Monday, November 11, 2013

November Novellas #11: Review and Giveaway: Hare Moon (The Forest of Hands and Teeth #0.5) by Carrie Ryan

It’s that time of year again! I absolutely adore novellas, short stories, and anthologies! They are fun and fast reads, and some are very easy on the pocketbook if not FREE. Some are essential to the series, some are great for catch-up between novels, and some… well, some will have you scratching your head wondering, “What’s the point in this?” as well as questioning the hefty price! This month, I’m going to be bringing you some novella and short story deals and steals as well as highlighting my favorites and letting you know which ones to grab up and which ones you might want to pass up. I’ll have spotlights, reviews, guest reviews, and giveaways.

Title: Hare Moon
(The Forest of Hands and Teeth #0.5)
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Random House
Published: April 5, 2011

Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N


Tabitha can’t shake the feeling that something exists beyond the fences of her village. And when she sneaks out, past the gates and down the path into the Forest of Hands and Teeth, she meets a boy who teaches her heart things she never knew. But love in a world surrounded by so much death doesn’t come without its sacrifices, and Tabitha gradually realizes just how much she’ll have to give up to live among the Unconsecrated.

From New York Times bestselling author Carrie Ryan comes an original story of love after the Return.



"She wonders how the world ever fell apart with this much love in it."

If you caught my review of The Forest of Hands and Teeth a couple of weeks ago, then you know how obsessed I am with this series.  It is incredibly intense, and I just love it!  I also mentioned that Sister Tabitha terrified me so I love that this short story is a prequel that tells Tabitha's story as a young girl.  Hare Moon sheds so much light on who Tabitha truly was.

Not only is Hare Moon heartbreaking, but it is so eye-opening as to how and why Tabitha grows into the woman that she does and gives a new and different perspective of her actions regarding Mary.  It also serves as a reminder that tragedy and grief can change a person into someone unrecognizable.

"Choice is what makes us human. 
 It is what separates us from the Unconsecrated.  
But that does not mean that choice cannot turn men into monsters."

This story is a prequel and can be read even if you haven't read The Forest of Hands and Teeth, but I feel it makes a bigger impact if read after.

"...Sister Tabitha understands that she has to decide 
what she will stand for: her own desire for love
 or devotion to her village and the people within it."

Bottom line: $1.99 seems a bit high to me for a short story that is a mere estimated 40 pages, but these 40 pages really pack a punch.  This would have been a great freebie for fans of the series, or even $.99 would made have more sense. This one is overpriced, but a great read nonetheless.

 My Rating: ★★★★  

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