Corina Marion's father is dead.
Off to a never-ending war as a Red Cross doctor before Corina was even born, Luther Marion has been a constant but increasingly distant presence in his daughter's life for 16 years. Damaged pictures. Short letters. And three brief phone calls received before Corina was old enough to walk.
But now Luther Marion has returned home at last - as a body in a box to be buried. Corina's mother is devastated. Her small, backwoods town mourns the loss of its local hero.
And Corina...isn't sure how she feels about the death of a father she never really met.
But when a mysterious old man confronts Corina at her father's funeral, she finds herself drawn to his impossible offer: a chance to know the now late Luther Marion. And in a moment of uncertainty, Corina makes a choice with consequences she can barely fathom. A choice that sends her to the last place she ever expected to go.
Her father's hometown. Six hundred miles south.
And 25 years in the past.
©2014 Therin Knite (P)2015 Therin Knite
(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)
Nothing pleases me more than receiving a free copy of a book that I enjoy. Sometimes it’s hard to write these reviews and stay pleasant. Sometimes it’s hard not to be the grammar Nazi, the critical editor, the disappointed reader/listener. (Especially since I go into these types of books without expectation other than for what I’ve read in the summary.)
Usually, it’s a toss up. Sometimes I end up not liking the genre at all. Sometimes I discover a new favorite (author, narrator, series). The second, well, those are what I am honestly looking for when I volunteer to review.
This one was honestly a surprise. I liked it so much, I’ve listened to it twice.
And cried both times.
Sure, it’s time travel. But not like any sci-fi time travel you’d expect.
Sure, it’s emotional…a roller coaster, really. (And I do not say that often.)
Sure, it’s a teenage daughter with a smidgeon of angst and a whole lot of anger toward an absent father.
It’s all those things all wrapped up in a neat package of something different.
Don’t go reading other reviews. Avoid spoilers at all costs.
Listen to Julia Knippen take you on this wild ride and sound just like you’d expect Corina to sound, every nuance, every snarky remark, every bit of understanding she gains on her unexpected path.
Understand the parallels between Corina’s world and our own. Maybe, just maybe, gain some insight about yourself.
Do not pass this up.
You’d be missing out.
Set in the not too distant future in a realistic depiction of a world at war, Solace tells the story of a girl who has never met her father. She is bitter toward him for choosing to spend her whole life overseas working for the Red Cross, and then being killed. She is given the opportunity to travel back in time and get to know him.
I loved the time travel element and found the main character likable. I could understand why she felt bitter and my opinions of her father developed along with hers as we travelled this journey together.
I listened to the audiobook edition of this novel, which I received free in exchange for an honest review. The narrator was fabulous, bringing the story to life.
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Author: Therin Knite
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Narrator: Julia Knippen
Length: 11 hours, 1 minute
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Drama
Release Date: May 13, 2015
Publisher: Knite and Day Publishing
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
Wow! I just finished listening to the audiobook version of Solace.
I'm not sure what I thought this audiobook would be like, but I know that I did not expect to be so completely sucked in to the story, nor did I expect the narration to be so incredibly well done.
If you follow my blog at amiesbookreviews dot wordpress dot com you know that I read A LOT of books and listen to A LOT of audiobooks. That is probably why I do not rate many books or audiobooks as 5 out of 5 stars. If I enjoy a book and like it a lot it gets a 4 star rating from me. To get a 5 star rating, it must be exceptional. The audiobook version of SOLACE is exceptional.
The author has captured the emotions of Corina Marion perfectly.
Corina Marion's father is dead.
Before she was born, her father left to be Red Cross doctor in the War in Asia. That war has been going on for the entirety of her sixteen year life.
Luther Marion has never been a tangible presence in his daughter's life. What little she knows about him has come from her mother or from the damaged pictures and letters he has sent home over the years.
But now Luther Marion has returned home at last, but not in the way his family had hoped. Instead of a joyful family reunion, Luther Marion arrives home in a body bag. His wife, Corina's mother, is devastated and it is up to Corina to pick up the pieces of her mother's shattered hopes.
The residents of the small town where Corina and her mother live all mourn the loss of Luther Marion and talk about him as if he were a hero. Everyone tells Corina how proud she should be of her father, but it is difficult for her to feel much (other than anger) about the man she sees as a 'glory hound' and who chose war over being a real parent to Corina.
But when a mysterious old man confronts Corina at her father's funeral, she finds herself drawn to his impossible offer: a chance to know the now late Luther Marion. It's an offer she can't resist.
What she doesn't expect is that her choice will send her to the last place she ever expected to go: Her father's hometown. Six hundred miles south. And 25 years in the past.
You may think this sounds like a story that will be predictable and full of emotional trope, but you would be wrong. Corina is no push-over and she has a bone to pick with her father (and rightly so).
This story kept my interest for the entire 11 hours, which is a feat in itself.
I really liked the character of Corina. She came across as realistic and not just as a one dimensional character in a novel. She is snarky. She is strong and she's a badass. But, she is also just a girl who missed out on having a father in her life.
I am sure that many readers/listeners will be able to relate to Corina and the things she has gone through in her fictional life.
This audiobook is very engaging and entertaining. Even though this is fiction, it addresses some very real and very socially relevant issues facing people in the real world.
With the "War on Terror" still being fought and with so many American and Canadian military, medical and volunteer personnel being deployed overseas, the media often overlooks or ignores the effect this has on those who are left behind. I cannot (thankfully) imagine what a spouse would go through emotionally knowing that their loved one is facing mortal danger on a daily basis. The stress and worry must be mind-numbing. I also cannot imagine the toll it takes on a child knowing their parent is in danger. It would be very difficult for a child to form any sort of emotional bond with someone that they rarely see.
This audiobook has a great story with terrific narration and interesting subject matter. I rate SOLACE as 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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The main character is captivating, and Julia Knippen finds her voice perfectly, so I was very happy to live inside her head. Honestly I found the story fairly predictable, and the revelation that the main character reaches by the novel's end I made about a third of the way through. But that almost didn't matter, because she is so compelling, and the narration so good.
Did I say the narration was "good"? I should revise that to "outstanding". Julia Knippen is going to be one of those narrators you decide to follow, listening to everything they do.
How the main character's opinion changes as she gains perspective about her father and herself.
See above question.
Good Narain makes the characters seem more real.
I received this audiobook free in return for a review. I liked the book. It has a very good message and is well written
Solace really surprised me in how deep and philosophical it got while Corina was getting to know the boy, then the man, who would become her father. A story about a girl getting a chance to go back in time to meet her recently deceased father is already a brilliant idea, and is even more satisfying when it is executed so well. Solace is full of graceful descriptions of how gritty and terrifying fire, riots, and war are while showing us characters who are strong and stubborn and are heroes without the hero complex.
The scene where Corina returns and Lou recognizes her dressed exactly the same as when she disappeared almost a decade prior was quite memorable and a fun turning point for the story.
This is my first audio book of Julia Knippen's but I really enjoyed it. She has a very pleasant voice that is easy to understand and enjoy. The only complaint I would have is her male voices could have been made more different than the main character's narrating voice.
It didn't make me cry, but it did make me think about what drives people to take certain risks or make life-altering decisions. We really can't judge someone without understanding the events that shaped their personality and major decisions were based on.
I was waiting to see if this book would break the fundamental rules of time travel and change the outcome of the events. I think this book handled time travel in a really exciting way, one where you think Corina's actions were maybe even necessary for the progression of events.
I am a reader-reviewer, and love to help out all authors, especially up and coming authors.
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This was the first book from Therin Knite that I’ve read/listened too and I was thoroughly impressed! I wasn’t too sure at first because Corina has some major teenage attitude issues, but once I got going into the book things became way different. Corina goes on a major ride and learns some great lessons about her past and for her future. I loved this book. Definitely 4.5 STARS!
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
This was a good read.Julie Knippen does a great job narrating.A teenage girl,who has never known her father,reacts to the news of his death.She is bitter and angry that the whole town knew him,yet he never came home to know her.She is given a gift,a chance to find out who he was.Written from a teens perspective,I found Corrine to be a rude and sarcastic individual.This seems to be the way teen girls are written these days.
I was given this book for free for an honest review through Audioblast
The narration of this book was excellent.
I liked the description of the characters.
Julia's performance was spot on.
When Luther gives her that first hug. I teared up at that.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge in exchange for an unbiased review.
Yes I would definitely. Because it's a fantastic audiobook.
I can't compare it to another book.
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