Pandora Gets Vain (Pandora Series #2)

Pandora Gets Vain (Pandora Series #2)

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by Carolyn Hennesy
     
 

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The craziest field trip ever continues as Pandora and her BFFs, Alcie and Iole, are on the hunt for the next evil, vanity, which is hiding in Egypt. But, as usual, the goddess Hera is so not helping and throws as many obstacles as she can in their way. It's totally distracting (not to mention life-threatening!), and they keep getting pulled off course.

Overview

The craziest field trip ever continues as Pandora and her BFFs, Alcie and Iole, are on the hunt for the next evil, vanity, which is hiding in Egypt. But, as usual, the goddess Hera is so not helping and throws as many obstacles as she can in their way. It's totally distracting (not to mention life-threatening!), and they keep getting pulled off course. Fortunately the other gods and goddesses aren't nearly as nasty as Hera, and they secretly help out the gang whenever they can. Pandy and her friends (including a new, totally adorable boy-slash-bodyguard) see it all, from a wild thunderstorm at sea and a group of talking dolphins to an . . . um . . . eye-thingy monster that's just really, really scary. It sounds crazy, but don't worry: Pandy can handle it . . . right?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kris Sauer
This book is, like, soooo surprisingly good you really must recommend it to your local action-loving ‘tween. Although I was skeptical at the outset, this book eventually won me over. An adventure-fantasy set in ancient Egypt, this second in a series features 13-year-old Pandora—yes, that Pandora—attempting to find and rein in the second of the seven vices she released after opening up her father Prometheus's forbidden box. Accompanied by her faithful friends Iole and Alcie and protected by a young Homer, Pandora finds herself overcoming one madcap series of adventures after another, despite the obstacles thrown her way by the goddess Hera. Young readers will no doubt relish the page-turning exploits of Pandy and her sidekicks. Educators may well appreciate the historic references to both Egyptian and Greek mythological gods and goddess. Purists will need to turn a blind eye to the girls' irreverent, toned-down, Valley-speak and the book's completely fantastical occurrences—talking rescue dolphins, shell-phone worried dads, transporting crystals, and invisible tents to name but a few. Still, one has to appreciate Pandy's determination to set things right, her loyalty and appreciation of her friends, and her bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. The book includes a glossary of gods, goddesses, and various things unique to ancient Egyptian culture. Although pure fantasy, this is a good read that young readers will no doubt enjoy, and if it gets them interested in mythology in the process, who will complain? Reviewer: Kris Sauer
School Library Journal

Gr 4-7

Pandora and her friends continue their quest to recover the evils that were accidentally released from her box. Here, the young protagonists travel to Egypt to track down vanity. Along the way, they encounter sea storms, helpful dolphins, ancient tombs, and a caravan of wonders, all the while being threatened by the plotting goddess Hera. Although set in classical times, this fantasy reads more like a current-day adolescent adventure. The characters use contemporary teenage idioms, making the text accessible to readers, and a glossary of gods, historical figures, and other relevant terms is provided. Classical Greek and Egyptian religion and history tread lightly in the story's background, and certain elements have been modernized (Pandy uses a conch shell much like a cell phone). Action is balanced with dialogue and description, and a tongue-in-cheek tone casts a whimsical light upon the overall events. Less successful are brief scenes depicting sword-wielding Arab men who spout sexist remarks, seemingly reinforcing negative stereotypes. Still, the smoothly written narrative makes this a suitable choice for larger libraries serving fans of fantasy and mythology.-Jeff Meyer, Slater Public Library, IA

Kirkus Reviews
The chick-lit quest tale kicked off in Pandora Gets Jealous (1/08) loses humor and steam in this second episode. Having loosed Evils into the world and been ordered by Zeus to get them back into the famous box, Pandy (Pandora) and her friends Alcie and Iole-joined by a hunky young Gladiator School dropout named Homer-set off for Alexandria to retrieve Vanity. Thanks to plenty of surreptitious help from the gods and Pandy's knack with fire, the teens weather all manner of burns, broken bones and bad wounds on the way to a violent climax. The teen banter and behavior that animated the previous adventure seems labored, though, and a poorly conceived encounter with a circus staffed by multicultural stereotypes serves more to pad the page count than lighten the tone. Once Vanity's under wraps again, the Egyptian god who had been masquerading as the circus's inscrutable Chinese magician steps in to clean up the mess, and the young folk are off to the Atlas Mountains to collar Laziness. One might argue that they've already found it. (glossary) (Fantasy. 11-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599903293
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Series:
Pandora Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
383,374
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Carolyn Hennesy is the author of Pandora Gets Jealous. A Los Angeles native, she has over twenty-five years' experience in the entertainment industry, having appeared in more than two hundred films, TV shows, commercials, and live stage productions. In addition to her full-time acting and writing careers, Ms. Hennesy also teaches improvisational comedy and has become a flying trapeze artist. She lives in the Los Angeles area.

www.carolynhennesy.com

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Pandora Gets Vain (Pandora Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 101 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
2nd book to the series and I'm addicted. This truly a page- turner for anyone who read the first book in the series, Pandora Gets Jealous. In this incredible book, Pandy needs to capture Vanity, and on the way they have a "bodyguard" named Homer and he helps with the quest, but then..... Hey! That would be giving the book away, and it wouldn't be as suspenseful! Sorry!, but you NEED to read this book to gind out what's going to happen. :) Posted by: MistyRose
SydneyLea More than 1 year ago
The cover for the 1 book caught my eye at my school library, so i started to read it. I finished it and loved it, because i love Greek mythology! But i finally got to the 2 and i read it in like 3 days (i was a little busy so i couldn't just read it in a day). I loved the first, but i thought this was better. It had so much action. And i loved that Alcie got kissed by HOMMER! I was giggling when i read that part! But Thank you Pandora for opening that box because without this pleasureful tale i would be bored out of my mind!
sandiek More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Hennesy has created a book series that combines adventure and fun with an introduction to mythology in a format that entertains and educates young readers. Pandora, a thirteen year old girl has through curiosity, unleashed the evils contained in a box entrusted to her family by the gods. Regardless of her intent, the result was setting free evil in the world. Now she is tasked with recapturing all these evils so that the world is safe and her family is not eternally punished. Her friends, Alcie and Iole, accompany her on her mission. In this second book of the series, Pandora Gets Vain, the girls are on the trail of Vanity which they have determined is in Egypt. The book opens with a terrific storm at sea, which has been sent by Hera. Hera is jealous of Pandora and tries to thwart her mission at every turn. Homer, the young poet, has been sent by his father to guard them. They soon are involved in spine-tingling adventures such as combatting ancient guardians of pyramids and tombs, traveling with a group of magicians and carnival folks, and being rescued by dolphins from a watery grave. They wend their way to Egypt, where Vanity, in the form of a mirror, is in the possession of Cleopatra, the most beautiful Egyptian ruler. The unfolding of the capture of Vanity forms the backbone of the book. Gods encountered along the way include Poseidon, Apollo, Osiris, Hera and Athena. There are mummies, villians and heroes and the rewards and wonders of friendship which helps one overcome obstacles. Hennesy has a hit series on her hands. Along with the excitement of the various adventures, young readers are introduced to mythological characters. Pandora and her friends are typical tweens and share the characteristics of young teenagers while also being tasked with an overwhelming responsibility. Consequences of actions are made plain as is the message of taking responsibility for one's actions. The various gods and historical figures introduced in the book give readers an interesting introduction to these characters. The series will continue as the rest of the evils unleashed on the world are recaptured by Pandora and her friends. This book is highly recommended for young teenage readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I read the delightful romp that is 'Pandora Gets Jealous', Carolyn Hennesy's first book, I eagerly awaited the second - and was equally entranced by 'Pandora Gets Vain'. A second book in a series is a watershed moment for an author - a proving ground of sorts. Ms. Hennesy's storytelling ability obviously has 'great' legs and she is well on her way to capturing a loyal audience of 'Pandy' devotees. I read the Kurtis review and couldn't disagree more with his assessment. Ms Hennesy's imagery, dialogue and plot twists continue to delight and surprise, and anyone who reads this second installment will be in for the whole ride. As mothers peruse bookshelves for good value-enhancing stories for their daughters, they should look no further than this Pandora Gets...series. And some really bright studio executive should jump on this project to make an animated show.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is great with lots of adventure, however some parts of the book got me bored sometimes. It is still a good book to read if you are wanting to go on an adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book and at first thought it was a book about a maiden and her getting jealous. Then when i finished reading it i learned that she actually got the element jealousy. It was a good book. Now im reading the second and i think that its so far, so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book worth every cent good for reports:);0
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In the second book of the seres of pandora, pandora gets vain is amazing. This as the first one has actual facts,places and more. We meet Homer a young youth who is amazing. Pandy is showing more of her fathers powers we also learn gold can hert. Hera is up to her tricks agin causing pandy even more drama! Want to know more READ THE BOOK PEOPLES READ IT! Its amazing and theres at least 1 hot guy! ;) :p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is funny and the best book i ever read
jennifer doolittle More than 1 year ago
Amazing book. Loved the first one, love this one. Can't wait to get the third one. Pandora Gets Lazy, here I come!!!!!!!!!!
Regina Ratkovich More than 1 year ago
this book is reeeeeeeeeeeeeeally good!
Miriam Urie More than 1 year ago
real funny. for younger kids, still real good. person before me did this on the wrong thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. When my grandmother bought it for me I didn't think I would read it, but I gave it a chance. I loved it so much that I had finished the book in 4 hrs!! The evil Vanity is in the form of a mirror which is in the possesion of Cleopatra. She is a very beautiful Egyptian ruler. Hera the Goddess of marriage and birth is such a witch!!! Pandy is byfar the most heroic most brave young girl I have ever read about. Imaginge yourself trying to find all of these evils. Especially in her time period.In the book Homer, the young poet, sounds very unique and wonderful.This book is filled with andventure and myths. It has mummies, heroes, and villians. It can teach you many things about greek mythology. I will continue reading the Pandora series. This is such and amazing book that I recommed it to anyone. This book is amazing, but you have to read it to learn more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this second book of the series, Pandora Gets Vain, the girls are on the trail of Vanity which they have determined is in Egypt. The book opens with a terrific storm at sea, which has been sent by Hera. Hera is jealous of Pandora and tries to thwart her mission at every turn. Homer, the young poet, has been sent by his father to guard them. They soon are involved in spine-tingling adventures such as combatting ancient guardians of pyramids and tombs, traveling with a group of magicians and carnival folks, and being rescued by dolphins from a watery grave. They wend their way to Egypt, where Vanity, in the form of a mirror, is in the possession of Cleopatra, the most beautiful Egyptian ruler. The unfolding of the capture of Vanity forms the backbone of the book. Gods encountered along the way include Poseidon, Apollo, Osiris, Hera and Athena. There are mummies, villians and heroes and the rewards and wonders of friendship which helps one overcome obstacles.
Sydstar More than 1 year ago
This book is great. I read it so quickly. I was amazed by how fast the pages flew. I typically love to learn in school, but it took forever for me to try to stop thinking about the book or the tear my eyes from the pages. I was hooked by the first sentence. Pandora and her friends are funny and entertaining. This book is great for girls ages 8 to Adult. Adults might not like it as much, but it is an enjoyable read. What makes this book even more fun is how the characters are just like modren kids, but living in "ancient Greece".
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Pandora Atheneus Andromaeche Helena, "Pandy" to her friends and family, is still on her quest to save the world.

The only daughter of the Titan, Prometheus, Pandy is in trouble with Zeus. Due to an unfortunate incident at school, all the evils of the world have been released from a box that was entrusted to her father. Zeus has ordered that Pandora find each of them in order to save the world, and her family. Pandy, along with her friends Alcie and Iole, have already located Jealousy - and are now headed to Egypt to find Vanity.

The task itself is difficult but Pandy is also facing the ire of Zeus' wife, Hera, who is determined that Pandora will fail on her quest. Hera has devised dangerous obstacles along every step of Pandora's journey in an attempt to stop her. While the other gods are sympathetic to Pandy, nobody would dare to interfere with Hera's plans.

Not right out in the open anyway, but what Hera doesn't know...

This time a very handsome bodyguard joins Pandy and her friends. Homer, a poet at heart, didn't really make it in gladiator training. His father has sent him to deliver parcels to his uncle and ordered him to protect the girls on their journey. Will the quiet and very handsome boy prove to be a help or a distraction? He has certainly distracted Alcie.

Now the friends find themselves in a land where they do not speak the language and do not know the customs. To make matters worse, they've come upon a traveling troupe of performers from around the world. With so many different languages in one group, is there any way the girls can communicate?

Well, if the gods are on your side, anything is possible.

PANDORA GETS VAIN is an enjoyable follow-up to the first book, PANDORA GETS JEALOUS, and will leave you waiting anxiously for the next!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Putting deadly evils back where they belong can be arduous task for anyone, but in Pandora Gets Vain, we again follow the adventures of a teenage Pandora and her girlfriends as they face the challenge of trying to lasso the deadly sin of vanity and put it back in it¿s box. This is the second book in the Carolyn Hennesy series, and once again, the author hits the mark with a deceptively small book that is jammed packed with an intelligent, wry epic story that moves at lighting speed. Pandora is at one level a dizzying array of captivating imagery of the world of the gods of mythology and the ancient civilizations of Greece and Egypt. All the players are given a voice infused with bright dialogue and a modern attitude so razor sharp that their stinging barbs makes one imagine them around the Algonquin Roundtable, only here they are throwing real daggers and bolts of lightening. And while the story is a deft blending of mythology¿s larger than life panoply of legends, actions and icons, the real surprise is the paradox that at its core, Pandora is a good-hearted story of three young women growing up. The lessons of life an adolescent needs are not new here, nor do they need to be, but the reader is spared the morality lectures Pandora avoids sentimentality and cliché. The humor, youthful resilience and vitality that emanates from funny but sometimes painful situations clearly imparts those lessons albeit here in mythological proportion. These young women have character, backbone and scruples and are appealing in their quest to solve greater world problems and in turn, find themselves and more importantly, find empowerment. The characters mature in the very relatable ways a youngster leaves their childhood behind, struggling into adulthood as they undertake their first responsibilities the common things all young people face. Judicious use of modern lingo keeps the younger reader engaged 'and entertains us elders as well' but never condescends. There is no dumbing down, no pathetic overuse of slang or mono-syllables, for our young heroines are highly educated and well spoken. You just know their parents raised them with a deep respect for Greek history and art. The book certainly spawns an interest in mythology. As you take a romp of a ride into that world, you wonder if the author will do for mythology what Rowling has done for wizards. Pandora Gets Vain is an outstanding piece of literature for adolescents, and a fun one too. Note, the book can stand alone, but you¿ll enjoy it more if you read the first one. Perhaps the publishers will take heed and issue a Pandora Box set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This second adventure of Pandora and her friends Alcie and Iole was a delightful, utterly FUN read! 'Pandora Gets Vain' finds the girls on their way to Egypt and flows seamlessly from their first challenging, magical adventures in'Pandora Gets Jealous'. Just as the first book completely captivated me with ancient Greece springing to life from the very first page,this second journey dazzled my imagination as the girls 'and a guy friend,oh yes!'make their way to Egypt. There are dolphins like no others'just wait!' and absolute horrors in the black Chamber of Despair, and the incredible Caravan of Wonders in the shifting sands of Egypt. Best of all I think, is the humor the author infuses into these books. I laughed like I laughed as a kid and that combined with the fierce loyalty of friendship and the absolute bravery the girls muster is an irresistible combination. I found emotions welling up in me that I haven't felt since I was Pandy's age. Yes I bought this book and the first one for my nieces but I am SO glad I kept copies for myself! Your adventurous inner child will fully embrace this amazing ancient world that only a truly gifted author can bring alive. I eagerly await book three!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so happy book two is out! I like Iole the best, she is so smart and I already read it twice. I drew the caravan, it was so cool. I would like a map ...the books look pretty and i wish 3 was here already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Hennesy has done it again. Pandora gets Vain continues on the mythical journey that readers have been anxiously awaiting since the ending of the first book, Pandora gets Jealous. Ms. Hennesy transports you into long ago ages when Gods and Goddesses were revered in foreign lands and gives you a heroine in Pandora that today's readers can identify with. Pandy and her friends, along with the new ones she picks up along the way, show strength in friendship, faith, and family in a way that leaves you rooting for them to gather each of the seven sins and triumph in the end. They talk in language that is appealing to the youth of today while the settings they find themselves in vividly paints a picture of days gone by. Whether you are a 'tween' and just learning about the wonders of mythology or are long past school days and just remember those lessons with a fondness, you are going to read this book and instantly start wondering when the third book will be released. Ms. Hennesy has a knack for storytelling and you can see in your mind the picture that she is telling, transporting yourself through her words to the scene of the story that is being told. From the opening page with a turbulent storm to the last page with a glorious gift from a God, you are going to be on the edge of your seat wondering how Pandy and company are going to make it through this next mission.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Roses are red, Violets are blue, This is such a great book, And a must read tooooooo!!!