Review: Solstice by Jane Read (Heather B. Moore)

by Jane Read AKA Heather B. Moore
YA Dystopian
ebook, 315 Pages

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Four ways to get Banished from the last surviving city on earth are: 1. Cut out your emotion tracker, 2. Join a religious cult, 3. Create a rebellion against the Legislature, 4. Fall in love.Jezebel James does all four.

Jez is on the fast-track to becoming a brilliant scientist, with one goal—to save her city from total extinction. Her caretakers have entrusted her with a secret plan to stop the rain from flooding the rest of the earth and start civilization anew. But the more Jez learns about the price of a fresh beginning, the more she realizes that carrying out the plan will lead to few survivors, and among the dead will be those she cares about the most.

My Review

I really love this author, so I had high expectations going into reading Solstice. Immediately I was intrigued by the setting and the characters. Jez, the main heroine, was equally smart, brave, but also realistically scared. Reuben, Sol, and Chalice were all interesting characters and somewhat of counterparts to each other and Jez. The plot was fairly smooth and there was some intense moments. There was danger, deception, friendship, romance, and heartbreak.

What I felt was missing was an overall story arch. I didn’t feel or see the big picture for the series as I read this first book. I didn’t see how Jez’s and her friends’ roles influenced the overall situation and what difference they could make in their skewed society. I know it was there somewhere because of the hints here and there, but it wasn’t strong enough. The ending had a very interesting twist and I would expect the next book to explain a lot more and show a overall much bigger picture.

I did like that so much was unknown to the characters in some ways and that their was a lot of potential for them to begin putting all the puzzles together with pieces of information they gleamed here and there. There was some dramatic parts of the book, but I liked that the romance didn’t take over the story. It was sweet and intense in parts and made the story more interesting.

I’m curious to see what happens next in Jez’s journey and with her society and world. Hopefully the next book will give a lot more information and a bigger picture of where the story, and Jez’s part in it, will be going.

Content: Clean
Source: Received through, which did not affect my review in any way.

 What do you think? Will you be adding this one to your tbr?


Review: Christmas, Actually by Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, & Melinda Curtis

This is a tour we’re organizing and I thought it would be good to post what I thought about this collection of novella’s…

Christmas, ActuallyChristmas, Actually
by Anna Adams, Anna J. Stewart, & Melinda Curtis
Clean Contemporary Romance, Christmas
Paperback & Ebook, 202 pages
November 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Discover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!

Three lonely strangers come to Christmas Town, Maine, and find love with three Banning siblings in the town that celebrates the holidays by decorating its square with lights and ribbons and a holiday pageant on Christmas Eve. Tradition has it that a kiss beneath the mistletoe that night means marriage for the couple in the new year.

The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams:

Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child… But she doesn’t need money, she only needs him.

The Christmas Wish by Anna J. Stewart:

Callie Banning’s student has declared war on Christmas, so it’s up to her to help the little girl—and her widowed father—believe again.

The Christmas Date by Melinda Curtis:

Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date…and she’s in for the surprise of a lifetime!