Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth
(The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
Carrie Ryan
Released March 10th, 2009
by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

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?

This was a really exciting read. The plot was not what I expected from the little I knew of the synopsis – it was even better! The Forest of Hands and Teeth takes us years after a virus turned everyone into zombies, except for a certain few who have escaped and built a village surrounded by fences. We follow this girl, Mary, who lives in this village and she wonders if it’s true that there is nothing and no one beyond the fences, but zombies (or Unconsecrated as they call it). Then one day, the fences are breached and Mary has run off to the forest trying to find any signs of life, all the while trying not to get bitten. This is a true, creepy, exciting zombie novel!

For the first part, the book was pretty slow moving and a tad boring. Mary just kept whining about how her life sucked. But after the fence is breached the story gets very engrossing, fast paced, and keeps your heart racing until the very last page. It would have gotten 5 espressos if not for the slow beginning.

The author is obviously very talented. The writing is great. She did a very good job at making their world very eerie and nostalgic. The characters are well-rendered. You really feel for them – their loneliness, fears, and will to live. It was great to have a female main character who was strong and didn’t need a boy to hold her hand and lead. She also grew to be optimistic which was a relief. I do wish we would have gotten more explanation about what happened before that lead them to this life; how the virus started and such. Maybe in the next books!? We’ll see.

I recommend this to anyone who likes heart pounding excitement and isn’t afraid of a little zombiesauce.

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Dusty Reads (4)

Posted by on 10/18/2011 • 7 Comments

Dusty Reads is a weekly meme, hosted here, featuring a book that has been sitting unread on our home shelf for some time. To participate, add your link at the bottom. If you wish, you can grab the button and find more information here.

My pick this week:

The Book ThiefMarkus ZusakPublished March 2006

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Narrated by Death, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a young foster girl living outside of Munich in Nazi Germany. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she discovers something she can’t resist- books….

Vengeance Cover Reveal Blog Hop

Posted by on 10/17/2011 • 14 Comments

I think most everyone has heard about Michelle Madow’s debut novel, Remembrance, around the blogosphere. For those who have read it, I’m sure you’ll be happy to hear that a short story happening right after the events in Remembrance is going to be released during the holiday season. It’s titled Vengeance, but it seems to be missing it’s cover. *gasp* During this Cover Reveal Blog Hop, each blog will tease you with a piece of the cover and give you a fun fact about the upcoming book. As a bonus, Michelle will be answering fun questions about Remembrance. So make sure to follow the participating blogs during the week so you can take in all this excitement! On the 21st, Michelle will reveal the full cover on her blog…

500 Followers Celebration!

Posted by on 10/16/2011 • 558 Comments

I’m incredibly excited to have reached 500 followers already and I have only been blogging for a bit over a month! It’s amazing! I have already made tons of new blogger friends that I adore and I’m completely in love with my new hobby. I hope that you’re all enjoying my blog and that it lives up to your expectations! 😉

To thank you all for being so awesome, I am throwing a GIVEAWAY!

Winner will choose a book from this top rated list:


Giveaway details:Open Internationally (as long as The Book Depository ships to you)Must be a GFC followerLeave a comment with your GFC follower name and email address to enter.

Extra entries:+1 if you follow me on Twitter @Giselleco+1 if you like my…

In My Mailbox (5)

Posted by on 10/16/2011 • 89 Comments

“In My Mailbox” is a meme, created by Kristi at The Story Siren, that features books I’ve  received/ purchased/ borrowed during the current week.   I was hoping to get the books I ordered from Book Depository this week but they didn’t come *cry*. Lola is in there. So come Friday, depressed that I didn’t get my order yet, I went shopping (for books, of course). =D Here’s what I bought (notice the awesomesauce placemats that match my blog -total coincidence!) :    1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 2. Fire by Kristin Cashore 3. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan I have received for review:                                          Click here for my review That is all for me this week. I think I’m the only one left who hasn’t read…

Review: Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

Posted by on 10/15/2011 • 12 Comments

Faefever (Fever, #3)Karen Marie MoningReleased September, 2008by Random House Publishing Group

He calls me his Queen of the Night. I’d die for him. I’d kill for him, too.

When MacKayla Lane receives a torn page from her dead sister’s journal, she is stunned by Alina’s desperate words. And now MacKayla knows that her sister’s killer is close. But evil is closer. And suddenly the sidhe-seer is on the hunt; For answers. For revenge. And for an ancient book of dark magic so evil, it corrupts anyone who touches it.

Mac’s quest for the Sinsar Dubh takes her into the mean, shape-shifting streets of Dublin, with a suspicious cop on her tail. Forced into a dangerous triangle of alliance with V’lane, an insatiable Fae prince of lethally erotic tastes, and…

Fresh Batch (Oct 16th-22nd)

Posted by on 10/15/2011 • 9 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:                       On The Fringe      Courtney King Walker

Claire is struggling to overcome the murder of her childhood friend and secret crush, Daniel. Everyone else seems to be moving on with their lives, but she’s still trying to cope. The fact that she finds herself alone and drowning on her 16th birthday isn’t helping.

Neither is thinking she sees Daniel’s face in murky water as she mysteriously resurfaces. But something happened during those four and a half minutes that will make her realize it was not just her imagination.

As Claire…

Review: Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel

Posted by on 10/14/2011 • 31 Comments

Dearly, DepartedLia HabelRelease date: October 18thby Random House Publishing GroupFormat: Ebook

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupid’s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the dead—or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoria—a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her country’s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune and now plans to marry her niece…