Book Review: The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

darkBook Review: The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

Book three is initially primarily about Annah and how she survived without Elias. When Gabry and Catcher arrives the plight of the city forces them into surrendering into a well protected Sanctuary that might not be as safe as they hoped.

SOOOO I will not spill the beans, but I thought the ending of this book was well done. I certainly didn’t expect it to end quite that way. Again, this novel has good characters but also the other characters we love from the first two books. The time gap between books two and three is very small. Have it ready though when you finish book two.

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No quotes here but not because there weren’t any. It was just because I finished book two and started book three late one night and zoomed through it. I can remember all these great scenes, but not any particular lines.

Recommended Grade: 8-12
Genre: Zombie/Dystopian
Overall Opinion: Recommended
Source: eBook

P.S. READ THE SERIES! And did anyone notice how I timed this perfectly for Halloween week. It was an accident. 🙂

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Book Review: Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

deadtossedBook Review: Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Gabry has only ever known life in the lighthouse by the ocean. Sure there are mudo (unconsecrated), but only when the tide washes them onto the shore. Until the night they cross over the barrier and a catastrophe takes the one person she thinks she can actually love…or does it?

Sooo, this hasn’t happened to me, I don’t think ever, but I actually love the second book in this series more than the other two. I think you will notice that when you see all of the quotes. The wordsmithing going on in this novel was exceptional and I absolutely loved the plot. We still got to know what happened to Mary, but it wasn’t all about her. This is so much more than a zombie book. It is a book about life and how you find your way.

Quotes-and seriously don’t laugh…I left off some.

“And I realize that maybe this is the one thing that will always pull the people of my world together. The more we lose, the more we become the survivors.”

“I hold my breath, waiting for her touch to bring me comfort. And then I realize that that’s been my problem all along. Not only wanting comfort and security and safety, but looking to others to find it when I need to find it inside myself.”

“I realize that life is risks. It’s acknowledging the past but looking forward. It’s taking a chance that we will make mistakes but believing that we all deserve to be forgiven.”

“If I knew the sound of someone breaking this would be it.”

AND my favorite mother/daughter conversation I’ve read in a while…in fact I had to text it to my mom because this is so us (not the fear of leaving your mom surrounded by zombies part):

    “What am I supposed to do?” I ask, my voice small and scared.

     She places her hands on my cheeks. I think of all the moments in my life that we’ve stood alone together, just the two of us against the world. Of how much of our life that we’ve shared. And yet I feel as though this divide has opened between us, a gulf showing me just how much of her I didn’t know.

                I always thought of her as my mother and not as a woman who used to be a girl like me.

       “You stay safe,” she finally says. “You love. You survive. You laugh and cry and struggle and sometimes you fail and sometimes you succeed. You push.” She smiles, her voice watery. “And you always remember that your mother loves you.”

Recommended Grade: 8-12
Genre: Zombie/Dystopian
Overall Opinion: Highly Recommended
Source: eBook

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

forestBook Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Since I read all three of these books in a super short period of time, I’m going to blog them just a few days apart for those of you who hate waiting.

Mary has always lived her life surrounded by the unconsecrated that live in the Forest of Hands and Teeth. In a matter of a few short months, Mary loses both of her parents to the forest and the her brother who resents her for not stopping her mother from getting bitten. Forced to live with the sisters, Mary’s life only gets more complicated from there!

I know I’m very late getting to this series (published in 2009) but WOW. I have had this sitting on my shelf since the year it came out. Not until I found it on audio did I actually get started. Then I had to finish in book form because the audio was taking too long. Lots of wonderful characters that make it impossible to put down. It’s funny because I like reading zombie stuff but I can’t watch it on TV because it is too gross. Guess my mind isn’t that graphic. Take for example the quote (not quote) below.

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So not really a quote, but there is a scene that gave me the chills. You will know it when you get there. Thumping sounds in a room but Mary can’t tell where it is coming from because there doesn’t seem to be any unconsecrated in the room. Cue dramatic music right?

Recommended Grade: 8-12
Genre: Zombie/Dystopian
Overall Opinion: Recommended
Source: Audio/Book