14 July 2011

Thursday Tea: The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan

The Book: Before I read Carrie Ryan's Forest of Hands and Teeth, I would have never believed I could like a zombie book. Zombies? Really? But once I started reading, I was hooked. Rather than sum up the series, I'll direct you to my reviews of the The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves.

In The Dark and Hollow Places, the third in the series, the Unconsecrated (the walking dead) have become so numerous they have taken over the Dark City, where Annah has been waiting three years for Elias, her only real friend, to come back for her. She is getting desperate as the Unconsecrated increase in numbers and the Recruiters, who are supposed to protect the living, fall pray to corruption and cruelty. Only after she meets a guy named Catcher, does her life seem to turn around--that is, until the two are held hostage by the Recruiters and Annah realizes that life among people is no safer than life among zombies.

The novel is great mix of heart-thumping action tempered by quiet moments when Annah dares to take a chance with love. As in the earlier books, Ryan brings up the questions of what makes us human and what makes life worth living. Dark and Hollow Places also looks at the nature of relationships in a world in which every moment should be focused on survival.

I listened to the unabridged audio edition of The Dark and Hollow Places, read by Allyson Ryan, who did an excellent job keeping me glued to my earbuds.

The Tea: You can bet that I've been drinking iced tea on these hot, humid summer days. My latest obsession is made by Nestea, and I'm almost too embarrassed to admit that I drink it and like it. I've been buying their K-cups of instant (yeah, I know) black iced tea mixed half and half with powdered lemonade. I know I should really just make black sun tea and add my own freshly squeezed lemon juice and sugar or honey, but the little cups are so easy.

The Assessment: You might think that Annah and Catcher wouldn't be able to get tea, but they do at least have herbal teas. What they'd think of Nestea K-cups, I have no idea, but I think they'd be grateful for anything warm and sweet to drink.

What About You? What are drinking to stay cool (in the North) or to warm up (in the South)? Reading anything good this week?

Thursday Tea was the brainchild of Anastasia at Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog.

Published by Random House / Delacorte for Young Readers, 2011
ISBN-13: 9780385738590
YTD: 65
Source: Bought (see review policy).
Rating: B

Copyright © cbl for Beth Fish Reads, all rights reserved (see review policy)
FTC: I buy all teas myself, I am not a tea reviewer.


Andi 7/14/11, 8:40 AM  

I loved The Forest of Hands and Teeth and actually use it in my Children's Lit online class (for Education majors). We pair it with The Giver and have a good ole time analyzing.

I have never continued with the series, but methinks I need to hurry up and do that!

April (BooksandWine) 7/14/11, 8:53 AM  

I'm so glad you loved The Dark And Hollow Places. The audio sounds pretty intriguing, I may have to do that if/when I re-read this series.

Veens 7/14/11, 9:03 AM  

OMG! I am obsessed with Nestea, which is newly introduced here by Lipton too! They come in small bottles and are so cool when they are chilled! :) :)

The book sounds good, but I am not sure if I want to read it right now. :)

Barbara 7/14/11, 9:15 AM  

I drink gallons of iced tea all year long. It's so refreshing at the end of the day when I settle down to watch TV or whatever. I just buy Nestea or Lipton iced tea mix in the tall jars so I don't have to make pitchers full and then maybe run out at a bad time.

Sandy Nawrot 7/14/11, 9:58 AM  

I think the last time I looked, my library did not have these on audio. Maybe I'll look again. Some people have really not liked this series, but I'm willing to give them a try. Isn't there a movie coming out too?

Col (Col Reads) 7/14/11, 11:13 AM  

Only you could make me think about reading a Zombie book! Loved your review.

Martha@Hey, I want to read that 7/14/11, 11:16 AM  

I'm not a zombie book fan but I've been hearing about some many "better than the average bear" zombie books I think I'm going to have to give some a try. This series seems really worth the effort.

Zibilee 7/14/11, 11:24 AM  

I bought the first book in this series for my kids awhile ago, but I haven't read it yet, or bought the rest in the series. I need to do that because these sound excellent.

I also like the sound of that tea/lemonade combination. I hadn't ever heard of that before, but it makes sense that it would be refreshing, and it is certainly is different.

bermudaonion 7/14/11, 11:59 AM  

I felt the same way about zombies until I read Feed by Mira Grant. I really want to try Ryan's series.

Kit Aerie-el 7/14/11, 12:24 PM  

I will absolutely be reading this series. Sounds like my cup of tea!

Beverage of choice for me now is a mixture of blueberry/pomegranate juice with sparkling lemon water over ice.

Carrie K. 7/14/11, 1:50 PM  

This series was my first experience with zombie fiction, too. I loved book one, book two was just okay, but I thought the third book was excellent. I recently just read Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry, and while it's a different take on zombies, I loved it.

Marg 7/14/11, 7:33 PM  

Another zombie book! I have this one out from the library at the moment. Hopefully I will actually get to read it.

caite 7/14/11, 10:28 PM  

who am I to talk about your tea choice since I am drinking WaWa lemonade ice tea...

Swapna 7/15/11, 10:10 AM  

You know how I feel about this series, I'm glad you love them as much as I do. And that Nestea/powdered lemonade sounds great!

Anonymous,  7/15/11, 6:14 PM  

I can't remember if The Passage is zombies or vampires or both, but I'm planning to hang out with it and a very warm cup of Tazo Calm tea while Mitch is in surgery tonight. The hospital lobby/waiting room is over air conditioned so it's gonna be cold.

Nise' 7/15/11, 10:03 PM  

I was surprised at how much I liked this one as well! Glad I listened to blogger's recommendations on this series. I have not read this one yet.

Kailana 7/15/11, 10:49 PM  

I really enjoyed this book and the overall series... Sad to see it end, though!

Michelle 7/16/11, 8:29 AM  

This is one of my favorite series and this book in particular my favorite of the three. I can't wait to hear your final thoughts on it.

Unknown 7/17/11, 5:58 AM  

I really need to start reading this series!

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