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Mailbox Monday: Zombies! Woohoo!

by Ann-Katrina

Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday where I regale you with the books I received during the previous week.

I’ve actually had a huge haul Monday, but I’m going to postpone it because of one title I’m very excited about. It’s a book I wasn’t sure I’d be able to get and was lusting after since I found out about it in December.

And the day finally came…

The Forst of Hands and Teeth Last Monday, the very nice UPS lady knocked on my door and delivered my shiny new ARC for The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.

From the back cover

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?

I finished reading it last week, but I’ve had to wait to write the review. You can expect that to be published first thing tomorrow morning. But for those of you who are a little anxious, here’s a one sentence sneak-peek: I didn’t connect emotionally with the main character, but still found myself being entertained. There’s a lot more to my review than that though. In fact, it’s a book that’s really causing me to slightly modify my rating system. Oh, I can’t wait.

Comments on Mailbox Monday: Zombies! Woohoo!

  1. # Wrighty wrote on March 9, 2009 at 12:53 pm:

    I’ve been hearing so much about this book. I look forward to reading your review and seeing what else you got in the mail last week. Happy Monday!

  2. # Wrighty wrote on March 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm:

    P.S. I just got Tithe from the library but won’t be able to read it for awhile. I’m curious to hear what you think about that one too.

  3. # Ann-Kat wrote on March 9, 2009 at 1:14 pm:

    Hi Wrighty and welcome! Happy Monday to you, too.

    I can say that Forest of Hands and Teeth, while not the greatest book I’ve read in my life, was definitely worth the time it took to read. It had its flaws and eye-rolling moments, but it definitely had some redeeming qualities.

    As for Tithe, I’m not certain what to make of it yet. On one hand, I do like it and am enjoying the story, but on the other hand, I’m finding it easy to set down and not really pick up again (actually paused Tithe to read Forest lol). Not that the story’s slow (it’s not) or lacking (again, it’s not), but there’s just something about it that doesn’t quite sit right.

    I should have the review for that one up by the end of the week, though. I just need some time to let it sink in and collect my thoughts on it.

  4. # Kathrin wrote on March 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm:

    Sounds like a good book! I hope you’ll enjoy it.

    Mine is also up here.

  5. # Alyce wrote on March 9, 2009 at 6:13 pm:

    I’m intrigued about how it made you modify your rating system.

  6. # Wendi B. wrote on March 10, 2009 at 12:11 am:

    That cover is a bit chilling!

    Here’s my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

  7. # Ann-Kat wrote on March 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm:

    @Alyce: It wasn’t a tremendous change, just a tiny modification. :D But I was surprised that the book did have the power to make me think about doing it (and actually enact the change). I’m a little late with the review, but it should be up soon.

    @Wendi B: The cover is what initially captivated me and prompted me to learn more about it. Very chilling indeed, but after reading the story, it would be even more so if the girl weren’t wearing such a pretty sweater.

  8. # Clover Autrey wrote on March 10, 2009 at 11:18 pm:

    I must be living under a rock. I haven’t heard of this book before. Looking forward to the review. Love the layout of your site BTW.

  9. # Ann-Kat wrote on March 10, 2009 at 11:58 pm:

    Thanks Clover. Glad you like the site and you’re welcome back any time. :D

    As for the review, just a quick note to let everyone know that it’s online.

  10. # Marcia wrote on March 13, 2009 at 1:55 pm:

    Thank you for stopping by the mailbox this week. The cover is haunting. I’ll admit the cover caught my eye though the story doesn’t appeal to me.

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