Saturday, February 4, 2017

Another New Dark YA Book for Young Goths: The Mesmerist

I wanted to introduce you to this new dark little novel for pre-teens and young adults. "The Mesmerist" comes out February 7.

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 learns that the city is under attack by ghouls, monsters, and spirit summoners. Can Jess fight these powerful forces? And will the group of strange children with mysterious powers she befriends 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.

Who doesn't love a book set in dark Victorian London, am I right?

Here's a lively, intriguing little tale that can keep a kid occupied during boring dark or rainy winter evenings. I'm interested in the topic of mesmerism, so might check it out myself!

Related links for The Mesmerist:

Strange Black Flowers: The Ronald L. Smith Official Webpage

The Mesmerist Review, at Awake at Midnight

The Mesmerist, on GoodReads

The Mesmerist Review at Hit or Miss Books

The Mesmerist, at Kirkus Reviews

The Mesmerist Review at Publishers Weekly

Sourpuss's Goth Fashion Offerings for a Macabre Valentine's Day

I'm not bitter about Valentine's Day and my lack of a date - I'll just pet my dogs and cat and drink lots of delicious bourbon by the fireplace. But if I were going out to an event or a dinner date, I'd want something dark, red, new and festive for the occasion. Here's a couple dresses from Sourpuss, new for the occasion, that you might want to check out.

Sourpuss's new "Fatally Yours" dress features artwork from Philly tattoo artist Kyle Fitzpatrick. The black-and-red print features a dagger and a bleeding heart that's apparently been stabbed.

The same daggers-and-hearts fabric was used to create Sourpuss's new "Brokenhearted" party dress.

Which of the two is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Too Fast's Fingerless Gloves for a Dreary Cold Winter

Is there a goth on the planet who doesn't adore bats? Not that I know of? So I am expecting many people to freak out with joy over these new fingerless bat gloves from Too Fast.

They're probably not warm enough for snowy, bitterly cold places like Boston and New York, but for cities with slightly warmer winters, fingerless gloves make it easier to text while still keeping the rest of your hands warm.

Also new from Too Fast for Winter 2017: Sugar Skull fingerless gloves. They're a bit too cutesey for my taste but I thought I'd show you just in case they appealed to someone.

Curiouser & Curiouser: Disney's Alice Perfume Spray and Elegant Gift Box

I normally wouldn't be tempted to buy a fragrance online if I haven't smelled it. Still, the gorgeous packaging on Disney's Alice in Wonderland spray perfume is quite compelling.

Disney describes the fragrance as having "notes of rose, amber, pink peony, cedarwood and honey." The ombre glass bottle features a velvet bow and metal decorative key.

The perfume bottle comes packaged in a "storybook style" decorative box.

Curiouser & Curiouser is also offered in a mini fragrance purse-sized spray bottle.

Alice in Wonderland Red Queen Dresses for Valentine's Day

Here's a couple fun dresses to consider for your Valentine's Day celebration (if any! I'm going to be home drinking wine and cuddling my dogs by the fireplace, personally!) These aren't super goth or dark, but I can think of a few people who might be tempted by these dresses.

They're Hot Topic exclusives, but you can of course find some on Amazon if you prefer to make your purchases over there.

This Red Queen heart dress comes in Junior sizes. I love the lace peeking out from the bottom!

The Red Queen heart dress also comes in a plus size.

What are you doing for Valentine's Day? Drop me a note in the comments area below!

Two New Dark Reads for Little Pre-Teen Goths: Shadow House

I want to suggest The Gathering (Shadow House #1) for any morbid little pre-teen nieces or nephews you might have floating around. For bookish little macabre souls, this might be a nice engrossing read for a few cold, dark winter evenings.

"Dash, Dylan, Poppy, Marcus, and Azumi don't know this at first. They each think they've been summoned to Shadow House for innocent reasons. But there's nothing innocent about Shadow House. Something within its walls is wickedly wrong. Nothing -- and nobody -- can be trusted. Hallways move. Doors vanish. Ghosts appear. Children disappear. And the way out? That's disappeared, too... Enter Shadow House... if you dare."

"Five unhappy children think their troubles are over when they step inside a mysterious house — until the house refuses to let them leave." (Kirkus Reviews).

The tagline for the book is: "Some houses are more than haunted... They're hungry!"

You can check out The Gathering: Shadow House #1 book trailer below:

The first book came out back in August 2016; and the second in the trilogy, "You Can't Hide" was released in December 2016.

"Poppy, Marcus, Dash, Dylan, and Azumi are all trapped within Shadow House, a sinister estate where past and present intertwine. As they fight to find a way out, the kids think the ghosts of the house are the greatest danger they face. Little do the kids know it's the secrets they're each hiding that will prove even more lethal."

"They're going to have to come face to face with their fears if they stand any hope of escaping the house alive. Is there anyone or anything in the house they can trust? Or is all hope disappearing, too . . ."

Related Links for Shadow House Books:

Author Dan Poblocki's Official Page

Scholastic's Official Shadow House Page

The Gathering Review at Awake at Midnight

The Gathering, at GoodReads

The Gathering Review, at KidsReads

The Gathering, at Kirkus Reviews

The Gathering Review at Portland Book Reviews

A Peek Into the Shadow House App

You Can't Hide: Shadow House #2, at GoodReads

You Can't Hide Review at KidsReads

Cozy Nightmare Before Christmas Slippers for Cold Winter Nights

It's been cold and rainy here in Seattle - typical for us in winter, of course. We're also having an epidemic of flu and colds in the area. Much of my time this week has been spent wandering around the house in search of hot tea, or collapsed on the couch sniffling and watching Netflix. I'm glad I have my Nightmare Before Christmas slippers to pad around in. I wanted to show you a few options in case you don't have any cozy Nightmare-themed slippers of your own!

These Jack Skellington slipper socks are for adult sizes. They're cozy, washable, and less than $20!

These Jack Skellington plush slippers are meant for juniors.

Here's a pair of plush Jack Skellington slippers in white.

Prefer Sally? Here is a colorful pair of Nightmare Before Christmas Sally slipper boots to keep you toasty around the house this winter.

If you like slipper boots, how about this pair of Jack Skellington ones?

Here's my personal favorite: Jack Skellington cozy slippers. Love the expression on his face!

The last thing I wanted to show you was these mens' Jack moccasin slippers. Might make a great gift for a goth boyfriend or husband!