Saturday, July 9, 2011

Review of Solstice by PJ Hoover

Where Mythology and Dystopia meet...

Piper's world is dying. Global warming is slowly killing every living thing on Earth. She endures the endless summer and her suffocating mother, and does what she can to help, using her incredible green thumb. Until one day…

She opens a mysterious box, and everything changes.

Piper discovers a world of mythology parallel to her own. A world where gods battle for control, and monsters feed in the rivers of the Underworld. This dark world pulls her in and tells her she belongs.

She meets Shayne, who keeps secrets from her. And Reese, who makes her feel alive. But she almost loses her best friend and her life. She doesn't want to leave this new world. But can she choose the life she wants, without sacrificing the people she loves?

My Review:    5 of 5 stars   

I have to admit that I discovered this book when someone tweeted about it being on sale memorial day weekend, and then I saw the striking cover! Add to that the fact that I’ll give anything set in Texas a try (unless it's ultra scary).  Not to mention the fact that it dealt with global warming aka extreme heat and if you have been anywhere in Texas since May you would know what I’m talking about.  Since I’ve been drawn into the dystopian worlds I was intrigued by the description.

I found myself drawn into Piper’s world from the beginning.   Piper seemed to be on her own and saying her mom was overbearing would be an understatement.  Having the new hot guy in class give you all his attention was a distraction that Piper didn’t know how to handle at first.  It’s hard for me to describe the story without giving away details that were fun to discover as the reader.  I LOVE mythology and I LOVE this take on a well-known mythological tale.   

I had my suspensions about which mythological players the book was about, which pulled at the preconceived ideas I had on those involved and this only fueled my need to find out if I was correct (which I was).  Even with the thoughts that were triggered by the different view on the situation, I was sucked into this world like none other.  With an intriguing setting, crazy love triangle and story about self-discovery, I devoured Solstice in less than 12 hours.   

If you are love mythology and future worlds, you will not be disappointed in this book.  I can’t wait to see what PJ Hoover has in store for us next; I can only hope it’s more stories that is as captivating as Solstice.


  1. Great review! I've been debating buying this one, but it's definitely going on my to-buy list now. Books based on mythology are always tons of fun, especially when they're done well.

  2. Thank you so much for the review, Sarah! I love it, and really appreciate your support!