Review – Solstice High

Posted August 28, 2013 by Emily in review / 10 Comments

*I received this book for free in exchange for a review. This in no way influenced my review.

TITLE: Solstice High

AUTHOR: Ardash Vartparonian
TYPE & SOURCE: Paperback from tour organizer

SYNOPSIS: It’s the first day of school at prestigious Solstice High. Seniors Matt, Rochelle, Daphne and Jonas each have a big surprise waiting for them. When the four friends undergo a freak accident, they begin to develop superhuman abilities and come to realize that all is not as it seems within the bleak walls of their high school. While dealing with the day-to-day challenges of being teenagers, they must also confront their sinister principal, Mr. Devlin, who seems to have more than just education on his agenda.

REVIEW: After being exposed to some weird chemical gas by accident, four ordinary friends (with very different personalities) aren’t so normal anymore. They suddenly develop supernatural powers which varies per person. Solstice High tells the story of the four teens as they struggle to come to terms with their new powers and stop their evil principal before he finishes his evil schemes.

This book is definitely an unique read. For one, the point of view switches between the four main characters. I don’t think I ever read a book where the point of view shifts between more than two characters. Because of this, the beginning of the book was a bit difficult to read, mainly because there was no label on whose perspective the story was being told from. There’s only one thing I would have wanted to change in this book. And that is clearly identify the character that is “speaking”. However, later in the story, as I became more familiar with each character and their individual voices, it became easier to figure out who was “talking”. The characters each had their own personality and view on things. That was what made identifying them a lot simpler.

The story includes a lot of high school experiences (including facing off with a not so nice principal) and dealing with the problems that come with being a teenager. Some problems include depression, insecurity, friends changing, and bullying. This made the characters easy to relate to as they struggle with their own personal problems. After all, who can say they had a problem free high school experince…


4 Snowflakes

RECOMMENDATION: For fans of Virals by Kathy Reichs.

This is part of the Solstice High tour by Premier Virtual Author Book Tours.
To find out more about this tour, click here.




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10 responses to “Review – Solstice High

    • I agree! It’s easy to use the power of elimination when the point of view only switches between two characters, but with four? Not so much. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • Hmm, I never thought of it that way, but now that you mention it… yes, it does seem like a teenage version of Fantastic Four. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • I love dual narrative too! But I have to admit, the four POVs where a bit confusing at first and took a while to get used to. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • It is definitely really confusing. I really wish the different POVs where labeled… I’m glad you liked the review and thanks for stopping by! 🙂