Monday, July 11, 2011

Review of Pandora's Box by Katie Salidas

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 Katie Salidas’ Immortalis series continues with the third installment, Pandora’s Box.  Drawing on Greek Mythology for the origin for her vampires, Salidas presents an interesting spin on the Pandora myth.  Heroine Alyssa and mortal friend, Fallon, discover a strange box left at the Las Vegas home of the Peregrinus Clan of vampires.  The box is opened, and an ancient evil is loosed upon the world.  When this malevolent force fells one of their own, the clan sets off in pursuit of knowledge that will help them to both avenge the murder and return the entity, Aniketos, back to his prison in the box.  The quest takes them to Boston, where they must seek the aid of the alpha of a local pack of werewolves.  While vampires and werewolves may not be mortal enemies there is still considerable conflict between the two camps that complicates the clan’s mission.

With each successive book, Salidas takes us deeper into the fascinating mythos of her vampires.  It was a pleasant surprise to find werewolves and vampires cooperating to some extent, instead of the clichéd view of them being portrayed as enemies.  The departure from the Vegas backdrop of the first two novels was also unexpected, and Salidas peppers the book with some neat references to Boston landmarks and customs. I especially enjoyed the portrayal of the partying Boston vampires.  As always,
Salidas’ narrative moves at a sprightly pace and offers a mix of humor, drama and romance.  However, Salidas isn’t afraid to tap into a vein of horror and gore to remind us that vampires and werewolves are potentially dangerous creatures.  Her heroine, Alyssa, continues to mature and grow as a character and finds herself up against the most difficult challenge she’s encountered thus far. The story’s heartrending conclusion leaves us with a cliffhanger that will have readers anxiously awaiting book four.   

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BK Walker said...

Great review Denise and thank you for participating in the Blitz Tour today :).


Denise Verrico said...

It's my pleaure! Katie is a talented writer, and I want everyone to enjoy her books!

Queenie Leenie said...

Putting this series on my list of must reads, thanks for the review. Why do I like the genre? Vampire = the epitome of the dangerous "bad boy" we always fall for in life.

donnas said...

Great review. I love this series and am really looking forward to reading the new book.

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Denise Verrico said...

While you're here, click on the Goodreads giveaway I have going for my latest book. The badge is on the right sidebar.

David Tocher said...

Hmmm...what draws me to vampires? There's the superficial thrill of horror and the supernatural, of course. Then, once the emotions over that reason passes and you're able to think about it...a good vampire story makes you consider things. Vampire stories can be symbolic of what's going on inside of us, and something that can help us reflect on life.

Denise Z said...

What fun this blitz tour has been. I am finding all these new blogs to follow and reading wonderful posts about this lovely author and her books. Thank you for participating. I have signed up to follow your site and look forward to reading more of what you have to share.