Teenage Regina Slaughter finds out there are three sides to life: human, monster, and human-turned-monster.
Restarting her life with an emotionally barren Void hunter for a teacher and a caring werewolf for an adopted father gives her a bright, shiny future. But her world didn’t start out so bright and shiny.
When little Regina unwillingly became a werewolf at the tender age of nine, she lost her whole family soon after. Her new life in a cage at the whim of HADES monster hunters’ experimentations is even worse than her old life.
Now on the monster side of life, Regina learns that there are no limits to the kind of monster humans can be.
Regina is saved by the Alpha of a werewolf pack, who was also once human…and also once a werewolf hunter himself. Joyfully accepted into the Alpha’s new pack–joyful on her side, not on all of theirs–Regina enters the perilous world of monster hunting to protect the world from actually evil monsters.
Although sometimes she ends up keeping them as pets.
Buckle your seatbelts, put on a helmet, and hold on tight as you join Regina Slaughter in this grimdark contemporary fantasy collection that features five stories, two mad scientists, and one wolf girl.
Dark and beautiful. Jessa’s writing is very visceral and real, even if the plot is fantastical. Loved this collection.
–Aaron H. (Amazon Review)
This book is a rather darker fantasy than I usually read. But it turned out to be a real page-turner. Beautifully written and a plot that keeps you moving quickly through the pages. Regina, the lead character, is no slouch. Fearless, not always a nice little girl and sometimes luckier than she deserves. The fantastical world the author creates could use a bit more filling out but I assume she will do that in future entries in the series. I will read those too.
–Jerry G. (Amazon Review)
Pulling Teeth and Other Stories is the jaw dropping debut of rising star Jessa Forest. I’m a notoriously slow reader but I couldn’t put this book down from the moment I opened the first page.
Regina Slaughter is an 11 year old werewolf imprisoned by shadowy government agency HADES. For most of her short life, she’s known nothing but suffering. With an abusive zealot mother and uncaring older brother, the only joy she experiences is when her mercenary father returns for short stints after missions. At 9 years old, her world comes crashing down in one fateful day…
The thing that struck me most about this book was the authors voice. Straight away it comes across that this is a well thought out story with rich, vivid characters. Love them or hate them, they come across as real, warts and all.
The writing was smooth with excellent pacing. I genuinely enjoyed how the author mixed things up with short snippets and changes of POV which really added to the flair of the story. There’s also snapshots into other aspects of this world leaving lots of potential for this story to be expanded on in future novels.
This is by far one of my favourite reads of 2021 and I genuinely look forward to reading more works by the author. If you enjoy fantasy with grimdark elements, check this story out!