It’s always a good sign when you pick up a book and start reading only to find yourself immediately re-reading the first few paragraphs because they are just that beautifully descriptive and well-written. Such was the case with She Lights Up the Dark, the second installment in A.M. Manay’s November Snow series, which starts off on a very promising note that is consistently sustained throughout. The story picks up directly from the conclusion of She Dies at the End with November and her motley crew of paranormal family and friends working to foil the plans of evil Luka, who has assumed the throne with plans for extending his domination into the human realm as well.
As in the previous book, the action is fast-paced with lots of moving parts; however, A.M. weaves everything together into a seamless, flowing plot that leads up an explosive climax. For me, it was one of those chill-inducing moments that made me marvel at how it all fell into place: the story, the title, the cover. It was nothing less than perfection.
With She Lights Up the Dark, A.M. took all the parts that I enjoyed about She Dies at the End and built upon them to create an even stronger, more powerful novel. Personal development of the characters was explored on a deeper level and I felt like I had a much better grasp on who they were, where they came from, and what motivated them. I loved the growing bonds between the characters as well, particularly the relationships that fell into grayer areas. Moments of tenderness and humor infused the paranormal creatures with relatable humanity and nicely broke up the tension of the race to thwart Luka’s schemes.
It’s clear that there is still much more to the story and that ending had me thirsting for more like a baby vampire thirsts for blood. I will anxiously be awaiting book number three to see where November’s journey takes her from here!
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