Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys compiled by April Genevieve Tucholke is an engrossing spooky read. If you are craving something that will have your skin crawling before Halloween, then this is the perfect read. The book is a compilation of short stories from some amazing YA authors, such as Marie Lu, Danielle Paige, Carry Ryan, Jonathan Maberry, Leigh Bardugo just to name a few. Each author used a previously published story, movie, or song for inspiration and then re-imagines the tale. At the end they tell you what the inspiration was. Some tales were filled with bloody and disturbing details, but others were more psychological horror that really let your imagination go crazy. After I finished a story, I was excited to go on and see what new sinister creature was lurking around the next page.

The writing throughout is fantastic. Each author created complex characters in a short amount of time as well as really capturing the dark atmosphere. There were definitely times where my hair stood on edge. I really love how creepy this book is and that it is geared for YA readers. It just goes to show that some of the most haunting tales can exist without all of the graphic details.

My favorite short stories were In the “Forest Dark and Deep” by Carrie Ryan and “Hide-and-Seek” by Megan Shepard.

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (Autographed Hardback copies available at the store)

P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han (Hardback)

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneirder (Hardback)

The Tenderness of Thieves by Donna Freitas (Hardback)

The Edge of the Shadows by Elizabeth George (Hardback)

Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille (Hardback)

One Kick by Chelsea Cain (Paperback)

Balm by Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Hardback)

Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey (Hardback)

Secret Brother by V. C. Andrews (Paperback)

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers by Nick Offerman

The Year of Billy Miller by Keven Henkes (Paperback)

Cakes in Space by Philip Reeve (Hardback)

Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson (Hardback)

 

 

 

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan is an incredibly gripping tale of life among the Unconsecrated, or zombies.  Mary has grown up surround by the undead for her entire life with only a fence separating her and her village from certain death.  Life is all about listening to the  Sisterhood and Guardians, who are the keepers of their knowledge and protectors.  After her mother and father returned as the undead, Mary is forced to join the Sisterhood and now she is learning that perhaps there is life outside of the fence, maybe a life without the Unconsecrated.  Things quickly go from bad to worse for Mary when her village is infiltrated by the undead.  Now her dreams of escaping the fence has become  a reality and only option for survival.  With her brother and friends, Mary runs down the forbidden fenced-in path in hopes of finding the ocean and a world without zombies.

What a great horror story filled with tales of first love and growing up.  Ryan did such a great job capturing the fear of living with flesh-eating zombies while simultaneously showing the characters as being desensitized from the constant presents of the Unconsecrated.  I also like all of the big issues that Mary was forced to work through while fighting her way to freedom.  She tried to come to a better understanding of friendship, love, death, and hope.   Ryan created a precocious female character who has incredible courage and determination.  It was easy to cheer her on in her quest.

May Book Discussions

Here are our May book discussions:

Online book forums on Facebook: Mostlybooks TeenForum Group

May 1st – May 14th ~ The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

May 15th – May 31st ~ If I Stay by Gayle Forman

In store discussions:

Wednesday May 2nd (7 PM) Non-Fiction ~ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Wednesday May 9th (7 PM) Romance ~ The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Wednesday May 16th (7 PM ) Fiction ~ Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Wednesday May 23rd (7 PM) Mystery ~ Death at the Alma Mater by G. M. Malliet

To find out what we will be reading after May, go to mostlybooksaz.com, Store Events

There will be no non-fiction book discussion for the month of June, see you in July.

Upcoming Book Disucssions

Here are our upcoming book discussions:

Online Teen Discussions at Facebook, friend MostlyBooks TeenForum:

April 15th – April 30th ~ The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

May 1st – May 14th ~ The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

May 15th – May 31st ~ If I Stay by Gayle Forman

In Store Discussions:

Wednesday April 18th (7 PM)  Fiction ~ A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Wednesday April 25th (7 PM) Mystery ~ Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason

Wednesday May 2nd (7 PM) Non-Fiction ~ The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Wednesday May 9th (7 PM) Romance ~ The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Wednesday May 16th (7 PM ) Fiction ~ Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Wednesday May 23rd (7 PM) Mystery ~ Death at the Alma Mater by G. M. Malliet

To find out what we will be reading after May, go to mostlybooksaz.com, Store Events