Friday, September 17, 2010

Review:The Dead Tossed Waves

2nd in The Forest of Hands and Teeth- the next book The Dark and Hollow Places releases Mar 2011
Release: Mar 9 2010

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"Gabry lives a quiet life, secure in her town next to the sea and behind the Barrier. She's content to let her friends dream of the Dark City up the coast while she watches from the top of her lighthouse. Home is all she's ever known and, and all she needs for happiness.

But life after the Return is never safe and there are threats even the Barrier can't hold back.

Gabry's mother thought she left her secrets behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, but, like the dead in their world, secrets don't stay buried. And now, Gabry's world is crumbling.

One night beyond the Barrier . . .
One boy Gabry's known forever and one veiled in mystery . . .
One reckless moment, and half of Gabry's generation is dead, the other half imprisoned.

Now Gabry knows only one thing: if she has any hope of a future, she must face the forest of her mother's past."

*My rating: 4 of 5 stars**

*My Review*

This book was well written and the concept of the society and zombies have me hooked. This book explores the question of what makes humans different from the Mudo, and if you really get down to it, it is hard to define and draw that line, especially with what happens to one of the secondary characters.

The Dead Tossed waves brings back Mary from Forest and revolves around her daughter (WHO IS THE FATHER plagued me- but I can't give it away). I didn't feel much attachment to Gabry-- I of course wanted her to survive, love and be loved, but I just didn't connect with her like I have some other main characters.

There is another love triangle, and for much of the story it was well written so that I didn't have a clear choice. I still just wanted her to chose and not lead the other on any more than she did.

The story is well written, and she has really thought out her universe and characters to weave us a haunting tale. I am eagerly awaiting the next book which will follow Annah and Catcher.

I would love to hear what you thought of my review and of the book!


  1. I'm excited for the next book as well!

    I agree that I didn't connect as well with Gabry as I have with other characters (say... Beka Cooper from Tamora Pierce's Terrier/Bloodhound/Mastiff series)... nor did I like her quite as much as I liked Mary... but the world was still haunting and interesting and I cannot wait for the third in the series... I'm expecting these characters to be very interesting.

    Thanks for the review too, I love reading reviews of books I've read... a lot of times it will expose an aspect of the plot/character development/etc, that I overlooked.

  2. I'm interested to read this book, but I need to read the first one. I don't really like books that I can't connect to the characters with. Of course, my mileage may vary, but I've been reading other reviews that have said the same thing.

  3. I liked your review. I agree about Gabry I just can't get into her after 73 pages I had to put it aside, im going to try again next momnth! thanks for visiting my blog, I'm following you now.

  4. I love the idea of a book with zombies, such a nice change from the vampire novels that are so popular at the moment.

  5. I skimmed the review (only because I haven't read the first) but I had no idea there was a second Forest of Hands and Teeth book! Exciting!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. :)

  6. I'm looking for books to get for my Not-So-Bebe Girl Autumn for Christmas ... I'm definitely going to have to add this series to the list!

    Julie @ Knitting and Sundries


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