Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Review by Lauren - The Dead-Tossed Waves

The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

Gabry lives a quiet life. As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living.

She’s content on her side of the Barrier, happy to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse.

But there are threats the Barrier cannot hold back. Threats like the secrets Gabry’s mother thought she left behind when she escaped from the Sisterhood and the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

Like the cult of religious zealots who worship the dead.

Like the stranger from the forest who seems to know Gabry.

And suddenly, everything is changing.

One reckless moment, and half of Gabry’s generation is dead, the other half imprisoned. Now Gabry only knows one thing: she must face the forest of her mother’s past in order to save herself and the one she loves.

First Impression: After reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I was excited for the sequel but this wasn't a 6 month waiting affair. I wasn't too crazy about the first book so my expectations weren't incredibly high.

The Dead-Tossed Waves starts years after The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Mary, the main character from before is actually Gabry's mother (which I'm sure people figured out so I'm sorry if you're disappointed but really?). So basically, if you didn't read the first book, you don't have to. You will manage just fine, and honestly, this one was better so unless you feel deprived at the end, you can skip The Forest. The connections between both books are there, but don't take away from the story.

I was really depressed after reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth but not this time. I felt more connected to these characters and was a lot less annoyed by the whole situation. There's a lot more hope this time and I felt like I could breathe? Did anyone else feel that way?

I actually really enjoyed The Dead-Tossed Waves. It's the first book I've read in a while (awful bloggers, we know we are), and I was admittedly impressed with the writing especially after all the crap I've tried to read lately. Gave me this newfound appreciation or something? Anyhow guys, Alex and I are kindof back. Kindof? Short review but it's better than the past 2 months without a post :)

4.5/6 shelves!

oh and here's a trailer if you're interested :)

Waiting on Wednesday... (23)

Yeah, I did have to check what number we were up to. :/

Right, right, I know, you all must be so amazed to see a new post. It really has been way too long, and for that we apologize. Sadly, I can't say anything's going uphill from here- I really just wanted to do this becaue I just realized there was a sequel to the book I finished reading, and I didn't want to forget. And also to share an amazing book with all of you!

So without further ado... OH wait! Spoiler alert. This is a sequel actually. So read the description with warning.

Invisible Things by Jenny Davidson
Sequel to: The Explosionist (goodreads)
goodreads author's blog publisher website
release date: November 23, 2010

Sixteen-year-old Sophie knows there is more to the story of her parents’ death. And she's on a mission to find the truth.

Sophie has enlisted her best friend, Mikael, whose friendship has turned into something more, and before long the two are thrust into a mystery that dates back decades. It’s soon clear that Sophie’s future is very much wrapped up in the details of her family’s past, and the key lies with information that only one elusive man can provide.

The more Sophie learns, the more she realizes that nothing—and no one—in her life is what it seems. But coming to terms with the dark secrets she uncovers means imagining a truth that she never dreamed possible. Full of gorgeous settings, thrilling adventure, and romance, Invisible Things is a novel that dares to ask, what if?

So if you didn't read that because you didn't want to ruin anything- though it doesn't spoil too much of The Explosionist- you should definitely click the link above, the one that says goodreads by The Explosionist, to learn more about this series. :D

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