Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Dark and Hollow Places /The Forest of Hands and Teeth Book 3/ by Carrie Ryan

Title: The Dark and Hollow Places (The Forest of Hands and Teeth Book 3)
Author: Carrie Ryan
Pages: 377
Published: March 22nd, 2011 by Delacorte Books
Synopsis:There are many things that Annah would like to forget: the look on her sister's face before Annah left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the Horde as they swarmed the Dark City, the sear of the barbed wire that would scar her for life. But most of all, Annah would like to forget the morning Elias left her for the Recruiters.
Annah's world stopped that day, and she's been waiting for Elias to come home ever since. Somehow, without him, her life doesn't feel much different than the dead that roam the wasted city around her. Until she meets Catcher, and everything feels alive again.
But Catcher has his own secrets. Dark, terrifying truths that link him to a past Annah has longed to forget, and to a future too deadly to consider. And now it's up to Annah: can she continue to live in a world covered in the blood of the living? Or is death the only escape from the Return's destruction? (from

The Dark and Hollow Places is a truly dark and mesmerizing tale of zombies and love. Told from a new point of view, Annah, Gabriela's twin, is in the Dark City where she has been waiting years for Elias to return. It's a city where death is only a heartbeat away and either learn to take care of yourself or you will be the next unconsecrated walking in the haunting city limits.

Annah was one of my favorite characters yet. She is haunted by the day she left her sister in the woods because she'd hurt herself and couldn't keep up. All her thoughts and actions are interspersed with her leaving her sister, the guilt plaguing her constantly. But then again, so does the fact that she is alone in a city waiting for Elias to return and save her. The Dark and Hollow Places is Annah's quest to realize that in the end, she must save herself.

Carrie Ryan created a fascinating world with The Forest of Hands and Teeth (see my review) with a village buried in the middle of a forest, surrounded by our deepest darkest nightmares. She continued her zombie destruction in The Dead Tossed Waves (see my review) by expanding the world of those still alive and fighting the infestation of death that plagues every crevice of the existing world. With The Dark and Hollow Places, Ryan shows us what it is to be strong, how sisters will fight to be together and how you may deserve more than you ever thought you could. Scarred and tough, Annah is a breathtaking character, forced to be what she must, pushed to the extreme in the unconsecrated's fight for death. She finds Catcher and while she doesn't trust this half dead man, he makes her feel more alive than anything ever did.

The Dark and Hollow Places's dystopian world of death and destruction is breathtakingly beautiful. Your heart will race and your palms will sweat with the knowledge that survival may not be possible. But, it is on the precipice of death that life seems so much more important and that to be unconsecrated is to lose all the wonderful things that make life worth living.

With a beautifully developed plot and brilliantly flawed characters, Carrie Ryan has spun, for us, a tale of deranged love and painful heartache, giving us brilliant prose and everything, EVERYTHING, we could ever ask for; love, kissing, pain, survival and zombies.


  1. Wow a 5 - and I haven't read the first part yet. Well, you certainly made me want to read it asap. Thanks for a lovely although a bit tantalizing review!

  2. Great review :D This book was my fave in the series, I loved Annah! Much more than Gabry or Mary lol. Personally I thought it was the best in the series :)

  3. @anachronist - I loved this book. It's the third in the series and it was just amazing. The first I thought was just okay. The writing was fabulous, but the main character bugged me. The second was excellent, but this one just kicked butt!

    @April - I totally agree! This one was definitely my favorite and I absolutely adored Catcher. I really liked Gabry, but at first I wanted to punch a little bit, but only for the first few chapters. Mary I like as an older woman, but as a teenager, she deserved to be slapped across the face.

  4. I also really enjoyed this one. The Forest of Hands and Teeth has been one of my favorite series but none of the books was as good as the Dark and Hollow Places for me. I really loved everything about it. Great review ^-^

  5. @Khadija - Hey! You're back! :D I absolutely LOVED this 3rd book. I was just such an amazing read. I seriously felt like I was gripping my pillow for most of the book, it was so intense. Annah just rocked and Catcher...*sigh*...he was so much better in The Dark and Hollow Places than in The Dead Tossed Waves. It was AWESOME!

  6. Zombies are normally not my paranormal entity of choice, but I really like the sound of this series and I've heard nothing but good things about it, so I need to get over my fear and give zombies a whirl. Nice review Jen!

  7. @Jenny - This series was the first Zombie series I stuck my nose into. Admittedly, it was a bit creepy because Carrie Ryan does such a good job of making you feel the atmosphere around you, but also because zombies creep me out. Since then though, I've found a new love of zombie books. I'm not into anything scary, so I'm guess I should say I'm into mild zombie. :D I think you would really like the series and Carrie Ryan's writing. Although, I do think the 2nd and 3rd are WAY better than the first.

  8. OOH - I'm so glad you enjoyed this one!! It bodes well for me loving it, too, hehe. I really was wowed by The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but - I'll admit - I've been too chicken shit to read the rest, LOL!! o_o

    It just breaks my heart when characters I've come to know and love die gruesome deaths via zombie ... especially when they're love interests ... and I remember reading somewhere that neither book 2 nor book 3 have a happy ending. Am I wrong?? PLEASE tell me I'm wrong!!

  9. @Bella - I know what you're sayin', because at the end of The Forest of Hands and Teeth I was kinda pissed about Travis. He, I really liked! However, I think that the 2nd and 3rd have good endings. Albeit, you should have both 2 AND 3 in your hands before you start 2 because it does kind of end with a little twist that you find out the end of in book 3. You NEED to read these Bella!! I love how Carrie Ryan writes, it's just so real. I think book 2 and 3 are even better than the first. I think you will love Annah in book 3, she kicks butt and is so conflicted and scarred. It's AWESOME!

  10. !!! They have good endings?!? You have no idea how happy this makes me, hehe, because I absolutely *adore* Carrie Ryan's writing style, too, and really WANT to read further in the series. I'll definitely wait until I have a copy of this book, too, though ... cliffhangers - no matter how small - do NOT go down well with me ... :o

  11. @Bella - No...cliffhangers SUCK! Although, I get why authors put them there. I just prefer all the books in my hand before killer cliffhangers. Remember that cliffhanger in the Mercy Thompson series after book 3 where Mercy takes her shirt off and the book ends. I would have been pissed if I didn't have book 4 in my hand at the time. I did, so it worked.

    I wonder what Carrie Ryan will write next. I love her work. Plus, she does zombies so well.


    Sorry. I had to get that out of my system. Just one more time, I promise: AAAHHH!! *SQUEEEEE* BARRONS!! *spontaneously combusts* :D

    I DO remember that Mercy cliffhanger ... and thank God I had the next freaking book, too, LOL!! :D Also, while we're on the topic of cliffhangers: DO. NOT. FINISH. BLOODFEVER. FAEFEVER. OR. DREAMFEVER. IF. YOU. DON'T. HAVE. BOOK. NEXT.


    You'll thank me for this, LOL!!

    Darkfever's ending is okay ... you'll live. The rest?! DON'T DO IT!! o_o

  13. @Bella - OMG, I already finished the whole series. That was soooo FREAKING addicting. And I finished Dreamfever just before I was about to jump in bed and almost had a heart attack because I didn't have SHADOWFEVER. So I cruise onto the internet and find the first 2 chapters on KMM's website...that didn't make me feel any better. Although, I had an inkling that he wasn't really dead because what kind of evil author would kill the man we all want to f***? So NOT COOL. I bought it for my kindle the next morning.

    I know you had iffy thoughts on DREAMFEVER (I read your review on GR), but I liked it...mostly. There were so many things she didn't close off though and she REALLY SHOULD HAVE! Like the whole Dani thing. I mean, part of the story was told from her point of view! Doesn't make any damn sense not to even devote a chapter to Mac and Dani making up. Plus, what the HELL was Jericho Barrons? How did he become that way? Who was the chick in that flashback he wanted to still love him? many questions.

  14. Aw, I'm so glad the series did it for you - it always makes me irrationally happy when other people love my all-time favourite books, too!! :) *happy sigh*

    I was about 80% sure that it was Barrons and 60% sure he wasn't REALLY dead ... then everytime I got morose about it, I meditated on that thing he always said about not believing anything's really dead until you've burned it and poked about in its ashes ... it got me through ONE ENTIRE YEAR of waiting, hehe!! :D

    As for Shadowfever - well - I don't feel quite so ANGRY about it anymore :P ... that review was the result of me sitting at my computer RIGHT after closing the book ... I like to think of it as my cathartic word vomit, LMAO ... I've been thinking about rewriting it, but can't decide whether to read the series through again first, or not.

    I've read a bunch of stuff on KMM's website and forum. Apparently, she didn't want to give Barrons a label, such as "werewolf" or - I don't know - "llama spirit possessee", because (in her words) "Barrons just IS" ... after reading that, I totally get it and kind of like the whole idea, even if it means I don't get to *know* ... he's incredible and unstoppable, like a force of nature; he just IS ... and that's so Barrons ... :) RE: Dani and Mac never making up, I'm thinking she's going to get to that in her next series centering around Dani.

    P.S. The V'lane twist!! It totally warped my brain ... I did *NOT* see that coming ... :o

    P.P.S. Sorry I'm rambling on about the Fever series on your Dark and Hollow Places review!! :D

  15. @Bella - No worries about the rambling on the Dark and Hollow Places post, rambling belongs anywhere and everywhere!!

    Also, now that you've explained why she never gives Barrons a title - per say - I totally get it. He really just IS! I mean, isn't that what he is always saying anyway, I'll answer your questions when you don't have any anymore. or something along those lines. I mean, to answer the dirty details about Barrons may be a betrayal of some degree in his regard. I still am curious how it happened though. Plus, I don't want him to actually be a werewolf, I kept picturing a prehistoric rhino/humanoid thingy, LMAO!! Oh well, I still WANT him.

    I really hope she covers that whole thing with Dani. I also hope we see some Dani growing up because I really do like her character and she really got the shitty deal in life. Especially with Rowena. That chick pissed me off. I wanted to kill her with her own sword!

    I kept hoping V'lane was good in some way, but I just knew he wasn't who we thought he was. I never quite had the illusion portion thought, but I thought that maybe people just thought Cruce was Vlane (no illusions) because of the whole forgetting thingy.

    The concubine thingy actually surprised me the most. That was insanity. Cruce was a dirty dirty fae. He totally boffed the chic his dad had been boffing for centuries. DIRTY! *shudders slightly* He should have found his own chic. :D

  16. Yeah, I also think of him as a giant rhino-saur type thing ... which isn't really all that attractive, LOL ... but, well, Barrons can pull *ANYTHING* off (including his clothes ... yes, please)!! :D

    P.S. LOL @ the concubine thing!! :P

  17. @Bella - Seriously, it IS Barrons and he can totally pull off a prehistoric rhinoceros. It bodes well for him, anyhow. He is probably hung like a rhino! [according to the internet they have one of the biggest male parts of all mammals - *I think I have too much time on my hands*] (nekked Jericho Barrons *YUMMY*)

  18. I loved the first 2 books so much that I rushed across town to get this final book of the series. The book was darker than the others right from the start. Annah is a likable character and I was tense while reading about what was happening to her throughout the book. It was nice to read a YA book that had a strong female character. Catcher was also a highlight of this book.

    My only complaint is that the ending felt rushed and didn't have as much emotional pay off as I would have liked. I knew that it was going to end abrubtly when there were only a few pages left and there was still so much going on in the story. The reader goes through the nail biting journey with couldn't have hurt to give us a few pages of bliss, right?

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy is one of the best series that I've read in a long time. The story builds a new world and the characters have a lot of depth. She does an excellent job tieing the 3 books together.


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