Hi Guys! So today I’m hosting the absolutely fabulous Nancy Richardson Fischer as part of her blog tour for her book Pandora’s Key. The first part of this post is a review of her book and the second part is an interview with her. Hope you enjoy it! At the bottom is also a list of all the other stops on the tour, don’t forget to pop over to those to follow the tour on!
Evangeline Theopolis has nightmares about the violent deaths of women she has never met. Her single mother, Olivia, suffers delusions she can’t hide. And Malledy, a brilliant young man, may have a disease that will leave him paralyzed and insane. Their lives are about to collide.
On Evangeline’s 16th birthday her mother gives her a necklace with an antique key charm—a family heirloom, though no one knows what the key unlocks.
Everything changes. Her mom is hospitalized. Her godmother attempts murder. An ancient Order tries to kill Evangeline, and a lethal sect to kidnap her.
Nothing makes sense—especially Evangeline’s own face, which has morphed from geeky to eerily stunning; the ancient key that feels strangely alive against her skin; and the magical abilities she begins to possess.
Evangeline must use her wits and supernatural powers to fight her deadly adversaries and discover her true identity. But can she accept who she really is and save the world?
This is a book that has taken me a while to get around to reading. The reason for this started out to be just because of university work but then, during that time I spent a lot of time communicating with the author and really started to like her. This made me wary when it came to her book because I didn’t want to not like it and have to write a negative review when I admire her so much – she has helped me a lot more than I think she realises in the past few months – and so, it is with relief that I write this review today after having read her book and enjoying it immensely. It was an interesting read that really caught my interest and made me want to know more. I loved the way it was set up and I cannot wait to read the second book in this glorious trilogy.
It’s all in the history.
I loved the concept of this story. I haven’t read many books that focus on mythology or use it within their story but I’ve always been quite fascinated by it. Ever since I had to study greek theatre for drama, I’ve always found it an interesting topic. I am letting you know this as I cannot say outright whether the details in Pandora’s Key are true or correct but I did find them to be incredibly imaginative. I loved the way that she used the mythology at the beginning of the book. She set the tale up perfectly so that even those with no knowledge of the gods and goddesses were able to understand what was going on. This obviously appealed to me.
I enjoyed where the story went, how it played out and the differences between the characters. I loved all of the different sub-plots that were going on underneath it all and felt that they really brought everything together. I feel that Nancy did a brilliant job of putting enough information out there for her readers without making it boring but also without revealing too much too soon. There was a lot of mystery going on within the pages that really helped to keep the attention of the reader. And the suspense was riveting and really kept the reader wanting to read more to find out what was going to happen next.
The cast play an important role.
I adored the characters in this book! For me characters really help to bring a story to life and I could really believe the characters in this book. I found Evangeline, E, to be a really refreshing character to read. She wasn’t a vain character and had little self-confidence, even when her beauty was visibly shown in the mirror. She had a lot to think through and had a lot going on in that little head of hers. I felt that she got stronger as the book went on and I can see her becoming a level-headed protagonist who protects the ones she loves, while also being protected herself. There were times when I wanted to grind her head for the way she was behaving but that’s just because she acted in opposite ways to how I would have in those situations!
I found Malledy really fascinating and I liked the way that his illness was depicted in the book. I liked his journey and the way he saw the world and how Nancy really made you think when it came to him. I was surprised at how much I liked his character actually. But really it was Rafe that I really liked. He was so kind and protective and so clearly in love with E that it made my heart ache when she just didn’t see it. I liked that he worried about her and tried to help her, but that he was also protective of his mother. A great character that I enjoyed reading about and could really imagine being alive and kicking.
And the critic cries out.
Overall this was a really well written novel. Nancy has a way with words that really pulls you in. I loved her writing style and found it really easy to read. It wasn’t too confusing – although the beginning was a bit of a battle but only slightly and once you’re in, it gets to be worth it – and it was just an easy and enjoyable read. I liked how everything flowed together, I loved how E really pulled the story along but wasn’t just a protagonist who let things happen to her, she had a little backbone in her! I think it was a brilliant set up to what could be an amazing and creative trilogy and I am really looking forward to the release of the second book. I would recommend this book to anyone who like books with greek mythology, anyone who likes a good YA heroine, a lovely and talented author and someone who likes a bit of mystery, suspense and action. Really I just think you should all go and read a copy right now!