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Snapshot: The Forest of Hands and Teeth

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‚The Forest of Hands and Teeth‘
by Carrie Ryan.

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(© goodreads)

The first book in ‚The Forest of Hands and Teeth’ series kidnaps the readers in a surreal dystopia, in a world which could come straight from a horror movie. The story is told in the present by Mary, who lives in a village in the middle of a wood which is surrounded by a fence and the Forest of Hands and Teeth. The fence is there to protect the people in the village from the inhabitants of the wood who are deadly.

Who still couldn’t figure out from the name of the book… at this it deals with zombies and they are also described as we all know them: away eaten bodies, hanging limbs, sacked eyes and everything together bloodied and they wander around groaning,  undead for all eternity in their search of living meat.

From topic the book has been really interesting for me and I also liked the world construction of Ryan and it has persuaded me, but sadly this was already everything I liked in it.

Because of the writing manner of Ryan I had the whole time the feeling to read the book only from a distance. Nothing was described definitively which concerns feeling, reactions and the plot and often there were longer time spans in between which then were told afterwards.
I don’t like that at all because I prefer a plot and a story which happens while I read it and where I’m totally in the story and can be anxious with the characters and their fate.
But well, here it wouldn’t have mattered to me anyway because I’ve never really become warm with the main character Mary.

From the first pages one she fantasize about a guy, then she finally gets him, after the reader had to endure her whining for him for 2/3 of the book, and then he isn’t enough for her – because she wants to see the ocean! Exactly, you’ve read it right – all the time here it’s about the damned ocean which Mary unconditional wants to see and for this she’s ready to sacrifice everything and everybody.
On top of that she makes some very stupid and also selfish decisions, only to ask herself afterwards constantly why she has done that and wallows in her self-pity and bad conscience. And this central theme goes on throughout the whole book!

Moreover, it was more than senselessly that Mary has constantly thought about her love life and has also pondered about other unnecessary stuff, while in that time there was in a 1-meter-distance a wire fence where zombies groaned and lusted for her flesh and life. Hello?? What should I say? Guess, you just have to make priorities and anyhow in this book the characters have acted sometimes very bizarre. The only bright spot was Travis, or also the dog, but that was it. 🙂

Another low point was the end, which came actually somewhere in the middle of the story and none of the open questions, which the protagonists have raised up throughout the story, were answered.
I would have been quite satisfied if I knew that these questions would be answered in the next books. But no; Ryan rather likes to tell the next book from the point of view from another person and this was for me the key point not to read the next book in this series.

Now I am really disappointed from this book because the zombie and horror genre, mixed with a love story, have interested me very much. Hence, I am grateful to everybody which could give me good book recommendations on this subject! I would be grateful for it, thx.

Only out of my interest I’ve read a few reviews to the second book and because I found two of them really amusing, and also reflected partly the absurdities which were also in the first book, I would like to let you read them as well. Therefore, if you also want to read them, then just simply follow the links.

Review # 1 *awesome*

Review # 2 *also interesting*

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Succession:

# 1: Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth
# 2: Carrie Ryan – The Dead-Tossed Waves
# 3: Carrie Ryan – The Dark and Hollow Places

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Hey Mr. Postman…- Feb. 2012 # 2


Hello guys!
I got new books and I wanted to share the news with you. Hope you’ve fun while going throw them.
xx Martina

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Hallo Leute!
Ich habe neue Bücher bekommen und ich wollte diese Neuigkeit mit euch teilen. Hoffe ihr habt Spaß beim durchstöbern.
xx Martina

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First of all I want to show you what I got for my birthday on the 7th February: A new Cover in black for my Sony ebook Reader with a lamp! How awesome is that? I really love it because it looks great and it’s also very convenient..

Zuallererst möchte ich euch zeigen was ich zu meinem Geburstag am 7ten Februar bekommen habe: Eine neue Hülle in schwarz für meinen Sony eBook Reader mit einer Lampe! Wie großartig ist das bitte? Ich liebe sie, nicht nur weil es klasse aussieht, sondern auch total praktisch ist.

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I already wanted to read the book ‚My Soul to take‘ by Rachel Vincent for a long time because everybody seems to love it and so I just had to order it on amazon with the gift coupons I got for christmas. I’m really curious and I’m looking forward to read it!

Ich wollte das Buch ‚Mit ganzer Seele‘ von Rachel Vincent schon seit einiger Zeit lesen, weil es jeder zu lieben scheint und deshalb habe ich es vor kurzem bei amazon, mit den restlichen Geschenksgutscheinen von Weihnachten, bestellt. Ich in sehr neugierig und freue mich schon darauf es zu lesen!

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Synopsis:
She doesn’t see dead people, but…

She senses when someone near her is about to die. And when that happens, a force beyond her control compels her to scream bloody murder. Literally.

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who’ll be next…  (Source: Goodreads.com)

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Inhaltsangabe:

Sie kann keine Toten sehen, aber…
Sie spürt, wenn jemand in ihrer Nähe sterben wird. Und dann zwingt eine unbesiegbare Macht sie zu schreien, so laut sie kann.

Kaylee kann ihr Glück kaum fassen. Der schärfste Typ der Schule hat sie angesprochen! Nash hat die schönsten braunen Augen, die sie je gesehen hat. Als er sie auf die Tanzfläche zieht, glaubt Kaylee zu träumen. Aber das perfekte Date hat sie sich anders vorgestellt. Erst entdeckt sie ein Mädchen, das scheinbar von einem schwarzen Nebel umgeben ist. Dann wird Kaylee übel, und plötzlich lastet eine schreckliche Schwere auf ihr. Um nicht zu schreien, dass die Fensterscheiben zerspringen, rennt sie schweißgebadet raus. Wie peinlich! Nash muss sie jetzt für völlig verrückt halten. Doch seltsamerweise bleibt er ganz ruhig … Am nächsten Tag erfahren sie, dass das Mädchen tatsächlich tot ist. Bald sterben weitere. Und Kaylee ist die Einzige, die weiß, wen es als Nächsten trifft…  (Source: Goodreads.com)

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I saw this book at the Thalia Bookstore and because of the synopsis I was  interested in it right away. But I have ordere the book ‚In great Waters‘ by Kit Whitfield also on Amazon (again with the gift coupons).

Ich habe dieses Buch eigentlich schon beim Thalia gesehen und war aufgrund der Beschreibung sofort daran interessiert. Aber ich habe das Buch ‚In großen Wassern‘ von Kit Whitfiled dann ebenfalls bei Amazon bestellt. (wieder mit den Geschenksgutscheinen)

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Synopsis:
During a time of great upheaval, the citizens of Venice make a pact that will change the world. The landsmen of the city broker a treaty with a water-dwelling tribe of deepsmen, cementing the alliance through marriage. The mingling of the two races produces a fresh, peerless strain of royal blood. To protect their shores, other nations make their own partnerships with this new breed–and then, jealous of their power, ban any further unions between the two peoples. Dalliance with a deepswoman becomes punishable by death. Any “bastard” child must be destroyed. This is an Earth where the legends of the deep are true–where the people of the ocean are as real and as dangerous as the people of the land. This is the world of intrigue and betrayal that Kit Whitfield brings to life in an unforgettable alternate history: the tale of Anne, the youngest princess of a faltering England, struggling to survive in a troubled court, and Henry, a bastard abandoned on the shore to face his bewildering destiny, finding himself a pawn in a game he does not understand. Yet even a pawn may checkmate a king.
(Source: Goodreads.com

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I got that book yesterday from a bookfriend from goodreads, who rent it to me and I’m really happy to have it now. And I’m going to plan to read the book ‚The Forest of Hands and Teeth‘ by Carrie Ryan soon.

Dieses Buch habe ich mir gestern von einer Buchfreundin aus dem Goodreads Forum ausgeborgt und ich freue mich riesig über das Buch ‚Wald der tausend Augen‘ von Carrie Ryan, das ich bald lesen werde.)

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Synopsis:
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?
(Source: Goodreads.com)

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