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More Details Original Title. Solitary Tales 2. Other Editions 5. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Gravestone , please sign up. I absolutely hated the first book. It was too dark for my taste. Should I even bother with this book or not?
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Stevens rated it it was amazing. Chris Buckley is a normal seventeen-year-old uprooted from Chicago and planted in a tiny, not-so-normal town. Something old and evil is at work in Solitary, and its residents all seem either complicit with said evil or oblivious to it.
The losses of the first book forge a new Chris, one who will do anything to understand and prove what has happened here. And what is still happening.
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Now we leave him in freefall. Wow, thanks, Mr. Thrasher, I guess I'll close this book and move on with my life. Surely it's reached my state by now. I can't say much about the plot without spoiling details, but most of it involves digging for answers, and thank goodness, we get a few this time. The brilliant thing about this book and about all great second-in-a-series stories is that we also start asking new questions, the ones we didn't know enough to ask before now. The stakes skyrocket: namely, Chris's soul.
Love in a cold climate: the solitary secrets of my polytunnel
Thrasher also introduces some fantastically nuanced secondary characters, and a few we met in the first book prove to be deeper than we thought. There are two in particular I can't wait to see again. Only one thing makes me nervous here, and previous YA reading experience may have scarred me in this It's the love triangle.
My first thought upon realizing that's where we were headed: No, please, no, I can't take one more of those, ever, for the rest of my life. Another girl? Do we really need another one? I mean, I love Chris, but how many girls are going to fall in love with him? That said, I'm in this series to stay and if we must have a love triangle, at least it's done well here. Plus, it's not the focus of the narrative. I'd nearly finished my crazed plow through the book when I realized the writing has improved not that it had far to go.
The paragraphs are cleaner, or something. I don't even know what, but it's better. I don't see the author anymore. There's only Chris on these pages. The dialogue and point of view are both honed to this perfect edge that alternates between gleaming humor and slicing sorrow.
Chris breaks my heart with his hilarious sarcasm. His post-traumatic stress symptoms so, so realistic tremble on the page. I still want those things. But like every great Book Two, now I want more.
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I want Chris to be safe and to feel safe. I want him to meet those secret Christians and hear the truth. I want rescue for his soul. And any author who can make me want all those things is dang good at his job. Mar 14, Kevin Lucia rated it it was amazing. Things have only gotten worse for Chris Buckley. Life had been bad enough since moving to the small, strange town of Solitary. Everything turned upside-down. A weirdo. But then came Jocelyn.
And about as inconstant as the wind. And, despite Things have only gotten worse for Chris Buckley. Just in time to watch her die. In a blood-soaked Satanic ritual in the middle of the woods. Worst of all? The school administrators. The freakish but oh-so-trendy and handsome Pastor Marsh. His fellow classmates. The Sheriff. And in this second installment, Gravestone, the tension is ratcheted up to a nearly unbearable level. Chris is pressed from all sides: the principal, the school bully and his powerful father, the Sheriff, Pastor Marsh…leaving Chris with very few people he can trust. And, along the way, his mother is falling apart.
Descending deeper into her alcoholic stupor. Raving that a man sneaks into her room at night, menacing her, which Chris writes off as part of her worsening condition… Until he finds the hole in the bathroom wall. Leading to the tunnel under his house. Which leads to a network of tunnels, a veritable labyrinth that may very well span the underside of Solitary itself. Chris makes some knew friends some unexpected female ones, also , but who can he trust?
Who can Chris trust but himself? And how much longer before even that fails him? Thrasher, however, is an exception. His prose is smooth — first person-present tense in this, which is hard to pull off — and there are genuine surprises here.
Genuine tension. Second book into the series, and Thrasher has hid his secrets well. A key element in good horror or any good story is suspense and anticipation, which leaves the readers both unsure and anxious to see how it all ends up. Nov 02, Melanie rated it it was amazing Shelves: review-books. Gravestone is the second book in "The Solitary Tales" and my favorite so far!
It started out with a great prologue that right away brought me back to Solitary, North Carolina and all that is going on in Chris Buckley's life. I found the story to be interesting and, at times, creepy in a good way. There were a few times I found myself confused and I think that was the point , but all that just made me want to keep reading to find out what was going on! I liked the fact that there seemed to be a lot more talk of faith in Gravestone than I remember there being in Solitary - it gave more depth and meaning to the story and I'm hoping it continues in the next "Solitary Tales" novels.
I liked the characters and the way they reacted to certain things was believable. There was a lot of suspense, action, and mystery in Gravestone and with the ending it has, I can hardly wait to read the next book, Temptation, to see what will happen next. Gravestone is a great read that I think mid-to-older teens and adults who like suspense and don't mind some weirdness will enjoy - I loved it!
Love in a cold climate: the solitary secrets of my polytunnel
I recommend reading Solitary book one first, though, because that way things will be in context. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Jan 06, Tracey Dyck rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , reads , reads. First reading: July Second reading audiobook : May This sequel is a dark and winding road, much like the mountain path leading up to the Crag's Inn. It's gloomy. It's sad at times, intense in others, but just like the inn, there are rays of light beginning to penetrate Chris's messed up world.
Story-wise, it kept me on my toes as I tried to figure out who to trust.
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