-effect factor. It was a fast read, and had unexpected turns. ;)

    If you want a quick, powerful (and sinister) story, this is a good pick. If you are easily creeped out (me), then I recommend you don't read it at night. The opening scene played out on the back of my eyelids when I went to bed. That's a good thing I suppose. LOL

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2012

    I received this book from the author to give an honest review.

    I received this book from the author to give an honest review. I am
    going to give this book 4 stars because, well I felt as though it didn't
    quite flow together and I had a lot of questions that the book did not
    seem to answer for me. Maybe to others it will so I do suggest you give
    this book a try and see if you enjoy it. This is a paranormal novella
    and good for the YA age. 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!

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  • Posted August 29, 2011

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    Mystery, suspense, a little horror, and some warped characters!

    End of Mae
    By: Angela Yuriko Smith
    ASIN: B0053CPO1U
    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!

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

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    Modern gothic, short sharp mystery

    Angela Smith's novel, End Of Mae, ends with a nicely researched analysis of the Jersey Devil myth. Perhaps this is the story her protagonist Mae was looking for-it's not one that I'm familiar with, so I certainly enjoyed learning about it. Mae, however, might not enjoy what's coming for her as she waits, one dark night, journalistic pen in hand, for that final bit of evidence she hopes will lead to fame and fortune.

    Beset by mis-fortunate mis-steps, unsure of what's real and what's dreamt, Mae's body goes through tortuous agonies while her mind strives to figure out the truth. The story veers between gothic horror, Victorian splendor, and an alarmingly handsome man in expensive jeans, so perhaps it's not so surprising that Mae can't see the threats approaching her. In the end-well, you'll have to read it to see; suffice it to say, what transpires is not quite what's expected and doors are left open in the dark to a sequel perhaps.

    The writing's youthful, the plot intriguing, the mythology shaken not stirred. End of Mae is a fun, fairly short horror story bringing gothic monsters to life in the modern world of journalistic research, adding romance and terror, and leading to intriguing mystery.



    Disclosure: I received an ecopy of this story from the author, a gather friend, in exchange for an honest review.

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