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Summary

Sol is used to flying under his family's radar, unless focusing unwanted attention away from his more outgoing, older twin. The day comes when he pays a steep price for attempting to shield his brother. Running for his life, he is nearly run down by a car driven by Seth. Can Seth help Sol find his way back from the darkness?

©2014 Leona Windwalker (P)2018 Leona Windwalker

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*received in exchange for an honest review*

I really enjoyed the story of Sol and Seth. It was greatly written by Leona Windwalker and I have added the following book to my TBR pile. I did, however, find myself reading the book on my kindle because I found myself not listening to Standley’s narration and I kept missing bits. It was really monotonous. And as much as I tried to prevent it from taking away from what was a great, drama filled story, it really did.

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Matt didn't do it for me

What did you like best about Sol's Solstice? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the story but the narrator really wasn't expressive enough for me.

What three words best describe Matt Standley’s voice?

Not expressive enough

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  • Gabrielle
  • 29-12-18

Sol's Solstice

Sol had always tried to keep his brother safe but when he is hurt and ends up in the hospital his life turns upside down and the two are separated. Just as he starts to get his act together Sol’s parents enter the picture and his life becomes a nightmare. One chance encounter brings Seth into his life and Sol begins the hard road to recovery, but Sol’s happy ending is taken away from him when his parents find him once again. Will Seth find him before it is too late and just what will be left of Sol when he does?

This is a story about the strength of true love and what it can accomplish. A homophobic and mentally ill family brings the worst imaginable things down onto Sol. He is dealt some of the worst cards in life and suffers the consequences but there is a bright light in his life named Seth. It was nice to see the relationship between the two develop. Seth is full of understanding and love and fights hard for Sol. Their story is full of pain and angst and will have you hoping for love to win in the end.

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  • Rebecca Lasky
  • 16-12-18

Overall a good story

While I enjoyed the story as a whole, there were certain details that kept throwing me out of its world. I would find myself randomly tuning it out, not because of the actual storyline but by the occasional lack of pause and inflection from the narrator. Sometimes I had to backtrack just to confirm who was speaking, what was actually being said, or how I should’ve been responding to it. Some moments were raw and emotional, written in such a manner that I was able to feel Sol’s or Seth’s pain based on the words themselves but it felt lost in translation from written to audio and the feeling wasn’t quite as potent as it could be. I also felt that the narrator didn’t quite give enough differentiations between all of the characters, or forgot who was saying what, because sometimes the voices blurred together and it was hard to tell who was speaking. Overall, a good story, even if it seemed like anything bad that could happen, did, and Sol got the short end of the deal. Still, a good story.
I received a code from the author although no review was required.

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  • Kimberly Kniaz
  • 02-11-18

Sol's Solstice: New Beginnings, Book 1

This audiobook was absolutely amazing. I had loved this audiobook. This was perfect fo listen

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  • HockeyfanT
  • 22-08-18

Not what I expected

From the blurb, I thought there would be more focus on Sol and Seth and their new relationship. Instead, Sol was constantly fighting for his life, and Seth was trying to save him. I enjoyed Sol and Seth together, I just wish there had been more focus on them as a couple. The characters were well written, and it was easy to hate Sol's parents and the other church members. Based on this one, I had to wait a bit to read Ben's story. I wasn't sure I would be able to like him as a lead. (I'll post that review separately.)
The narration wasn't bad, but it was a bit wooden. I'd like to hear this narrator loosen up, then I think I could easily enjoy his voice.

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  • Kathryn M
  • 24-07-18

Great love story

Sol was trying to make his way through life after leaving the foster care system, when his biological family kidnaps him and keeps him locked up in a room or forces him to attend "church meetings" to set him straight from what they see as deviant ways. He escapes and stumbles into Seth who takes him into his home and shoes him what love and family really is. But sadly his family won't leave him be and he is once again abused and held captive. Luckily Seth won't give up on Sol or their love.

Great story and characters you can care for.
Definitely recommended.

very good narration.

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  • Starla
  • 06-04-18

An okay listen

I had really high hopes for this book based on the blurb, however I was a bit let down. I had a hard time getting into this book from the very beginning. I felt that the story jumped around alot, and I just didn't connect with the story or the narrator. Overall, it wasn't bad.

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  • Neta_BER
  • 25-03-18

Not what I hoped it would be

This book was very confusing and even though that narration was quite good I felt like I did not understand what was going on, ALL THE TIME. At first, I did get into it but the moment the parents came into play the story just threw me out and I could not get back in.

the plot twists into extreme situations but it seems like Sol is almost not really experiencing them. He is both naïve to a point its painful to read and yet undergoes so much. I could not believe the plot line at all and every new development, from his freakish parents kidnaping him and the colt thing…. It was just too convoluted for me to follow or enjoy.
the characters were too flat, I could not connect with them and it might be because of all the things going on in the book that really took the focus from the characters. I would have liked it to be a story that has less action and more emotion.

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  • Esther A
  • 14-03-18

Dark & Twisted

This is an angst filled and sometimes depressing story. Sol's life is full of danger and abuse because of his parents and the "church" they belong to. It was really sad how not only his parents are his biggest enemies, but his twin brother Ben basically abandons him too. The only light in his life is Sean who loves him and helps him heal.
The narrator was okay but some of the character voices just didn't work and didn't give much life to the story.
I was provided a complimentary copy of this audiobook at my request.

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  • Becky C
  • 12-03-18

Good story, narration not as enjoyable

Don’t be fooled by the bucolic cover depicting a beautiful small town street. This is an angst-filled novel about a dangerously mentally ill woman and her husband, and the crimes the commit against their twin sons in the name of a religious cult.
Sol and Ben are twins but Ben is the more outgoing son while Sol is a more timid soul. As their mother’s psychological illness progresses over the years the boys are shunted to foster homes. Sol’s situations are usually more bizarre and dangerous than Ben’s and eventually Sol ages out of the system and finds himself on the streets. He is kidnapped by members of the church that his father attends and locked up. One night he escapes and is found in a pitiful state by a wealthy young man named Sean who takes him home.
Ben has landed in better circumstances but is separated from Sol. Sol must continuously hide from the cult and somehow they keep tracking him down, despite the efforts of Sean to protect him. Ben, Sol, and Sean are all gay but their lives are very different.
This is a dark, twisted plot but has an HEA so it is worth reading as a romance. So, the book earns 4 stars as a novel. I listened to the audio book and that’s where my review takes a bit of a dive. I did not care for the narrator. His pace slow as if he is reading to a child, and the character voices were odd. This is not my favorite audio book but the story is interesting enough for me to remain attentive to the end.