Teeth in the Mist – Dawn Kurtagich | A Book Review

Title: Teeth In The Mist

Author: Dawn Kurtagich

Genre: Fantasy-Horror (Young Adult)

About the book: The book is inspired by the legend of Faust. In 1583, Hermione is a young bride whose husband wants to build a water mill. In 1851, Roan arrives at Medywn Mill House as a ward after her father dies. In present day, Zoey goes to explore the ruins of the house with her friend, Poulton.

I received an advanced review copy from Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I don’t read much horror, but I heard of the novel and decided to check it out.

There are a lot of working parts, so it took some time for me to get into the story.

Characters: Roan and Zoey are the main protagonists. They grew on me. At first, I enjoyed reading Zoey’s sections more, but by the end, I also liked Roan’s perspective. Hermione’s diary entries were short but strange in a good way.


“We think we’re so special, convinced of our own uniqueness, our own destiny.”

Writing: Some parts are written in first person and others are in third person. I found the formatting of certain words interesting. It made for a unique reading experience.

Since I read an ARC, the art and design haven’t been finalized, so I’d be interested to see how the final images complement the text.

Final thoughts: I didn’t see the ending coming, specifically the reveal of the villian. Overall, it’s such a complex novel with many layers.

I’m not spooked easily, but I didn’t find it too scary. A lot of events take place in the past, so there’s also a historical feel to the novel.

Teeth In The Mist is a good read for fans looking for a horror and fantasy hybrid.

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Two Genres, Pick One, Some Explanation

Remember this? It’s back. Sort of.

I pit two genres against each other, I choose the one I prefer, and I offer a bit of an explanation. (Because I’m trying to be less lazy and more productive.)

Mystery vs. Fantasy

This is tough. Why did I start with this one? Sorry fantasy, mystery wins. Blame Baldacci.

Realistic Fiction vs. Science Fiction

I’ve always loved realistic fiction because I can understand what’s going on most of the time. Science fiction tends to go over my tiny head.

Horror vs. Thriller

I read King as a kid, so horror for sure.

Action vs. Adventure 

They are quite similar. I like action movies but adventure books. That’s fair, right? I’m not discriminating!

Magical Realism vs. Surrealism

I’ve encountered more magical realism than surrealism, which says a lot since I barely grasp the concept of surrealism.

Romance vs. Comedy

Love triangles will be the death of me. Any novel that can make me laugh out loud is a winner in my books.

Perhaps I’ll do this again with other genres in the distant future.

Let me know your answers. I’m curious. Create your own post or leave a comment down below. I’m not trying to tell you what to do. I promise.


The Writer’s Equivalent Of Death

Deleting entire paragraphs or pages from a manuscript.

Oh, the horror.


Writing Prompt: Werewolf Or Vampire?

If you had to choose between becoming a werewolf or becoming a vampire, which one would you be and why?

Dark Night Sky