Thursday, 29 July 2010

Book Review - The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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?

My Review

So when I recieved an email asking me to post my review for this book on my Blog I was like hmmm I love the book but I think it deserves a re-read so that everything is fresh in my mind....but really it was just an excuse to re-read it ;o) The Forest of Hands and Teeth is the first in a series by Carrie Ryan and reading it was the best thing I did.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is very engaging - always keeping me on the edge of my seat dying to know the secrets of this hidden world, dying to find out what was going to happen next without ever getting bored. Being a fast paced and full of action novel with its nail biting realities mad it a splendid and fascinating read....With the latest paranormal trends lately, I thought it was going to be a long long time before I picked up anything other than wolves and vampires but Carrie takes Zombies to a whole new level in a world that is unique in its own.

The main character Mary takes you on a journey of discovery and what lies behind the fences in The Forest of Hands and Teeth. She is a dreamer and like her mother had a better plan of the world then staying secure and she was willing to risk her life for that vision, losing all her friends and family along the way. It reminded me so much of careless teenage days when we don’t look at the bigger picture and only see one vision ahead doing whatever we can to get there regardless of who we hurt on the way, but without realizing it we hurt ourselves only. Mary was a strong and well written character and even though she was a little selfish at times it suited her role well... she was an adventurer and its die or live and suffering the consequences as she went.

Overall the Forest of Hands and Teeth was a brilliant read, one that once I picked it up I was unable to put down and yet I have read it twice and still it has the same ongoing effect of a well written and engaging novel with no end the adventure. A must read for all my paranormal fans out there...believe me when I say it’s nothing like dawn of the dead ;o)

Also if you’re one of those that have not watched the trailer will only persuade you more...enjoy

Happy Reading xxx


  1. I thought this book was so fantastic!

  2. While I thought the book was beautifully written, I really hated the depressing atmosphere. It took me days to get over it and I still haven't picked up Dead Tossed Waves because of it.

  3. I loved reading this book. I was literally moving around reading this. Such a great book

  4. @ Smash Attack & Savannah - I so get you...I love love love it

    @ Jon Von Harz - really, i loved that about this book its what makes it unique in its own way! But i will be reviewing The Dead Tossed Waves tomorrow and I must admit it beats The Forest of Hands and Teeth butt! its so much better

  5. I was the same, couldn't put it down at all. I've not read The Dead Tossed Waves yet but now you say it's better I'm more excited to.

  6. I enjoyed this one. I don't think I loved it as much as you did, but I couldn't put it down, and I have the sequel coming my way soon that I'm looking forward to..


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