Monday, March 11, 2013
I don’t want something serious, something real. What I want is the fantasy – something that won’t end in heart break and tragedy. I want something that will feel good. And that will make me forgot about all the other things that are so stinking bad.

Book: Temptation: A Novel (Solitary Tales Series) by Travis Thrasher, David C. Cook Publishing, 2012

Genre: Suspense/Horror
Target Audience: Boys 17+
Subjects: Occult, Dating Relationships, Family Relationship, Spirit world (demons, etc.)
Summary: He’s tried denial. He’s tried being the hero. He’s tried being the investigator. He’s tried trust. None of that has worked. So now he’s going to try escape. Oh, not literal escape. There’s not much chance of getting out of this town. But distraction will do in the absence of real escape. And there’s definitely distraction available in the form of the gorgeous new girl in school. The question is, will it work? Can ignoring the problems, the horror, the death, actually make them go away?
Notes: This series is for those who like horror and suspense. The spiritual element is that in each book there is one character that knows at least some of the truth of the Gospel and shares it with the main character. In this book they come the closest. Someone outright tells the main character that the only answers are to be found in putting his trust in Christ. But once again, evil is prevailing. The bad guys tell him the answer is found in learning to control fear – his and the fear of others. They want him to officially reject the Christ he has not yet put his trust in and become the leader of the evil. At the end of the book it seems as though the main character does finally put his trust in Christ, but it’s not extremely clear. Also of note is that, like the others in the series, at the end of the book there is “recommended playlist” of secular music the reader is encouraged to listen to.
Recommendation Scale: 1
 Reviewer: J:-)mi

Ephesians 6:1 - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.


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