Temptation by Travis Thrasher
The Solitary Tales: Book Three
David C. Cook / 2012
About the book:
The third book in the Solitary Tales series for young adults, Temptation follows the soul-wrenching twists of Chris Buckley’s journey as he heads deeper into a darkness that threatens all he loves best.
As a reluctant student at Harrington High’s summer school, Chris meets a fun-loving senior girl who offers a welcome diversion from Chris’s past. Soon Chris no longer searches for the truth about the town of Solitary. He no longer tries to pierce its shadows. He no longer questions his role in its mysteries. He makes a new choice: he runs. What he doesn’t realize is that he’s running the wrong way—and is very close to being beyond any choices at all.
After reading Solitary (really liked it) and Gravestone (loved it) plus the short B-Side story to the series Thrasher wrote, Something I Can Never Have, I was anticipating Temptation very much!
The prologue was great and grabbed my attention. I loved how it showed a little of what was to come at the end of the story, but without giving away key things.
I got a little annoyed with Chris in Temptation - mainly during the first half of the book. I just didn't really care for the girl craziness and I ended up putting the book aside for a while because of that. I did, however, end up liking him again during the last half - especially near the end.
I didn't like when Chris seemed so preoccupied by Lily and the possibility of "being together". I know he wasn't a Christian yet, but I just didn't care for that aspect of the story. Also, there is a cuss word in the book. If you're someone who doesn't care for these types of things, you'll now be prepared.
I liked the supernatural elements in Temptation. While I did get some answers to what is going on in this book, I still have some questions and can hardly wait to read Hurt and find out how things will turn out for Chris.
Overall, Temptation was a good read. The first half was okay, but that last half was great! Should you decide to read it, you should definitely read Solitary and Gravestone first as this series is best read in order.
*I received this book for free for my review. 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.*