Pulling Teeth and Other Stories

A Grimdark Contemporary Fantasy

Fiction - Horror
266 Pages
Reviewed on 12/17/2021
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Reviewed by Nicholus Schroeder for Readers' Favorite

Pulling Teeth and Other Short Stories is a book in the horror genre by Jessa Forest. Werewolves, vampires and even more terrifying creatures from the void blend in with the crowd and to keep them in check an organization called HADES hunts them down. A little werewolf pup by the name Regina Slaughter is held at a HADES facility for heinous experiments. She and others of her kind are mistreated and tortured for fun, that is until a fierce werewolf called Atlas infiltrates the site and kills every human in sight. Atlas and Regina then make their way to his pack’s safehouse. There Regina meets a peculiar man called Thane, also known as the deadliest hunter. Thane takes a liking to Regina and wishes to take her under his wing, and Regina is happy as long she lives free. Her freedom, however, will come at a heavy price and she’ll have to get used to seeing blood, as her current occupation requires that it be spilled without hesitation. Join Regina as she hones her werewolf abilities and tackles the unknown.

This book has an incredible plot that I enjoyed from the beginning till the end. It was very captivating and it always had new elements that would keep the whole experience fresh and entertaining. I also liked just how unique the entire plot was and how Jessa Forest conveyed it all to me. I really love her style of writing. The lore established in Pulling Teeth and Other Short Stories is by far the most intricate and well-thoughtout I’ve come across in a while. Especially the realm known as the Void, as I found this topic of conversation very interesting. Action scenes were also amazing and well choreographed as I could easily picture the carnage left in Atlas’s wake and the other scenes.

Jessa Forest really did a stellar job of conveying her thoughts to the reader as I never once felt confused by her scenes or plot. The characters are worth mentioning as well as they’re all well-written and relatable. Each was authentic and realistic. Thane was my favorite as he piqued my curiosity and I liked getting to know more about him. Now, before I turn this review into an essay, I’d like to thank the author for having written such a masterpiece. Readers that enjoy books with supernatural beings such as vampires and so on are sure to love this book. Plus, it's got an incredible plot and characters, so you can’t go wrong with this title.