Wednesday, February 19, 2014

REVIEW: Jar of Pandora

The Symbol of Hope 2:
Jar of Pandora
By: Marisette Burgess

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology
Publication date: 10.25.2012
Pages: 311
Amazon link: Jar of Pandora 

Date read: 2.17.2014
Recommended by: The Symbol of Hope Blog Tour (I received a copy of this book so that I could include my honest review for the tour)

Summary: 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.

My thoughts

This is the second book in The Symbol of Hope series and I really enjoyed it.  In fact, I enjoyed it more than the first one and, in all honesty, more than I thought I would.  See, I'm not a fan of love triangles and Kasey and I, well, we would never be friends.  She's just sometimes SO annoyingly immature, especially for someone who's supposed to be a grown-up 19 year old, who had all of these responsibilities since she was young, including helping to raise her brother.  When she is trying to portray herself as self-less, she really comes across as selfish - and her family comes across the same way.  (I must say that she IS getting a lot better, especially by the end of the book.)  Another character I'm not fond of is Teal.  He is rude and his behavior bugs me to no end ... BUT my opinion changed of him as well as I read further into the book.

The adventures in this book are much more fun - and more vivid.  There were moments that made me sad and moments where I was proud of how brave she was, how brave that Dion and his brothers were.  The characters are much more in this one too - much more real.

I cannot wait to start on book #3 and see what happens next.  They way Marisette set the ending up on this one, it makes you just want to literally jump into #3 to find out the end of the story.  (But at the same time I am a little sad that it will end.)

While book #1 received a 4 star from me, this one I'm back and forth between a 4 and a 5 on.

I do want to point out that there are some editing issues with this book - not enough that it will ruin the story for you, but enough to need to be mentioned.  I've brought it to the attention of the author and hopefully she will fix this.

Favorite characters: I like the brothers (I believe those were my favorite characters in the first book as well).  I think my favorite has got to be the twins and Antony.  They both don't get enough mentions, as far as I'm concerned, but their personalities really catch my attention.

Favorite line: "It doesn't matter what you believe in.  It is the goodness of your soul that counts."

"The path of faith is not one that we can piggyback off someone else.  It is a journey between you and your soul.  Your beliefs are your own.  I fell in love with you because you have a good soul."

"...time the true evil of humanity.  There's never enough when you are at your happiest moment in life, and it moves at an agonizing slow speed when you are broken in complete despair."

"God does not demand anything from humans he would  not demand from himself.  If he wished for humans to have faith in him, then he needed to have faith in humans.  That is why we have free will, because he is betting on us to make the right choice to fulfill the destiny meant for us."


Marisette said...

Thanks for the review and the advice Meghan :)

Meghan H said...

You're welcome, Marisette. As I said, I look forward to #3. :)

Amber Garr said...

Thanks for posting!

Meghan H said...

You're welcome. Thank you for checking out my review :)