Recently, a review of Elysium Dreams was posted that made me cringe. It said:
I don’t know why this book is considered horror. I was very disappointed once I read it to find that it was young adult mystery. It was good for YA mystery though.
Young Adult are books aimed at ages 12-18. Um… Please, by everything that is holy, do not let your 12 year old read Elysium Dreams. Your sixteen year old, maybe, depending on maturity, but I would definitely say anyone under 16 is very questionable.
There are some very adult themes in the Dreams & Reality books. I do not write them with teens in mind. Aside from the fact that they deal with serial killers, they deal with sexuality (and lack thereof), same sex relationships (although, Trevor and Lucas’s relationship has never been in the forefront), different ways to kill people – some graphic, mental illnesses and disorders, and a few of the books can get very graphic – Fortified Dreams is going to replace Battered Dreams as the most graphic in the series. Oh, I didn’t even think about Battered Dreams… I especially don’t think young, impressionable teens should not read about an overachiever in high school who likes to beat people to death.
Now, I get that some teens, even 12 year olds, are very mature for their age. I was. I read the unabridged version of The Stand around that time. But I don’t remember the Walking Dude skinning anyone alive.
I’m perturbed that someone would think the content of Elysium Dreams is suitable for young adult readers.