Solstice
A music fest goes wrong in this comic YA thriller as selfie-mad concert-goers wake up to realize their tropical island fantasy is a deadly nightmare.When Adri is offered an all-expenses-paid trip to the exclusive Solstice Festival, she throws caution, her prestigious summer internship, and her parents goodwill to the wind. She just wants to live a little before the first day of the rest of her life, planned and scheduled in accordance to her parents’ law school dreams.But when she and a horde of affluent, entitled teen partiers arrive at the island paradise, it looks nothing like the luxury vacation they were promised. There’s barely any food, nowhere to stay, and not nearly enough porta-potties. Pretty soon, the festival’s trending on social media for all the wrong reasons, and the music acts are cancelling left and right.And then the first dead body washes up on the beach.Adri has a front-row seat as everything devolves into chaos—and she's in a prime position to put together the clues to who—or what—is killing off the helpless attendees. But even if she finds the killer, how can she hope to stop them?Check your privilege at the door—before it gets you killed. This is one vacation you can’t escape.An Imprint Book

Solstice Details

TitleSolstice
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 18th, 2020
PublisherImprint
ISBN-139781250219909
Rating
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery

Solstice Review

  • Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
    January 1, 1970
    I mean on Edelweiss the title says it's a "Tropical Horror Comedy" and I'm sold.
  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    The music event of the year descends into tragedy in this fast paced read.Adri works hard in her family's diner, studies for college and is about to start a prestigious internship - in the career her parents have chosen for her. When she gets the chance to take a weekend off with her best friend, at the music festival of the year, she takes it. But things very quickly start to go wrong...For some reason, when I started this, I thought it was a comedy. I was completely wrong. This book wouldn't The music event of the year descends into tragedy in this fast paced read.Adri works hard in her family's diner, studies for college and is about to start a prestigious internship - in the career her parents have chosen for her. When she gets the chance to take a weekend off with her best friend, at the music festival of the year, she takes it. But things very quickly start to go wrong...For some reason, when I started this, I thought it was a comedy. I was completely wrong. This book wouldn't be out of place in Stripe's Red Eye Series. It's fast paced, action packed, and it doesn't matter that we never really learn what the monster is; it's not important to the story.The only problem I had with it is that apart from one moment, Adri isn't important to the story. Things happen around her, she oversees things, she overhears things, but she could be lifted out and only that one moment would have to change. Apart from that little thing, and one moment where Adri thinks that she has to find Adri because Lorence clearly got the names mixed up, this is a fantastic read that I really enjoyed, and I'll be looking out for more from this author. It distracted me nicely during a morning I was feeling very sick, and you can't hope for much more than that.
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  • Cristal Jatip
    January 1, 1970
    A music fest goes wrong in this comic thriller when selfie-mad concert goers wake up realizing their tropical island fantasy is a deadly nightmare.What a great book! It was exactly what I needed: short!and light, funny, with a touch of scare and mystery. I couldn’t put the book down. A great campy story reminiscent of movies like Scary Movie and I love lame campy movies lol.
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  • Kacey
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.I was enticed by this because it was said to be comedic horror/mystery/thriller. And while this was not the sort of comedy that made me laugh out loud, it definitely was the sort that was ridiculous. Though at the same time, it was hard for me to tell if it was purposefully being this ridiculous sometimes. I honestly can't imagine a lot of this Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.I was enticed by this because it was said to be comedic horror/mystery/thriller. And while this was not the sort of comedy that made me laugh out loud, it definitely was the sort that was ridiculous. Though at the same time, it was hard for me to tell if it was purposefully being this ridiculous sometimes. I honestly can't imagine a lot of this being taken seriously, but who knows. I had fun with it and was entertained.It's a pretty easy read. I sped through it quickly. If I had to nitpick, I would say that it stinks the narrator is away from some things I would've liked to see play out. For example, you know from the premise that the festival isn't all people hoped it would be. I was interested in seeing their reactions and how things spiraled as the days wore on. But sadly the narrator doesn't really get to see any of that and we only catch up with everyone else after a lot of time has passed for them. It's a little disappointing. I don't know if this really does the mystery part very well. There is a mystery but I don't know if the clues really pointed in the right direction. I would have to re-read to see. When all is revealed, I rolled my eyes and was like "Really?" But by then it had also devolved into something pretty ridiculous, and it was so dumb it was really entertaining. It kind of feels like the novel's version of a B movie, if that makes any sense. There is kind of a romance but it was actually sweet, and more focus was actually on the friendship between Adri and her best friend. I like that they actually talked through things and though they fought or had different world views, they got along well and it felt like a real, solid female friendship. It's a shame those feel so rare in YA literature.Does this book have cliches? Absolutely, but I'm sure that's the point. Either you're going to enjoy how ridiculous and weird this book is, or it will be too much for you. I don't want to give too much away, but if you're the type of person who enjoys B movies or something like Scream and Until Dawn where they also purposefully use cliches in their storytelling, you'll probably like this fine.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Quick take:Solstice by Lorence Allison is a young adult standalone horror novel. It is basically the Fyre Festival fiasco put into a novel with mass murder and monsters added for a little razzle dazzle.Synopsis:The smart, responsible, lower-income Adri is offered an all-expense paid trip to Solstice Festival, a VIP, star-studded, once-in-a-lifetime trip by her pretty and super-rich friend Elena and Elena's dad. The festival is being hyped on social media for having five-star accommodations, Quick take:Solstice by Lorence Allison is a young adult standalone horror novel. It is basically the Fyre Festival fiasco put into a novel with mass murder and monsters added for a little razzle dazzle.Synopsis:The smart, responsible, lower-income Adri is offered an all-expense paid trip to Solstice Festival, a VIP, star-studded, once-in-a-lifetime trip by her pretty and super-rich friend Elena and Elena's dad. The festival is being hyped on social media for having five-star accommodations, gourmet food, spa treatments, personal performances from A-list celebrities. It will be the place to be for the 1%. But when the guest get to the festival, there are no hotels, just barely standing tents. There's one food truck with barely any food, very little supplies, security or medical services. The guests are basically on their own. Things get even more chaotic when dead bodies start showing up.My Critique:I actually liked this story more than I thought I would. Having watched the Fyre Festival chaos in real time and then the documentaries, I thought the book was going to be equally cheesy but it was actually pretty good. Other than Steve and Marx and the background characters, the main characters were well developed and more than one-dimensional. The Steve character was hella annoying and there was no growth whatsoever despite the trauma he went through but such is life. He really could have been left out of the story but I guess he did play a small part. It was (view spoiler)[ Steve that caused the temporary rift between Elena and Adri that would later cause a growth in their friendship, so I guess he does need to be in the book in that regard. But seriously, he was an asshole (hide spoiler)]. I like how in the beginning I made fun of the spoiled rich kids and was totally ok knowing that one of them was going to die but then in the end they kind of become the good guys and they're starting nonprofits and charities and generally being better people.Recommended for:Fans of horror and/or monster movies, fans of Danielle Vega
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    When reading the tagline for this book "A Tropical Horror Comedy" I knew I was going to be in for something unique as I reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy provided to me by the publisher for review. However, at the completion of the story I'm not sure that it met any of the descriptions beyond Tropical. Minor spoilers below...The premise of the book is a famous YouTube Influencer set up a VIP concert on a topical island, staging all the hottest acts, with luxurious accommodations, for the low When reading the tagline for this book "A Tropical Horror Comedy" I knew I was going to be in for something unique as I reviewed the Advanced Reader Copy provided to me by the publisher for review. However, at the completion of the story I'm not sure that it met any of the descriptions beyond Tropical. Minor spoilers below...The premise of the book is a famous YouTube Influencer set up a VIP concert on a topical island, staging all the hottest acts, with luxurious accommodations, for the low price tag of $9000 a ticket (not including travel, food, or really anything else). The only catch is no one really knows anything about the remote island other than a vague rumor of a land-sea creature that kills people, but it will be totally safe. The main character gets the chance of a lifetime when her friend gets tickets and because she recently turned 18, she goes against her parents wishes and decides to go anyway. And surprise, surprise, it all falls apart. The idea seems like something straight out of Goosebumps, but unfortunately if falls short after that. Because we only see the main character's perspective, we lack any real horror in the description of the events. She is caught up on reporting. Other than the ridiculousness of the events that transpire, there isn't really a whole lot of humor to the story. The characters are underdeveloped and the story just falls flat of being humorous or horrifying. I probably would not have finished the book if not for the ARC and needing to review.
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  • Garrett Lampson
    January 1, 1970
    I received this ARC of the book through the Goodreads giveaways. I could not put this book down. I'm obviously a little old to relate to the liberal thoughts of the main character but I loved this none the less. I didn't rate higher than three stars because the characters seemed a bit forced and some of the internal dialogue was cheesy. All that said, I'd happily recommend this to a friend. I'm happy I read this!
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  • rachel ☾
    January 1, 1970
    Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram • The Book Depository
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  • Katie Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    Ok this was super fun. A rollicking light horror/social commentary/thriller about teens who travel to a remote island for a fancy music festival, only for everything to go horribly wrong. Adri was a great character, fierce and determined too. Most other characters are not super well-developed, but it really didn't matter a whole lot. This read like the script of a light horror movie, tons of action and very gripping too.
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  • Sya
    January 1, 1970
    You can blast through this in an hour or so and it won't kill or thrill you. Try watching Fyre: The Best Festival that Never Happened and reading Lovecraft for the same sort of thing but with less of a Scooby Do vibe.
  • William Cook
    January 1, 1970
    If you like music festivals like “Coachella” and the “Electric Forest” you’ll definitely find “Solstice” interesting! A music festival turns deadly when a body shows up on a tropical island! 5/5 stars! If you like music festivals like “Coachella” and the “Electric Forest” you’ll definitely find “Solstice” interesting! A music festival turns deadly when a body shows up on a tropical island! 5/5 stars! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
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  • Orlanda Thompson
    January 1, 1970
    What could have happen at FYRE Fest ..... maybeQuick read. Was fascinated by FYRE Fest and wanted to see what the author would do with the background story line. Glad I did. Would read this author again.
  • Pam McDaniel
    January 1, 1970
    Solstice was an average read, but I believe if I were a young adult, I might find Solstice to be an exciting story.
  • toriana🕊
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 stars. Also, a trigger warning for two relationships between a high school student and college student.
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 - Tropical Horror Comedy says it all.
  • Fifi
    January 1, 1970
    I love dark comedy lmao this sounds like one of those horror books that are so dumb it’s hilarious. NEED
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