Review: Equinox – Bryan W. Dull
From the moment she was born, Solstice knew she was different. She’s a vampire possessing powers she can’t explain, and she can walk in daylight. The things she does are unexplainable, yet she does everything possible to make sense of who and what she is. Her life is changing faster than she can keep up with it. Once a snarky twelve-year-old girl, she’s now sliding into the guise of womanhood. That thought alone mind-boggles her.
With Gavin by her side, Solstice is determined to shed light on the circumstances surrounding her unique birth. She’s slowly coming to understand her guardian. In his mind, the disease-bearing vampires are a blight to human existence. With her help, he’s done his best to wipe as many of them out, but they just keep coming. While she provides him with a means to circumvent the creatures efforts, she’s not quite sure what he needs to win the battle.
Unwilling to bend to the rules of the world around her, Solstice grapples with the very essence that makes her who she is. She’s grateful for everything Gavin has done for her, but it does nothing to lessen the fact that she’s something he abhors. Deep inside, she knows he resents her for what she is. Yet she refuses to let him go. He’s the only person who’s treated her well. The only one who’s seen a side of her no one else has. Granted, she hasn’t gotten close to anyone else, but that could change at any time, right?
Fighting for their lives, determined to make something of their bleak existence, Solstice soon realizes that she can never outrun her destiny. Something or someone is out there, waiting for the moment when they can reclaim her once more. Her unique abilities make her the most precious commodity amongst vampires. If she’s to succeed in setting the record straight, once and for all, she’ll need to fully embrace who and what she is. The question is, can she do that without causing Gavin any further harm in the process?
Equinox takes up where Solstice left off, diving head-first into the controversy surrounding Gavin and Solstice’s plight. They’ve found themselves smack-dab in the middle of an abandoned plantation, unsure as to whether they’ll make it another day. This is definitely another interesting premise to this series. We get to see a little more of Solstice while Gavin grapples with the ghosts of his past.
While the character’s emotions are certainly believable, I had a hard time getting into certain situations they find themselves in. The point-of-views seemed to be all over, and some of the things happening didn’t quite mesh. At least, for me, anyway. Overall, this is a very intriguing sequel that does answer some of the questions left behind in the first book. Unfortunately, it also leaves quite a few new loose ends in the process. Hopefully, the third book will answer these small loopholes when the time comes, and tidy up the world surrounding Gavin and the enigmatic Solstice. The book and it’s unique storyline is certainly a nice read.
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Confined in an old plantation home with Vampires lying in wait Gavin and Solstice are forced to wait them out until sunrise that is perilously approaching. Unbeknownst to them the remnants of the house are even more terrifying than what is lying in wait outside.
Solstice is coming into her own and her feelings for Gavin begin to come to light. Gavin is stuck in the memories of his deceased family, but the apparition he sees that resembles his dead daughter doesn’t help. Lying in wait to escape at the first chance possible, will they make it through the vampires and the supernatural creatures that have inhabited the home for a very long time?
“Equinox” ups the ante in the Solstice trilogy, and no one involved will come out the same.
About The Author:
Currently living in Cincinnati, OH with his wife (and fellow author Brandy Michelle) and their daughter, Bryan W. Dull goes leaps and bounds to get away from the norm and be his own person with himself and his writing. Since middle school he has always known what he was good at: entertaining and telling stories. He has been consistently writing and coming up with plots for the last twenty years, but just recently decided to share one with the world. His first novel, “Solstice” is a vampire book inspired by his daughter and noir literature.
Born in Anderson, IN, Bryan has also lived in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina (where “Solstice” is based). Being a lover of all things art and pop culture “nerdism”, his interests lie in film, television, comics, games, anime, and books. For a short while, Bryan dabbled in voice acting work only to shift his focus to his family and writing. His favorite authors include, Chuck Palahniuk, Robert Kirkman, Clive Barker, Ernest Cline, and Neil Gaiman.
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