REVIEW: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Blurb: 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 Short Stick: A beautiful zombie romance.

The Goods: Beautiful writing. Ryan draws you into her world with the way she writes which grabs you from the first page and makes you jealous until pretty much the end. I kept pointing out words that I’d love to use in my own books. As for the plot, I was intrigued by the love story, it’s so subtle and beautiful that you’re on edge for it. Also, the town and the rules made for a lot of tension. This book was basically beautiful, mysterious and gripping.

The Not So Goods: Slow moving plot, uncertainty about where everything was going. I thought they spent too long in the Village. I also hated the Sisterhood and thought there was too much time spent praying. I’m a pagan so often when there’s a lot of religion it bothers me.

Rating: 3.5/5

Other Stuff:
Pinnochio Factor: Pass, they were very real.
Bella Swan Factor: Pass, although Mary is an interesting character all on her own.
Jace Factor: Pass, there’s good looking boys, but not hot boys.
Primrose Factor: Fail, we lost some people I didn’t want to lose. And it hurt.
Potter Factor: Pass, you won’t find a book out there like it.
Cheese Factor: Pass, definitely no cheesy moments.
Bible Factor: Fail, there’s too much religion for me.
Temperature: 96 degrees, it’s definitely body temperature in here, right down the last moments between Mary and Travis.

Recommendation: Read it if you’re interested in zombies and dystopian books. Skip it if you don’t like religion in books.