Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Abandon, by Meg Cabot- Review

Last year, at the This is Teen event in the Scholastic store in downtown Manhattan, I had the chance to see Meg Cabot, Maggie Stievfater and Libba Bray.  At the time I had only read Libba's books but all three of the ladies were so entertaining I was immediately tempted to buy all of their books.  The only thing that stopped me was my towering pile of BEA books waiting to be packed, back in our hotel room, and my escalating sense of doom that we would never get them all back to Toronto without a plane to our selves.

Flash forward to earlier this month when a timely delivery from Scholastic gave me the excuse I need to start this series already.

From Goodreads:
Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone... because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
But now she's moved to a new town. Maybe at her new school, she can start fresh. Maybe she can stop feeling so afraid.

Only she can't. Because even here, he finds her. That's how desperately he wants her back. She knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven, yet she can't stay away... especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.

But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

I really liked the dynamic and pacing of book one.  Pierce's history is doled out in bits and pieces, and how John works into it is only slowly revealed.  There are whole conversations between them where you're not sure what they're referring too and it made for a fast paced, page turning read.  It also makes a nice twist on the love story angle, and I particularly liked the less than lovey dovey tension the two of them had going on.

The secondary story, of Pierce's family and some of the locals on the Island, was also intriguing, and I enjoyed seeing the world fleshed out beyond Pierce and John.  That being said, I thought Pierce's mom and dad got short shifted with their rich/angry/divorced pigeon hole, and wish they'd been developed into less stereo-typed stand ins and more characters of their own.

Abandon is an intriguing, modern day take on the Persephone myth, and Cabot has injected enough mystery and story twists to it to make it her own while still doffing her hat to the original.  From her talk I'd expected something very different from what I got, and certainly after reading The Goddess Test so recently it was nice to see at totally different angle on a retelling.  

Although it wasn't quite as strong as I had hoped, especially considering the company it was placed in at the This is Teen event, Abandon was enjoyable quick read.  If your looking for a good beach/hammock read this summer then I would definitely consider adding it to your list.

Abandon, by Meg Cabot
Published by Point, April 2011


  1. OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SO PERFECT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I love this book so much, I can't put it in words. I'm not sure if that last comment made that clear enough.

  3. I love books about mythology and the underworld and this book was no different. It hooked me from the start. Can't wait to pick up the second book in the series.

    Marlene Detierro (Eureka Joe's)

  4. This book is freaking awesome. It was mysterious, correction, John is mysterious. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book, Underworld. If you're tired of reading about vampires or fallen angels and demons I strongly recommend this book.
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