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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 d 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


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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 d 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

30 review for Solstice

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Fetters

    "My heart lurching in my chest.... Something lay next to him. Something big. Something limp. Something I was used to by now, considering I’d seen it two other times already today. A body." Well, jinkies! Grab your glow sticks and some acid because you’re about to travel through a scooby-doo/ Lovecraft mystery time warp. And it’ll definitely be a bumpy ride. The Solstice Festival held on Myla Island was supposed to be the music festival of all festivals. This is one that people are dying to go to. "My heart lurching in my chest.... Something lay next to him. Something big. Something limp. Something I was used to by now, considering I’d seen it two other times already today. A body." Well, jinkies! Grab your glow sticks and some acid because you’re about to travel through a scooby-doo/ Lovecraft mystery time warp. And it’ll definitely be a bumpy ride. The Solstice Festival held on Myla Island was supposed to be the music festival of all festivals. This is one that people are dying to go to. Costing thousands of dollars; people were promised gourmet food, five-star hotel accommodations, fun in the sun, and the best musical acts in the world all in one place. Adri gets the offer of the lifetime when her best friend, Elana gives her a ticket to attend the three day concert with her. Breaking all the rules, Adri agrees and they set off to the tropical island with the highest hopes in mind. But things go from bad to worse as day one progresses into the nightmare of their lives. They have zero cell reception, limited food and water, nowhere to sleep except the wet soggy ground, and all the bands are dropping out at the last minute. And then the unthinkable happens. A body shows up on the beach and it’s not a happy one. A dead body of one of the concertgoers turns up and rumors start spreading like fire. Will things get better for these hungry concertgoers? Or will this nightmare take everyone down? How can a book with a dope-ass cover and an even more beautiful spine underneath the jacket be so bland? I wasn’t shocked or surprised but it was okay. This is something that I’m glad that I tried and would read more by this author. I believe better things are going to come from her. I’m overjoyed that the hero of the book was a diverse female character!! Solstice was an okay read with a very predictable outcome. Think a small tropical scooby-doo gang with a mix of Lovecraft for a non-terrifying journey of the unthinkable. It was fast paced and easy to follow. You’ll even love the strong willed hero. "Life’s a beach- And then you die!"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Probably more like 3.5, but whatever. It's a fun horror story that wraps up a little too quickly. I would have liked more time once the deaths start. If you liked watching Fyre Festival documentaries and are interested, you'll probably like it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)

    I mean on Edelweiss the title says it's a "Tropical Horror Comedy" and I'm sold.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    As advertised, this book was Fyre Festival meets Terror from the Deep. I really enjoyed the first half, in which regular old working-class girl Adri is invited by her rich friend to join her for the music festival of a lifetime and sneaks out on her protective parents to go. Adri's life--waiting tables at the family's diner and going to fancy private school--is loving but claustrophobic, her friend Elena is sweet, and the other attendees are rich snobs. It's kind of perfect. Once the Solstice Fes As advertised, this book was Fyre Festival meets Terror from the Deep. I really enjoyed the first half, in which regular old working-class girl Adri is invited by her rich friend to join her for the music festival of a lifetime and sneaks out on her protective parents to go. Adri's life--waiting tables at the family's diner and going to fancy private school--is loving but claustrophobic, her friend Elena is sweet, and the other attendees are rich snobs. It's kind of perfect. Once the Solstice Festival really starts to fall apart, though, things get kind of murky. There's too much time between "wait, no tents? and where's the food?" and "aah we're all gonna die!" There's a lag where people are just hanging around looking at each other, uncomfortable. What I really loved about the book, though, was how it absolutely refused to get away with stereotyping most people. The rich snobs are full of stereotypes--about Islanders, about the staff at the concert--but Adri has a lot of stereotypes, too--negative ones about rich kids and positive ones about the working class. It's not that they're all wrong, but they get pointed out and called out--people come under suspicion not because of who they are but in spite of it, and then your information reverses. I love how the book deliberately examined a lot of those stereotypes, while still giving us a few spoiled villains to hate and sweet working-class boys to crush on. This was a great idea with just a little further to go in the execution of the plot. I definitely want to see what this author does next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aoife

    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 b 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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Cristal Jatip

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Nissen

    3.5 really - this is just FUN. The action rises & falls a little too quickly (you could have totally milked it!) but still a good time. I will say that it's a little jarring that the author future-set this story to be in June 2020 thinking that music festivals & crowded gatherings would totally be a thing... boy, were we all wrong 3.5 really - this is just FUN. The action rises & falls a little too quickly (you could have totally milked it!) but still a good time. I will say that it's a little jarring that the author future-set this story to be in June 2020 thinking that music festivals & crowded gatherings would totally be a thing... boy, were we all wrong

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kacey

    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 b 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    [Laughs nervously] what the fuck

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    Fast read and cool cover, but I really didn’t care for it. In descriptions I saw that it is a comic YA thriller, I’m still wondering what comedic element?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    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, gour 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

  12. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Adrianna (Adri) Sanchez has always played by the rules, fully aware of what her parents have sacrificed so that she could have a good life and attend a private high school in Atlanta. But lately she's felt suffocated by their expectations that she become a lawyer when she really wants to write and become a reporter. When her best friend, Elena, invites her along to an exclusive music festival with a pricey admission fee, her parents, who own a diner, refuse to give her permission to go. Goaded b Adrianna (Adri) Sanchez has always played by the rules, fully aware of what her parents have sacrificed so that she could have a good life and attend a private high school in Atlanta. But lately she's felt suffocated by their expectations that she become a lawyer when she really wants to write and become a reporter. When her best friend, Elena, invites her along to an exclusive music festival with a pricey admission fee, her parents, who own a diner, refuse to give her permission to go. Goaded by her romantic interest, Hayden, and her annoyance at how they have treated her, Adri sneaks away with plans to make her friendship with Elena even stronger during their trip. But Solstice, the name of the festival, is nothing like the girls and other guests expect. Things go wrong from the moment of their arrival with transportation to the festival site being nothing like what they expect, and nothing arranged when it comes to accommodations. Adri is also annoyed that Elena's boyfriend Steve is on the Caribbean island too, and while she's preoccupied with him, Adri becomes involved in investigating all the things that are going wrong. Her detective work becomes even more important when one of the festival goers dies. There were parts of the book that made me chortle as some of the entitled teens and young adults expressed their annoyance at all the inconveniences and seemed unable to cope without cell phone access or the luxuries to which they were accustomed, and other parts that made me groan and shake my head in disbelief once I found out what was causing all the problems, miscommunications, and deaths. Still, reading this one was entertaining and distracted me from my other concerns. I had to wonder at the gullibility of those beguiled by the ads and promises for the festival, and try to imagine paying that much for a music festival, no matter how amazing the lineup. The romance with Hayden seemed a bit tacked on and didn't really add too much to the story for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    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 pri 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    My instinct was to give this three stars for about half the book. The author got hired for a project and did a competent job at presenting a lifeless, unfunny, but at least competent book. Until the content editor quit halfway through, and we got to hear about the van/car/truck vehicle, or about how she could see the blood on the face of the victim, on the face down body, or suddenly she had a brother. Wrap it all up with a telegraphed Scooby Doo ending, and here you have a lame attempt to capit My instinct was to give this three stars for about half the book. The author got hired for a project and did a competent job at presenting a lifeless, unfunny, but at least competent book. Until the content editor quit halfway through, and we got to hear about the van/car/truck vehicle, or about how she could see the blood on the face of the victim, on the face down body, or suddenly she had a brother. Wrap it all up with a telegraphed Scooby Doo ending, and here you have a lame attempt to capitalize on the Fyre mess that is labeled "horror-comedy" but never achieves either. I didn't chuckle once, I've already laughed out loud by page 12 of Dean Koontz's "Tick Tock" which I started after I finished this.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carlos Torres

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So thousands of rich spoiled teens, who don’t know how to be thankful, go to a music festival at the Myla island to watch their favorite artists bail out on them at the last minute only to be stranded at the island with barely any food and no cell phone service for once know what it’s like to be homeless! I start getting William Goulding flashbacks from “Lord of the fleas” when all the teens gather themselves in groups and claim territories of their own. I don’t hate the book or anything, I just So thousands of rich spoiled teens, who don’t know how to be thankful, go to a music festival at the Myla island to watch their favorite artists bail out on them at the last minute only to be stranded at the island with barely any food and no cell phone service for once know what it’s like to be homeless! I start getting William Goulding flashbacks from “Lord of the fleas” when all the teens gather themselves in groups and claim territories of their own. I don’t hate the book or anything, I just think it’s another “Lord of the flies” kind of story with a huge Loch Ness monster wannabe behind it all. I had fun reading it and didn’t fall asleep like I did with lord of the flies during freshman year when the teacher played the story on audio read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    I was told this was a comedy-horror story! It was really cool and fast bc i read it in a single day but it wasn't as funny as I hoped. Really cool tho and i did like it in the beginning it had like an "eat the rich" vibe if youre into that I love the name elena and i liked their friendship a lot. it was really interesting to see her and steve tho and see a toxic relationship from the outside the end was really good i thought paul was way older than he actually was so that was weird before I realized I was told this was a comedy-horror story! It was really cool and fast bc i read it in a single day but it wasn't as funny as I hoped. Really cool tho and i did like it in the beginning it had like an "eat the rich" vibe if youre into that I love the name elena and i liked their friendship a lot. it was really interesting to see her and steve tho and see a toxic relationship from the outside the end was really good i thought paul was way older than he actually was so that was weird before I realized he was just college aged ahahaha

  17. 5 out of 5

    Garrett Lampson

    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!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Katie Lawrence

    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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Baker St Shelves

    An all expense paid trip to an island with multiple music guests and several fun activities for everyone! What can possibly go wrong? Not long after the kids arrive things go south as bodies start piling up and they realize they’re part of a trap. As far as YA horror goes, this was a good attempt but there are plenty of times when it just felt as if the characters were going through the motions and not all that invested in what’s happening. Good attempt, just need refinement.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Diana-christie

    Perfect! I could not stop reading it! I always needed to know what was going to happen next. It sounds like a movie. Didn't take me very long to finish...several days. Lorence has a way with words. I loved this story. For some reason I thought it would be about zombies (because of the awesome cover), but it wasn't. I also liked the character Elena, even though she seemed shallow. I'd like to read more about her in a continuation of the story. I hated her bf Steve.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sya

    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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Orlanda Thompson

    What could have happen at FYRE Fest ..... maybe Quick 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Hephzibah

    very light-hearted take on horror. seems like fyre festival crossed with ... Jaws and the loch ness monster? I'm not sure really, quite a weird and silly read. It felt like a piss take of a book. Very readable, but quite flat.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Pam McDaniel

    Solstice was an average read, but I believe if I were a young adult, I might find Solstice to be an exciting story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    3.5 - Tropical Horror Comedy says it all.

  26. 4 out of 5

    CR

    This 280+ page book is one you won't soon forget. It was a great story to read and have fun with and I loved it. The characters were great and the story was well paced with a lot of action.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    Different and not what I was expecting but I like it a lot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michell

    An easy and fun read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Fun quick escape read (especially for right now!)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    A take on the disastrous Fyre Festival but with murder? Sounds good! If only it hadn't turned into a monster mystery.

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