November 9, 2012

My Friday Review: Jar of Pandora

Title: Jar of Pandora (Book Two of The Symbol of Hope Series)

My Rating: 5 conch

Buy At: Amazon

Summary from Goodreads: Kasey Reese ran from a life of responsibility to study abroad in Deia, Spain. She hoped for an adventure, but what unfolded in Spain was beyond the imaginable. In that remote little village she met the love of her life, Dion - a twenty-year-old immortal saint.

Kasey and Dion return to America only to realize their love is challenged by their opposite virtues and Kasey’s dysfunctional family.

Unique and action-packed, in this book Kasey learns that Pandora is her immortal grandmother. Determined to find her and to uncover many truths, Kasey sets out with Dion on a deadly journey. But answers come with a great cost - a three thousand year old prophecy, a feud of the gods and death.

The Review: I don't even know where to begin with this a good way. When I finished Men of The Cave, I was excited to see where the next installment would go. And Marisette sure didn't disappoint. I empathized with Kasey's return to the states and her estranged boyfriend. Teal is such a great character and I found myself wishing for a reconciliation the whole time. Without giving too much away, it was nice to see more of the secondary characters in this book and find out more about why Kasey is so important to so many immortals. The pacing flowed nicely and the plot was solid. Lots of action mixed with too much heartbreak (I'm still upset over one death in particular), will have you on the edge of your seat. The ending is a bit stunning, and somewhat disturbing to me - although disturbing isn't always a bad thing in my book. I will admit that I have my idea of how Kasey should handle the situation, but I'll have to wait until 2013 to find out if Marisette agrees.

The Good: Constant action, great mythological creatures, believable world building, and something different.

The Issue:  Maybe it's just me, but I'm still having a hard time believing Kasey's undying love for Dion. I felt more of a relationship (good and bad) between Kasey and Teal. Perhaps I'm biased, but I hope what I'm seeing will play into Kasey's decision in Book Three. 

The Rating: 5 conch!  YA fans of mythology and love stories definitely need to check this one out. It's a "read in one sitting" type of book for me!

 I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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