Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Here's a quite bite from Carrie Ryan's website:

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, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now 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 by so much death?

My Take

This book was absolutely a page turner!  It was so suspensful.  I couldn't wait to find out what happened with Mary, Travis, Harry and everyone.  It's dystopian at it's best.  I never thought I could really get into the whole zombie thing, but this book was a definite must read.  You feel pulled into the storyline and the characters are relatable.  I'm giving this one 5 very alive kisses!  Oh and I'm currently reading The Dead Tossed Waves.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Eli the Good by Silas House

This book tells a bittersweet tale of a family trying desperately to hold on to their beliefs and one another.  Set in 1976, it’s absolutely relatable for me.  Eli Book is looking back remembering the summer everything changed for him. 

We all reach a point in life when we realize our parents are people too.  They are fragile and scarred from life’s tribulations.  Oftentimes we don’t reach these conclusions until near or well into adulthood.  This particular summer Eli discovered the adults in his life were grappling with large issues.  His father was clinging to sanity, desperately trying not to give in to the nightmares and flashbacks plaguing him from Vietnam.  His war-protesting aunt is fighting cancer and trying to repair her relationship with her brother.  His mother caught between the two, trying to hold the entire family together.  Eli Book manages to find solace amongst the branches of a birch tree.

At one point, Eli realizes that the Vietnam War has affected every member of his family and in many ways they are still fighting this war every day.  He knows they are all victims of the Vietnam War whether they fought in uniform or not. 

I liked this book and felt Silas House did a wonderful job with description and the overall story.  You knew Eli was a young boy who worshipped his father, but was getting a bitter dose of reality.  I enjoyed the character development and loved that there was a sense of closure in the end with details from his adulthood.  I give this one four tender kisses.

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