Monday, June 25, 2012

Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1) by Carrie Ryan

Title:The Forest of Hands and Teeth 
Series: The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1
Author: Carrie Ryan
Category: Paranormal/ Horror
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5          

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?

My Review:

Okay, how do I start this review..
First off, I found myself doing something I never do, skimming..
Yes, that's how much I loved  this book (sarcasm intended), I skimmed..
Holy hell, I know. 
I just rarely do that, even if I can't truly get into the book, I just don't skim.
It takes a lot for me to do that.
I found it difficulty to even start the book.... I had to kind of force myself to going after the first few pages.  I remember thinking, "I'm not going to like this book."

Then after getting about 20% into it, I started to kind of like it. Well, that all went down the drain in no time. 
This book was sad, and I felt like it only skimmed the surface of emotions; felt and shown by the characters. I didn't even have to read the whole book to get the jest of it. 

The story line, well, it's about an apocalyptic world with the living dead. You heard me, the living dead, I don't usually read books like that, not my cup of joe. When you read the excerpt, I thought the book was going to be a bit different... 
I did feel this book could of been so much more than it was, however, it was only skin deep. In plot, in the actions of the characters and the emotions that were portrayed. The only thing that was noticeable good was that it was a fast paced book, which flowed nicely. But I don't have any other books to compare it with, 'cause I don't read/haven't read books similar to it. So, I can't be an accurate judge. 

Now, for the characters,
Mary, dear dear, emotionally confused Mary. To me, she's a very self-absorbed character, she always seemed a bit sad, too. All in all, I just was very irradiated with this character. The things she did, gawd..
Yeah, I kept saying that with every action/decision she made! Then how she played both Harry and Travis. Girl, get your shit together. Seriously...
Then there are the brothers, Travis and Harry, both pretty decent characters. I just have to question why in the f**k were they in love with Mary????? Why?? Makes no sense. I just couldn't understand. Again. Emotions where only skin deep for the characters. Most of the characters seemed self-absorbed.  Travis, at first I thought he was a pretty good character, *face palm* Harry! again. why.....??? I couldn't stand the whole Mary, Harry, and Travis situation either. Pissed me off some... I mean seriously!!! They just seemed to toy with each other...

Jed, Mary's brother, I wanted to slap him. I didn't agree with his actions at certain parts of the book. He didn't act like a brother, well to me anyways. Let's not forget Cass, a one-dimensional character.
I also didn't like how certain actions were played out by characters. 

Though with all the negative aspects I pointed out, I could understand some actions of the characters.
When someone is confined all there life, never knowing anything other than the world they live in, they will hold a longing for something more. They will let this longing consume them in every way, heart and soul. It will devour their dreams and waking moments. All they can see is that hope, that desire for something much more. It can drive any individual to extremes, especially in dire situations. It can also push others out. It can fuel them and give them strength, however, it can also doom that person. Bring them nothing but loneliness and sadness, bury them in complete misery and eventually crush them.

I think what really made me want to read this book was the title! I love the title! :)

Wow,I just realized all the negativity I portrayed.  
I am just one pessimistic person today... 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth had a decent plot and a good story, I just couldn't get into it.
If you like zombie books, this might be a good book for you to read, however, this one just wasn't for me. The author is a decent writer and she can write a good story. She needs to improve on a few things, however, she can spin a story. 


  1. The title is great! I enjoyed the book more than you but you have some very, very valid points here.

    1. :) Yeah it just wasn't up my ally. I just never liked books about zombies..... I don't know why.

      Thank you so much for the comment!
      And glad you liked it!


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