Thursday, May 26, 2011

Review: The Forest of Hands & Teeth by Carrie Ryan

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Author: Carrie Ryan
From: Purchased
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mary knows exactly how her life is going to progress...get married, have as many babies as possible, follow the word of the sisters and always stay away from the forest of hands and teeth. This is her life and the life of every person living in her village inside the fence. The Unconsecrated are always present on the other side of the fence pressing in and trying to sink their teeth into anyone who strays close enough. When Mary begins to learn secrets about the Sisterhood which they'd rather keep secret at any cost...her world begins to fall apart a bite at a time.

Zombies. Really! Zombies! Definitely NOT my thing, but I figured I better give it a try with the reviews I was reading about this. I must have liked this since I literally just read it in one day! What hooked me about this book is that even though death surrounds them every day, Mary still has hope! Gobs of it! She's confused and not sure about what to do next, which is exactly how we all feel on a regular basis. Ok, so maybe it's just me. The point is this character is very believable! I did keep thinking about Alice and The Umbrella Company all the time, but I can't wait to see what happens next. Book #2 here I come...

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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Review: Whip It by Shauna Cross

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Author: Shauna Cross
From: Linrary
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bliss Cavender, do I have to say more? That's her name! How tragic can it get, but there's more...her mother is obsessed with beauty pageants and hoping they'll follow in the family tradition of becoming the next Miss Blue Bonnet. Blick, right!? This is exactly how Bliss feels. Lost and becoming smothered in her small town of Bodeen, Texas until one day a flyer for the Austin Roller Derby finds its way into her hands. One evening of roller derby is all it takes for Bliss to know that she has finally found "her people." Will she be brave enough to try it? Will she try out? What about her mother? Read Whip it to find out!

I loved this! I picked it up because the movie is one of my favorites and the book didn't disappoint! The way Bliss talks and thinks is perfect. Read the book, then watch one of my idols (Drew Barrymore) directing debuts in Whip It!

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Review: XVI by Julia Karr

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Author: Julia Karr
From: Library
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Nina Oberon is 15 and will very soon become 16; the age at which all girls are given a Governing Council mandated tattoo on their wrist "XVI"

The XVI announces to the world that she is now available to consent to sex! The media has made sure that all girls think that being a "sex"teen is the coolest and best thing ever! So why doesn't Nina want to turn 16? Why is it a day she dreads more than any other? When Nina's mother is brutally attacked she reveals a shocking secret to Nina with her dying breaths which slams Nina into a chase against time to stay one step ahead of her mother's killer & keeping her sister away from her brutal father, while also trying to fulfill her mother's dying request! Whoa!

This was good but for me had holes where I felt I wasn't getting any explanation about things I really wanted to know about. The biggest thing I usually enjoy about dystopians is the bit where they slyly add in the lesson about how their world went from ours to theirs. This wasn't there at all! :( I kept waiting and waiting for that information and it never came. As a read it was nice though and I'm curious if she'll crank out more based on this one because she very easily could! I would certainly read those to find out what happens with Nina next!

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Review: Revolution by Jennifer Donnely

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Author: Jennifer Donnelly
From: Library
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Andi is on the edge and breaking apart day by day both visibly and mentally when she should be having the time of her life her Senior year with incredible prospects for her future and surrounded by the the most talented teens. Instead she's mad at her dad who has abandoned them, she's caring for her mother who is falling apart completely, and broken from the death of her younger brother. Her rage and grief are going to destroy her completely soon.

Alex dreams of making her mark on the stages on Paris, but instead is just trying to help keep her family alive when a carriage with the Royal family happens past her playing. After Alex makes the young and incredibly sad dauphin laugh, she is asked to be his constant companion with the sole task of making him happy! Alex never believed that a job that was meant to be her stepping stone would become her doom.

How can love be destroying them? How can love possibly save them now? Will it save them both from themselves centuries apart?

When Andi discovers Alex's diary written hundreds of years before during the time of the Terror in France, their lives become entwined so tightly it might just unravel them both. Two girls both doomed to be unable to save the people they love most, must find a way to save themselves...

WOW! I just finished this one and feel like I've been put through an emotional wringer! The way Jennifer Donnelly draws you in and grabs a hold of you is amazing. She not only made me connect fully to one main character but to two of them! I cried, I held my breath, I panicked, I couldn't put it down...I LOVED it! A must read! Have you read it? What did you think?

PS- If you haven't seen the movie Marie Antoinette, it is a must see. Especially if you liked this book at all Marie Antoinette on IMDb.com
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