Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: Gravetone - 2nd in the Solitary Tales series
Author: Travis Thrasher
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Fiction
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and up
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: 13 and up
Year/Setting: Present day, Solitary, NC
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None/Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None/Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate/Intense
Travis's Website/Blog: www.travisthrasher.com
In the first Solitary Tale, readers met up with a young man by the name of Chris Buckley, who moved to Solitary, North Carolina with his mother. His mother has a slightly odd past, and some roots in Solitary, and Chris didnít do so well when he came to town and those Ďoddí things began to come out of the woodwork. In fact, he quickly found out that there were children/teens disappearing from his neck of the woods, and no one could understand where they had gone.
In Book II, Chris is back, standing in front of his nemesis - Pastor Marsh - who is, quite literally, the head of a group of people in this small town that look and act a great deal like a Satanist KKK ĎOrder.í Pastor Marsh is a man who can literally creep you out just by being written about on a page, and readers are attached to Chris as he tries desperately to figure out why his girlfriend is dead, why she was killed, and why he still sees her in a dimension that is somewhere between Heaven and Earth.
Mom and Chris still live in Uncle Robertís cabin in Solitary, and he soon meets his cousin Jared on a snowy night - a man who is looking for his father, Robert, who simply up and disappeared one day. Now, Jared knows a lot more than heís letting on - just like a great number of people in Solitary. They donít want to speak out loud for fear that Pastor Marsh will turn his beady-little eyes on them and take them out of the world. So Chris, much to his dismay, is still walking through Solitary alone, trying to put the puzzle pieces together to find a way to defeat the horrific Pastor.
Bring in a storyline about the Pastorís wife, and letters she wrote to Uncle Robert (as if they were once in love); a mother who is so Ďspentí that all she does is drink and sleep; strange notes being left inside Chrisís locker; and, an old woman who owns an Inn on the side of a mountain who hires Chris to study some old records, photos, and history that will show Chris an almost paranormal life that is happening right next to present-day life in Solitary, and you have a huge adventure on you hands.
It will be interesting to see what Book III delivers when, eventually, Pastor Marsh and Chris will have to come face to face in a war to end all wars. Who knows whose side God will be on then? Enjoy the Creepfest!
Until next time,
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