Solstice High

Solstice High

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by Ardash Vartparonian
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Ardash Vartparonian was born in London and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He moved back to the UK to begin university and is now a fourth-year undergraduate studying English Literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. In his free time, he enjoys going out at night with his friends, watching horror movies and writing bad poetry.

Publisher's Website: http://sbpra.com/ArdashVartparonian

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781612045993
Publisher:
Strategic Book Group, LLC
Publication date:
10/22/2012
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Solstice High 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
NAKS More than 1 year ago
Just finished this book... Could not put it down!!! If you're looking for something interesting, light and just really fun - look no further! It's really worth a read, check it out! NKS
Nicky1607 More than 1 year ago
Amazing. The perfect mix between between Twilight and Fifty Shades of Gray... Sexy, edgy, phenomenal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! I loved this book I'm recommending it to all my friends ... can't wait till someone picks it up and makes a movie/TV series!
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: I’m ambivalent. The plot is sort of fun – think X-men + Twilight: superpowers with an angsty high school twist. I read to the end because I was invested enough to need to know the outcome, but I felt it could have been written much more succinctly (I kept checking to see how many pages I had left to read). I think the biggest issue I had was with point of view. It’s difficult to master writing a novel in a voice that’s not your own, and Vartparonian had not one but four different narrators. Though the main characters took turns narrating by chapter, I found myself needing several paragraphs to figure out who was speaking, and ended up re-reading the beginnings of several chapters. Further, although each character had unique quirks, none of them were different enough from the author’s overall style to adequately distinguish them. I’m impressed with Vartparonian’s ambitious attempt at a multi-narrated plot, but I think this book would benefit from a single, omniscient narrator. I enjoyed hearing each teen’s thoughts, I really did, but every time the “queen of the school,” whose every other word was “like” mentioned the “moquette” floors I wanted to take a red pen to the manuscript. I’m not saying Vartparonian doesn’t have talent – the talent is obvious. I’m not saying I didn’t like the imagery (though I’m fairly certain that even gay, artsy, teenage boys don’t say they’re going to “phone” their friends). I’m saying that despite the well thought-out characterization and the interesting plot, the narration didn’t ring true. Teenagers just don’t say things like, “I was stunned, feeling like an anachronistic character recently arrived at some ancient forest revelry.” A different point of view would make all the difference. So. Here’s the break down: Evil Genius Bad Guy creates gas that causes Normal Folk to turn Supe. Some curious high schoolers get gas-blasted too soon, get some cool powers, and spend the rest of the book trying to cope with said newfound powers while trying to stop Evil Genius Bad Guy from mind-controlling the rest of the school. Add some teenage angst-ridden love stories, a few decidedly post-high school themes (drinking, sex, and child molestation, to name a few), and you’ve got Solstice High. Would I recommend it: As a teen novel, absolutely not. There are too many adult themes. If I had a teenager, there’s no way I’d allow him or her to read a book in which teens are regularly getting drunk and having sex. Although these things certainly happen in high schools, I’ll not condone them by recommending this book to a teen audience. As an adult novel, I’d say if Vartparonian revamped the text by simplifying to a single narrator, my sci-fi friends would probably enjoy it. As is, I think they’d have the same troubles I do. Will I read it again: Nope. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
LillyBookReads More than 1 year ago
Solstice High by Ardash Vartparonian At First Glance: Well....I really thought this book would be a fun, hilarious read. Just judging from the teaser and all. It was funny at times, but this turns out to be more of an adventure. And I was also surprised to find some romance in it. Otherwise, it was the kind of book I expected it to be. A fun, high school read about powers. Haha. The Characters: Matt - Matt? Hmmm. Well, the first thing I learned about him was that he's gay. It's not meant to be insulting. But I mean, it's a pretty big ish? part of the story. The power he got was changing into an animal. Any, I believe. Like a bat. Tiger. Etc. Once he does, he gets the animal's strength and other things. Overall, he"s a pretty cool guy. Rochelle - Rochelle is the queen bee of the school. Surprisingly, she hangs out with her group. Even if Matt is gay and all. And Daphne isn't the most popular girl. She does use quite a lot of cuss words but that's a modern trend right? Haha. At least in school it's modern. Especially when you're the queen bee. Rochelle's power is telekinesis. Which means she can make things move using only her mind. She can even fly and make herself float. Daphne - Daphne is the other girl of the group. She's my favorite character for some. Maybe it's her romance interest with Hunter. ;D Rochelle calls her the redhead girl. I feel like she's closer with Matt than the other two in the group. Daphne's power is the use of fire, light, etc. Something like that. She can burn people. Hunter's the opposite. He's ice. That just makes it more romantic. ;D Jonas - Jonas is like the school jock. If you know what I mean. If I'm not getting this from another book I recently read, I believe Jonas is the captain of the lacrosse team. But I maybe wrong. I think he's the swimming captain though. Jonas has the power to heal. So he can heal cuts, bleeding, etc. I think he can even bring back the dead. And one huge thing. He has a crush on Rochelle. Rochelle, of course, doesn't know at all. Mr. Devlin - The evil mastermind of the whole thing with superpowers and such. He sends his minions to kill the four of them.....and well. He's doesn't really act mean and all at school, but he is evil. At the end of this book, there are many deaths. Don't worry, none of them are fist-wrenching, heart-stabbing deaths, so for those who doesn't like to cry, you probably won't cry. Final Thoughts: I think this was a nice adventure read. And I truly enjoyed the unexpected romance that appeared in there between Daphne and Hunter. <3 I want to say, kids can read it, since it's just so entertaining, but they can't. This book filled in a lot of things you expect from a book. Like you can say it's mature, because it does have some mature stuff in it, but it's not serious at all, like in a new adult book. Ugh. I can't even describe anything, because I'll confuse myself. Either way, you should give this one a try if you enjoy adventure, romantic YA books. ;)
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
Ardash Vartparonian pens "Solstice High" with different narrators for each chapter which makes the reading exciting and original. The author's characters were well developed and a bit of an "different" bunch with great chemistry between them it all worked out. I loved this book and really had a hard time putting it down. Highly recommended for all YA and not so YA readers. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Solstice High is a fast paced Urban Fantasy novel that centers around four teenagers: Matt, Rochelle, Daphne, and Jonas. They start out as four normal high school students that deal with regular teenage problems. Then one dare changes everything. One day they are normal. The next they have powers. Dealing with puberty, dating, family issues, and homework used to be the worst things they had to deal with. Now they must learn how to control powers they now nothing about. The worse part is they cannot tell anyone for fear of being locked away and studied for the rest of their lives. When they find out that the one person they could trust is an evil mastermind, things get a lot more interesting. Solstice High is full of characters that you learn to love, and characters that you learn to hate. In the vein of Kathy Reich’s Virals Series and James Patterson’s Maximum Ride Series fans of both will love Solstice High! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
StephAndDani More than 1 year ago
Solstice High is Ardash Vartparonian’s debut novel. It is the story of four friends who are forced to take a burden heavier than their shoulders can carry. When Matt, Rochelle, Daphne, and Jonas stumble upon Principle Devlin’s sinister plan and begin to develop powers that they thought were only in movies, they promise to do whatever they can to stop him. This novel is a mix of teenage drama and fantasy. I was surprised that Mr. Vartparonian combined them so seamlessly. Each chapter changes between the four main character’s perspectives. It is fairly easy to tell who’s eyes you are viewing the world of Solstice High through once you get to know the characters. I loved this aspect of Solstice High because I didn’t have to ponder what each character was feeling. I was never bored because all four characters have such different and interesting personalities. The character development is fabulous! Matt has been picked on and made fun of for all of his high school years. He is coming to terms with being gay and has a crush on the captain of the swim team, Julian. At first he seems to be a weak character who can’t fend for himself, but when the freak accident uncovers his power, he transforms (like he literally TRANSFORMS) into a powerful being. He fears that he won’t be able to control his new power because he feels like it’s a beast with a mind of its own. After several accidents involving his power, he wonders what he is becoming. He sinks deeper into the pit of depression when he had just begun to climb out of it. The author really pulls the reader into Matt’s mind. I traveled with Matt up and down his emotional rollercoaster. Out of all the characters, I sympathized the most with Matt because he has the most volatile power. Rochelle is the “Queen Bee” at Solstice High. She is the effortlessly flawless girl who every girl wants to be and every boy wants to date. Rochelle appears to be a constantly squealing diva who only cares about gossip and fashion, but her true personality is much deeper. She can be petty and compassionate, a vindictive queen and a sympathetic friend. She is one of the strongest female characters I have ever read about. Rochelle blindly charging into a potentially dangerous situation set in motion the accident that changed her and her friend’s lives forever. Daphne is, if possible, an even more headstrong heroine than Rochelle. Her family life is a wreck because her mom wants a “perfect family”. Daphne’s mom dream shattered when Daphne’s brother went into drug rehab. Her mom is constantly criticizing everything everyone in her family does, constantly pissing off Daphne. As a result, Daphne seems to be constantly angry. She hides her emotions in a box deep inside of her and doesn’t open the tightly closed lid until the end of this novel. It’s fitting that a girl with such a fiery personality develops the power she does.... ;) Jonas is a jock who is in love with Rochelle. He has “hippie parents” who often leave him at home for days while they go to pursue their dreams. Jonas is a responsible person so he wouldn’t crash the house with his parents gone (and his parents know that), but he is secretly annoyed with his parents for not being there when he needs them. I loved to read from his point of view because he thought about Rochelle practically every second of the day. It was so funny and sweet! Ardash used a lot of allusions of pop culture in his novel. For example, Rochelle is obsessed with the TV series Gossip Girl. Personally I usually don’t like it when an author uses many allusions, but I thought it added more humor and insight into the characters’ personality in this novel. There is TONS of humour in this book along with the more serious feelings of depression, anger, vengeance, and grief. Solstice High is an amazing novel where I groaned about homework (which I already do), battled evil principals, and squealed in delight about being a “superhero” with the characters. It’s so easy to live through each character in this novel. I know a knocked off 0.5 of a star, but it’s only because I got the feeling of being in a comic book when I read this novel. Everything else was fabulous, but the beginning plot seemed a little corny to me. However, it’s extremely difficult to come up with unique plots now because SO many stories have been written! All together, Solstice High is a very good book. What made me love this book is the character development. Each character’s personality is so unique and complex. As a teenager, I especially enjoyed it because I could relate to the trials and tribulations of being a high schooler. Even if you’re not a teenager, I think that you will enjoy this novel because you will time travel back to when you were a teenager! And maybe you adults will sympathize with us teenagers more when we complain about our lives. :)
jenmac1 More than 1 year ago
I found Solstice High most entertaining, and very well written. Above all, the fascinating way the author describes what teenagers go through with their failures and successes during this period of their lives! I highly recommend it.
MelloMR More than 1 year ago
I just got this book on the mail about 3 hours ago and can't stop reading it. It is extremely catchy, can't put it down!! I love how it is written, it has multiple narrators and that makes it interesting. Great narrative, you never know what is going to happen next. I highly recommend this book if you are looking to read something entertaining. If you are not much of a reader, I can assure you this book is definitely going to grab your attention. Ok, I'll go back to reading now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Perfect blend of scandal, adventure and edge. Could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book! Couldn´t put it down. Can´t wait for the next one!!!!!!