The Forest of Hands and Teeth

About The Book:
Written by Carrie Ryan Published Year 2009
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?

The only motivation for me to read this book is that it's newly released and quite popular. I dont like reading apocalyptical themed books and definitely don't like zombies suprisingly enough I liked this one and even took me until 2 in the morning to finish. A well written book, it was very haunting and leaves the reader thinking of the story after finishing the book. Each characters emotions--love, rage and loss are intensified because there are always on the brink of death. Though the characters emotions are raw and transparent they still seemed detached, the characters should have been more explored, given more dimension even if in the end they'll going to be slaughtered anyway. I don't really like Mary I think she's selfish, indecisive and just really weak I wonder if she'll grow maybe in the next installment if there is, it certainly feels like there ought to be one. Ryan should do a second book because alot of things are left unanswered and there is no background to the decease? or the village? I did enjoy reading the book though, that's just really the important thing for me -- to be entertained. It reads alot like a movie (maybe it will be made one too), the Unconsecrated are convincingly scary, you could almost hear the moans and scraping of their hands. This will probabaly the only zombie book I'll read.

If I Stay

About The Book:
Written by Gayle Forman Published Year 2009
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love— music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.

"It's okay," he tells me. "If you want to go. Everyone wants you to stay. I want you to stay more than I've ever wanted anything in my life." His voice cracks with emotion. He stops, clears his throat, takes a breath, and continues. "But that's what I want and I could see why it might not be what you want. So I just wanted to tell you that I understand if you go. It's okay if you have to leave us. It's okay if you want to stop fighting."
This book have been receiving good reviews based on the 5 stars I saw, I didn't actually read the whole reviews in case there are spoilers. Reading the first part was good for me, I love reading about happy things and I love how Mia's family are all loving quite a change from reading about dysfunctional families. But then I get to the gruesome part -- the accident and thought oh no, not another melodrama, pitty engulfing story of a teenage girl. I usually stay away from books with themes such as because I find them depressing. If I Stay though is quite different, it is sad still and it made me cry a ton but there are also parts where it made me smile and laugh and feel the Mia's conflict. Gayle Forman is a very good writer, she makes the characters and scenes so real. Not to mention the style off writing, it worked really well, unlike in some that you get confused switching between scenes. I could go on and on, but you just have toread it for yourself. It's a shame to pass on something this beautiful.

Becoming Chloe

About The Book:
Written by Catherine Ryan Hyde Published Year 2006
Meet Jordy. He's on his own in New York City. Nobody to depend on; nobody depending on him. And it's been working fine.
Until this girl comes along. She's 18 and blond and pretty - her world should be perfect. But she's seen things no one should ever see in their whole life - the kind of things that break a person. She doesn't seem broken, though. She seems . . . innocent. Like she doesn't know a whole lot. Only sometimes she does.
The one thing she knows for sure is that the world is an ugly place. Now her life may depend on Jordy proving her wrong. So they hit the road to discover the truth - and there's no going back from what they find out.
My conclusion is this: It's a beautiful world, but also a scary one. I used to think something couldn't be both. But then I remembered the point of no return on the Niagara River, and how much it fascinated me as a kid. Because it was just that: beautiful and scary. It's like once you get that sense that there's no real security, that anything at all can happen to you, then every minute you're okay is a joy. Part of the joy is feeling like you can make your way in a world that isn't always easy.
I finally found a copy of the book, after a year of scurying for it, lol. I absolutely love this book, it's like taking a refresher course. I dont think I'm a cynic but I do believe that life is indeed unfair and sometimes shit just happens. But reading this book gives you a whole new perspective in life, you're rediscovering it together with Jordy and Chloe. It's impressive the way the book portrayed the simplicity of beauty with nature and with what is physical and the complexity of it through kindness of strangers, there was a part where Chloe asked Jordy if being happy is beautiful and yes it is. Life though is not all beauty there is it's tainted by cruelty and violence of some, but these makes you appreciate life even more as what Jordy had said. It's a very engrossing read, you'll be sucked in this beautiful and sometimes ghastly story of discovering life.


About The Book:
Written by Meg Cabot Published Year 2008
Emerson Watts, 16 and female, loves playing video games, hanging out with her best friend, Christopher, and has made peace with her less-than-supermodel-esque looks. But when she's involved in a mysterious accident, she wakes up to find she's now in the body of...a supermodel. Who was behind this switch? What was the motive? And how can she get Christopher to realize she's still the same person inside?

How apt the tittle is. I didn't really like it as much as I wanted too maybe it's just for a different audience. It's feels like Cabot is doing it halfway, It just doesn't feels right for me, fluffy and scifi doesn't really go together or it might be because she didn't really did a good job on it. The plot seemed loose -- a little background would help instead of taking an easy way out. The plot consists of the girl meeting an accident but survives because of brain transplant. Presto she gets a whole new image in a supermodel's body while conquering teenage insecurities, boy craziness and being a role model to all -- no drinking in bars, definitely no drugs and no illicit love affairs with bestfriends boyfriends. There's a promise of an intresting twist on the second book but please stop with the cliffhangers it sucks enough already.