Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Wednesday Book Recommendation...okay, I'm playing catch up...Recommendationssssssssss

Apparently living in Hermitville for a week or two allowed me to catch up on quite a bit of reading!  I just realized how many books I have yet to tell you about!  I know most of the books I add to my TBR pile come from blog or friend recommendations, so why don't we spread the love?

Here's what's been on my list the past few weeks...

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Book Description:
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human ... until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human--or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

My Review:
I loved, no, that's not quite right. I ADORED this book. It was an easy read that flowed well and held my interest with each and every page. The writing was often beautiful and the style fresh.

The imagery was lovely and the story touching. I can't wait to dive into the next book!

The Forest of Hands and Teeth (The Forest of Hands and Teeth, #1)The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Goodreads Book Description:
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 about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, 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 in so much death?

My Review:
This was such an interesting book and definitely worth every star.

It was a really refreshing read for me. I couldn't put it down and finished it in three days because I just HAD to know what happened.

I never would've expected a zombie book to captivate me so much and it's definitely part of the reason I'm so impressed. The world Ryan creates in this book is so real that I was lost in it for days and even once I'd finished the book, my mind didn't stop thinking about it. Actually I lost a few nights sleep unable to shut my brain off after reading...there was just something about it I can't explain. It's full of heart, faith, hope, love, loss, and basically awesome stuff.

I definitely plan to read the sequel but will wait a few months and read some lighthearted material first.

The Deathday LetterThe Deathday Letter by Shaun Hutchinson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Goodreads Book Description:
The clock is ticking?

Ollie can't be bothered to care about anything but girls until he gets his Deathday Letter and learns he's going to die in twenty-four hours. Bummer.

Ollie does what he does best: nothing. Then his best friend convinces him to live a little, and go after Ronnie, the girl who recently trampled his about-to-expire heart. Ollie turns to carloads of pudding and over-the-top declarations, but even playing the death card doesn't work. All he wants is to set things right with the girl of his dreams. It's now or never?.

My Review:
You know what? I loved this book and enjoyed every minute.

It was an easy read and a very delightful break from the norm for me. Shaun has mastered the voice of a teenage boy and while one could argue that most of this book is about teenage boy hormones and silliness, there's a definite underlying theme and seriousness to it all. And I really feel that it's honest. I totally believed all the things that ran through Ollie's head, both the good and the bad.

One of the major highlights of this book for me was the friendship between Ollie and his best friend, Shane. It sparkled and made me want to be a part of the club. AND I don't believe I'm spoiling anything by saying yes, I cried at the end. Hutchinson got me in the last few pages. We all know from the beginning how Ollie's journey will end, but it doesn't make it any easier. Great, fun loving story.

Carpe Mortediem!

SO now there's only one thing to do????  MOVE ON TO MOCKINGJAY!  I can hardly wait...

Happy Hump Day!


  1. Oooh, you HAVE been busy reading. Good for you!
    I really want to read SHIVER!

  2. The only one of these I've read is Shiver and I really enjoyed it as well. I'll have to check out some of the others. Thanks!

  3. Hi Kristi!
    Thanks for stopping by the other day (and for not letting my constant changes dissuade you from reading :)).

    A couple of these books sound really interesting! SHIVER and THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH will now be added to my already toppling tower of TBR books :)Thanks for the reviews.


  4. Hey, thanks! I love book reviews. I've just added a few more to my "must read" pile.

  5. Wow, you've been busy. I'm still trying to get through one book.

  6. Oh my word! You got some serous reading in! I enjoyed the forest of Hands and Teeth, but OMG, I had to actually skim a couple pages because my heart was beating so fast, I couldn't take it. So suspenseful!

  7. That's a lot of books, Kristi. Yay for you!! I can't wait to hear what you have to say about Mockingjay. :)

  8. You have to much time on your hands... nice reviews thx.

  9. I've hesitated reading shiver because, well, wolves just aren't my thing. But SO many people love this I am reconsidering. Same with the Forest of Hands and Teeth...the title has never done anything for me but you've nearly got me convinced.

  10. You've read some great books lately!
    I am reading Linger right now!! Loved Shiver!
    I also loved Forest of Hands and Teeth.
    THe Deathday Letter is on my TBR list and I just bought the Vampire Diaries book to read!!!