Anamelia (A Tale Before Dying, #1) by Alec Silva



The author sent me an ARC of this book (epub format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

(by Amazon)

A tale about a girl with heterochromatic eyes that just wanted to flee to a magical world. Between her and her dream, there are only a rock and seven challenging tasks.

Genre(s): Paranormal & Urban Fantasy, Horror
Series: A Tale Before Dying, #1
Length: 55 pages
Release date: 2016-04-14
 Translated by Mike Brandish
Original title Anamélia, um conto antes de morrer



“One day, of course, Anamelia fled. Forever.

It was such a cold night that dreams froze in the air, the slightest sigh of love was crystallized and the tears became diamond droplets. The snow-covered the streets and souls, although those were happier and able to keep themselves warm.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Anamelia, orphaned young – now trying to realise her dreams at all cost.

With Anamelia, Alec Silva has created a bizarre fantasy story. It is an unusual and quite compelling read, drawing you into the world of Anamelia, watching her activities to fulfil her dreams. As stated in the book’s subtitle, Anamelia is to die eventually; it is a book about death, inspired by the works of Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro – without copying them. Alec Silva paints a clear and somehow disturbing picture of Anamelia’s mind while the story evolves. Anamelia is of sufficient depth, this also applies to the other characters – depending on their relevance. The story has a fairytale character and a good flow.

This is a book for you if you like urban fantasy combined with a streak of horror, and if you like the work of Tim Burton or Guillermo del Toro.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Mood Suspenseful, dark
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳
Violence 😳 – 😡
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳


About the author

Escrever é uma forma de aliviar a dor e retardar minha morte.
(Writing is a way to alleviate the pain and delay my death.)

In love with dinosaurs and Greek mythology, began writing for Jurassic Park, but the first book, “Ariane”, written in 2007, did the legend of Eros and psyche. Since then, he has accumulated more than 40 books, dozens of short stories and a thousand poems, most disposable, but that matured as a writer. Published “Zarak, the Monster” in 2011, inaugurating the great autobiographical genre; in 2013, presented “the Creatives”, which resulted in ambitious projects, starting officially what he calls Lordeverso, which already has some works.


Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Alec Silva
Buy links (English):
Buy links (Portuguese):

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Anamelia?  Or – if you did not yet read Anamelia – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂






4 thoughts on “Anamelia (A Tale Before Dying, #1) by Alec Silva

  1. Wow! I loved this review!
    Sorry not to have commented before, but loved it so much!
    Thank you for taking the time to book. Thank you very much! ❤

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