Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Friday, March 25, 2011

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

Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (March 10, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385736819
ISBN-13: 978-0385736817
Buy the book: Amazon
Visit the Site:
Andye's review: Forest of Hands and Teeth

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

I almost put this book down. I just thought the first half was kind of boring, to be honest. But, once I got half way through it, I seriously could not put it down. I didn't want to do anything else but read this book. Actually, while reading this book, I got grounded (surprise, surprise) and I didn't really care! I wanted to sit in my room and read all day anyway. It's been a while since a book has done that to me. I just started the sequel to this book, The Dead Tossed Waves and I'm already half-way through it. And since the first half was so good already, I'm thinking it might be better then the first!

I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth because it was just all my favorite things wrapped in one. Zombies, a little bit of romance, lots of violence, and, oddly, I freaking love when books stress me out. And that's exactly what this book did. I was so stressed out at one point that I actually set the book down and went for a run to thing about it. But, to me, that means it's a very good book. I didn't dislike anything, except the slow beginning.

Now, I know this is insane, but book slightly reminded me of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. And since it reminded me of it, every time Mary was having trouble fighting off the Unconsecrated, the only thing I could think of was, "Gee, I sure wish Katniss were here to kick some zombie butt!"

The only thing I seriously dud bot understand was that the entire book, all Mary wanted was to be with Travis. And there was this one time for her to talk to him. To be near him. And she completely ignored that fact until the very last minute (and worst time, I might add!) to actually express her feelings to him. That is what I didn't understand. Every time she would lock herself up in the attic, I would scream at her to go downstairs and do what she has been dying to do the entire book.

Anyway, to wrap things up, I absolutely loved this book! It is definitely one of my favorites and I cannot wait till the next book in the series is released.

Profanity - Minor
Sexual - Minor
Violence - Heavy

For full content of this book got to Parental Book Reviews.



  1. This book stressed me out so much I had to read lots of cheery, cheesy, light weight reads for days after it. While I adored Ryans writing style, I am afraid this book put me totally off Zombies! Great review though!

  2. I'm so glad you reviewed this book! I just got the third one in the series in ARC form and I was decided whether or not to read the series. I'm not a major zombie person (hence my decision), but I LOVE Hunger Games, so you sold me! So Carrie Ryan, here I come.

    P.S. Can I just say that I love that you get grounded and just read? I was the same way! My parents finally wised up and grounded me from reading.... that was just rude. and torture. :) I mean, it didn't work at all and your parents should NOT try it because it would be dumb. :)

    Thanks for the review!

  3. The book sounds intriguing. I wonder what they would have done for denture repair if they stayed in the village, though.


Leave us a comment. Commenting people are our favorites! And we like to give things to favorites :)