I received a free copy of this from the author.
Pandora’s Key is two different stories that eventually merge into one. Evangeline has nightmares about the deaths of women, women who she hasn’t never met. On her 16th birthday, her mother gives her a necklace with a key charm, which is a family heirloom. Her mother, Olivia, is hospitalized, and Evangeline can barely recognize herself. Then there’s Malledy, an incredibly intelligent guy with a disease that’s killing him. He’s willing to do anything to save himself.
I really enjoyed this. The plot was unique and interesting that continued at a good pace. I particularly enjoyed the Greek mythology aspect to it and thought it was an interesting take on the Pandora’s box myth. I enjoyed the writing style and found it pretty easy to read.
The characters were likeable and complex, and believable. Evangeline’s reluctance to accept her fate was both stubborn (in a good way) and realistic. She was evidently strong-willed, yet doubted herself. Malledy was completely different that what I thought he would be, yet his motivations are clear. He wanted to survive and so he did what he had to. His morality was questioned, and I think that’s good for a character where they’re just black and white, good or evil. He was much more complex than that and I found it intriguing.
I also enjoyed the romantic build up and was glad that it was well-developed, wasn’t rushed, and didn’t distract you from the plot.
Overall, a really good read.