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

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


The Forest of Hands and Teeth

(The Forest of Hands and Teeth #1)

by Carrie Ryan

From Goodreads:

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?

The Bookish Brunette says:

When I bought this book I had absolutely no clue it was about a zombie apocalypse. (Which I’m fairly certain is coming eventually…just saying.) I had assumed that “forest of hands and teeth” meant rabid wolves or some other seemingly awful animal type creatures. Well, you know what they say about people who ASSume things! *cough*cough*

Just FYI to everyone else that may be as crazy anal as I am and don’t read up on a book before they buy it- they’re zombies, not wolves! I mean really, how should I have known that ‘the unconsecrated’ was code for ‘the undead’? *light bulb* Without opening a new tab to look up ‘unconsecrated’ on (because I’m sorta lazy like that) I could totally imagine that unconsecrated has a similar definition to undead or zombie… oh well, too little too late.

Now that I’ve given away the big secret… (zombies! duh.) Let me say that I enjoyed this book tremendously. The world Carrie Ryan created in this post-modern reality is beautifully written and descriptive.

My heart broke over and over for Mary, I FELT her anguish. My initial reaction to this book was morbid fascination- and then it let up and morphed into mildly interested… then oh my god! oh my god! oh my god! I knew from the beginning this would be a dark read, but I’m a sucker for ‘happily ever after’ and I couldn’t stop hoping everything would turn into sunshine and rainbows for this girl who lost everything she’d ever known.

The ending of The Forest of Hands and Teeth was wonderful- but not in a Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora type way… it was perfect for this particular story.

I do have to say that Mary irritated me several times throughout the book. Even when she got what she wanted, she was unsatisfied and wanted more! Mary was an extremely selfish heroine. But let’s be honest, I’d be whiny and self-absorbed if zombies were constantly trying to eat me too!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth is definitely a must read!

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

  1. Lea says:

    Ashley- Just found your blog. I love your reviews and your site looks AWESOME! Just wanted you to know, I just started book blogging myself, and it's always nice to stumble upon a new book blog that really grabs my attention :) I've never read a book about zombies but I might have to check this one out!

  2. Renu says:

    I wasn't really sure about this book, but after reading your review I'll definitely be putting it on 'to read' pile, thanks! :D

  3. Missie says:

    Questions: 1. Could your stiletto rating system be anymore awesome? 2. Could you make me laugh any harder? 3. How could I have not made those same ASSumptions? And yes, a zombie apocalypse is definitely coming. I read this one a while back, and though I felt a connection to Mary, felt her anguish, like you, she irritated me with her selfishness. Afterwards, I didn't feel motivated to pick up The Dead Tossed Waves, which I see you are currently reading, so I'm looking forward to your thoughts. Thanks for the LOLs, BB!

  4. I'm reading this one now!!!And, duh, it's about zombies!!!! you crack me up!!*sorry about the over use of !!!!, I'm in rehab for it…

  5. Lol! I have to physically stop myself from using !!!!!!!! (and I still do it regularly) I can't help it, I'm an excitable person!!!! ;)

  6. Stephsco says:

    I had trouble getting through the first half of this book, but then I couldn't put it down. It's definitely bleak, but I kept pulling for Mary. I was surprised by the ending, and I know it's not the type for everyone, but I enjoyed it. I read the next book, which I thought would be about Mary, but it isn't really. Still in the same universe. I liked that one better, but it made me appreciate this book more.

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