Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth
By: Carrie Ryan
Published: 2009 by Delacorte Book for Young Readers
more details...ISBN 0385736819 
(ISBN13: 978038573681)
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1

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?

I read this on my nook. I borrowed it electronically from the library.

What is not to love about Zombies!
This book starts off with a bang. I literally did not put this down! The story moves rather quickly so it does not go into great detail with the characters, I really had a hard time visualizing them in my mind as well as the setting. I kinda saw the characters and the setting blurry in my mind. I am really OK with the foggy visualization because the emotion paints a vivid story! Emotionally it touched me to the core. I also realized after finishing this book that it is going to be a series and I am sure the backstory will most surely get filled in as we learn it through the characters. Maybe with more information the story will become more believable…. Haa haaa haaa cause Zombies are sooooooo realistic. This book scared me, made me hope and made me cry. I hope the next one will continue the suspense and emotion.

I give this 4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Minor Characters

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new theme is given.

This week the is : Top Ten Minor Characters

Wow. This is kinda hard, but here goes! in no particular order.

1 Magnus Bane – Mortal Instruments Series/ Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare
2 Rue – Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3 The Greivers – Maze Runner by James Dashner
4 Arriane – Fallen by  Lauren Kate
5 Luna Lovegood – Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
6 Amma – Beautiful Creatures / Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
7. Dustfinger – Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
8. Sycorax and Caliban – Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

9. Angus – Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

10. Liza Hempstock – Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Monday, May 16, 2011

My thoughts on books...

Rarely have I met a book I didn’t like. Most often I open a book and fall in.
Immediately it becomes my favorite book ever. With that, I am not so sure I will be a good book reviewer. I have a 12 year old daughter and with the mountains of young adult series coming out every day I decided I should read at least the first of a series so I have an idea of the books she (or her friends) are reading. I have been surprised to find out that I am a young adult book addict!  I read because I love to. I love being transported to another place, time or galaxy. I love being able to access the mind of another, to walk a mile in their shoes. I read for FUN. I read to laugh, cry, shudder, scream, love, smile, regret, rebel, to feel caution, to be amazed.

The young adult genre is very broad and caters to many levels of maturity and morality. I read not to tell my daughter what to read, but to know what she is reading. I have found that now my thoughts and opinions are noted and respected by her. When you are reading lots of books you can always recommend something else more age appropriate. Although, I have found that books with questionable content are perfect segues into difficult discussions that can be broached with the distance of the characters and not personalized. In short, I like questionable books as they allow my daughter and I to communicate at a much freer level. They can be used as teaching tools. I welcome them.

I do not take much stock in book reviews nor should you take much stock in mine. They are but opinions of mine that have been molded by my personal life experiences and thoughts. The best way to judge a book is to read it your-self. I have found that perspective is important. Some books imply things that I interpret more from my experiences than my daughter does and vice versa. I try to keep that in mind when I am reading.

So really this blog is a way for me to express thoughts I have about the books I am reading, if I like them and why. I hope you find it interesting and I hope you find it necessary to read the book yourself.