Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Review: Pandora's Key by Nancy Richardson Fischer

         Genre: YA, Mythology, Fantasy 
Pages: 284 
Edition: Kindle 
Source: Author

Evangeline is turning 16. She's just gotten her first kiss, started having strange but eerily realistic dreams and received a birthday present that isn't quite what it seems. When Olivia, Evangeline's mother, is rushed to the hospital and later attacked there, Evangeline starts to learn about the family secret and the present she has been given. The key that can either save or destroy the world. What will she do with it?

Wow. This book was wonderful. I couldn't stop turning pages and before I knew it, I had finished.

There are two major players that we are introduced to and the story bounces back and forth between Evangeline and Malledy until their paths intersect. Evangeline is a typical teenaged girl going through her share of growing pains. I enjoyed her character, though I must admit that at times she seemed incredibly immature (even for a teenager) and I wanted to throttle her. I think that just shows how realistically she was written. Malledy is that character that you love to hate, at least he was for me. He is such a complex and intriguing character. I've got to say that I think Malledy is an awesome villain name. I try not to give spoilers in my reviews, but I mean come on, how can you NOT be a villain with a name like that? The secondary characters are equally well written and interesting and they round out the cast nicely.

The story flowed beautifully and my interest was piqued the entire time. The plot was fresh and creative. I loved the bit of Greek mythology that was thrown in, I kind of wished there was a little bit more! (Maybe in book 2?!?) I have to admit I was not sure I wanted to start another series as I am in the middle of a bunch of them right now. I'm so glad that I did though, the only bad part is having to wait for the second book to be released. I can't wait to find out where the author takes the story next.

* I was given a free copy of this book for review purposes. The review is based solely on my opinion and was not influenced by author or publisher.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

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