Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

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 finally got around to reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.  This book is the first in the ‘Forest of Hands and Teeth’ series, with The Dead Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hollow Places following. Zombies aren’t usually my thing, but months ago I read Rot & Ruin and really enjoyed it. When comparing both novels, one definitely comes out the clear winner—Rot & Ruin. There were too many things that bothered me with this book.

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-Mary and her community are constantly under threat of being attacked by zombies. Knowing this information, I would expect them to be more prepared (secure locations, food, etc.). Rather, they remain ‘protected’ by a simple fence.

-Too many questions were left unanswered. Where did the zombies come from in the first place? Why was Gabrielle the ‘fast one’?

-The character of Mary. She was the beyond selfish female lead, willing to sacrifice her community, family and friends, all in her quest to find the ocean. I understand that the ocean refers to the bigger picture of hope and fighting for your dreams, but she continually placed herself first.

-The love between Travis and Mary. This romance was never developed or explained and I didn’t understand why Mary was so in love with Travis in the first place.

 

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-Cool title. Grabs the reader’s attention immediately.

-Descriptions of the zombies. I was scared reading this book at night! I kept picturing the groaning zombies with rotten teeth and bony fingers.

 

Extras:

I found the book trailer on Youtube and it scared the heck out of me!

Review: Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles

                                    Rules of Attraction (Perfect Chemistry, #2)

***CONTENT WARNING—Before the summary and review, I would like to give a content warning that this YA book contains sexual, drug and alcohol content, and course language.

GOODREADS SUMMARY: When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realises that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

Review:

I’m not sure how I ended up with Rules of Attraction on my shelf, but I’m happy I grabbed it for my vacation in Jamaica! Although I had not read the first book in the Perfect Chemistry series, I was still able to understand and enjoy this book. Apparently, the whole series (three books in total) have pretty similar plots as they follow the three tough Fuentes brothers as they rebel against society until they all find that special lady that changes their lives.

In this book, the love story revolves around Carlos and Kiera. We get to understand both their perspectives as the book shifts first person narration chapter by chapter. I did like the quiet, shy character of Kiara and her love for over sized t-shirts and old cars. For the most part, she is a goody good girl, yet a different side of her is exposed when she is around Carlos—a bolder sexual side. This romance between Carlos and Kiera does develop nicely, and the sexuality that comes along with it is spicy hot. 

 

Critiques

-I didn’t understand why Carlos and Kiera ever pretended to be boyfriend/girlfriend. Why was it necessary to fool Madison? I don’t get it.

-The ending. I didn’t buy it. It wrapped way to quickly and easily for the couple. It made it unbelievable for the reader. 

-The epilogue. Whyyyyy? It was painfully beyond cheesy. SKIP IT!

Overall, this book was a quick fun beach read. Despite my critiques, I did enjoy this angsty, romance book and I can understand why readers love this series.  If you would like to read the series, I’ve listed the titles in order:

1. Perfect Chemisty

2. Rules of Attraction

3. Chain Reaction

*FYI-The book trailers are available on Youtube. If you want to see the worst book trailer ever, click here to watch the rap book trailer of Perfect Chemistry. Sigh… just why?

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