Title: Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar
Author: Nicole Y. Walters
Publication Date: May 11, 2013
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
Recommended Age: 9+
Summary (Mother Daughter Book Reviews):
In a battle of good versus evil, unsuspecting humans are unaware that there is a battle to retrieve Pandora’s mythological jar with the Spirit of Hope still safely trapped inside. Hades, ruler of the Underworld, along with his trusty co-conspirators, the wretched Erinyes Sisters – Megaera, Tisiphone, and Alecto – will stop at nothing to find the legendary jar and ensure that Hope remains hidden from humankind.
Enter Charis, a 21st century teenage heroine with a mysterious birthmark in the shape of wings on her back who is haunted by strange dreams. We meet Charis and her best friend Gabe, in present day America, as they face typical adolescent scenarios including completing exams, experiencing the effects of those notorious teenage hormones, and preparing for a school play, coincidentally about Greek Gods and Goddesses.
Little does Charis know that she is the Chosen One – that is, the one destined to open Pandora’s Jar once again, releasing Hope into the realm of Gaia (i.e., Earth) troubled by wars, violence, and civil unrest, and ultimately restoring the balance between good and evil. But Charis won’t have to face this tall task alone. While some of the Gods will stop at nothing to prevent her from opening the jar, she also has some of the most legendary Gods and Goddesses to assist her including Hermes, the Messenger God, Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, and Nike, the Goddess of Victory.
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My Thoughts: Nicole Walters creates a riveting tale featuring a strong role model in Charis, an intricate and suspenseful plot, and an important message about the state of the World we find ourselves in currently. As mentioned in previous reviews, I am a big fan of Greek mythology and Walters does a great job of weaving in mythological legend and history with present day themes and concerns. Walters grabbed my attention in the first chapter, had me rooting for Charis and her allies the rest of the way, and now has me eagerly awaiting the next book!
My Bottom Line: Nicole Walters has created the female equivalent to Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson in Charis. If you love Greek mythology, are looking for a strong female central character and appreciate exceptional writing skills, I highly recommend Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar by Nicole Walters.
More Buzz About Charis
“This is an absolutely must read not only for Tweens but for all. The author, Nicole Walters, does an incredible job holding the reader’s attention and wanting more after the last page, leaving the door open for Book 2 in Charis’s journey. I hope it is already in work!! The illustrations are creative and capture the essence of the book…” ~ 5-Star review from Barbara J., Amazon (US)
“Parents, I found this book filled with so many positive happenings through all the adventures, you will be happy to have your babies read this story. I’m sharing this book with the kids in my life and am eagerly looking forward to joining Charis and her very diverse group of friends on their future adventures!..” ~ 5-Star review from DeeDee B., Amazon (US)
“How can something written for young adults have captivated me so much? All I can say is that much like Harry Potter before her, Charis is a character full of grace, courage, and genuine goodness. Her curiosity, questions, and tenacity drew me into the story and wouldn’t set me free until the final word. This is a story of faith, hope, and spirit. A book that asks the young reader to believe in the possibility of their own meaning and uniqueness. A book that asks the older reader to embrace their questions and ask again, instead of giving up on believing in “something bigger” as many of us have done through the years. ..” ~ 5-Star review from Leah, Goodreads
“I read this wonderful manuscript in one day! I couldn’t put it down, and I loved Charis and Gabe. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about their day to day lives, and the sudden change which had them both excited and fearful. A brilliantly gripping debut novel of Gods and Goddesses, good and evil, and the fight to save humanity!..”~ 5-Star review from Brenda, Goodreads
About The Author: Nicole Y. Walters
Nicole Y. Walters lives in Seattle with her husband. She has two grown sons, good boys, who call their momma regularly. Nicole loves a great many things in life . . . green apples with almond butter, the smell of puppy breath, and the feel of the words “I love you.” She also thinks writing is pretty cool too. Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar, is her first novel, and it was a joy for her to write every word. Inspired by Nicole’s own life’s journey, Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar is a book about friendship, faith, courage, and the power of the one and the all. Most of all though it’s a book about the compelling promise of hope.
Book Website: http://journeytopandorasjar.com/
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* Coming Soon!! *
Nicole Walters has co-created a study guide for Charis: Journey to Pandora’s Jar with educator and Chairperson of the Teachers of Color & Allies Summit, Collinus Hutt. The study guide, for grades 5-8, meets common core standards and will be available on her website for a free download in August. Download your free copy at www.journeytopandorasjar.com.
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