Dec 1, 2012

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz Review

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse; 288 pages
Be careful what you believe in.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.

Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

Let's talk about this cover. I am so excited to get this because I am hoping and praying this cover is going to be shiny. It has to be shiny. Do you know how amazing it'll look if it's shiny? Yes. I cannot wait. Also, I would like to thank Simon Pulse for approving an e-arc of this book. I'm a huge fan of Hannah! She's so unique and it certainly shows in all of her stories.

This book made me sad. A lot of her books make me sad. You'd wonder why I keep reading such sad books but it's because it's so good. Sad isn't always a bad thing. You feel more connected to the characters and you also feel like you wanna reach in the pages to give them a nice, big hug. This is how I felt for Fishboy most of the story but also for Rudy. He was forced to move to this remote island with his parents and younger, sick brother, Dylan. There are magic fish at this island that cure people who are sick. People with a tumor magically no longer have one, people with MS are magically cured and they're hoping for the same thing for Dylan. It works. These magic fish are making him better and it's a miracle. But what would happen if he would ever stop or if there was a fish shortage? Would he be fine or go back to how he was?

Fishboy isn't a merman but he's referred to as one by Rudy at first. He's got a human upper body but a tail and fin for his lower body with scales going all the way up to his chest. He's also got sharp teeth so he can eat easily. Rudy's never seen anything like him and isn't even quite sure he's real but he is, in fact, very real. He's got a story and it's somehow related to the Delaney's, whom are a mother-daughter duo that live closest to Rudy but never come out of their house. Rudy starts hanging out with Diana, the daughter, because she's the only other teen on this god forsaken island.

It's such an emotional journey not only for these characters, but like I said, for the reader. If you're a fan of Hannah, like I am, then I certainly expect you'll be reading this. If you've never read any of her work, shame on you, but that's OK. That's what I'm here tell you about her and her books. One warning I give to anyone is that she does use the f-bomb quite a bit so if you are not comfortable with that, then you shouldn't pick this up. However, if it doesn't bother you and you like books with a magical/supernatural aspect to it, you'll really enjoy this book. It'll have you wanting more and the ending is just...gah.

*highlight to view spoiler* I have faith that Rudy and Fishboy/Teeth/Daniel will meet again. After all, Rudy is the only friend that Fishboy has ever had. He also gave him, not only his life but his be a sailor. If Fishboy doesn't realize it now he will soon realize how important Rudy really is and how much Rudy truly loves him. Call me a sucker but I'm a believer in happy endings and I do believe there's one for Rudy but also for his brother, Dylan. *end spoiler*

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