Friday, August 31, 2012

Self-published Author Shelley Workinger's SOLID Series is a Must Read!

I could not put this book down! Shelley Workinger’s book Solid, book one in the Solid series, is addictive and fun. It has a comic book feel to it that is similar to the X-men that has scientific conspiracies that also involve government experiments and yes there is a love story too. This is all in a self-published book that was written impeccably by Shelley Workinger. I could see a massive cult following of this series. I may end up a devoted follower myself based on how many times I have visited The Solid Series sight. There are fun extras there like character avatars and music playlists for all three books in the series along with sneak peeks to the next two books in the series. Settling, book two in the series is available now but Sound which is the third book will be released in November. The cover is being held under wraps but will be revealed closer to release date.


Clio Kaid may be 17 and just beginning the last summer before her senior year, but her life is anything but typical.

She's just discovered she was genetically altered before birth and is now headed to a top-secret Army campus to explore the surprising results of the experiment.

Follow Clio and the other teens as they develop fantastic super-abilities, forge new friendships, find love, and uncover a conspiracy along the way.

Clio is quite adorable. She is an intelligent girl who doesn’t lack confidence and even though she is shy sometimes she always has a witty comeback. It’s because of these qualities it is believable when she makes friends so quickly and catches the eye of Jack as well. The book is written in her perspective and it’s great when you can read her inner thoughts when she becomes nervous in a situation yet she pushes them aside to do what is right for her and her friends. This is an awesome character for young girls to see the world through.

Jack compliments Clio in the best of ways. He is not overly confident and just plain sweet. He is still a bit of a mystery to me but I’m sure more will be revealed in the next two books concerning that. Jack is always a gentleman around Clio and her safety is at the top of his list. He also has a leadership quality about him when interacting with the circle of friends in the book. Overall Jack is a well-rounded character that readers will want more of.

Everyone will LOVE Garrett who is the comedian of the group. His dialogue is pure gold. Especially when he discusses with Clio his attraction to her friend Bliss and his performance at the dance in the book is hilarious. I feel that the characters that Shelly Workinger has managed to create are what readers will love about the Solid series. They have a strong team dynamic and a believable quality of loyalty that I as a reader could not get enough of.

Solid doesn’t have a lot of action in it, it’s more about the conspiracy but I was okay with that. I kept reading, wanting to know what was going to happen next, and if a book can have you biting your nails without having to shove the expected constant action in your face then I’d say that’s an extremely well written book that deserves attention. This book is like a whisper of what is to come later in the series. It sets the scene, creates a great character following and always has you wanting more. Oh, and please don’t let the scientific nature of the book scare you off if you are not a usual follower of this genre. I was never lost in the book and Workinger does a great job at laying out the plot for her readers.

This really is the reason why I chose to do a feature on self-published authors. Books like Solid from a talented author like Shelley Workinger are books that readers need to take a chance on. They are a lot of great books that need to be read. Remember it’s not always about the flashy cover but the guts that are inside, and the Solid series was written by an author with guts. 

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Shelley's Solid series is also available in paperback through Barnes and Noble

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