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Delacorte Press – April 14, 2009

Mary’s world is surrounded by the moans and shuffles of the Unconsecrated.  The Unconsecrated look for ways to breach the fences that protect her village.  They try to find weakness in the metal links.  They reach through trying to grab hold of anyone unfortunate enough to walk too close to the fence.  Mary’s world is based in fear.  Fear that the Unconsecrated will one day break through and devour everyone in the village.

Mary’s mother goes to the fences everyday to look into The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  She is searching for a glimpse of her husband who disappeared in the Forest months ago.  Mary’s mother is the only one that remains hopeful that he’ll come back to her unharmed.  Mary and her brother Jed, a Guardian, makes sure their mother never goes to the fences alone – afraid she’ll get too close if she sees her husband.  When Jed is off on a fence repair mission and Mary gets held up doing laundry, her mother does the unthinkable.  She gets too close to the Forest and is bitten by an Unconsecrated.  

The ramifications of this disastrous event leave Mary with no choice but to live with the Sisters.  The Sisters hold the knowledge of the village and make the rules for the community.  They never marry, but instead devote their lives to the Scriptures.  Mary must decide if she can settle for a life with the Sisters or if she is going to keep faith in the stories of a life outside the village and beyond The Forest of Hands and Teeth that her mother always told her about. However, after a major fence breach, her decision is made for her as she must brave the Forest along with Jed and his wife, Mary’s best friend, the man Mary loves, and the man who loves her.  Emotional complications just add to the stress of staying alive when they are surrounded by the Unconsecrated.

THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH is an enthralling post-apocalyptic masterpiece.  Carrie Ryan’s description of the unrelenting Unconsecrated comes through loud and clear to the reader.  At times, the suspense will cause you to put the book down for fear of what you might read next only to pick it up again because you can’t wait to find out.  You’ll be able to feel the boney fingers of each and every Unconsecrated reaching for you as you turn page after page of this amazing novel.  The ending definitely leaves the reader begging for the next installment in this amazing series.

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The Forest of Hands and Teeth

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Are you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer?  If so, you’ll enjoy YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME by Stacey Jay.  The similarities begin with the cover of the book.

Megan Berry is a Zombie Settler.  When people die, but have left something undone, they come see Megan.  She is completely out of practice though because her Settling powers have been dormant for five years.  When Megan was ten-years-old, she had a terrifying experience.  She was attacked by zombies and left with several serious wounds.  Five years later, she is still plagued by nightmares of that horrible night.

Now, just when she thought she was free of her Settling duties forever, the zombies have started appearing at her door again.  This alone would be bad enough, but someone is reanimating corpses and sending them after her.  Megan is sure it is because of Homecoming.  Someone doesn’t want her going with Josh, the big man on campus, and they are resorting to Black Magic to make sure that she doesn’t.

Thankfully, Megan has a little help.  Ethan, a friend from the past and fellow Settler, shows up to give her a little direction.  He tutors her to use her powers to give peace to the zombies and send them back to their graves safely and without the civilian population seeing them.  Megan enjoys her time with Ethan and begins to develop feelings for him, but there are two problems: 1) Monica, another Settler and senior at Megan’s high school that seems to be putting the moves on Ethan, and 2) the fact that Ethan treats her like a younger sister instead of a romantic interest.

Stacey Jay has written a fun zombie novel that will quench the thirst of any die hard Buffy fans.  Like Buffy, Megan suffers from nightmares from previous experiences and doesn’t want the responsibility that has been thrust upon her.  Megan can’t just decide not to be a Settler, like Buffy couldn’t give up being a slayer.  Megan finds it difficult to have a normal relationship with Josh since zombies tend to show up where ever she is, thus making it difficult to keep her “calling” a secret just like Buffy never had a successful relationship with anyone that didn’t know about her slaying.  All in all, YOU ARE SO UNDEAD TO ME is a great choice for anyone who enjoys stories with paranormal activity mixed with a little humor and romance.

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Mia has been happy being on the fringe of the popular crowd.  She is happy to have her hypochondriac best friend, Candice, and watch what is going on around her until…Rob, the super hot football star, asks her to Homecoming. 

Everything is going fine between Mia and Rob.  They’ve been on five dates and she can’t believe her good fortune.  Her luck begins to change though, when Samantha, the extremely popular cheerleader, sets her sights on Rob.  Samantha will stop at nothing to secure her spot as Homecoming Queen and since Rob is the most likely guy to be chosen as the Homecoming King, she is determined to get Rob for herself.

Mia begins to panic.  She doesn’t really stand a chance against Samantha so she resorts to a pretty extreme measure.  Candice, being the hypochondriac she is, takes Mia to a place she goes for a lot of her natural medicines for a love spell to make sure Rob doesn’t dump her for Samantha.  They choose to perform the spell during a Senior assembly and boy does that turn out to be a mistake.  The spell is actually an ancient ritual called Viral Zombaticus.  The entire Senior class has been infected and will be going through the four stages of the zombie virus in the next couple of days.  Since Mia performed the ritual, she is their queen and once everybody gets to stage four of the virus, they will want nothing more than to eat her.

Thank goodness for Chase.  He’s a new guy with a huge secret.  As a team, Chase, Mia, and Candice work to reverse the Viral Zombaticus – even though Candice is suffering from the virus herself and has to fight the urge to take a bite out of Mia whenever she is around.  Can Mia reverse the spell before she becomes a zombie meal?  Is Rob really as great as she thinks he is?  After her brush with popularity, will she be happy to go back to her place on the fringe?

ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH is a quick read.  The characters are fun to get to know – Mia is likable, Candice is quirky, and Chase is calm, cool, and collected in a crisis.  The story isn’t complex, but the humor throughout the book makes ZOMBIE QUEEN OF NEWBURY HIGH a great reading choice.

koflfin-2Welcome back to a world where some teenagers rise up from the dead and walk among us.  A world were science still hasn’t figured out why some teens come back and some remain dead. Not everyone is happy these “zombies” are walking around.  That these differently biotic teens are going to school and mixing with the living.  It is a dangerous world for the living impaired.

At the end of the first novel in this series, GENERATION DEAD, Adam took a bullet for Phoebe.  Adam loved Phoebe from afar, but stepped aside when she showed an interest in Tommy, a differently biotic boy.  Adam didn’t give a second thought to giving his life to protect Phoebe and he didn’t think about coming back from the dead.

Since Adam has been back, Phoebe spends all the time she can with him. She knows he wouldn’t be in the situation he is in if it weren’t for her.  She feels confused though.  She can’t decide if she loves Tommy or Adam.  She doesn’t know if Tommy’s feelings for her are genuine or if he just wants to be with her because she is living and he wants to make a statement.

There isn’t time for her to focus on her own problems though.  Trouble is brewing with Pete all over again, Reverend Nathan Mather is continuing to gather followers and making life difficult for all the differently biotic, and politicians are considering laws to take away what little freedom they have.  Times are changing and it isn’t for the better.

KISS OF LIFE is a great follow up to GENERATION DEAD.  Daniel Waters does a great job of showing us a differently biotic’s thought process through Adam’s character. We get to witness Adam’s improvement through chapters from his point of view. Readers will sympathize with Adam and come to love him even if they didn’t before. A few new characters are introduced – some of them will pull at your heart strings while the others will make your skin crawl. The way this book ends, readers will be clamoring for the third in this series.

People that can’t get enough of Tommy and the other differently biotics can visit Tommy’s blog at:
http://www.mysocalledundeath.com.

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Welcome back to a world where some teenagers rise up from the dead and walk among us.  A world were science still hasn’t figured out why some teens come back and some remain dead. Not everyone is happy these “zombies” are walking around.  That these differently biotic teens are going to school and mixing with the living.  It is a dangerous world for the living impaired.

At the end of the first novel in this series, GENERATION DEAD, Adam took a bullet for Phoebe.  Adam loved Phoebe from afar, but stepped aside when she showed an interest in Tommy, a differently biotic boy.  Adam didn’t give a second thought to giving his life to protect Phoebe and he didn’t think about coming back from the dead.

Since Adam has been back, Phoebe spends all the time she can with him. She knows he wouldn’t be in the situation he is in if it weren’t for her.  She feels confused though.  She can’t decide if she loves Tommy or Adam.  She doesn’t know if Tommy’s feelings for her are genuine or if he just wants to be with her because she is living and he wants to make a statement.

There isn’t time for her to focus on her own problems though.  Trouble is brewing with Pete all over again, Reverend Nathan Mather is continuing to gather followers and making life difficult for all the differently biotic, and politicians are considering laws to take away what little freedom they have.  Times are changing and it isn’t for the better.

KISS OF LIFE is a great follow up to GENERATION DEAD.  Daniel Waters does a great job of showing us a differently biotic’s thought process through Adam’s character. We get to witness Adam’s improvement through chapters from his point of view. Readers will sympathize with Adam and come to love him even if they didn’t before. A few new characters are introduced – some of them will pull at your heart strings while the others will make your skin crawl. The way this book ends, readers will be clamoring for the third in this series.

People that can’t get enough of Tommy and the other differently biotics can visit Tommy’s blog at:
http://www.mysocalledundeath.com.

Look at the cover.  KISS OF LIFE will be published May 2009.  I can’t wait!!!


For the first time ever, three powerful mediums are going to join hands on a live morning TV show in order to conduct the largest ever seance.  The minute they join hands, people in the live studio audience begin to hear voices and feel the bone chilling cold that is so often associated with the spirit world.  Panic breaks out and rightly so….the spirits have been given the opportunity to come through an open door into the world of the living and they aren’t wasting any time.

Spirits are returning to their dead and decomposing bodies and raising up from their graves.  Zombies begin to brutally attack anyone unfortunate enough to get in their path.  A group of strangers are thrown together and forced to find a way to survive – even if what they have to do is very unpleasant.

Christopher Golden has delivered a genuine horror novel.  Blood and gore flow free throughout the chapters.  However, as weird as this may sound, the violence portrayed in SOULLESS is done tastefully and not disgusting at all.  SOULLESS is a thrill ride – a thrill ride with flesh eating zombies every step of the way.

SOULLESS will be available in stores October 2008.  Check out more on the website.