Wow, I really enjoyed reading Talisman of El. Ms Stone created characters I cared for. It started out slow at first and then picked up the pace as it progressed. Charlie is a 14 year old boy who's moved around from one adoptive family to the next, and finally when he lands on Jacob's - his current adopted father, who eventually shows his true colours - house, marking the beginning of strange events. Charlie just wants everything to be okay for once in his life.
I really enjoyed the relationship between Charlie, Alex and Richmond. True friendship. Talisman of El is a story full of adventure and action, deals with friendship. I recommend this story, and really look forward to the second book in the series.