berek, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by berek)
I read the book and also listened to the unabridged version on CD. You won't get much out of either unless you read/listened to the first book in the series, Solitary. Travis Thrasher is halfway through one of the more intriguing YA series out there. Combine young love, true evil and dysfunctional family dynamics and toss in a double dash of vintage Twin Peaks and you get the idea. While the series has been branded by many as 'Christian fiction,' Don't let that label put you off. Everything Travis has written thus far, whether it be for teens or adults, has real grit and feeling in it. This book and its predecessor are urban fantasy for the thinking teen (and adult.)
Winters Read, July 4, 2011 (view all comments by Winters Read)
After reading the first book, my expectation for this one was really high. In some ways I was disappointed, but I'll get to those in a minute. What impressed me was that Thrasher really got into the mind of the character, Chris. Partially by using first person, and partially by using what seemed to be at least 50% of the book for conversations in his head. This is one of the unique aspects of this series. And it didn't get old, even after being accomplished in the first book. My hope is that Thrasher can continue this throughout the other half of the series.
Now, for what disappointed me. In the first book, a lot happens. (I won't reveal anything) In this one, however, not enough happens to think of the book as a significant event. It's more like a bridge to the third then anything else. Some things do happen, but it seems too much like a set-up volume. Chris tiptoes in a few inches, then retreats, and only goes a few maddening inches in every new venture. Not enough!!
That said, I can't wait for TEMPTATION.
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His Fear Will Soon Turn to Anger….
At first, Chris Buckley was simply warned. And watched. But as Chris unravels the haunting riddles of the town of Solitary, he finds that much more than the life of a town is at stake.
Whether facing a pastor with a house full of skeletons or a cousin he never knew existed, Chris is forced to choose between light and darkness, life and nightmarish death. Every choice he makes reminds him that the unthinkable has already happened—and if he trusts the wrong person, it may happen again.
This second book in the Solitary Tales continues Chris’s journey toward finding out who he is and what his own role is in the darkness suffocating his tiny new hometown. Filled with shocking twists, Gravestone is a tale of a teenager thrown into a battle over a town, a secret—and ultimately his own soul.
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