Monday, August 15, 2011

Toys by James Patterson

Publishing House: Little Brown
Genre: Thriller
Rating: R
Summary: Hays Baker and his wife Lizbeth possess super-human strength, extraordinary intelligence, stunning looks, a sex life to die for, and two beautiful children. Of course they do—they're Elites, endowed at birth with the very best that the world can offer. The only problem in their perfect world: humans and their toys!

The one with the most toys—dies

The top operative for the Agency of Change, Hays has just won the fiercest battle of his career. He has been praised by the President, and is a national hero. But before he can savor his triumph, he receives an unbelievable shock that overturns everything he thought was true. Suddenly Hays is on the other side of the gun, forced to leave his perfect family and fight for his life.

Now a hunted fugitive, Hays is thrown into a life he never dreamed possible—fighting to save humans everywhere from extinction. He enlists all of his training to uncover the truth that will save millions of lives—maybe even his own. James Patterson's Toys is a thriller on a hyper plane—with a hero who rivals both James Bond and Jason Bourne.

This book in itself is a really good book but it is rated R for a reason. Those reasons are as follows.

Murder, strong language, and sex.

At the very beginning there is a party that Hays and Lizabeth go to where there are toys set up for people to look at and test. Two dolls are picture in bed together. As well as close to the end of the book Hays and Lizabeth have a very intimate moment.

There are several murders and explosions. The murders and dead bodies are described in a detail.

In terms of language they use about every word there is to use.

I rated this story are for those reasons but the story is really good. Like all James Patterson books. However this book is clearly meant for an older audience.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Reckless by Cornelia Funke

Publishing House: Little, Brown Young Readers

Genre: Dark Fantasy

Rating: PG-13
Summary: Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive. . . .

For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld's secrets and treasures.

Not anymore.

His younger brother has followed him.

Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear. . . .

Unless he can find a way to stop it.

If you're looking for happily ever after, you've come to the wrong place.


Being a fan of the creepier fantasy novel, I really enjoyed this book. And although it could probably fit into a few other genres, I decided just to go with ‘Dark Fantasy’, since that sums it up well.

Now, as for the rating, I chose PG-13 mainly for violence. There’s one especially gruesome character, and you get to spend a chapter with him. I usually don’t get too scared by books, but I was completely freaked after reading about said character.

There are also some sexual innuendos but nothing incredibly heavy. The main character “spends the night” with another character, but that’s as detailed as it gets. Two characters (one being the main character) accidentally drink some magic ‘love water’ and kiss passionately. There’s only a few swear words, so nothing too bad.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Delirium (Delirium #1) by Lauren Oliver

Publishing House: HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
Genre: Romantic/Drama/Thriller
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

All in all Delirium is a great book and I fell in love with it from the start. Lena’s heartbreaking story about her family drew me in and the way the story progressed and her relationship with Alex (her love interest) was amazing. However Delirium, no matter how great a book, gets a PG-13 rating.

There is cussing. Not allot but personally any is too much for me.

There is also Violence. Allot of violence actually. There is a scene were Lena is bitten by a dog, a dog is kicked against a wall, and even officials beating teens with batons. All of this is not good but detrimental to the story.

Then there are “intimate” moments. In which I guess you could say there are two. The first during evaluations (test they have to take for the procedure). This is more along the lines of Lena having to wear a practically see through hospital gown. The second is a little more…. Not great. In this one Lena lets Alex take off her shirt and look at her.

For these reasons I am rating Delirium by Lauren Oliver PG-13 even if it is an amazing book. Now it is up to you to decide if you want to read it.