The Invention of Ghosts by Gwendolyn Kiste

Ghosts are something that are found in every culture. In some cultures they are the spirit of someone who has unfinished business. In other cultures they are hungry for something that they wanted in life. I’ve always been fascinated by ghosts. Is it a sentient being, someone’s spirit or energy? If it is a spirit stuck in a loop constantly doing and experiencing the same things over again I would be horrified. Another thing, do ghosts know they are ghosts? Do they remember who they are and what they are doing? Do they remember their past?

Thank you for a review copy Gwendolyn!!

Synopsis: A girl who has no memory of her past deals with her present and future.

What I liked: I have a deep appreciation for Kiste’s writing. It is beautiful and haunting. This chapbook is no different. The story is haunting. The story unfolds as you read it. Kiste leaves small bread crumbs through the story as to what is really going on. Kiste is so damn talented. She knows her craft so well that anything that she puts to paper is beautiful.

What I didn’t like: There is nothing that I didn’t like about the story.

Star Rating: 5 Stars

My thoughts: I love how Kiste played with past, present and future in the story. She played with the friendship in this story with such grace and beauty. This was an amazing look at the memory and the friendship between the two girls in the book. When the story was finished my heart hurt for awhile.

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.

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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.