Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Review: The Mesmerist
Title: The Mesmerist
Author: Ronald L Smith
Publisher: Clarion Books
Published: TODAY, February 7th 2017
How I got this book: I got this as an arc through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
My rating: 4 stars
Thirteen-year-old Jessamine Grace and her mother make a living as sham spiritualists - until they discover that Jess is a mesmerist and that she really can talk to the dead. Soon she is plunged into the dark world of Victorian London's supernatural underbelly and leans that the city is under attack by ghouls, monsters, and spirit summoners. Can Jess fight these powerful forces? And will the group be able to help? As shy, proper Jess transforms into a brave warrior, she uncovers terrifying truths about the hidden battle between good and evil, about her family, and about herself.
I didn't know what to expect when I picked this book up, but I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't read any reviews before starting it, and therefore only knew the synopsis.
The setting of this book is interesting, and I will always favour a book set in Victorian London, so this made me really happy. I felt connected with Jessamine from the beginning, which helped me get into the story. Because of the length of the book, we weren't able to connect as much to the other characters, but they were still likeable, although a bit flat.
This is a fast paced book, which means you never get bored whilst reading it. I am older than the intended audience, but I still found it exciting, and I wanted to know what happened next. This is definitely a book I would recommend buying if you, or someone you know, fits the audience, and they enjoy reading.
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