Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Wonder by Travis Thrasher (Review)
As the town of Appleton is rocked by the death of a teenager, the high school year begins under a dark shadow. Brandon continues to pursue Marvel while trying to discover what she believes will happen to her. It’s easy to fall more in love with her. It’s easy to forget she thinks God told her she will have to sacrifice herself to save others. But Brandon can’t forget about the shapeless evil that seems to watch him around corners and seep through the streets of his town. Strange things start to occur to Brandon. He starts looking for clues about the dead student, thinking this might be related to whatever evil Marvel is talking about. He also continues to battle against the guys picking on a nerdy senior named Seth Belcher. Marvel falls in love with Brandon, and he truly accepts her faith even though he doesn’t understand what to make of it. Something is growing in the darkness. Something is coming. Will Brandon be able to stand up against the malice that draws ever closer? Will he be able to save Marvel from the horrors to come?
This was a great second book in the Books of Marvella series by Travis Thrasher. It picks up right where Marvelous ended. This series has to be read in order to make complete sense. It held my attention from beginning to end. I was literally on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. The author does a great job creating an interesting and different plot with memorable characters. I love Brandon and Marvel. Neither one of them has an easy good life but they have each other. Marvel is convinced that she is going to die saving someone soon and that she is not meant to be more than friends with Brandon. They both want to be more than friends though and struggle even more with it in this book. The book is not preachy. Marvel is spiritual but Brandon does not get it. There are several mysteries throughout this book and series. His friend Devon saw glowing lights, the deaths of local teenage boys, Brandon's strange dreams, Phil from the record store, and a local drug ring are the main ones. This book is a little edgier than most Christian books and deals with some serious topics including drug/alcohol abuse, familial abuse, and normal teen struggles. I recommend it to teens and up in age group. Highly Recommend the whole series. I can't wait to read the next book and find out what happens to Brandon and Marvel.
Critically acclaimed author Travis Thrasher has made a career out of defying expectations. He's written over twenty-five books that have crossed the spectrum between love stories and supernatural thrillers. His variety of inspirational stories have included collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, and pastors. He's also helped write memoirs and self-help books. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a suburb of Chicago.
For more information on Travis, visit www.travisthrasher.com
Review copy provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.