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Superhero Syndrome

(Solstice Survivors #1)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  82 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Tess McBray was dying. The Solstice Syndrome had no cure, and she resigned herself to an early grave. But just when she gave up on survival, all her symptoms mysteriously disappeared.

All but one symptom, anyway. Something is wrong with Tess’s hands. They absorb any material they touch, and her skin turns to wood, or steel, or concrete. It doesn’t take this comic-book obs
Paperback, 324 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Twisted Tree Press
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Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Superhero Syndrome (Solstice Survivors #1)” is not lesfic, but is a very enjoyable interpretation of the superhero/supervillain origin genre.

The author did a wonderful job defining characters as believable people, with many of the positive and negative attributes on exhibit IRL: fear, friendship, love, hate, lust, forgiveness, cruelty, greed, goodness…and many other emotions and behaviors. I was reminded of early Fantastic Four or Spiderman stories, where ordinary people gain extraordinary abil
Laura..devouring books like crumpets
🎧 📖 Audio book read for review from Audiobookempire 🎧 📖

3.5 stars

A little bit like x men meets superman...... A brilliant concoction!

I did Listen to the Audio version of this by Ruby Hankey, first time i have listened to a book narrated by her and i think her voice which was young and fresh fit Tess's POV perfectly, not only Tess but she has a wide range in giving an independent voice to other characters.

Very softly spoken you could imagine her being a teacher reading to Children at story time,
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

omg! so glad I got to read this!

Oh My God this book! This book was like reading the pilot episode of an awesome new superhero series. (theme song Unknown Brain - Superhero or Simon Curtis - Superhero) The Solstice Syndrome is a wasting disease, where the body runs hot and the fever burns through the body's water, you basically die of fever and dehydration. Tess is prepared to die, she knows it's soon because for some fucked up reason her case progressed faster than most. On the night
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The world had changed. But I didn’t mind. I’d gotten to change right along with it.”

I can’t believe that I finished reading this book in one sitting. I started “Superhero Syndrome” thinking that I would read just a few chapters, but the next time I checked my progress I had almost reached the end. Not once did I feel bored while reading this book.

The plot was interesting and the way the main characters reacted when they found out about their superpowers seemed realistic to me. I lik
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Who does not love a superhero??? This book is so much fun to read. It is a very fluent story and I finished it in one day. I could not put it away.
In the beginning I did nor see where it was going but it soon became clear that is was going in the perfect direction. It was like a comic book translated in to a novel but with a lot more depth. I just loved it and I hope we won't have to wait too long before we can start with part 2. I am really looking forward to it. The 5 stars are well deserved.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, netgalley
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

This is a really good superhero story which you just will not want to put down.

Katherine Paschal
**You can find my review at

Tess knows that she is going to die from the mysterious solstice illness just like so many other people, but she refuses to die in her hospital bed. Instead she goes to watch the meteor shower, expecting the last thing she sees to be the stars- but when she waked up from the meteor shower, she appears to be miraculously healed. Deciding to change her life, Tess goes back to her home town to make some big changes and life altering c
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I've complained in the past about superhero novels often being poorly done. This is a welcome exception. It's remarkably non-tropey, especially the characters, who are at the same time familiar and fresh, with some depth to them. Tess, the main character and narrator, is particularly fun; she could easily have been a whiny loser, or a fake "strong woman" who constantly has to be rescued from her bad decisions, but she's neither. She fights her own way out of trouble that her inexperience, or the ...more
Shelleen Toland
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. There is no cure for the Solstice Syndrome and just when Tess gave up and she knew death was just days away, all of a sudden her symptoms mysteriously disappear.
Then she notices something is wrong with her hands.No matter what she touches her hand turns into that object. Wood, steel, and concrete. Tess is 21 years old and loves comic books and has realized she now has superpowers. All of a sudden people across the country have gifts too. In the city s
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Superhero Syndrome is the first installment in the Solstice Survivor series. It’s a promising start to this new series. I love this fresh take on superheroes. I’m looking forward to more adventures with Tess & Reed. And meeting more superheroes with different powers!

*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review to follow with blog tour. (Hint: it was fantastic!)
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Review and blog tour can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

This was a hidden gem for me. Inkslinger was asking for more blogs to participate and when I saw that this book had super heroes in it, I jumped in the chance! "Super Hero Syndrome" follows Tess, who is dying from an unique disease. When a meteor shower passes over Earth, she wakes up the next day, healed...and with special powers.

Crime fighting, a mysterious vigilante and action ensure
Errin Krystal
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Minor Spoiler Warning

I loved this book! I read 75% of it on the first day! I would have finished it except for that whole real life bit getting in the way. But, yes, loved it! I was never not going to love a book about superheroes!

The story opens with Tess in hospital, dying of a rare and incurable disease that has struck down members of the population. She does not want to die alone in her hospital bed, but on her own terms,
Theresa Braun
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just for the record, I’m a slow reader. However, I literally flew through these pages. And, that, my friends, made me feel like a superhero.

I absolutely dig the premise of this story and agree that the set-up is ripe for a series. Regular folks embolden with superpowers? And both good and evil people are blessed with them? Oof! Talk about a recipe for chaos. One of the things I enjoyed is Tess’ particular ability. It made me want to read on just to find out what it entailed and how she was going
Lauren Jones
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From sickness to health and…superpowers? How does that happen? If you were dying and one night, something changed all of that—made the pain completely go away—would you question it or thank your lucky stars? Or, in this case…what appears to be a lucky meteor shower. Wait, if another meteor shower came through, does that mean that you might lose them again and be as sick as you were before? So much to think about; it’s a bit unnerving. Well, you won’t have to think about it for too long because L ...more
Rochelle Jones
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: honest-reviews
I really enjoyed this book!

I loved that Tess is a comic book lover and that she just so happens to survive a terminal illness that results in the ability for her to become her own superhero. It’s ironically, poetic and kinda perfect.

For the most part I loved everything going on in this book. Larrinaga has great plot line development in this story, and her characters have an okay amount of depth to them. What I want to see more of, though, is the details of this world; I want to feel as though my
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost let me say that I am not a big comic book fan; yet, the summary for "Superhero Syndrome" caught my attention and I found myself truly immersed into a truly creative story line with interesting characters world building.

Cartoonist and comic book lover, Tess McBray was dying. She like so many suffered from the Solstice Syndrome. So, what does she do? She checks herself out of the hospital against the medical staff's advice and drives over to a local park to stargaze as she dies.
Tracy Heath
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I received from the author in exchange for an honest review. It had a strong, independent female character. She was interested in romance, but not consumed by it. She thought for herself, took care of herself, and lived on her own terms. I find that kind of female character lacking in so many books these days, so it was refreshing to meet Tess, the main character of this book/series.

I enjoyed the relationship between Tess and her sister. It was realistic in
Becky Baldridge
Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Superhero Syndrome offers something a bit different than the norm in the Urban Fantasy genre. Superheroes certainly aren't new, and they are everywhere lately, but Carryn Larrinaga has managed to make them feel fresh and new with some interesting powers and witty characters. Of course, we can't have superheroes without some villains to pull them into the light, and these are definitely villainous. Between the bad guy characteristics and Ruby Hankey's voice to breathe life into them, I found myse ...more
O.J. Lowe
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Given I love this sort of genre, it's hard not to compare it immediately to some of the other previous work I've read, to see how it stands when put up against some of its peers amongst superhero fiction. And the good news is, this measures up well. Before you can measure how she stands up against other protagonists, you need to look at Tess herself. Very believable character with a lot of relatable problems, winds up in a bad situation where she's ready to die and ultimately comes out of it str ...more
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tess is terribly ill. Like many other people, she has caught what the press began to call the solstice syndrome. Many are dying, and Tess is almost terminal, but on a night during a meteor shower, not only she gets cured but she also gains superpowers. After learning to master her new skills, she joins forces with the Fox, in an attempt to end a human trafficking network that has kidnapped her sister.

This was an excellent YA superhero novel! Written in first person, I quickly connected with Tess
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Superhero Syndrome tells the story of Tess McBray, who has been hospitalised by the mysterious Solstice Syndrome disease. After escaping the hospital to end her life in peace she witnesses a meteor shower, and is suddenly cured. But she’s not quite the same woman she used to be...

Tess as she returns to her hometown of Wayland to rebuild her relationship with her sister. As she discovers her own super
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was well written, interesting and fun! Who wouldn’t love to wake up to superpowers?! The real question is would you use those gifts for good or evil?

In the beginning of this novel, Tess is a twenty-one year old on her deathbed with a virus called Solstice Syndrome that came out of no where and has no known cure. She has accepted her fate until a never before seen meteor shower sweeps across the Earth and she is miraculously cured! In fact, everyone with the virus is cured. Tess then,
L. S.
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
To summarize this novel in a few words: a romanticized Kick-Ass with an actual superpowered origin story.

Tess finds herself with a new lease on life when her debilitating and mysterious illness is cured. She gets involved with the vigilante subculture of her hometown. Costumed vigilante, at that. Oh—costumed vigilante with superpowers.

This was a novel that captured the origin story formula perfectly. The sequence of events leading to the birth of her superpowers, the reveal of the bad guy—it was
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Superhero syndrome is the first book of Solstice survivor series by Caryn Larrinaga. I’ve just finished reading this turn-page novel and I’ve loved it.
The story is about Tess a dying girl who will miraculously recover from an incurable illness known as the solstice syndrome. She will develop superpowers in the process and begin a series of adventures. Although the the author has announced several facts and events in the book description, the story remains suspenseful. In fact her writing style f
Maria Vickers
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin with this review. This book was amazing and worth all 5 stars. The plot was interesting, intriguing, and different from other books like this. On top of a great story, were the characters that fueled it. I couldn't put it down and I highly recommend you one click this book today.

Tess was ready to die. The Solstice Syndrome had no cure and hers was progressing at an alarming rate, but something happened, she didn't die. In fact, she wound up having special powers
Cary Morton
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book directly from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Superhero Syndrome by Caryn Larrinaga was an absolutely stunning read. I found the characters to be personable, the writing style to be clear and easy to follow. The world-building and description were familiar and elegant. I loved the romance between The Butterfly and The Fox. I could really go on about it for ages.

I absolutely loved the book and would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes s
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Mysterious illness followed by superhero powers? What's not to like!

21 year old Tess is about to die. But then she wasn't. The only remnants of her mysterious illness was her strange ability to absorb material into her hands, becoming that material. She moves back home to be near her sister and begins a strange fascination with a vigilante named Fox.

Before long, Tess is caught up in a mystery of missing girls and crime. Can she figure out her new powers in time to help?

This book skillfully wea
Henry Lazarus
Nov 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Tess McBray was dying of Solstice Syndrome when a meteor strike not only cures her but gives her Superhero Syndrome (paper from Twisted Tree Press) . In her case it’s the ability to turn flesh into something she touches (like metal). Caryn Larrinaga tells a fun tale of a young millennial returning to her home town Weyland. Someone is abducting young women, including her pregnant sister and other friends and only she and another affected potential super-hero, The Fox, can stop them. This is a gig ...more
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The story:

Tess McBray is dying, suffering from solstice syndrome for which there is no cure, she decided to check herself out of hospital to watch the meteor shower and die on her own terms. Only something happens during the shower and she doesn't die. She appears to have been miraculous healed - and with the second chance at life she decided to head home and start her live over.

Only she wasn't banking on becoming a superhero! This is Tess's origin story if you like, we see her grow from a sickl
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Caryn Larrinaga is an award-winning mystery, horror, and urban fantasy writer. Her debut novel, DONN'S HILL, was awarded the League of Utah Writers 2017 Silver Quill in the adult novel category and was a 2017 Dragon Award finalist. 

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