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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Book Review: Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (March 9, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385736843
ISBN-13: 978-0385736848
Buy the book: Amazon
See Andye's review: here
See Parental Book Review: here

Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living. She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead. Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry. And suddenly, everything is changing. One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.
My Review

I guess I will start off by saying that I absolutely loved this book.
Yes I know that it seems like all the books I’ve been reading here
lately has been my definition of “perfect”,
but The Dead Tossed Waves was perfect!
It was one of those books that I stayed up until 3am reading because
I could not put it down.
It was great because it was a decently long book, without dragging everything out.
I think one of the reasons I love it so much is because it is pretty gory and has zombies
(my personal favorite over your typical vampires/werewolves/faeries),
and yet Carrie Ryan writes it so beautifully.
She throws in some romance and a sliver of hope were it makes you think that even
a book about a zombie apocalypse can have a happy ending.
If you read my last review for The Forest of Hands and Teeth then you might
remember me mentioning that it was kind of stressful, yeah?
Well The Dead Tossed Waves almost made me have an anxiety attack.
Which for some crazy reason, I love.
I think it’s because I really like how a book can get you that involved in the story.
And Carrie Ryan perfects that.
You get sucked into this story whether you like it or not, and you won’t
be able to stop thinking about it for a while.
Oh and if you’re like me, you might lose because of it.
Because you’ll stay up all night just to find out what happens next.

My favorite character?
Yeah, it was definitely Catcher.
I wish Carrie Ryan would come out with a book from his perspective.
I would be the happiest person on this planet.
I mean Gabry’s point of view is neat, but I just like Catcher a lot.


  1. This one is on my TBR pile and I'm going to read it right after i finish John Belushi is Dead. I really enjoyed the first book but i've been a little scepticle about the second because i've heard it's more of a 'companion novel'. I'm really exited now though, thanks for the great, encouraging review! :)

  2. I think I´ll read it, too. Seems to be very interesting^^

  3. I'm not usually a Zombie kind of girl, but Ryan makes it work for me. Just finished the first one. I can't wait to read the 2nd.

  4. I couldn't agree more, I love love love these books. And I'm not a "zombie" person either -- but these are so much more than zombie books. I just finished The Dark and Hollow Places and LOVED that one too!!!

  5. I read THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH months ago (oh my gosh. It's almost been a year!). I enjoyed it and read super quickly, but I have yet to read this one! I just have so many books on my TBR list that some important ones are buried. Thanks for reminding me how much I need to read this!


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