Celebrate the Awesome Book Pick: The Dead-Tossed Waves

** CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED **

Celebrate the Awesome is the brain-baby of Elana Johnson, a most awesome source for all things pertaining to writing and most especially, querying. The idea behind it is to help celebrate books that make our personal A-List of novels, ones we would go to bat for and proudly proclaim as an absolute, not-to-be-missed favorite!

I'm sure it's no surprise to any of you that my top pick happens to contain the undead. And while there are many great authors out there penning these dark tales, my favorite has to be Carrie Ryan, master of zombie fiction. Her newest book, The Dead-Tossed Waves (released March 2010) will grip you from start to finish. TDTW is a companion book to The Forest of Hands and Teeth, a tension-drenched post-apocalyptic novel where freedom is measured by the length of a fence, shackling those within to a life of constant vigilance against the Unconsecrated Dead.

TDTW picks up with the next generation and follows Mary's daughter Gabry, and their life in Vista, a coastal village with strong barriers that prevent the Mudo (the Unconsecrated) from harming the living. Gabry's feelings for her best friend's brother Catcher leads her to join her friends and leave the safety of city walls for the off-limits allure of an abandoned amusement park, ending in a horrific encounter with the Mudo. Gabry is unharmed, but Catcher is not. And those who did not die in the attack are imprisoned and at the mercy of the governing force, all except Gabry.

For me this book is a must-read because Carrie Ryan is amazingly skilled at pairing horror, despair and fear with strains of hope and compassion. Each page drips with intensity as doom chases Gabry's footsteps, yet she continues to fight, battling not only the Mudo but the doubt within herself, doing everything in her power to save those she loves. If you want a suspenseful novel that will keep you reading deep into the night, this is it.

I am HUGELY EXCITED to be able to offer a copy of The Dead-Tossed Waves to one FOLLOWER of The Bookshelf Muse that Carrie Ryan will personally sign and mail to the winner. Keep it as a gift for yourself, or have it personalized for someone else--it's all up to you. :)

RULES: Be a follower, new or old, and comment below. That's it! And as always, I really appreciate all tweets, blog mentions and the like to spread the word.

If you are in need of some outstanding summer reads, you can check out the FULL LIST, and please do drop in on Jon Arntson, who is featuring another fantastic author, Maggie Steifvater!

One more thing to add...Heather is my 700th Follower so I'm awarding her a 5 page in depth critique. Just mail me and we'll set up the details!
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66 comments:

Deb said...

You are made of awesome, too. Thanks for the chance to win this book! What a fantastic day of celebrating our favorite books, need to go check out my shelves I have a book or two, too.....

Jonathon Arntson said...

Well said. The zombieism of this book and it's predecessor are weird to me, but you've turned them into something interesting. Thanks for the recommendation and the link to my blog!

Kelly said...

Yay! I'm commenter #1! I read Forest of Hands and Teeth and have yet to pick up Dead-Tossed Waves. Please enter me! :D
kghobbs@gmail.com

marieconley3 said...

I've been wanting to read The Forest of Hands and Teeth!

Serenissima said...

I'd be proud to join the list of "esteemed stalkers". ;->

Great book pick -- sounds like a surefire way to fulfill the dystopian hunger I whetted while reading CATCHING FIRE last week.

Lale said...

I just heard about this and am awfully excited- I loved 'The Forest of Hands and Teeth' and the lady at the bookstore said that this was even better!

KM said...

That's a lot of followers! Woohoo! I haven't read either of these books. I started the first one and it was kinda spooky for me. But I plan on trying again, forcing myself through the creepiness. Because she has such a great voice, and I love the way she writes. Please enter me. :] katiemstout[at]gmail[dot]com

Brodie said...

I have nothing but good things about Carrie Ryan - this sounds great! I so need to read. I am loving all these Spreading the Awesome posts! I would love to be entered if this is open internationally, please :)

Abby Stevens said...

I just bought FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH and would love love love any copy of DEAD-TOSSED, much less a signed copy! I am loving this very Awesome day!

Chantal Kirkland said...

I am so excited about this book. Thank you for sharing!

Yamile said...

I love Carry Ryan! Whoever can mix zombies and romance, and do it well, has my utmost respect. I'd love a signed copy! Thanks for the chance!

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

I'm a Carrie Ryan fan, and a HUGE fan of your blog. Your emotion thesaurus is a gift to writers, and I just put a link to it in our new Popular Posts section. Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing!

Laura Pauling said...

I read the first book by Carrie Ryan. And would love to read the second. Excellent writing. I'm sure the second is just as good!

Steena Holmes said...

I'm so glad I caught your blog today - I love this idea!

Carrie sounds like an author I want to get to know, delve into and enjoy her reading! Thanks for the review!

MBW aka Olleymae said...

ooo...I have to read THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH first! It sounds like an awesome book, though. Thanks for the review!

Precious said...

After all the wonderful reviews and feedbacks I've read and heard about Carrie Ryan's works, I must say that her series is ranking high in my wishlist.

Please include me in this giveaway only if this is open internationally. I'm planning on buying Forest of Hands and Teeth soon. I'd love to win a copy of the sequel!

Thanks!

precious_shusky@yahoo.com

Kristi Faith said...

This is a great giveaway! I hadn't heard of this book until your post. Thank you!! Sounds awesome.

kowens1308 at yahoo dot com!!

Christa said...

I read Forest of Hands & Teeth & loved it! I need the follow-up. ; )

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Thanks for the chance to win this book... signed!
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SR said...

I couldn't put Forest of Hands and Teeth down. Who knew that zombies could be so addictive?

I love your blog, BTW and have it open all the time when I'm writing.

Wendy Marcus said...

I am not much into the undead, but my daughter's a fan. I'll suggest she look up Carry Ryan. Love your blog!

Jessica Brown said...

Love your blog and I am so glad I found it. Printed off emotion thesaurus to have while editing. Thank you so much. Where you like the undead, I'm into the aliens right now, but not the ones that Stephen Hawking refers to.

Taffy said...

Wow! Interesting review. Darn. My BTR list is getting longer and longer. Which is fine because summer is almost here!
I'm a follower now.

Readerly Person said...

I would love love love to win this book!

- Rebecca

rebeccaswells(at)gmail(dot)com

Amy Holder said...

I've been wanting to read this for a while now. Great review!

Suzette Saxton said...

What a great prize! And what a great review. I look forward to reading this one!

suzettesaxton@gmail.com

Michelle McLean said...

How fun!! Count me in !! :D What a fun day this has been :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

I loved Forest and haven't yet read Dead-Tossed, so, yeah, please enter me in this one!

Terri said...

Oh, I'd love a copy of The Dead-Tossed Waves. If you are recommending it, I'm sure it's, you should pardon the expression, tasty!

Love all the brain matter tidbits you provide here to get the writerly juices flowing.

Heather W said...

Very cool contest.
I would love to win this book!
Thanks =]

Susan R. Mills said...

Great review! I really want to win that book. So pick me! Pick me!

Nichole Giles said...

I've been dying to read this ever since I finished TFOHAT. Loved that one as well. And I'd totally love a signed copy. Sounds selfish, maybe, but I'd totally have it personalized to me.

Some things are just too good to give away.

Nichole

Sara B. Larson said...

I would love to win this one! Can't wait to read it. Thanks for spreading the awesomeness. :-)

Casey McCormick said...

I would love to win this, but I'll definitely be buying it even if I don't. I loved TFOHAT!

Kelly said...

I love this book (plus FoHaT)! No need to enter me into the contest, as I have my own signed copy! Yay!

Hazardgal said...

Her book of the undead sounds like it makes one think twice about zombies. My new book, The Holler, is a short story collection of a surreal Appalachia. A sampler of sci-fi, horror and fantasy, it's had good reviews. And I have a give away too right now. Drop on in!

Christine Fonseca said...

I just finished reading this book...loved it!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Okay, I so want to read this now. I'll even buy an extra book of Kleenexes for the occasion. (I went though a box with TFOHAT.)

So real live bestie, what do you say? Pick me. Pick me. :D

Roland D. Yeomans said...

Thanks for letting your friends have an opportunity to win an autographed book of such an accomplished writer.

I know I prize my copy of AMERICAN GODS autographed by Neil Gaiman.

Have an ... awesome week, Roland

Elle Strauss said...

The Forest of Hands and Feet is on my TBR. I'd love to read her next book too. Thanks for the review.

Karen said...

I love anything with ZOMBIES! Thanks for making this available.

I am a new follower of your blog.
kzupancic[at]yahoo[dot]com

Gayle C. Krause said...

What a great idea. I never cease to be amazed at your blog and your generous offerings to your followers.

Will definitely put FOHAT and DTW on my summer reading list.

Thanks,

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Ahhhhhh! I'm actually reading the Forest of Hands and Teeth right now! I had to skip your summary in case it gave something away! But I'm excited to see someone else enjoyed it. So far so good. I'm completely engrossed. Looking forward to the companion book! I didn't even know there was one. Very cool.

Rivkie Re said...

I've been wanting to read this! Please enter me!
rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com

Abby Annis said...

Yea! This one has been on my TBR list for a while. I would LOVE to have a signed copy. Really enjoyed The Forest of Hands and Teeth. Great contest! :)

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Ooo, I've heard such good things about this book. Thanks for the chance to win it. Adding to my TBR list either way. :)

Also...NEW FOLLOWER! *waves*

Janna Qualman said...

Nail-biting, wow!

Thanks for the awesome. Great post! And thanks for visiting my blog today, too. :)

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

Fantastic recommendation -- the cover art alone is amazing. I'm definitely adding this one to my list of must-reads!

Looking forward to following!

Karen Lange said...

Celebrate the Awesome was such a great idea. Thanks for throwing your two cents (okay, so more than that:) in!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

OMG!! Count me in, Angela! That book is near the top of my must-have wish list. Great choice for today. :-)

ally said...

Ooooh now i really wanna read it!!! Count me in :D

alannahjavier@gmail.com *i'm a follower!*

Kristen said...

I am dying to read this book! Thanks for offering such an awesome contest and post!

~The Book Pixie said...

Oh wow, great contest! Please count me in for this book. :D

New follower.

~Briana

Christina Lee said...

How cool that Carrie is going to do that. All of last year I avoided reading The Forest... b/c I was writing my fist zombie book and didn't want any other ideas entering into the equation. But now that's it's shelved (and dusty) and two more are about done, I think it's finally safe to read them! I am already a follower!!

Heather said...

Every blog I visit today I'm reading about the awesomeness that is Elana Johnson and I couldn't agree more. We bloggers should get together and give that lady an award! You rock as well for picking The Dead-Tossed Waves! This book looks excellent and I can't wait to get my hands on it. And I won a critique! Whoo hoo! Thank you!

B.J. Anderson said...

This book is on my to-read list, but I'd love to win it!! :D

Mary Campbell said...

I've never read a zombie book - maybe it's time I jump on the bandwagon. Congrats on the 700 followers.

Thank you for visiting my blog and becoming a follower.

Margaret West said...

Waves frantically from the back....I'm here......pick me, pick me....

T. Anne said...

I LOVE the premiss!

Elana Johnson said...

I adored this book. Because not only can Ryan give you despair and fear, but the romance is breathless. Great review!

Mandy said...

Please enter me (:
bratdownstairs @yahoo.com

Jenn Wilks said...

I've heard so many good things about these books, but I'm still a little scared of zombies. They're not real, right??? Maybe I should just read them and get it over with. Edward certainly cured my fear of vampires. Maybe this book could work for zombies too, I dunno. Might as well try. :-D

annebingham said...

I read Dead Tossed Waves over the weekend. I think it was better written than Forest; the character had more depth. I recommend it.

Christina Farley said...

I just finished Forest of Hands and Teeth and I can only imagine this book will be just as gripping!

Darlyn said...

Wow, that is an awesome review. Count me in!I love to read the book as well

darlyn225(at)gmail(dot)com

Liz S said...

I haven't read much horror, but this sounds FANTASTIC! And what a creepy cover!

I'm a follower... LizSF72(at)gmail(dot)com

Thanks for the recommendation!

Nicole said...

I have heard nothing but great comments about this book! Really would love to read it!

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