Carrie Ryan is one of my favorite writers. If I could pick a writer to write like - Carrie would be in my top 3. Why? because I LOVE how she walks the line between commercial and literary.
I love that she can write beautifully while having a pacy novel.
Oh yeah and after I met with her
(And Megan Miranda) last fall for lunch (aka Mexican fiesta!), I developed a huge writer crush on her. Not only is she so sweet, but she is hilarious - and you all know how much I love funny, sweet people.
Now, if you have not read this series because you are telling yourself "I am not a zombie person" I want you to know - "I am not a zombie person either!"
But a couple years ago, I happened to watchForest of Hands and Teeth trailer on Amazon and it scared the crapola out of me. yet intrigued me so much I bought the book that day. And a) i never read zombie stuff b) hate horror, and 3) hate to be scared like that. But the words on that video pulled me in.
And I've read all 3 books happily.
So after just finishing the Arc of TDAHP (which btw the sequels are really companion novels because they follow 3 different characters though they are all connected closely) - here is my shout out:
My top reasons why I love Forest of Hands and Teeth series (especially The Dark and Hollow Places)
1. The writing is gorgeous! Carrie is amazing with words.
2. The fast paces and scare factor - seriously, I was reading until late at night even when I had to get up early (damn you Carrie!:)
3. It is written with such a beautiful style that when I first started it - I'd forgotten it was a zombie book.
4. Carrie was a lawyer but wanted to write. So after long days at the office, she would go home and write a chapter for her husband.
5. the nice romance that is not with a bad guy. But in a bad - okay fine - crappy -situation.
6. I love the covers!
7. In an SCBWI YA masters class, Carrie's editor Krista Marino taught us about voice by dissecting Forest.
You know what? I could talk forever about how much I love this book, but I don't want to hold you up from reading it!
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