If you’re anything like me, the month of October is filled with pumpkin spiced lattes, witchy movies, cuddling with your black cat (okay, maybe not this one), and reading spooky novels that haunt your dreams.
However, sometimes I’m not in the mood to read or watch something truly terrifying, but I do love reading novels that have frightening concepts or dangerous explorations within dystopian worlds. Because of this, Carrie Ryan is one of my favorite young-adult authors.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth series is PERFECT for young-adult Halloween adventures.
Mary, a girl living in a world surrounded by the unconsecrated, believes there’s more out there than the Sisterhood and her town that is doomed by invasion. Her mother always spoke of the ocean, yet she’s never seen or heard of it elsewhere. The unconsecrated make it too dangerous to leave, and the forest of hands and teeth may be her only way out—if she even decides to leave in order to save her future.
I’d like to clarify and say that the unconsecrated are zombies—and I’m not even a zombie fan, yet I LOVED these books. Ryan’s delicate prose truly creates this dystopian unconsecrated-filled world and leaves you there to survive next to Mary. (Also, each novel can stand on it’s own—but I won’t explain how). Ryan’s unique writing style somehow finds beauty in such an ugly place, deepening the emotions into a deathly reality.
If you’re looking for a great Halloween read, or even a fantastic read by itself, then I recommend this series.
To read more on the first novel, click here.
To read more on the entire series, click here.
To get a signed copy from Carrie Ryan, click here. (How cool is that?? I LOVE it when authors push themselves that much further just to connect with their readers and fans. So encouraging!)