Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Zombies and Rules and the Ocean, Oh My!

It is Blog Tour time again and I have so been looking forward to touring my good friend Carrie with her absolutely amazing novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth!! Most of you have probably heard about this fantastic book already (the hype is not inflated! It really is that good!!) but if not, here is the run-down:

"In Mary's world, there are simple truths.

The Sisterhood always knows best.

The Guardians will protect and serve.

The Unconsecrated will never relent.

And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village. The fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth.

But slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power. And, when the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness.

Now she must choose between her village and her future, between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded by so much death?"

A literary Zombie Apocalypse novel. People always look at me funny when I say that, but I kid you not! The Forest of Hands and Teeth, or FHT and we like to call it, has been getting excellent reviews already, scoring a coveted starred review from Publisher's Weekly, who said: "Mary's observant, careful narration pulls readers into a bleak but gripping story of survival and the endless capacity of humanity to persevere...Fresh and riveting." And reviewers are not the only ones to weigh in. Popular authors are flocking to be part of Carrie's fan club too! Check this out:

"A post-apocalypse romance of the first order, elegantly written from title to last line."
—Scott Westerfeld, author of Extras and Leviathan

"Intelligent, dark and bewitching, The Forest of Hands and Teeth transitions effortlessly between horror and beauty. Mary's world is one that readers will not soon forget."
—Cassandra Clare, author of the Mortal Instruments trilogy

"Opening The Forest of Hands and Teeth is like cracking Pandora's box; a blur of darkness and a precious bit of hope pour out. This is a beautifully crafted, page-turning, powerful novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it!"
—Melissa Marr, bestselling author of Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange

"Dark and sexy and scary. Only one of the Unconsecrated could put this book down."
—Justine Larbalestier, author of How to Ditch Your Fairy

See, you don't even have to take my word for it that FHT is an amazing-original-scare-your-pants-off-never-the-likes-of-it-seen-before kind of book. They all agree with me too.:)

And a bit about the lovely Carrie Ryan:

Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie Ryan is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time. She lives with her writer/lawyer fiancé, two fat cats and one large puppy in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are not at all prepared for the zombie apocalypse.

(But Aprilynne hopes she is ready for bestsellerdom because that is where she is headed!!!)

And without further ado, we have my Feasty Five!!

AP: What kind of soda does (would) your MC drink?

CR: Tough question! There's really no soda (or as we call it down south, coke) in her world so I have no idea!!

AP: Cheater!! I declared Mary to be a Sprite drinker! Just like Laurel.;) What is your MC's favorite kind of flower? How about yours?

CR: My favorite flower is the daffodil -- I pretty much love all flowers but I love that the daffodil blooms so early, is so bright, and smells so yummy! Mary's favorite flower would be something simple like the little white and blue flowers that carpet meadows in the spring!

AP: Does your MC believe in magic? Do you?

CR: Yes and yes :)

AP: Explanation?

CR: . . . .

AP: Perhaps your silence is explanation enough.;) Superman or Batman?

CR: Tough choice! I think I give Batman the edge because he doesn't have inherent powers to fall back on -- he's a mere mortal who accomplishes great things!

AP: Kind of like *koffkoff* Mary! Give us one line from your book. You don't even have to give it context.:)

CR: On the edge of sleep when my thoughts are no longer my own but controlled of their own volition, the sound of the ocean comes to me: the rustling of leaves of a hundred thousand trees that surround me, pulsing with the wind as the waves crash over my head.

AP: Okay, if that does not make you want to run out right now and buy the book, my life has been wasted.;)

Seriously though; this is a book you do not want to miss out on! And I am so sure you are going to love it that I am putting my money where my mouth is and giving one away!! (See, it pays to read all the way to the bottom of the blog tour entries.;))

Okay, entering is simple. The Zombies are attacking and you have time to grab one thing in each hand!! What do you grab??

Let me know what your most important two things are by midnight on Friday and you will have a chance to win FHT!!

However, if you don't want to wait that long, FHT comes out TODAY and is being stocked in both Borders and Barnes and Noble for your reading pleasure!!

Also, feel free to visit www.carrieryan.com for more about FHT, reviews, an awesome book trailer, and tons more!

Happy release day Carrie!!!



Matthew Whitmer said...

Left hand: Death Stalker (http://www.trueswords.com/death-stalker-p-1205.html).

Right hand: WASP (http://gizmodo.com/5027010/wasp-knife-will-freeze-and-blow-up-your-organs)

My shield will shred the zombies limbs while preventing harm to myself. In the confusion I will stab the poor saps with my WASP thus injecting them with an 800psi load of gas causing them to instantly freeze and explode.

Emily Ruth said...

well I got to say matthew whitmer's answer is going to beat all, but here goes ;)

left hand: radioactive spider
right hand: indestructable shield

the shield will guard me until I grow guns and superpowers like spiderman xD haha

wow.. I'm tired.
But seriously, I want FHT so bad!
Wonderful post! :)

Alexandra said...

Assuming that the objects should be inanimate, I would grab my LAPTOP! (plus the charger) and HARRY POTTER! I don't know which Harry Potter, though; what a difficult choice. Probably Goblet of Fire. Thanks for holding the contest!

L.Maughan said...

Ummm I have no skills or weapons for fighting off zombies. So I would probably grab my baby and my husband and just hope that we could outrun them.

I need a good book because I have lots of traveling this month. Pick me please!!!

jessie said...

My magic bullet in one hand (my husband has already grabbed our son) and in my other hand...my Amazon receipt. Because I already bought it. With Wings.

Demon Hunter said...

Great interview, Aprilynne!

Your books sounds very interesting, Carrie! I've heard about it before. Can't wait to read it. I'm a writer who is from and still lives in S.C. Cool. :-)

tomdg said...

bread knife and frying pan (the big big cast-iron one). Just because they're the two weaponiest things we have in the house, and because even in the zombie apocalypse, we'll still need to eat.

Pink Ink said...

My two important things: husband and kids

geri said...

Hmm, tough choice as to what I should grab but assuming the hubby has grabbed all the kiddos, then I would have to grab my laptop (yep, I can't live without it!) and "Eclipse" by Stephenie Meyer (assuming I can ever get it from the library). Zombie-schmomie. I can run fast and hide...reading away the apocalypse. Great contest!

Chelsea said...

In one hand a copy of Michael Jackson's "Thriller," and in the other a boom box and some leg warmers. I want to be found among the souls all getting down.

chandlermariecraig said...

Left hand: My cat, Sterling Marie Fox--because that's the nice thing to do.

Right hand: Blue Gatorade--because I just love that stuff.

Jared and Christin said...

In one hand I would hold a leash (with my puppy dog attached, of course). His relentless licking would disintegrate the zombie flesh.
My other hand would be carrying my 48 hour kit. The kit doesn't exist yet, but I'm sure I will have it prepared by the time zombies attack!

I actually went to the bookstore and looked for FHT a couple of days before it came out and was sad I couldn't find it. Now I know why!