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Pandora's Key

(The Key Trilogy #1)

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  497 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
When everything you believed about yourself is a lie, how do you unlock the truth…

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.

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Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 306 pages
Published November 18th 2011 by Nancy Richardson Fischer
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Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Pandora's Key starts out as two different stories. Evangeline's story and Malledy's story. Both are equally captivating and fun to read. Evangeline's life completely changes on her 16th birthday. After going from somewhat awkward teen to someone she hardly recognizes in a mirror, what was supposed to be a special day turns into a nightmare. Nothing makes sense anymore to Evangeline and she has no one to turn to for help…no one she can trust anyway. Malledy is a super-intelligent man with a disea ...more
Alana ~ The Book Pimp
This book did NOT end up like I expected at all. Not one bit- in a good way.

Some of the characters REALLY pissed me off. It is a good sign that the writing draws me in so much, that I start talking back to the book, "Oh, no- Bestie did NOT just say that!" I was honestly ready to throw my Kindle around I was so ticked off. You don't know why to trust, how deep the rabbit hole goes.

"Evangeline was feeling like Alice in Wonderland hurtling down the rabbit hole."

"I do love you," he whispered, feeli
Tiffany Loves Books
My review may or may not contain spoilers.... Continue at your own risk

I'll start by saying that the prologue felt like a history lesson and I was bored by it. But once the story starts I really got into it. The characters were believable and the story progressed at a good pace. There were moments where I didn't understand what was happening (like the first chapter) but it still made for an enjoyable read. I also enjoyed the Greek mythology of it all.

Now, if your wondering why I gave it such a
I wanted to like this book, I did.
1) the author was kind enough to send me a free copy (still appreciate that though)
2) My friend Emilija really really liked it. And I like her. (and I still do, we just have a very strong difference of opinion on some matters. Like this book. Clearly). Why, will forever be a mystery to me, and I guess I will just have to mull over how we can have such different opinions and experiences of the same thing. The human nature- a mystery, eh?:)

Because of
Autumn Is Azathoth
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Fantasy, Greek Mythology, Suspense
Recommended to Autumn Is Azathoth by: Shut Up & Read R2R
Shelves: june-2012-reads
I quite enjoyed this lovely new approach to one of the most important legends in Classical Greek mythology. Highly suspenseful, adventurous, and roller-coaster paced, “Pandora’s Key” kept me turning the pages and reading it in one sitting due to the likable characters, intricately convoluted plotting, and author Nancy Richardson Fischer’s smooth and talented writing style. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book in the series, so I can find out where the protagonist goes from here. However, “Pand ...more
Sam Ang
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young adults, fantasy
Recommended to Sam by: Tanecia
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This is a book review based on a free copy from the author. Many thanks go to the author for this generosity.

The same review is also available in my blog:

I wasn't particularly attracted to the Young Adult genre, but somehow I got drawn into a few of them, with Pandora's Key being one of these. Short the story may be, with only about 130+ pages in e-book format, twists and turns snaking throughout made reading this a distinctly fun process.

My feeling at the
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pandora's Key Review on K-Books

I really enjoyed reading this book, it's a great story with mythological aspects within the story so a great story for me personally as I love mythology within fiction.

Evangeline has always dealt with her Mom's weirdness, her strage behaviour and headaches but what she doesn't count on is discovering a secret sect bound to protect her from her destiny. She is a descendent of Pandora and holds the key and the power to Pandora's Box, which must be protected. Evangeli
for an interview with the author, check out my blog post about Pandora's Key - the interview is posted HERE

I love anything that has to do with mythology, so I had very high expectations of it. Luckily, it lived up to my expectations.
First of all, my first impression. 1) Greek mythology, 2) amazing cover 3) nice author - this book has to be freaking fantastic!
The blurb of this book intigued me, and I instantly started reading it. I couldn't put it down, and I had finished it in a couple of hou
Elsa Carrion
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Good story enjoyed the plot. I do like mythology base stories and this one was very good. I will spare you the synopsis because you can always go and read that elsewhere. Onward with the review….so you’re probably thinking why four stars...and here is why....there was too much thinking going on in her own mind which to me was a little annoying. I understand that sometimes the thoughts of the character need to be told...but it just seem too much. Raphe could have been a stronger character I wish ...more
My actual rating of this book is 3.5 stars. I put 4 to even the scales of an earlier review that felt the same but marked 3.

It was fun to read a story about how Greek mythology plays a role in current time.
I enjoyed the prologue which told the mythology version of Pandora's Box. Not exactly how I remember the story but it was an interesting version.

The story is set in Portland, Oregon. I lived there for a few years so I liked the familiarity. The story is about an average teenage girl, Evange
Apr 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook, ya
Quite a page turner once the action started taking place and its one book that you will not want to put down. I don’t know much about Greek mythology but the whole story line had me intrigued – a line of female descendents holding a mystery key which is bestowed upon a 16-yr old who has no clue of her past. This key opens Pandora’s Box which has its own special powers inside which is also wanted by a group of people wanting to unleash Pandora’s powers. Will Evangeline be thrilled at her new role ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes Greek mythology
I received a copy of this ebook as part of Shut Up and Read's Read It and Reap program.

I enjoyed reading this book. I have always had a soft spot for Greek mythology ever since 7th grade when I first read the story about Narcissus. So when I was presented with the opportunity to read Pandora's Key, I jumped on it. It tells the story of Evangeline, a girl who (view spoiler). Things start to get weird when she turns 16.

The only
Jessica at Book Sake
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Pandora’s Key the story of Evangeline moves along quite quickly, a wonderful thing after reading so many books with slow starts. Hearing about the mythology of Pandora and Pandora’s box was a treat, I don’t think I’ve read a book based on the Pandora mythology previously. The entire story was well written and there wasn’t a dull moment to be found. I felt bad for Evangeline upon her discovery that her life wasn’t really her own and that there were so many falsehoods placed upon her. People ar ...more
Gretchen Correa
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was twisty and had turns I didn't expect- they made for an enjoyable read and start to a new series I will be following diligently.

Evangeline is a teenage girl who doesn't fit in...until she turns 16 and inherits a mysterious key. That event is the kickoff point for a story that will keep you guessing until the end. With a cast of characters that includes gods, geniuses and girls in 'cults', this book is a good introduction to a reimaging of a story that is familiar to all of us.

Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Evangeline Theopolis or E to her friends is a teenager who is turning sixteen soon. E with her best friend Melia and Raphe Petersen help E cope with life and other struggles she faces. E has been having strange dreams that are more like nightmares of different women killing themselves in the prime of their lives. E's mother Olivia has been acting strangely lately and E is worried about her. Samatha Harris is Olivia's agent and E's godmother. Malledy is an Archivist and suffering from Huntington' ...more
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Pandora’s Key

by: Nancy Richardson Fischer

Nancy Richardson Fischer creates a fantasy out of a normal sixteen year old’s life, something that every teenager has dreams about. The story follows Evangeline through romance, mystery, and some shocking and surprising twists that pull you into the story even more.

Evangeline Theopolis is intrigued by her mothers necklace, a thin chain with an ancient black key dangling from the end. On her sixteenth birthday, her mother grants Evangeline with the family
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
This review is also available on my blog, Qwerty

This is awkward. I actually don't know how to put things that went wrong for me in words. Me. Zuleeza. A reviewer who always has something to say. was meh, uninteresting, plain, bland, so-so. Not particularly bad but just meh!

Dammit, I seriously don't know what to write.

The writing was good but not special. The plot made sense most of the time but blatantly predictable. 75% of the plot had actually been summarized in the synopsis itself.

Neyra ♦
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-pnr
Actual Rating: 3.5

Pandora's Key caught my attention from page one. The buildup to the plot was slow, but the writing was great enough that I honestly didn't mind it. Though I felt the ending was a little bit rushed, I still enjoyed reading every minute of this book.

I did, however have a few issues with Evangeline. Her denial and reluctance to accept that she was a descendant of Pandora frustrated me, someone should have slapped her. Then she goes after the sect thinking to confront Sam for wh
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Pandora's Key is two stories in one with a mythological twist. It is full of mystery and intrigue which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Evangeline is suffering with nightmares about different women dying tragically. She is also dealing with her mom's disturbing delusions. Looking forward to her sixteenth birthday, Evangeline hoping that things will get better. That hope is shattered when her mom lands in the hospital fighting for her life. This tragedy will make Evangeline question who sh
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
I received a free copy of this book from the author, and I am forever grateful because I really enjoyed it. The plot was unique and interesting and continued at a good pace, and I particularly enjoyed the Greek mythology aspect to it. I enjoyed the writing style of the story and found the characters likeable and believable. Evangeline's reluctance to accept what she was - I found - realistic. I also enjoyed the romantic build up, and was glad that it wasn't rushed and didn't distract you from th ...more
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. Wasnt too long, wasnt too short, just enough information to transport me into the story. I love mythology and greek is one of my all tile favorites. I like stories that take a myth and put it into a modern setting. This adventure would go nicely with Rick Riordan's series. I cannot wait to read more (even though theres a preview chapter for book 2 at the end i didnt read it. Dont know when i will be able to get book 2 lol)
Jul 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is completely enthralling!
It had me fixated page to page.
It was a completely different and very interesting take on pandoras box. And I had no idea what to expect as the story continued.

Its definitely worth reading and I am very glad the author offered her book up for a review for it is a series good enough to ensure I read the next installment.
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i really loved this book! while the story is supernatural, it's believable. what if pandora's box truly did exist? who would protect it? who would want it for their own selfish needs? and what about the descendents of pandora? It's a page-turner - fast passed and never boring or drawn out.
i'm ready for book #2! hope it comes out soon!
4/5 Stars.

Description: When everything you believed about yourself is a lie, how do you unlock the truth…

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
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Well I originally added this book to my TBR list because the story sounded pretty cool and the reviews were great, and I have to say that I was not disappointed! Thank you Nancy for the opportunity to read this unique and wonderful book! :)

Just a quick question before I begin, I'm wondering if there are different versions of this book? The one I read had some language that I would not have been allowed to read in grade school...just curious.

Story/Overall Plot
Did I mention that I am a sucker fo
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Pandora’s Key
By Nancy Richardson Fisher (Nancy Richardson Fisher 2011)

Pandora’s Key is a mystical story of a girl whose life is unknowingly thrust into an epic tale full of myths of ancient Greek gods and the legends associated with them. The plotline starts out fairly simple, but even so the reader is aware from very early on that there is a much grander plot involved, which is not revealed until later in the book. Nothing particularly exciting happens within the first few chapters, but soon u
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Note: The author, Nancy Richardson Fischer, was kind enough to give me the means to obtain a free Copy without any requirements attached.


"Pandora's Key", book one of "The Key Trilogy", is an awesome blend of Greek culture and the Supernatural. It is a unique approach on Greek mythology, mainly about the "Olympian Gods" and their secrets they left behind for humans.

Evangeline is your average teenage girl of today. She just tur
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from the author through the Making Connections group on GoodReads. If you haven’t joined this group, go and do it right now!!! They offer tons of books you can read for free as long as you provide a review. Brilliant if you ask me! In fact, they still have several copies of "Pandora's Key" available HERE:

Also, there is currently an author interview with Nancy Richardson Fischer, author of “Pandora’s Key,” on the Shut Up & Read Bl
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sixteen year old Evangeline Theopolis is having her birthday. Her mother, Olivia, is a brilliant artist who has started having problems with delusions that are scaring Evangeline. She is painting a portrait of her daughter that she refuses to let her see. For her birthday, she gives Evangeline a necklace with an antique key, a family heirloom that her mother has worn all of Evangeline’s life, and her grandmother wore before her. It is so old that no one remembers what it opens.

As she tries to s
Shy The WidowMaker
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Let me start off by saying that anyone that knows me knows how much of a mythology lover I have become. I was so excited to get the chance to read this book as I have heard great things about it. I am so glad I read this too. It was everything I expected and then some. The author did an amazing job.

We start this book with us meeting Evangeline who appears to be having some sort of dream. The dream is really vivid and feels more like an out of body experience. We learn Evangeline lives with her m
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