Title: Solstice High
Author: Ardash Vartparonian
Source: Author for blog tour
Rating: Entertaining and fun
On their first day of Senior year, friends Matt, Rochelle, Daphne and Jonas are involved in an accident that leaves them with superhuman powers. Secrets are hiding in the halls of Solstice High as they uncover that their principal is not what he seems.
This was a fun and entertaining book. Ardash began writing this when he was a teenager which is pretty darn impressive. The story is told through each of the teenagers by alternating chapters. Usually this annoys me but each voice was pretty easy to recognize. I loved all the cultural references, both past and present. It will date the book pretty quickly but it was a fun way to explain different things.
The characters were well developed although a bit cliche. There's Matt, the gay guy who is as much of a diva as Mean Girl Rochelle. Rochelle is queen bee at the school because she is feared. She has no reason to be mean, she just is. Daphne is the typical emo, dark, angry girl. And Jonas is the good looking jock that is in love with Rochelle.
Each has things going on in their lives that they are trying to break free from or to work through. The addition of these unwanted "powers" are hard for each of them to handle. There was a good process of them learning to control their powers and I thought that it was a great part of the overall story.
There was a lot of action and a bit of mystery. A quick read that was entertaining. The ending felt a bit rushed since there was so much build up but it was satisfying.
I'd recommend this to sci fi fans. Think X-Men in a high school. Definite fun.
Come back tomorrow...Ardash takes over my blog to answer a question for me!
About the author:
Ardash Vartparonian was born in London but raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 18 he began his debut novel, Solstice High, and continued writing throughout his last year of school and first year of university, where he moved back to the UK to study English Literature at Edinburgh University. Now a fourth year student, Ardash enjoys going out with his friends, watching horror movies and reading fantasy books while trying to keep up with his university work.