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Solace and Grief

(The Rare #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  188 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Solace Morgan was born a vampire. Raised in foster care, she has always tried to keep her abilities secret, until an eerie encounter with a faceless man prompts her to run away. Finding others with similar gifts, Solace soon becomes caught up in a strange, more vibrant world than she ever knew existed. But when the mysterious Professor Lukin takes an interest in her friend ...more
Paperback, 363 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Hybrid
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Nov 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
I couldn't finish this book.

From the opening paragraph, which takes place on a four-poster bed with "tattered hangings of white gauze", thoughts akin to the video clip for "Total Eclipse of the Heart" came to mind and I knew that this was going to be a bit of a hackneyed read.

To my credit I read more than half the book before I gave up. Because it was so boring. The book is about Solace who is a vampire, but I didn't read anything to build upon or contribute meaningfully to the vampire myth the
Steph Bowe
Feb 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just, wow.

Solace & Grief got off to a slow start - the first third of the novel, while beautifully written, was somewhat stagnant. Solace runs away after a meeting with a faceless man, makes friends with a bunch of unemployed youths who live in a warehouse. She has some vaguely vampire-like traits - the sun tires her, she's strong, she can eat very few foods. It's all very mysterious, but not a whole lot seems to happen.

But then - we get to the second third of the novel and bam! there's
Lan Chan
Oct 23, 2011 rated it liked it
Solace and Grief is beautifully written novel and blends the concepts of vampires and other paranormals or Rare with social issues such as homelessness, alcoholism and general displacement and listlessness.
Solace grows up in a group home where for seventeen years she feels as if she doesn't fit into the world. After dozens of foster parents fail to materialise on the day they are meant to pick her up, Solace is resigned to living out the remainder of her teenage years with the eclectic mix of o
Feb 01, 2010 rated it liked it
My Rating: 3.5

Solace Morgan grew up in a group home in Australia, that was more often than not filled with damaged and problematic kids. She was home schooled and spent much of her time by herself growing up, not having any real friends. During all this time she always knew she was different from the other kids because of her mysterious food allergies, low tolerance for the sun and special abilities. Solace suspects that she's a vampire.

The day before her birthday, Solace feels the urge to leave
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, fantasy-urban
I think I would've enjoyed this more if I was younger, for it is very much a young adult novel. For an adult the actions of the characters don't always make sense, and the character development in terms of some characters is weak. It is hard to feel anything for any of the characters.

Now that is the bad part - the good part is the world building in terms of powers is well done - even if Solace seems to have too many. It is awesome beyond worlds that the chosen one is a girl. The interactions bet
Jul 27, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-ya
Twilight meets Supernatural meets Heroes meets... This one really does have it all. Inspired by Buffy the Vampire Killer reruns, Meadows came up with a prologue that will knock readers’ socks off. It’s possibly the most intriguing prologue I’ve ever read. Thankfully I was blessed with a rainy day and had nothing better to do than read. Even so, I’m not sure I could have put this book down.

Solace Morgan is a vampire. She has suspected this for some time; growing up, she knew she was different giv
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
First novel (I think) by an Australian writer. Takes the theme of super-persons in our midst, including vampires, psychics and people with other gifts, and mixes it with magic, coming-of-age and identity angst, and comes up with an immensely readable and original read. I did find it hard at first to differentiate some of the secondary characters, but by the end of the book they emerged as clear identities. I found the main character likeable and intriguing. The book ends on a cliffhanger and I c ...more
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: vampire, ya
The only reason it has two stars is because of the fact that I found it interesting. If the standard of writing had been better it would have been around a low four star. Instead, I found myself drawn to read more, only to be confused by muddled sentence structure and clumsy, fanfiction-esque descriptions and it felt as though it had too much going on at once. I might start the second in the series in hope that Foz Meadows improves, seeing as I'm genuinely interested in what happens next, but if ...more
Yvonne Boag
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Solace & Grief by Foz Meadows is quite unique in YA novels. 1 it's Australian. 2 it is aimed at the older teen market. 3 it is quite well written and 4 it avoids most of the teen angst. Solace runs away from foster care and finds a group of people with unique abilities just like she has. But who is after her and where does she come from? More fantasy then supernatural and a good read.
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Omg! An utterly awesome book full to the brim with deceit, betrayal action and the lingering hint of love. Its a must read for certain. Itll grip your heart and refuse you the ability to put it away. Has a great lead up to book number 2. 190% recommendation. I've already read it 2Times
Emiri Tachibana
May 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Freakin'awesome! Waited ages for the second one though...
This was reasonably well written, but I just found it so hard to keep reading it, like it was dragging on and on and on...
Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
AMAZING!!! So worth reading!!
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book and a great experiance. A YA vampire book concentrated not on romance, but on the search for identity. I enjoyed it probably more than the amount of stars indicates.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Serviceable, and some nice concepts, but I have absolutely no urge to read more.
Kat at Book Thingo
This book is a good debut novel and I’d recommend it solely on the fact that it’s set in Sydney—except that there’s enough meat in the story to make it interesting beyond the setting.

The beginning of the novel is a little drawn out and seems to go nowhere for a while. I mean, interesting stuff happens to Solace, but I just didn’t feel like I cared too much until it turns out that Solace’s friends have their own peculiarities. Solace and her friends’ gifts are revealed slowly but deliciously, an
Sep 20, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal, ya
A very different reading experience from what I was expecting.

It was more "edgy" and dark, for one thing, and gave me a glimpse into what I can only imagine life on the streets for a young person is like.

One thing that struck me is that a lot of the events in the novel happen to the characters rather than them causing things to happen, so it often seemed as if I was on a bit of a roller-coaster with things appearing in my line of sight that I had not seen coming and couldn't predict. That the ch
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I'm finding this book quite hard going at the moment. It is interesting but I can't seem to care about Solace. I think I'll enjoy her friends more.
If I hadn't read other peoples reviews about this book I'd probably put it down right now...

... now that I've finished I still think I like Solace the least. But that is ok, I rarely ever like a main character but prefer the supporting characters because they are usually more likeable and less whiny. Probably because you don't have to read all of thei
Anna Hepworth
Jan 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Lots to like about this, plot that had a decent amount of complexity, and the world building is fabulous. Unfortunately, it reads like it really needed another edit - sections were sufficiently confusing that I had to read them through more than once to try and work out what was going on. I'm not convinced about the characters, but then I wasn't particularly keen on teenagers when I was one, a story full of slightly odd individuals didn't improve my perceptions of them.

But to put this in context
Jan 05, 2014 rated it liked it
A very good book for teens who like supernatural/ fantasy/ romance and who are good readers. Solace and grief is a vivid and very creative novel that although it has some flaws in the writing is a very addictive book. I stared reading and finished in four hours. I enjoyed how the author developed the characters well and came up with a different story from the main stream teen novel selection. The author didn't make some needed connections and progressions in the story but it is still addictive. ...more
Els (Tragic Romantic)
I picked up this book because I wanted to read the author, not the content, and I kind of enjoyed it. I definitely like the way she writes but I lost track of the characters too easily, there were too many of them for me to keep track. The characters that did stick out to me were never mentioned again, but the characters who WERE important, were so numerous and ever-present that they, and their abilities all blurred together. Which is why only 3 stars.
Jul 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading small Australian publishers. Australian authors, characters and locations. Great descriptions of Sydney and the fictional underworld/otherworld. A little slow at parts but builds tension. Recommended.
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
loved it!
Aug 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Really good book-I look forward to more
Caroline Clifford
Sep 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-enjoyed
Really enjoyed it and eagerly awaiting the sequel
Tanita S.
ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS 2011 Cybils nominee.
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Jul 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Foz Meadows is a genderqueer fantasy author with a pronounced weakness for Dragon Age, fanfic, webcomics and mornings that are so late as to technically constitute noons. She currently lives in Brisbane.

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