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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
Ella Enchanted
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
Gone-Away Lake
Circling the Sun
Maggie and Max
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Night Sister
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Bedknob and Broomstick
Mister Monday
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Birchbark House
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Book Review: Solstice by P.J. Hoover


Synopsis (from Goodreads):  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.

My Thoughts:  I love Greek Mythology!  I'm no expert on it but I love to read it!  Solstice had mythology mixed with dystopian...and it was great!

Piper lives in Texas where global warming has become a scary reality.  The average temperature was over 105 degrees! There are no pretty green trees or grass because everything has died.  Cooling gels are sprayed outside to cook people off (much like the cooling mists of water at Disneyland).   

Piper's mom is on the council and doesn't like how they are handling the global warming issue but is more interested in her greenhouse and being extremely protective over Piper's life.  

Piper has some questions about who she really is however.  She has found out that her mom has lied to her about something really important and a customer at their greenhouse has given Piper a mysterious box.  Then there is the issue of Reese and Shayne.  They are new guys at school and yet everyone seems to think they have been there all year.  Yeah, strange right?

This book was fast paced and so different!  Piper was a very realistic character and was caring and strong.  I loved how she was able to stand up to her mom about the tattoo and is also strong enough to fight a Fate and other dark gods from the underworld.  

Filled with romance, danger, action and excitement, Solstice is an amazing story!  If you like Greek Mythology, dystopian novels or just an exciting, fast read then I suggest you go out and get this one on your e-reader!


  1. Thank you so much for the thoughtful review! I'm so glad you enjoyed SOLSTICE!

  2. I liked this book as well. My review will be posted tomorrow.