Posts Tagged ‘Carrie Ryan’

The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

Continuing my hot streak, I got lucky and managed to find a book I was trembling in anticipation for well before its release date. And we won’t talk about how many times a week I visit how many bookstores to make that luck happen, because it’s embarrassing. Let’s just say I work hard for this privilege and leave it there. But boy was I trembling in anticipation for this book, especially considering how much I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead Tossed Waves, both of which I’ve reviewed on this site before. I have to state (again) for the record that when publishers change the look of a series’ cover after I already own one in the ORIGINAL cover, it makes me sad. I actually really liked the cover of The Dark and Hollow Places a lot, but it doesn’t match my Forest cover so now that I have a whole complete series, I don’t know what to do. Anyway.  I loved this book so much they could have covered it in hot pink glitter and I wouldn’t have cared. Read More…


Zombies vs. Unicorns

Before we get down to talking about how zombies are better than unicorns, we have to announce the winner of the signed Sarah Rees Brennan books. Only…we’re not going to just announce the winner. You’ll have to read below to see who it was!

Recently two of us here at whatchYAreading sat down and read a fantastic anthology full of our favourite authors. We both liked it so much that we thought we’d do a joint review. And that’s where things went wrong. We tried to agree on a favourite story, a favourite author, but we couldn’t. All of our communications we suddenly filled with shouts of “Team Unicorn!” Or “Zombie’s eat unicorn’s for breakfast!”

And so, we did what any self-respecting book blogger would do. We had an argument. Read More…


The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Back in September, I posted my very first ever review on this here blog. I raved  about how much I loved Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth and how excited I was for the sequel. The Dead Tossed Waves is technically released today, but I was fortunate enough to find it in my local bookstore yesterday and, again, could not put it down until I’d finished.

Though Dead Tossed Waves is technically a sequel to Forest, you don’t need to have read Forest to enjoy it (though please, for your own sake, read it…it’s probably the best YA book that came out last year). Time flashes forward, probably ten years? Fifteen? I wasn’t entirely positive on this point, and I liked that. Mary’s daughter Gabrielle lives as safe a life as she thinks can be lived in a town called Vista, nestled between the Forest and the ocean. Gabry’s world is so much different than her mother’s – the unconsecrated are now Modu, there is a town council instead of a sisterhood, and there is a very definite outside world with a protectorate to run it and Recruiters to protect it against the hoards of zombies who want nothing more than to spread their infection. Read More…


The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

This weekend, while I sat on the couch waiting for my fellow bridesmaids to finish their two hour getting-ready-for-a-night-of-bachelorette-debauchery rituals, I read Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Unlike my fellow YA bloggers, I didn’t love it. I wrote up a whole review and couldn’t decide whether to post it. To distract myself from actually making a decision, I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. I was up until 5am finishing it, and fell so deeply in love with this book that my decision became suddenly easy.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is like some crazy-awesome combination of The Village (if it hadn’t sucked) and I am Legend (had another 250 years or so passed and had Will Smith not been a badass and saved mankind…again). In the middle of the forest, there is a town run by The Sisters and The Guardians whose purpose is to protect the villagers from the Unconsecrated’s attempts to get closer to the delicious flesh living inside. And, according to The Sisters and The Guardians, the town is all there is. There’s nothing else. Read More…


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