Something Magical Brewing: A Review of K.K. Allen’s “The Summer Solstice”

Posted: April 7, 2015 in Book Review, Young Adult

Goodreads.com Description: “After Katrina “Kat” Summer’s mother dies a mysterious and tragic death, Kat is hurtled into life at Apollo Beach. Her estranged and cryptic grandmother Rose fills Kat with legends of her Ancient Greek Ancestors from which the Summer family descends. Kat’s world begins to unravel as secrets from her heritage are exposed – secrets that her mother purposefully concealed. Leading to her birthday, the day of the Summer Solstice, Kat becomes frightened when enigmatic visions and disturbing dreams haunt her. When her visions become reality, her fear turns to terror as powerful forces threaten the lives of those around her. Amidst the turmoil, Kat meets Alec Stone, her gorgeous neighbor, who becomes her sole solace in an evocative world of mythological enchantment and evil prophecies that lurk around every corner…”

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts:

K.K. Allen’s The Summer Solstice: Enchanted was interesting. The plot was inventive and the characters developed.

Although the story’s premise was inviting, I found the book a bit slow. When the main character, Katrina, had her sixteenth birthday party on the same day as the Summer Solstice, things picked up. My patience was rewarded with action and a story line that made me wonder what’s next.

I didn’t know what to think of Katrina. At first you’re sympathetic because of her situation. After a while, you start wondering if she’s a little ungrateful towards her grandmother. By the end of the tale, you’re back to sympathetic.

The supporting cast of characters–Iris and Ava–reminded me of the cast of “Mean Girls”. Thankfully, their antics added a little humor to the story. Even Katrina’s moments of discovery were funny (think “Sabrina The Teenage Witch”).

The Summer Solstice leaves plenty of questions which may be answered in the second book, Equinox. Despite the questions, I enjoyed reading the book and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a little light, magical reading.

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