Book Review: Solstice by P.J. Hoover

Rating: StarStarStar

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.

*****

DIFFERENT.

I wanted to love Solstice (because P.J. Hoover is very nice!) mainly because I devour Mythology and Dystopia books – but I didn’t, and that saddened me. If I were to sum it up, Solstice is 3 parts mythology and 1 part dystopia. The mythology is very refreshing, especially since Hoover related it to a dystopian setting. The story itself is stunning, but the female lead failed me big time.

Piper is smothered by her overprotective mother. Could this be the reason why she turned selfish, hypocritical, and gullible? I found her selfish because she thought only of herself when she saved Chloe. I found her a hypocrite when she demands the truth from her mom and Shayne but she keeps secrets herself. I found her gullible because she can barely contain herself with Reese (and his powers) but claims she only wants Shayne. Piper is a weak heroine – not worth rooting for. However, i really like her conviction and indifference about judgements (saying more would lead me to spoilers!). This is the one trait that showed she is who she is.

Shayne is by far the hottest H**** i’ve read (compared to Henry of The Goddess Test and John of Abandon) and the one who wielded most his power in its all brutal glory. He’s secretive (that’s a given for his character), compassionate, and definitely smoldering! His character is as strong as Piper’s is weak. Shayne is the reason that i keep on reading Solstice. He was the drug that calms me when Piper’s antics irritates the crap out of me. Reese is a force to be reckoned with but Shayne proved to be worthy of the upper hand. Piper’s mom and her overwhelming love to Piper is creepy that bordered to extreme.

First half of Solstice is confusing, but read on and you’ll be rewarded with astounding answers to those questions that lingered at the beginning. The climax barely give me the high i was hoping for. The conflict was not ended, only escaped from that led to a forgettable ending. But with Hoover painting a very different yet appreciative Underworld that i came to love, Solstice is bearable. If it wasn’t for my love-hate relationship with Piper, Solstice would’ve have been a great read.

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.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”

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