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Pandora's Box

(The Road to Hell #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  371 ratings  ·  114 reviews
Where does the road to Hell begin?

What happens when your son turns homicidal overnight and your husband disappears on his way to work? Do you cower in fear or fight for your life? Madison Wescott fights against the odds. Distrustful of a God she doesn't believe in, she finds herself face-to-face with a world she didn't know existed and discovers her own soul is darkened wi
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published August 19th 2011 (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I've been waiting for this book to come out for several months. While I waited, I enjoyed Gracen's Life Lessons, which are a free prequel to Pandora's Box and can be read on her blog: It is not necessary to read the Life Lessons before you read PB, but I personally think that you will like the characters and understand the situations they are in more.

This book, along with the Life Lessons, is Gracen's masterpiece. Seriously, she hit it out of the park
K.B. Miller
Nov 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
5 Triple Goddess Moons
I am in love with this series!!! I am normally a YA reader, but Phoenix or "Nix" is my new G~O~D!!
The characters are all well-thought out, the plot has amazing and steamy twists and turns and to be totally blunt... I want to open Pandora's Box AGAIN! I absolutely loved the easy writing style. I was drawn into the story with page one and didn't put down my kindle except to grab a shower. I even read while I typed on Facebook! That's when you KNOW it's a great book! I will to
Shanna Matheo
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
What can I say about this book... I think I love the story. I at least like it very much, but I really really disliked the way the story was told. It was at times long winded and then all of a sudden jolts into action and moves so fast it seems to skip entire scenes. I'm torn, because I want to know what happens next and yet I am loathed to struggle through more disjointed writing to find out. ...more
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ok. First of all let me say if you're not 18 and older, this is an adult content book! That being said...HOT DAMN was this book AMAZING!!! I am still trying to cool off after reading this book!! The day I started this book I was almost late picking up my little man from pre-K. Thank God I finished it before dinner or my family would have starved!! Ok, maybe not starved, but it would have been PB &J sandwiches or something quick. I. Could. Not. Put. This. Book. Down! Are you all getting that I LO ...more
Misty Blankenship
This book was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
From the beginning I was hooked and had to be dragged away from it. The characters are delicious, the writing perfect and the story line fantastic!!

Now hurry your a$$ up I want to read book 2 NOW ;-)

Nix, you can come save my life ANYtime
Mads, there were times when I just wanted to slap you til you finally opened your eyes
Micah, man you better hope I never find your psychotic a$$
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Al George
Too damned much danger boner. I can't take it.

Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Madison answered. “I said, ‘The Queen thinks the King’s a pussy for sending her to retrieve me. I dare him to catch me if he can.’”

And that quote would be just one of the many reasons that Madison Wescott is one of the best heroines every written. It is not just the fact that Gracen developed her and totally and fully evolved her through the course of the book. It is the fact that she is not a lay down and takes it kind of girl. She rivals some of the most popular mainstream heroines in literatu
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal

In Madison's Life Lessons we met a very young Mads, here we see her all grow up! And what a wonderful character!

I loved her. She’s still confused about what is happening to her and why, but she’s fully convinced that she has to be strong and fight against all odds.

Amos, hers and Micah’s son, her little baby, is completely out of control. His demonic nature is coming out and he’s getting very dangerous to all, even Mads! But her love for him is shining through all the pages. She’s ready to s
Dawn Jayne
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Updated with review:

I read this book a few months ago, but didn't have time to leave a review. That the story is still fresh in my head confirms my previous rating.

I broke one of my reading 'rules' with this book, as I usually shy away from stories in which a main character is a young child. I hate it when bad things happen to kids. Mom thing, I suppose. That got switched up, and I found myself more concerned the child would do bad things to everyone else. :) Refreshing. Disturbing. Loved it!

Nely Cab
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Demons, fallen angels, succubus and adrenaline rushes, oh my! Gracen Miller delivers a phenomenal tale courage and of the sacrifice that a mother must endure for her only son.

In a small Alabama town, Madison Wescott is struggling to raise her son, Amos, alone. Her fight isn't just about bringing up a good southern boy. It's about keeping her five-year old son from slaughtering her like the many neighborhood pets that she's already buried in her backyard. Desperate to find a cure for Amos' sudde
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, pnr, adult
Well, this book is a knock your socks off, blow the roof off the house, so freaking good kind of book!!

I started reading Madison's Life Lessons on Gracen's blog and instantly I was hooked. Then Pandora's Box came out and I eagerly bought it and when I started that first page, it plagued my every thought...
I was so engrossed in what was going to happen to Madison in this book. It is fast paced with lots of action, and STEAMY men!! When I read the blog with Madison's Life Lessons, I originally tho
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
So I read Madison's Life Lessons and when I finished I thought "Holy Hell!! If that was the prequel, I cannot wait to see what the first book holds!". Now after finishing Pandora's Box, I cannot wait to see what Hell's Phoenix holds and I am so glad it comes out next month! This book was great! There was suspense, action, romance and demons! This book creeped me out (meant as a compliment of course) and I had a hard time sleeping. The bags I currently have under my eyes are a tribute to Gracen's ...more
Carrie (Book Fairy) Fort
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: road-to-hell
I was told this one would be intense more down and dirty and oh boy were they right!
Mads finally learns all about Micah! Now she's dealing with a little boy who is killing animals and trying to kill her. During one of Amos "moments" he tries to kill her and oh man who should be there Nix! Now Nix is amazingly hot, smart Alec, tough, and a Sherlock demon hunter!!
Oh man oh man I can't wait to see what happens!! Mads finally can protect herself but at what cost??
I am dying to see what happens next!
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: pnr, cf-ish
Not for me with too many religious/faith references.
Mar 22, 2020 marked it as dnf
Finally marking as DNF after over 2 years... Unsure of where I left off but it was after 50%. I do really like Miller’s work but I remember this one just felt like it was dragging.

Again it’s been over 2 years so take that with a grain of salt
Cali Teer
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it
3.8. Full RTC
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I was gifted this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

5 Hellish, Incredible Stars!
Totally Entranced From The First Page To The Last! This Book Took Me On A Thrilling, Sexy Ride I Didn’t Want To Get Off Of!

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I’m a huge fan of Gracen Miller. She simply writes the most phenomenal, seducing and unique stories. So it was no surprise Pandora's Box once again elevated her to my “must-read” and “favorite-authors” list! Th
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had a really tough time getting into this book, and it took me almost a year to get through it. I kept doing other things rather than come back to it, which for me is a pretty significant sign. I thought it might just be because it was an e-book at first (I always have a tougher time getting into those vs. print copies), but I don't think that was really it. It did have some good points. I thought the relationship between Madison and her son was well depicted (although there comes a point wher ...more
Christoph Fischer
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"Pandora's Box" by Gracen Miller was recommended to me by a friend.
It is a complex paranormal novel / romance centred around single mother Madison, whose 5 year old son Amos seems suddenly either possessed by a demon or is in some other way changed into a violent and dangerous being.
In her attempt to help her son she comes across her love interest Phoenix/ "Nix" who with his group, the "Sherlocks" is willing to help her. Things are getting more complex as far as the paranormal side of the stor
Terri Dion
Nov 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited when Pandora's box came out I couldn't wait to read it. Gracen Miller is an awesome author and she did not disappoint this book is AMAZING!! It is so refreshing to read an original story line and Gracen has created such wonderful depth to her characters it's impossible not to relate to Madison and just how far a mother will go to protect her child. With a vicious twist on the concept of a love triangle and some amazingly surprising plot twists not to mention the super sexy Nix * ...more
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OMG! I am totally in LOVE with this book! Gracen has some MAD writing skills. I was sucked into the story from the very first page. Her writing flows flawlessly on the pages and the characters feel like living breathing beings that you can reach out and touch.

Amos was creepy at first, like psycho kind of creepy. He made the hair on the back of my neck stand on end but then the kid totally grew on me and now I love him like my own...not often I say that about a character in a book. Nix & Mads are
I really expected to fall head over heals for this book. For all intents and purposes, I should'a. Twisted demons, sarcasm, and wicked sexiness, what's not to love? I don't know, to be honest. Other GReaders definitely found it to their liking, as shown by the 77% 5-star ratings. But, something about this one just didn't mesh for me. Don't get me wrong, I loved Gracen's dark and twisted baddies and her homicidal descriptions. I even liked the idea of a Sherlock Foundation that hunts supernatural ...more
Jacquie Talento
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Pandora's Box kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more and more. Madison is a mother whose son has turned violent after the man she loved walked out of their life no where to be found. She has tried everything possible to get her son help. She finds a group that help her and in the process finds herself falling in love with one of the men there to protect her and that he does. This supernatural story is addicting. You just want to root for the good guy and you can feel the love Madison has fo ...more
Tammy "Z Girl"
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Can I just say...WOW!!! Such a great story! I can't wait to start Book 2. :-) ...more
Johnnie-Marie Howard
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: r2r
This was my first time reading from this author, although it's different then what I'm use to I rather enjoyed reading it. Some things needed to explained more and others a little less. i really liked the idea of the story demons, angels and all things that go bump in the night into one story that was my kind of party. However, there was to much character jumping, meaning that the story was all over the place, to many years have passed in the story that I felt like something should have been the ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has so much in it, I loved the characters so much heaven and hell demons and angels loving it!!!!
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I've had this forever on my kindle and wish I had picked it up sooner. It's a great book. ...more
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Gracen is a hopeless daydreamer masquerading as a "normal" person in southern society. When not writing, she's a full-time basketball/football/guitar mom for her two sons and a devoted wife to her real-life hero-husband. She's addicted to writing, paranormal romance novels and movies, Alabama football and coffee…addictions are not necessarily in order of priority. She is convinced coffee is nectar

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The Road to Hell (5 books)
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