I just read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and the Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
Both were good, but as is the nature of humans-- and I am neither werewolf nor zombie-- I feel the desire to compare them.
Shiver nutshell synopsis: Grace has always felt a special affection for the wolves in the woods behind her house. When she meets Sam (a human) she realizes he is one of them. Falling in love, dealing with werewolf issues ensues.
FOHAT nutshell synopsis: Mary lives in a compound surrounded by a forest full of zombies. Things change, her world falls apart, and she has to determine whether love or escape is more important.
Both books were exciting. Shiver has, hands down, my favorite cover of the year. Periodically I closed the book while reading just to stare at that lovely cover. And sigh. The writing is so like that cover: crisp, fresh, parsed down in the best way.
Forest of Hands and Teeth is an incredible title. It doesn't get any better than this. It's frightening, and encapsulates so much. The writing is so like that title: evocative.
But when I compare them I feel like Shiver's writing is so much stronger. Maybe it's just the kind of writing I prefer. I am of course critiquing these as a non-published writer. They were both excellent books. I felt at some times that FOHAT was clunky writing. Whereas in comparison shiver was pristine.