Solstice

Solstice

by P. J. Hoover
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
solstice is like twilight mixed with percy jackson. minus the vampires and werewolves. but involves all the things you love about percy jackson without the oracle and camp but involves the gods. a great book!
montanamarynotmartha More than 1 year ago
Okay, I love to gush about good books but this time you're getting a geyser! Author P.J. Hoover has written a thrilling, twisting-turning story about Greek gods living in the near future - two of which are fighting for the love of Piper. Piper's seemingly dull, sheltered life erupts into a fast-paced journey back and forth between the Underworld and her present-day teenage life. To say it was a journey of self-discovery is putting it mildly. P.J. Hoover BLASTS you with a shocking surprise about her main character and has you wondering night and day if she'll end up with Shayne or will Reese trick her into his arms? Oh, wait - maybe Reese is who she should be with? Idunno - I'm with Piper, one minute I'm certain, the next not sure. All of creation depends on her choice. And for you adult-teenagers that love YA, Hoover ads just enough steam to keep the romance real and earth-crackin' hot. And the settings - the seemingly-dystopian world (or is it really suffering a dystopian effect?) Piper keeps you imagining the heat, the protective domes over the city, and the urgency of seeking shelter from the sudden heat waves all give your imagination a work-out. Add to it the other happy/creepy she visits to the Underworld and you will be in fiction-opia yourself! And the Mythology - while I don't worship Zeus, I always loved Mythology - aren't they really just stories that we share with centuries past? Strong characters built in- imaginative stories passed on for generations to enjoy. I love that P.J. Hoover has resuscitated them and brought them new life - making them relevant in modern times. A refreshing change from vampires and dystopia. An added thumbs up to the fantastic writing here. She kept me so engaged - I read this on my phone! This was my first experience reading an e-book through and I read it everywhere - at baseball practice, at work during lunch, and even after work at 1:30AM. Dr. Seuss would have write a rhyme about me! I can't believe I got this much entertainment out of a $2.99 download that took me only seconds to purchase. I can't say it enough don't throw away another $4.99 to rent a movie - download this book! Your summer reading list is begging you to put the cherry on top! I give Solstice 5 stars ***** in Orion's belt! You can find Solstice at Barnes & Noble. Also, if you are like me and can't get enough - you can sign up to receive a scannable trading card with story-extras. We're talking fun now! You have got to see these cards! Tanni (creepy-girl) and the beautiful Chloe and her beaus Shayne and Reese and more. See RootsInMyth at pjhoover.blogspot(dot) com for a chance to receive a card.
Nikkayme More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Solstice is this crazy combination of world-ending dystopia and crazy Greek mythology. Right off the bat, Piper's world is introduced as this barren, desert-like landscape with scorching heat and endless, deathly summer. A good chunk of the book focuses solely on Piper and her world - her friendship with Chloe, her relationship with her mother, and the sudden attraction to not one, but two guys she's never taken notice of before. The book feels almost like two entirely separate stories: one a dystopian and one about Greek mythology. The connection between the two takes quite a while to form, but once it does, it's fascinating. The mythology aspect sort of comes out of left field, but it is slowly weaved in perfectly with everything that's happened to Piper in the past. Getting there is a bit slow going, but worth it in the end. P.J. Hoover's take on the Underworld and the gods is different from every other story I've read and while I found the big twist to be predictable, it didn't detract from the story. Some of the more sexy scenes took me by surprise because, up until a certain point, the book isn't explicit at all, then, BAM body parts. Normally, I'm perfectly fine with sex scenes and nudity in books, but it felt almost out of place in Solstice, like it could have been there but told in a different way. Regardless, Solstice is a one of a kind mesh of dystopian/mythology with an intelligent lead character who has more than a few life-altering realizations coming her way. P.J. Harvey's debut is far from what I expected, but an absorbing read that tackles morality, mortality, and all of the things in between.
blhocking More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christy Easterwood More than 1 year ago
Im so sad its over!! Im at a loss for words.... loved it!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of those books- the ones that you get into expecting to love, but then it comes out just kind of 'meh'. The premise was excellent- a dystopian novel, mixed in with classical mythology. Upon reading it, though, I got somewhat disappointed on two counts: One, the mythos doesn't seem to blend really well with the story. Two, the exact myth (Hades and Persephone) used is edited a lot, presumably to cross out the negative aspects and make room for the romance. If the author wanted an Underworld myth, they could have possibly used Orpheus and Eurydice, though a disaster scenario based off of that would be hard to come up with. If there is a sequel, I look forward to it in any case. Perhaps this writer will improve upon this one!
ImaginaryReads More than 1 year ago
Solstice is the best mythological-based book that I’ve read all year! The events of Solstice take place in the future of Austin, Texas, where 99 degrees is the new low. The effects of global warming are becoming a reality with heat bubbles taking large numbers of lives and Austin’s government worsening the global warming issue instead of helping. Piper’s mom is on the council and disproves of the way the council handles the situation, but she doesn’t speak up. Instead, she’s satisfied working with her plants at Botanical Haven, their private greenhouse, and overshadowing Piper in her obsessive desire to monopolize her daughter. As the story progresses, Piper realizes that there are secrets surrounding her identity. She has always believed that her father is a criminal, but now she learns that her mom lied to her. Melina, a frequent customer at Botanical Haven, gives her a mysterious box for her birthday. And the two new guys at school? Well, everyone else believes that Reese and Shayne have been there all year, and so do they, so she goes along with their ideas. When I learned Shayne’s true identity (the first that you’ll discover), I’ll admit that began to think that this book would turn out to be just another one of the up and coming mythology books. However, P.J. Hoover introduces yet another twist to her dystopian novel: the fact that Piper is one of the gods. Once the gods step in, this story becomes less dystopian and more mythological/paranormal as Piper uncovers clues as to whom she really is. I’ll tell you this. While I was disappointed that there wasn’t more focus on impending world doom, it made me fall in love with the story all over again. Piper doesn’t go on action-filled quests to save the world, but she does discover her identity—and along with it, she finds love. It’s not destiny, nor is it not forbidden love (excluding Mom’s daughter complex). It’s pure love. I must say that the ending left me feeling empty. Hoover does give us a feel for how events will turn out: Piper finds her rightful place, and we have a feel for what will happen to the “bad guys.” However, the bad guys have yet to be judged, and anything could happen. She also leaves us the question of whether or not the balance in the world will be righted. The book would have been all right by itself since Piper’s back in her rightful place, suggesting that everything’s all right now, but… there’s a sequel, which means more trouble for Piper. Which means I expect answers in the sequel!! P. J. Hoover turns the gods and goddesses into very realistic personalities. Hades is moody, mysterious, yet caring and responsible about the Underworld, which he rules wisely and justly. I enjoyed looking at the three areas of the Underworld through Piper’s eyes. Cerberus is so very doggy and lovable. Ares is cruel and arrogant, the very manifestation of the God of War that he is. Aphrodite is manipulative and vain. Zeus is easygoing and open about his affairs. As for Demeter? Well, you see another side to her that you’d never think to see. And it’s interesting, real, and adds spice to this story. Solstice is a real page-turner of a novel. I couldn’t stop reading it from the moment I read the first lines. I recommend Solstice for readers looking for a good mythological read, a story of true love, the journey of self-discovery, and some steamy scenes with hot gods.
Addicted_Readers More than 1 year ago
2.5 - 3 Stars Solstice is one of those book that I love to hate! It was very hard for me to get into it, and once I (kinda) did, it was a BIG disappointment! Nothing really happened, besides global warming, which was intriguing, but I want something with a bang, or at least....Something! But as the story progressed and we get introduced to the Underworld, and the Gods, then I started to say, okay, this is going to be good after all. Sadly, that was not the case with Solstice. Solstice had very interesting Ideas, but was not well thought-out. Now, I did not hate this book, BUT it didn't live up to my expectations at all! The writing was good, but everything was VERY predictable! I seen things coming way before they even happened, and when they did happen, it wasn't nothing to get excited about! The Plot The world has gone into chaos. Global warning is in effect, with extreme heat rises, and unexpected hail storms. Its like the weather has a mind of its own...Many people have died as a result of this, and more are expected. Many even believe this is the end of times. Piper, a freshly turned eighteen year old is struggling from her mothers obsessiveness to keep her sheltered, and cut off from everyone other then her best-friend Chole. She has never had a boyfriend or gone to hang out with friends. So when her mom has to go on this "mysterious" meeting, Piper seizes this opportunity to spread her freshly turn eighteen year old wings, and soars! She goes on a date! For the first time ever, and she loves it! But that's only the beginning of Piper's changing life. Her life is thrown out of control when mysterious things start to happen. She's hearing and seeing things that can't really be there. And she hears whispers of someone oncoming demise. Then if that isn't enough, two mysterious boys come out of nowhere, and they both seem to know her, and want her. Then Pipers world turns upside down, when both boys turn out to be gods of this underworld, she never knew existed! She's also having these strong desires for both boys. One feels real and genuine, while the other desire feels forced, like a fuzzy haze. Piper can't understand or explain any of this, so she excepts it.... Then Piper is introduced to the Underworld were Gods rule, and dead souls linger. She is thrust into this life of pain, sorrow, misery, on one side of the underworld, where the bad souls go. And on the other side, happiness, love, and a life in paradise for the good souls. Piper knows she is connected to this world somehow, someway, and she determined to find out how! But no one will tell her anything, and people are dying all around her, her moms hiding something and smothering her at the same time. She also has her best-friend Chole, starting to go crazy on her, and her estranged father is sending her letters and trying to take her away from her mom. And if that's not enough, One of the gods turn out to be something Piper never expected, and he's starting to stalk her! Pipers world went from crazy, to unbelievably INSANE, and she has absolutely no clue how, and why, But shes about to find out.... Now, doesn't that sound good? Well I thought so too, but really it is nothing like it sounds. When Piper found out that the guy she is falling for was actually and god in a different world, she wasn't even freaked out. she didn't ask the most obvious questions anyone would ask, and this go's for other things that happen. She made me feel like this: Okay, your a god in this mythology world, and you judge the dead souls that enter, but can you pass the wine, please? I mean come on, I would been freaking out demanding answers! But No, not Piper, she acts like its a everyday thing to met gods in the Underworld, and see Souls linger! I also found the character development terrible! I did not like any of the characters, well maybe just a little, but not really. Its like they didn't have any personality, and I found myself not really caring what happened to them. And it was soooooo PREDICTABLE!!!! I knew what Piper was and her role in the whole Underworld thing when I was LESS then 25% in, and it isn't revealed until about 90%. So that should tell you right there that I did not get many surprises in this book! Another thing that bothered me in this book was that their was really NO ACTION! If your looking for a fast-Paced book, that keeps you turning the pages faster then you can read them, then keep looking because you will NOT find it here, at least I didn't! So Overall, I didn't hate this book, but I did not love it, or really even like it that much either. But I kept reading because I kept telling myself "It has to get better, One more chapter and it will" But Nope, it didn't. So would I read the next book? Probably not. Would I recommended this book? ABSOLUTELY NOT! But some people might find it worth the read, but just not me.
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I think the book is amazing I luv it.
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A long novel with a twist on a greek legend. The characters felt very real.
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Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
Love them or hate them, dystopian novels are what's in. SOLSTICE, while dystopian, is the sort of book that even dystopian haters will enjoy. Because the dystopian setting is just that-the setting, not the focal point. Because it's also a fantasy novel. Because it's also a retelling of Persephone and Hades. Because it's an epic romance. Because there's something magical about it that doesn't quite exist in any other dystopian novel. Even if you dislike the genre (or are just sick of it), SOLSTICE is a stand-out that shouldn't be ignored. One of the most remarkable aspects of SOLSTICE's journey to publication is the non-traditional route it took. While sold exclusively as an e-book at a very affordable $2.99 price-point, the novel is NOT self-published. Yes, you read that right. P.J. Hoover has written several traditionally-published novels, including the middle-grade trilogy THE FORGOTTEN WORLDS, which revolves around Atlantis (Yes, Atlantis!!) and will be re-released with new covers in e-book and paperback format later this year or in early 2012. Hoover was the first Andrea Brown Literary Agency author to have a book launch solely as an e-book. If they had waited to traditionally publish, the novel wouldn't be out until 2013, but it's right NOW that both dystopian novels and mythology-influenced ones are hot and selling. Hoover has a great two-part interview talking about why SOLSTICE took this route (Part 1, Part 2). Because of the way this book was published, it still went through normal rounds of editing and received a professionally-designed cover, so it's not riddled with errors the way some straight-to-e-book novels are. In fact, SOLSTICE is one of my Ton Ten Novels so far this year. It's that good. I think what draws me into the world of SOLSTICE the most is the fact that all of the characters feel so real, so alive. The romance is gorgeous and at the novel's conclusion, I just wanted more books. I wasn't ready to leave Hoover's world. There have been a lot of books revolving around the Persephone and Hades myth this year, including much-buzzed about teen novels ABANDON by Meg Cabot (reviewed here) and THE GODDESS TEST by Aimee Carter (reviewed here). Both of those novels are the first in a trilogy that will explore the myth upon which they're based. Some parts are truer to their mythological roots than others. But in both cases, the "Persephone" character was very by the book. She was forced to be with "Hades" against her will. SOLSTICE, on the other hand, offers a new way of looking at the classic myth. What if Persephone hadn't been kidnapped? What if she'd gone to Hades willingly? What if the couple had been truly in love and there was a reason for her mother Demeter's murderous rampage whenever her daughter went to the Underworld for half the year? This is the heart of SOLSTICE. Due to space limitations, full review can be found at abackwardsstory (dot) blogspot (dot) com as well as a guest post from the author!
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