Book Review: Solstice by P.J. Hoover

July 5, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 2 ★★★½

Book Review: Solstice by P.J. HooverTitle: Solstice by P.J. Hoover
Published by: Self-Published on May 4, 2011
Genres: Dystopian, Mythology, Young Adult
Source: The Author
Format: eARC
Pages: 382
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three-half-stars

Where Mythology and Dystopia meet...

Piper’s world is dying. Global warming kills every living thing on Earth, and each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy humanity. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives with her mother who suffocates her more than the chaotic climate. When her mother is called away to meet the father Piper has been running from her entire life, Piper seizes an opportunity for freedom.

But when Piper discovers a world of mythology she never knew existed, she realizes her world is not the only one in crisis. While Gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper's life spirals into turmoil, and she struggles to find answers to secrets kept from her since birth. And though she’s drawn to her classmate Shayne, he may be more than he claims. Piper has to choose whom she can trust and how she can save the people she loves even if it means the end of everything she’s ever known.

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I love reading dystopian novels and when I found out this book had Greek mythology in it, a topic I’m fascinated and in love with also, I jumped at the chance to read/review and be a host in P.J. Hoover’s Blog Tour. I have to admit, this book is more Greek mythology than dystopian world, but it ties in together nicely and you can see the result of one due to another.

It’s been so long since I’ve studied mythology I had to go back and read the tale that this story retells. Hoover does a great job of bringing a classic Greek tale into modern light, sharing this story with new and young fans. I loved all the references to mythology and how she stayed true to their stories, while adding her own twist to it. She turned all the classic gods into modern day people that we wouldn’t give a second thought about, but could easily be swayed to love or hate either way. I also highly enjoyed the intimate, steamy moments that Piper shares with Shayne.

One thing I didn’t really get was how quickly everything unfolded. The book has over 40 chapters, but they are relatively short and everything unravels in a matter of pages. It was a bit slow at first, as most novels tend to go, but once Piper’s past is revealed, things come spilling out of the woodwork. It doesn’t really deter you from the book, and it’s a good book, one that left me wanting to revisit the world of mythology and rediscover all the ancient tales of the gods.

P.J. Hoover did a great job for her first leap into the Teen/Young Adult realm and I’m looking forward to a sequel to this great book!

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