“Wonder” by Travis Thrasher

I recently had the chance to read Wonder (The Books of Marvella Book 2), by Travis Thrasher. This YA fiction book was published on December 18, 2014, by Think (Tyndale House).

About this book (from the back cover):

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?

Final Verdict:

This book is really interesting, and the cover description doesn’t do it justice. Wonder is the second book in Thrasher’s Books of Marvella series, following Marvelous, but I read this book before I read the first, just to see if it could stand alone, and it does. Although you know you’ve missed some of the things that happened in the previous story, the author catches you up quickly, but naturally. I have no idea what genre this book would be classified as, but it reminded me of Film Noir – you know, “It was a dark and stormy night…”? If you’ve seen the movie Brick, this book is much like that story, as a sort of Film Noir-murder mystery set in a high school. It’s very well-written. The author speaks “high schooler” very authentically. I am not sure how many books will be in this series, and this book ends with a cliffhanger, so be prepared for that. All in all, this book was a very good read, and I recommend it for adults as well as those who actually fall into the “young adult” age group.

If you’d like to check out Wonder, it is currently on sale for $9.99 for the Kindle version (regularly $14.99). If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $12.33. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”




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