Friday, September 20, 2013

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

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
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?
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The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Rating: 5 of 5 stars

 Star Stats
Jaded Adult: 4 Stars
Forever Young: 5 Stars
Over All: 4 1/2 Stars

I must say, I wasn't all that impressed with the cover art and wasn't expecting much from the book either. Boy was I wrong. CR had a way of pulling me into the story that had standing stunned like a knot on a log.

CR truly spent time developing her characters. You had a love hate relationship with each and every one. From the first chapter you are immediately drawn in. The ending was disappointing to me. Such a massive loss of wonderfully invested characters. I can't wait to start book two.

I however made the mistake of reading the Maze Runner series before diving into this series and couldn't help to draw parallel conclusions. It read to me like fan fiction and the characters could have been the descendants of the Maze Runner and so much time had passed all was lost. You have to read both series to draw the conclusion for yourself. I didn't even make the connection it was my daughter. And I can't help to agree with her.
Recommended for: Ages 13 and up
Read from August, 2012, read count: 1
Inbetweeners & others that belong to this series:
What Once We Feared  (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #o.4) Hare Moon (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #0.5) Kiss Me Deadly: 13 Tales of Paranormal Love The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #2)The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #3)
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