Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her life takes a drastically unromantic turn. Nothing makes sense—her arranged marriage, the gifts her parents bestow on her wedding day, or her new husband’s temperament.
As Andora begins ...more
I'll be perfectly honest here and go ahead and admit that I did not know what to expect of a novella claiming to be a retelling of Pandora's Box. I read that particular myth in 9th grade and found it to be amusing and entertaining, if not outright strange.
But this book, y'all. Like, ohmygoodness. *hugs book* I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish reading it, so that right there should tell you som ...more
No, kidding. I'm not that mean. ;) I BEGGED to be allowed to read the book, which Abi was all too kind to oblige.
Andora's Folly is a beautiful twist of a classic fairy tale/myth. My favorite part about Abi's adaption was the Christian elements. She is a master at weaving Biblical teachings and strong morals without being preachy. Though the feel o ...more
The story itself was very fascinating. I have never read Pandora's Box, but this was still fantastic and completely able to be read without having read Pandora's Box. The characters - particularly Theus - were so intriguing. I found it hard to connect with their personalities and actions at first, but as the story went on, you understand more and more of they ...more
I really did enjoy it. It was so deep. At first, I really didn't understand Andora. She did seem selfish and absorbed, but I didn't know if that was shallow or deeply rooted. How she jumped into the housework as much as she hated it really made me start to admire her.
Her parents we ...more
However, Andora’s Folly was such a good book! I really enjoyed it. Abigayle’s gift with words blew me away- when reading the book, I found the plot, worldb ...more
Andora's Folly is a historical/fantasy retelling of the myth of "Pandora's Box". I loved though how the author didn't retell the myth by just switching out the names and setting, but built an original-feeling story around the idea of "Pandora's Box".
My favorite part of this story was the writing--the author's ability to create atmosphere via word choice was amazing! The writing had a richness to it that I appreciated. I would pick up another story by this a ...more
- This was a Pandora's Box retelling, and I haven't really read Pandora's Box (thought I know what it's about, basically) so I'm not the expert in saying how it compares. However, from what I can see, I think Abi did a wonderful job with this retelling! In any cas ...more
Review to come.
Update: July 16, 2017.
I was so honored to beta read for Abi (my first time ever beta reading! *squeals*) and love, love, loved her novella. Abi is an amazing writer and so fun to work with. Andora's Folly is a retelling of Pandora's Box, which I have not read, but I've heard enough about to get the general idea.
On to the review!
Andora is a beautiful young woman with insatiable curiosity. Raised in splendor, she is spoiled by her privileged life. When a love letter is slid under her door, her l ...more
So… let me start off by saying… that gee whiz, Abigayle Claire is an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G writer. Seriously, I’m in awe of her beautiful prose ...more
Going into this novella, I was already intrigued by the premise. I was familiar with the story of Pandora's Box, so I was curious to see where Abi would take it. The story st ...more
Best for Ages: 15 and up
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I remember we had this big book that I would spend hours looking at and reading as a kid. It had all sorts of historical information and stories in it. I can still remember the illustrations and the story of Pandora’s box. Really, what fascinated me most as a kid is how closely, in essence, the story was to the story of Adam and Eve. I was excited to read this retelling.
Abigayle Claire brought ...more
I love Abigaye's writing style. I can't wait to read more of her books. Would definitely recommend this book.
Thanks so much for the great retelling of Pandora's box, Abigayle!
When I hit about the 30-40% mark, I thought I wasn't going to like this book. I mean, there was a couple cliches; a selfish princess forced to do something against her will, thrown into a world shes not used to. Having to work instead of have people working for her.
But let me tell you, this author broke the cliches. Everything I thought would hap ...more
Andora's Folly is a retelling of Pandora's Box, but you can only tell with the subtle hints given throughout the story - my favorite kind of retelling! The story starts with Andora, the young (somewhat spoiled) noble who longs to satisfy ...more
As a result, I didn’t know exactly what I was going to get from Andora’s Folly, which is a Pandora’s Box retelling. Basically, it is a Greek mythology retelling set in a fantasy world, which I thought was super unique!
The “retelling” feel wasn’t very obvio ...more
Any fans of sweet medieval romance will love this book. Abigayle's writing style especially reminds me of Melanie Dickerson's. While that's definitely a negative for me, I realize that many people love her books. So if you're a fan of Melanie Dickerson's fairytale romance ...more
I really liked Andora's character, even if she was a bit spoiled and vain at times. Her kindness to the "common people" could come off a bit condescending, but I felt like she really was trying to give happiness in the best way she knew how. And she actually managed to make me laugh ...more
Things I loved:
The Premise: A medieval Pandora's Box retelling, how cool is that? Apparently there have not been any attempts at a Pandora's Box retelling, so that alone is super cool. Also, Abi is awesome and just pulled it off really really well.
The Main Character: Andora was originally spoiled, vain, and selfish but her CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT WAS SPOT ON. I mean, wow, what a c ...more
Now you will allow me to skip ahead and talk about a few of the characters. A ...more
Andora starts out as a spoiled eighteen year old girl living in the upper class of her pre-industrial society and is aching to be married off. However, when she finds out she’s being arranged to be married to a pea ...more
Since then, Abigayle has devoted herself to sharing what she has learned through the ...more