Saturday, November 05, 2011

Review: The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

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The Dead-Tossed Waves
(The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)
Carrie Ryan
Released March 9th, 2009
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

I was expecting a sequel but The Dead -Tossed Waves is more like a companion with new characters. We now have the daughter of the protagonist from The Forest of Hands and Teeth as the main character, which makes it an original and intriguing sequel. We still have glimpses of the past and Mary’s life, though, so it blends well into this second novel.

Even though it ended up being a very captivating page turner, I found the first half of the book slow and somewhat irritating. First, Gabry – the protagonist – is incredibly whiny. And secondly, I found there was a lot of back and forth, consequently making the plot feel sluggish. Imagine teasing a dog with a piece of meat, to just yank it back at the last minute. About 3 times I thought, ok now the real action is starting, she’s escaping, but nope it was back to square one again. Finally though, about halfway through we got there, and then it was a real rush with lots of excitement. So in the end, the second half makes up for it.

I really enjoyed learning more about the past, how the fenced villages came about and Gabry’s family. I thought I had a lot of it figured out and was rolling my eyes at the predictability, but I had guessed all wrong. It has a lot of unexpected twists. It’s also unnerving to get more into the real world they live in. With all these weird viruses emerging lately it’s not that big a stretch to imagine an epidemic like this happening.

All in all, this is another great series in the dystopian genre that I highly recommend. 

4 Hot Espressos

Previously reviewed in the series:

Fresh Batch (Nov 6th-Nov 12th)

Posted by on 11/05/2011 • 8 Comments

This week’s hot releases

Fresh Batch features some of the hottest releases this upcoming week. The books to feature are exclusively chosen by Giselle.

Flavour of the week:

BecomeAli Cross

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Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.

When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

Review: Pyxis by K.C. Neal

Posted by on 11/04/2011 • 21 Comments

PyxisK.C. NealRelease date: November 4th, 2011by Stonehouse Ink

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Two worlds… one 16-year-old girl must learn to protect them both.

The nightmares haunting Corinne and her friend Mason hint at a universe that exists beyond the one they know. Her destiny is to protect a weakness between the two worlds, but her mentor is dead. As Corinne and Mason search for answers, she tries to ignore the sparks igniting between them, but can’t deny she feels safe only when he’s nearby. Will they find help before their nightmares break free?

*A copy was provided by K.C. Neal for review purposes*

With quite the original premise, Pyxis takes you on a fun and mysterious ride with Corinne and her best friend Mason. All throughout the book, you’re…

Winner of Cicada

Posted by on 11/04/2011 • 1 Comment

Thank you to everyone who has entered! I have selected a winner: Congratulations to Katie of Book Bowl   Be on the lookout for Belle’s email Here’s what Katie has won:

Cicada Belle Whittington Released July 14th, 2011 Goodreads / Purchase

Summertime had always been carefree and fun for Blair Reynolds and her friends–until they came upon something that was not human. As the group of friends band together in a fight for their lives, Blair’s true love becomes something more than human…something unnatural. And their existence relies on their ability to keep a secret.


Want to know what I thought of Cicada? Click here for my review. If you didn’t win, make sure to head on over to the purchase link to get your very own copy. Only 2.99$…

Review: Hunting Lila by Sarah Alderson

Posted by on 11/03/2011 • 24 Comments

Hunting LilaSarah AldersonReleased August 4th, 2011by Simon & Schuster

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17-year-old Lila has two secrets she’s prepared to take to the grave. The first is that she can move things just by looking at them. The second is that she’s been in love with her brother’s best friend, Alex, since forever. Or thereabouts.After a mugging on the streets of South London goes horribly wrong and exposes her unique ability, Lila decides to run to the only people she can trust – her brother and Alex. They live in Southern California where they work for a secret organisation called The Unit, and Lila discovers that the two of them are hunting down the men who murdered her mother five years before. And that they’ve found them. Trying to…

Touch Blog Tour Stop

Posted by on 11/02/2011 • 42 Comments

Today, Xpresso Reads is happy to have the Touch Blog Tour stop buy to pay a visit. It consists of my review of Touch with a few extra tidbits, and also maybe… a giveaway?You have not heard of Touch yet? Here’s what it’s all about:

 TouchJus AccardoReleased November 1st,by Entangled Publishing

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When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home. 

Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s…

Waiting on Wednesday (8)

Posted by on 11/02/2011 • 123 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.  My pick this week:

                                    Hollow                                     Richard Denney

                                    Release date: May 8th, 2012

Welcome to the house of Hollow. In a dystopian future, sixteen year old Leah Munro has been sold to a rich woman in a crippling mansion. Soon Leah discovers that there is something mysterious going on around the home, and with the help of three other girls, she attempts to uncover what is truly happening… what lies beyond all of the plexiglass windows and the hideous screams in the middle of the night? 

Leah will soon find out.

            Add it to your Goodreads to-read shelf.

Ok, I will admit, I’m guilty of…

Spooktacular Giveaway Winner

Posted by on 11/01/2011 • 3 Comments

Congratulations to Nedraw Be on the lookout for my email. Nedraw has won their choice of book from the Spooktacular Giveaway list. Reminder: Don’t forget to enter my other giveaways for more chances to win. 500 Followers Giveaway (ends Nov. 13th) Cicada by Belle Whittington (ends Nov. 3rd) 

*Winner was chosen by random number generator.

*Winner has 48 hours to reply to my email before a new winner is chosen.

*I am not responsible for lost or damaged winnings.