Marvelous   -     By: Travis Thrasher
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At his summer job, Brandon Jeffrey meets a quiet, mysterious girl named Marvel. Despite strange happenings---a murdered classmate and the feeling that somebody is watching him---Brandon is solely focused on dating her. But she keeps refusing him! When Marvel reveals that God has destined her to die soon---while saving others---how will Brandon respond?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1612916236
ISBN-13: 9781612916231
Availability: In Stock
Series: The Books of Marvella

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Brandon Jeffery’s summer started out with a bang—as in, a friend crashed his car and now he has to work two jobs to pay it off. It’s at Fascination Street Records that he’s introduced to a beautiful but quiet girl named Marvel. She’s new to Hidden Cove and looking for a summer job, so Brandon secretly strikes a deal with their boss to work for free so she can be hired.

When a classmate is found murdered, however, their summer takes a turn for the mysterious. Brandon’s friend Devon is sure he knows just who’s to blame: the creepy recluse of the town quarry. But the police have few leads, and Brandon has the sneaking suspicion he’s being watched.

That’s not what’s in the forefront of on his mind, though. More than trying to pay off his car to his unemployed, alcoholic father and protecting Seth Belcher from the school bullies, he’s determined to date Marvel. He doesn’t understand why they seem so close and she refuses to date him, but as the mystery behind her tragic past begins to unravel, Marvel finally confesses her reason: God has revealed she’s destined to die saving others—and it’s going to be soon.

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  1. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Solitary Tales Fans will definitely want this new series!!!
    January 7, 2015
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ever since reading the Solitary Series from best-selling author Travis Thrasher, I knew I wanted more! Something that you find yourself going back to again and again in memory of a great series. He has done just that with the Books of Marvella Series and I couldn't be more excited. Not sure how I missed knowing these were coming out, but now, I know they will be just as good if not better than the Solitary Series was.

    Marvelous is the first novel in the Books of Marvella series and begins with the life of Brandon Jeffrey, the oldest of three boys in the Jeffrey household. He is on summer break before heading into his senior year, one he is looking forward to completing in more ways than one. For Brandon it's not just about graduating, its about freedom from his abusive father who spends all his free time, drinking instead of looking for work. It is all Brandon can do to find ways to stay out of the reach of his father's drunken outbursts, which he hides from his two younger brothers and his busy hard working mother, a lawyer who can only see the best in him.

    Brandon is struggling to find jobs to pay back the loan his parents provided him to buy a car, which was totaled when he loaned it to a friend. His father intends to ensure that Brandon pays all the money off this year and seeks to remind him of it whenever he gets the chance. Through a seemingly random coincidence, Brandon runs into Marvella Garcia, who goes by the name Marvel at Fantastic Street, a record store where he offers her a job even though it's not his decision. He decides she is so worth knowing he will find a way to get his boss Harry to hire her just to keep her around.

    In between dealing with his father, the town of Appleton learns that a young boy Artie Duncan has been brutally murdered. While the police struggle to find suspects, they ask that all teens stay inside after dark and stay in groups. Brandon is your typical high school boy with an unbeatable crush on Marvel who insists that she only wants a friendship with Brandon. He only hopes in time he can convince her to possibly go on a date, while trying to keep the local football bullies from beating up a timid nerd named Seth. Brandon wonders if these same bullies could be the ones responsible for the death of Artie seeing as they love intimidate anyone they can.

    I received Marvelous by Travis Thrasher compliments of NavPress, a division of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions contained here are my own. This is such a realistic novel as told from the eyes of Brandon Jeffrey. He has his own issues to deal with coming to terms with how to handle his father, and being able to be truthful when he needs to. Trust is a big issue here, and it takes confiding in Marvel to help him come to terms with his own deep dark secrets. But the town of Appleton is hiding its own secrets while the murder investigation continues. I love the emotions that come through in each character that comes to life in this series, from the bullying of Seth and how he struggles to handle it each time he runs into the football team, to Marvel sharing her insight into what has happened in her past that has lead her on a path for God. I can't wait for the next novel Wonder which is the second book in this amazing series. Solitary Tales fans? You will definitely want this one!! I rate this a 5 out of 5 stars!!!
  2. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    More of a Prologue than a Complete Book
    August 21, 2014
    i blog 4 books
    Ive been on a YA kick this summer, so I was excited to read Marvelous by Travis Thrasher. And since this is the first in a series, I was really hoping to love it so I would have a few more books to look forward to. While Marvelous started with an interesting plot and unique characters, I quickly became bored with the story. Personally, I felt that the story just moved along too slowly. By the end of the book, which ended without resolving ANY of the plot lines, I was pretty frustrated. Honestly, I felt like this was just a really long prologue or prequel to the series. Yes, things are set up quite nicely for the series, but I dont think Ill be going back to read the rest. I just needed something more from THIS book, not just preparation for the next one. [2 stars]

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for my fair and honest review, which I have given.
  3. High Desert West
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoyable but Incomplete
    July 29, 2014
    eb7bibliophile
    High Desert West
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Marvelous- eBook.
    This is entertaining and interesting, but it ends suddenly and the story is incomplete without reading the next book or books in the series. My take on it is that the older or more mature teens would get more out of it, because these characters are a bit wild to the point of being delinquents; also there are dark themes. I like the clean language and the hope that the characters will reach a point of faith, or stronger faith. The characters are well developed, and the viewpoint and motivation of the young protagonist is well done. I like the humor. The different personalities were interesting and unique. The buildup is very good, but many unresolved themes make it frustrating to read by itself.
  4. Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read for teens
    July 24, 2014
    bookworm
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Marvelous is a great book for teen readers. It has mystery, adventure, and a hint of young love all mixed into one book. Brandon Jeffrey is like any normal teenage boy. He has good friends, a job, and a car to drive. However, after one accident that damages his car, he has to work two jobs to pay it off as well as dealing with some family problems. While at one of his jobs, he meets a teenage girl who catches his eye. The girls name is Marvel and when he finds that she is looking for a job, he decides to help her by making a bargain with his boss: he will volunteer his time if his boss will hire Marvel. As Brandon tries to get a date with Marvel, horror strikes the town with the murder of one of Brandons classmates. While police follow their leads in the attempt to figure out who is the murderer, Brandon gets suspicious that someone is watching him. Will Brandon and Marvel go out on a date? Who is the murderer? What secret is Marvel hiding? All these answers and more will be answered if you read this book
  5. VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Marvelous
    July 23, 2014
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really like Marvelous. Brandon is definitely having an interesting summer, with friends being murdered, accidents, and meeting new girl Marvel. The book is a good mixture of being sometimes funny and sometimes serious. I think this book is a must read, especially for teens. I hope this book one of a series because I want to see what happens next.

    5 stars.
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