Sunday, April 19, 2009

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Pub. Date: March 2009
Age Range: Young Adult
320pp

In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary’s truths are failing her. She’s learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future—between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?

Mini Review
First let me start by saying it took me some time to write this review, I could not come up with words to do it justice. Carrie Ryan did a fantastic job with her first novel. The writing was terrific and the plot and characters were well developed. I was mesmerized through Mary’s observation of romance, family, friendship, and the unconsecrated. This novel grabs you by the teeth and hangs on until the end.

So, imagine how thrilled I was when I found out there is a second book in this series called The Dead-Tossed Waves and it comes out spring 2010. I can’t wait to read more of Carrie Ryan’s Novels.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

40 comments :

  1. Great review! I can't wait to read this one, I've heard good things about it. It sounds dark but brilliant, and I love the title!

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  2. I get what you mean, about how some novels blow you away so much that it's hard to review them adequately! Sounds like a good read.

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  3. I've heard so many great things about this book. I have to read it:)

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  4. This book is on my wishlist and might be the one I have to buy next. I am a follower. Please include me in your giveaway.
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  5. It sounds like she hit it right on her first time out. Please include me in the drawing.
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  6. This book looks SOOOO good!!! We really want it! Enter us and we're following!

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  7. I've only heard good things about this novel! I would love the chance to check it out, please include me in your contest!

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  8. Awesome review! I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, please enter me in for it!

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    I'm also a follower!

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  9. This one is already on my TBR list - please enter me in the drawing. I am a follower.

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  10. I read this also and felt the same. Carrie did a great job with the unconsecrated (I kept looking for the word "zombies" while reading). I'm looking forward to see what happens next with Mary.

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  11. I originally added this to my TBR pile online because of the cover, but after hearing what everyone is saying about it, I now want to read it for the story.

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  12. I really want to read this story. Thanks for the great review!

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  13. I would love to read this!

    Lesley
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  14. I too find it hard to review books that I love. It's much easier to review the ones I have bad things to say about... oh well.

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  15. I am really intrigued by this one, thanks for the review!

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  16. I really really want to read this and it every time I read another review I want to read it more. Thanks for the great review. I am seriously going to have to track down a copy asap.

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  17. This book sounds so good! I can't wait to read it!

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  18. sounds entertaining
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  19. I've entered in soooo many contests for this book! I want it SO bad. I almost bought it the other day but I can't justify buying a hardcover book right now when I've been buying so many. So, please enter me for this book!


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  20. I'd definitely love to win this book - I've heard so many great things about it! Thanks for having such a cool contest.

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  21. Woot Woot!!! More paranormal romance!!! My favorite genre. I would also love to be entered in the drawing!!!

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  22. Please include me in your drawing! I want this book soo bad!

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  23. I have read reviews for this book on a couple of other blogs, after first learning about it in the Globe & Mail's Book section. It sounds like an amazing story, and the reviews seem to confirm my suspicions. I really have my fingers crossed to win this one. :)

    Oh yeah, since I'm replying to all six reviews, I suppose I should point out my own blog is listed in my profile. Got this blog added to my blogroll in perpetuity now. :)

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  24. I'd love to read this. :)

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  25. Oh, I would love to have this book from your giveaway!

    I am already a follower!

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  26. I REALLY want to read this book!

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  27. Awesome review and it sounds like a great book. I would very much like to sit down and read this one.

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  28. I want this book so bad!

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  29. I follow

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  30. I would love to read this,

    thanks

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  31. I've been wanting to read this one since the first time I heard about it. So glad to hear you liked it. I didn't know any details about the second one. That's great news! Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

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  32. - I follow.
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  33. On my TBR because I have heard such great things about it.. Would be wonderful to get my hands on it... weeshenanigans (at) gmail (dot) com

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  34. please enter me in the giveaway
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  35. Rating: 5 out of 5 stars-I want to read that book!

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  36. I haven't read this yet or any other books on zombies. I think this would be absolutely perfect to get my zombie fix.

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  37. This looks interesting. Definitely adding it to my TBR list!!

    And entering your awesome contest!

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  38. Oh, and already a foller and blogged about the contest.

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  39. This one was really interesting. Lately I have been going back to young adult books and this one was awesome!

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