Her Smile will Untether the Universe By Gwendolyn Kiste

Sometimes you read something that resonates with you so deeply that there aren’t even words that you can put together that will do it justice. You can’t describe the depths that a story or a book can speak to your soul. Her Smile will Untether the Universe will defiantly do that.


Summary: A collection of stories that will rip your heart out.

What I liked: Kiste’s writing is beautiful. Her use of imagery is exquiste and horrific at the same time. Kiste’s stories are multilayered and speak to you at different levels. There are horrors that Kiste uncovers within yourself with her writing and that is what makes the horror of the short stories so effective. The pacing of each story is perfect and there are no lulls between the stories. This is not a collection that you want to put down. The stories flow seamlessly between each other, complimenting each other perfectly. Kiste, is a magic story teller. World creation in short stories is difficult put Kiste does it so beautifully.

What I didn’t like: There is absolutely nothing about this collection that I did not like.

Star Rating: All the stars

My Thoughts: I’ve read a lot of horror. The most effective horror plays on your fears and your experiences in life. Kiste is able to take these fears and twist them into beautiful stories. As you read them you are pulled by her words into these little universes that she creates. This was a hard review to write. I loved the stories so much but I didn’t want to reveal too much. I want other readers to be pulled into Kiste’s worlds by her words and be moved. This was a time when the words won’t accurately convey the amount of feelings you have while reading. This is one of those times. This review can’t even come close to how much I loved this collection.

The Girl on the Train

I hate being late. I truly hate being late. To me if you aren’t 15 mins early then your late. However, when it comes to reading meh. The book that everyone has been raving about. I’ll read it in about five years when I can get it used or actually get it from the library.  That is my story and I am sticking to it. Which is why I just read The Girl on the train. Yes, I know. I am way late to the party and there is no beer left.

-Plot Summary: Story of three women whose lives are intertwined.

-What I liked: I love a character driven story. The way the characters different narratives and time lines are woven together was magical. I was floored at how well written this story was. If the narrative had been written in one character voice in a linear fashion the story would have lost what made it special.

-What I didn’t like: Read paragraph above remember what I said about a character driven story. Well, I didn’t like the characters. I found many of their personality traits deoploreable and truly disliked them.  I can usually find something likable with any character; yes that includes Patrick Bateman. But these three women, I found nothing likable about any of them. Yes that is going to get me hung drawn and quartered from the literary scene. But I just didn’t find any qualities about the characters that I liked.

-My Thoughts: All in all I LOVED the structure of the book. The story had enough twists and turns to keep me intrigued.