Monday, January 13, 2014

Mark This Book Monday: Review of Solstice by P.J. Hoover!

Even if it's a bit later than usual, I have a review up for this week's Mark This Book Monday, and it is the first book read for the 2014 TBR Pile Challenge!


This copy of Solstice I won in a giveaway, it was US only but they allowed you providing a US address even if you didn't live there, so I asked my sis-in-law if she didn't mind getting the book shipped to her, and she agreed. The book was sent to her, then the bf's mom brought it along to her to India since I was gonna be visiting in Delhi in October. So Solstice has taken a nice trip, from US to India to Spain!


SolsticeSolstice by P.J. Hoover

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I won Solstice a while back on a giveaway, and after a few thousands of miles, we finally made it back to Spain in November. It sounds very intriguing with the combination of Greek mythology and dystopian aspects, even if now that I'm done it's can't be defined as dystopian, but purely a different rework of Greek myths.

Piper lives in Austin with her overprotective mom, and boy when I say overprotective I mean insanely so. The world has changed in the last 18 years and it's like climate change on steroids. Massive heat with life dying left, right and centre. Piper has been too sheltered all her life and she is ready to rebel, like any other teenager but in her case from an even more extreme situation.

At first that's what it seemed, a dystopian setting, a teenager trying to rebel against her mother's oppresive care, with a best friend that supports the rebelling, and two guys vying for her attention. And there were the signs of the dreaded love triangle. It wasn't too bad since it was understandable that she wanted to meet and date the guys since she was attracted to both but somehow Piper's behaviour had me shaking my head, she didn't seem to be rebelling as much as being too naive!

It all changed for the better when the Greek myths started to become apparent, and given that I am a huge fan of Greek mythology I really enjoyed it! I of course slapped myself for not seeing before what was quite obvious from the beginning, but of course I guessed it way before Piper herself did. Still I couldn't wait to see how everything would tie with the original myths once Piper figured out things.

Piper did grow into herself during the book, quite literally. And despite some times I shook my head at her early attitude, I really liked how she was hellbent on making her own choices and not having other people made them for her.

Despite a bit of rocky beginning, I ended up enjoying this book, and reading a stand alone is always a nice change of pace, with a story wrapped up in full. 3.5 stars.



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14 comments:

  1. I FELT EXACTLY THE SAME...for the most part haha. Was really excited about the dragons though. :(

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    1. Dragons? There were no dragons in this one...

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  2. Love triangle? Gross! I hate those! Though I dont stray away from books just because of it. Actually, this book has been in my TBR list for a while now, mainly because of the mythology! I am a HUGE fan so that's what caught my attention. I'm sad you didn't love it :( But I might give it a chance sometime in the future.

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    1. I'm not a fan myself of the love triangles... I didn't love the book, but I really liked the mythology part of it, a lot. So if you really like Greek mythology I'd still recommend you'll give it a try, Lili!

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  3. I really wanted to read this book when I read the summary, but then I saw the cover... and I'm probably a little crazy, because I liked it, but "the font" ruined all my excitement, and I forgot it! (yes, I'm that insane about covers!)
    Anyway, thank you for sharing your thoughts, I hate love triangles as well, but the story sounds good. I might try it someday! :)

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    1. The story was quite cool, at least the Greek mythology part!

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  4. I'm so glad that overall, you enjoyed this one, Pili! I know you mentioned that you're not a fan of love triangles - me either! I wish authors would calm themselves with the love triangles. I do love mythology though - any type of mythology. I feel like I wouldn't be a fan of Piper though... hopefully, character development is strong with he.

    Fantastic review, girl!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Some love triangles do work now and then, but for the most part... too many cliches!
      Piper was a bit annoying at first but she ended up growing on me.

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  5. Huh. I had no idea this book involved greek mythology! Piper sounds like she could frustrate me (glad to hear she grows throughout though!) and a love triangle is often bleh but overall it sounds like a decent read.

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    1. The Greek mythology is what saved the book for me, Giselle!

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  6. I actually liked that this was a combination of the two! Dystopian and Greek mythology made it a much more interesting read. I tend to agree about Piper, but overall, I thought it was an entertaining read.

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  7. I've seen this book around but it never interested me in the least. If I had know there was some greek mythology, I would've jumped right in! Though I'm not feeling that good about the love triangle, why does it need to be in every read?!? lol Thanks for sharing, Pili :)

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    1. Yeah, the Greek mythology was what made this book for me!
      Thank you for visiting Aman!

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