Admittedly, I am a creature of habit. I am a girl who sticks with what she knows, likes what she likes and isn’t always the most open about expanding her horizons. I find that this has also spilled over into my reading preferences as well. The majority of the books that I read are romance. Occasionally a mystery novel gets thrown into the mix. I rarely read paranormal stories. In fact, the only books that I’ve read in the past that were paranormal were the Twilight series and that was close to five years ago. I recently stepped out of my literary comfort zone, though, and took a chance on A.M. Manay’s debut novel, She Dies at the End, and I have to say I ended up being pleasantly surprised for having taken that jump.
A paranormal New Adult book, She Dies at the End is the story of November Snow, a human psychic who becomes embroiled in a longstanding war among vampires and fairies after her talents are discovered while working for a traveling carnival. More or less forced into servitude, she is coveted by leaders on both sides of the fight and she must discern how best to use her gift in fighting for the just side of the cause. The novel’s plot was sharply constructed, well-paced and completely drew me in. The storyline was complex; yet, it was laid out in such a way that I never felt confused, done in part by A.M.’s use of November’s psychic abilities to fill in the backstory via flashbacks.
I enjoyed the fact that A.M. had a lot of diversity in terms of ethnicity, race and sexual orientation among her large cast of characters, which is often hard to come by. In November, she has created a strong and independent heroine who, though she must rely on others for protection, is not afraid to assert her opinions and stand up for herself. A.M. has a talent for unique and evocative description and I found it very easy to visualize the action in the book as I was reading. There were a few instances where the phrasing was very formal and felt a little out of place, but that didn’t detract from the overall story for me.
An impressive debut, I would definitely recommend She Dies at the End to anyone who has been hesitant to venture into the paranormal genre, as well as existing paranormal enthusiasts. It was one of those reads where I would dive in planning to read for only a short bit and then end up surprised at how much time had passed when I finally came up for air. I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment in the series (currently in the works) as I can’t wait to see what A.M. has planned next for November and her supernatural friends.
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