February 1, 2015 | Posted in: Book Reviews
***** (5 stars) Will you open Pandora’s Box? An emotional read – wild and driven!
I can’t help but think of Pandora’s Box, and what a box Pandora has! For this Pandora, opening the box is symbolic of many things, good and bad. Her box is full of mistakes, entrapment, freedom, choices, self-discovery, growth, and love.
Pandora Wild Child is quite the emotional read. Pandora is wild and driven. She is rebellious, yet has lived a sheltered childhood with overly strict parents. College is her first taste of freedom, and she intends to enjoy it; however, how far is too far?
Sunniva Dee does a beautiful job capturing Pandora’s emotions. Pandora often fights internal battles and is constantly testing limits. Pandora never had an opportunity to explore who she is, and takes advantage of her freedom to do so. Unfortunately, Pandora doesn’t always look at the big picture and consider that her actions can have consequences for her and her medical condition or for others in her life.
The chemistry and relationship between Pandora and the other characters is amazing. Pandora’s best friends provide her with support, lift her spirits, and often are the voice of reason for Pandora. It is easy to see the love these friends have for one another. They are true friends, and remind me of some of my very dear and close friends.
Things start to get interesting for Pandora when two men come into her life. She meets Dominic and Leon, who have both set their sights on her. Pandora doesn’t think things through, and finds herself caught in an inadvertent love triangle between Dominic, who she thought would be a one-night stand, and Leon, who is a “bad boy” with a bit of an intense dark side.
Both men are hot, and Pandora doesn’t know whom she should choose. Leon draws Pandora in with her rebellious, adventuresome spirit that has been kept trapped by her parents for years, and Dominic not only helps her with the pain from her medical condition, but also turns into her anchor and grounds her.
Sunniva blew me away with the depth of emotion felt by the characters and how Pandora’s relationships with her friends and the two men in her life grew and developed. You are pulled into Pandora’s story and find yourself caught between yelling at Pandora for the choices she is making and wanting to hug her and help her find her way. Will you open Pandora’s Box and find out what is waiting in store for Pandora Wild Child?