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


  1. Not trying to be Debbie Downer but I found that it didn't focus on mesmerism as much as I would have liked. I was a NetGalley reader. Would love to know what you think of it.


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