Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce

Publishing House: Little Brown
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Rating: PG
Summary: The forest invites you in . . . but will never let you go.

As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear too.

Years later, when their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out, they find themselves in sleepy Live Oak, South Carolina. They're invited to stay with Sophia Kelly, a beautiful candy maker who molds sugary magic: coveted treats that create confidence, bravery, and passion.

Life seems idyllic, and Gretchen and Ansel gradually forget their haunted past — until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel. He tells her the witch isn't gone — it's lurking in the forest, preying on girls after Live Oak's infamous chocolate festival each year, and looking to make Gretchen its next victim. Gretchen is determined to stop running and start fighting back. Yet, the further she investigates the mystery of what the witch is and how it chooses its victims, the more she wonders who the real monster is.

Gretchen is certain of only one thing: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce is a good and funny book. Throughout the story there is a lot of talk about killing werewolves and witches (who are werewolves). So that is a little off. It is a good story because of the fact that you never see the ending coming.

I rated the story PG because of the slightly more mature theme of the book. Which does involve killing and if I remember correctly a small amount of language. But it really is a good book.

Now it is up to you (Sorry about the short post. Haven’t read this in a long time.)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver

Publishing House: HarperCollins
Genre: Romantic/Drama/Thriller
Rating: PG-13
Summary: I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and ?ame.
Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.


This book is very similar to the first in terms of reasons for why it is rated. I did love this book more than I can say. It made me want to know what was going to happen and practically lived for the next page. Which is so much like what the first book did for me as well.

This book gets it rating because there is some cussing but like Delirium it is not a lot at all.

Throughout the book Lena is trying to a just to her new life in the ‘wilds’. This includes her getting used to the people around her not being ashamed of their nudity. (she sometimes will walk in on guys changing or someone bathing in the river.)

This book also has a lot of violence but that comes with the territory of the theme and genre.

All in all this book is very good. So now it is up to you to choose to read it. But I would recommend reading Delirium first.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Healer’s Apprentice By, Melanie Dickerson

Publishing House: Zondervan
Genre: Historic/Romance/Mystry
Rating: G
Summary: Two Hearts. One Hope.
Rose has been appointed as a healer's apprentice at Hagenheim Castle, a rare opportunity for a woodcutter's daughter like her. While she often feels uneasy at the sight of blood, Rose is determined to prove herself capable. Failure will mean returning home to marry the aging bachelor her mother has chosen for her---a bloated, disgusting merchant who makes Rose feel ill.
When Lord Hamlin, the future duke, is injured, it is Rose who must tend to him. As she works to heal his wound, she begins to understand emotions she's never felt before and wonders if he feels the same. But falling in love is forbidden, as Lord Hamlin is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. As Rose's life spins toward confusion, she must take the first steps on a journey to discover her own destiny.

Reason for Rating:
This is my first G rated book! Now when I say it’s G rated it just means that it is family friendly. There is one part where she says she is seeing demons but she was poisoned right before that so it was an affect of the poison.

I really loved this story and all the twists and turns it took. Granted I did see the big one coming but that is because I read books like this a lot. You can also find this book in several Christian book stores, which I didn’t know until after I had read the book.

I would highly recommend this book.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Across The Universe (Across The Universe #1) By Beth Revis

Publishing House: razor bill
Genre: Science fiction/Mystery
Rating: PG-13
Summary: Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed. She has left her boyfriend, friends, and planet behind to join her parents as a member of Project Ark Ship.


Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed’s scheduled landing, cryo chamber 42 is mysteriously unplugged, and Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber.
Someone tried to murder her
Now, Amy is caught inside a tiny world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed’s 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Elder, Eldest’s rebellious teenage heir, is both fascinated with Amy and eager to discover whether he has what it takes to lead.
Amy desperately want s to trust Elder. But should she put her faith in a boy who has never seen life outside the ship’s cold metal walls? All Amy knows is that she and Elder must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets before whoever woke her tried to kill again.

Reason for Rating:
Across the Universe has been sitting on my bookshelf for a long time now and I did read it as soon as I got it but I haven’t gotten around to writing a review for it.

First off with this book, I really did love it. It is the type of Science fiction book that I enjoy. It has the mystery, the science, and a little romance too. I rated this book as PG-13 because of 3 simple facts.

1. It is your typical murder mystery
2. The people who are being frozen are described as being completely naked and
3. There is an attempted rape scene

The first count is not exactly a bad thing, but it does up the rating from G to PG just on the account of violence. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good mystery but they are not something I would read to an elementary kid.

The second count is pretty self explanatory. The worst of this it happens when Elder first fines the frozen and sees Amy slid out of her chamber. And he sort of describes her and says something about her private areas only being covered by a fogged glass.

And as for the 3rd part. You see there comes a point on the ship that everyone starts acting like dogs in heat and can’t seem to keep themselves under control. At this point Amy tells someone no and when they keep trying she runs. He and a few others chase her and pin her down and try to rip her cloths but Elder ends up saving her before anything happens.

This book was very good but really does need the PG-13 rating I have given it. This book is full of suspense and mystery. The plot is good and I really do love the story. But the final choice is of course up to you.