Review: Charis ~ Journey to Pandora’s Jar



Read from November 28 to December 03, 2014 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Synopsis: Thirteen-year-old Charis Parks has five days to save mankind. What she thought was mere mythology has become her reality … she alone must reverse the curse of Pandora’s Jar. If Charis is to fulfill her destiny, she has to face her fears against the darker forces of Hades and the blood-thirsty Erinyes Sisters who help him. Together with the gods and her best friend Gabe, Charis takes a fantastic journey to Pandora’s Jar where she must release the only spirit that remains trapped inside – the spirit of Hope. Or else…

Bookish Things: 215 pages. The cover is suitable for the age the book is set at, but I don’t really like it. It screams self-made.

Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.07, hardcover for $32.95 or paperback for $13.33

My Review: 

Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar was an epic let down for me. Especially when so many reviewers had rated it so favourably, including some friends that I normally agree with.

Generally, I struggled to want to read this book. I didn’t feel any sort of connection to any of the characters, this was especially disheartening when it came to Charis and Gabe. I should have wanted to go along for the ride with them, but I just didn’t care enough. Add to this the very juvenile style of writing and I was bound to be out of this one from the get-go.

The way this was written was an issue for me too, this was especially an issue when it came to Mr. Al Ecto (Alecto posing as an esteemed guest to the gallery) sometimes he was a he when being referred to, and other times she was a she. It got quite confusing. Overall, the POV seemed to chop and change with the wind, which left me feeling like I didn’t know who was speaking and whose point of view we were following.

The story can be cut substantially, just by removing some of the retellings of Pandora’s story. I didn’t keep count officially, but I can remember at least three times it was retold in detail. We didn’t need to be told the same story over and over again.

I was surprised, given Charis is a child from an interracial marriage, she didn’t come across as anything other than a stock standard Caucasian child to me. Perhaps I missed some of the nuances of the character due to some of my skimming (after about 40%).

Ultimately this book failed on so many levels for me I doubt I’ll revisit anything by the author. That’s not to say this won’t be perfect for other readers and/or their children, particularly if there’s an interest in Greek Mythology and the Greek Gods.

One thing I noticed:
6% – …they drug(dragged) guilty…

**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**


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