Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Book Review: Abandon


by Meg Cabot
Series: Abandon Trilogy #1
Release date: 26th April, 2011
Publisher: Point
Pages: 304(Hardcover bought by me)
Next Book: Underworld (Abandon Trilogy #2)

Summary 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.

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

We all, humans, have wondered what is awaiting us after death. A shining Heaven? A horrible Hell? Nirvana? A perfect place created for each one of us? Nothing?
We all wonder but Pierce knows. She died. And came back.

If you are a fan of Greek Mythology then the place she went is the coolest of all: The Underworld. Oh yeah.

And there she met with an old friend. A very old friend, one she met when her grandfather died and... he hadn't change at all. Weird. Never mind that, she was absolutely glad to find someone in a place where two lines of people - the one where she was in silence and the other line full of people trying to get to her line- were waiting for a boat to come... a boat to go where anyway?! So she did the only thing she thought could help: go and talk to him.

But not all the things that shine are gold and her friend had a secret: ruler of the Underworld was his work and he just had, on purpose, made her lost her turn to go in the boat.

Say what?!

But she managed to run away from him and go back to live. She even thought that it had been a bad dream after the accident she had in the swimming-pool until she found in her hand the pendant he gave her to protect her. So yeah, it was no dream.

And now, in a small island where her mother wanted to start a new life for both of them (and where Pierce believed she wouldn't see him again) he was back. And she was afraid because every time their paths converged something bad happened to someone else.

But deep down she knew that John wasn't that bad. And she was in danger, again, but not from him.

Personal opinion:
I'm a huge fan of Meg Cabot's books - for teenagers and for adults-. I believe her work is brilliant and when I read about this book my first thought was: "Greek mythology + Meg Cabot = AWESOMENESS!" and I wasn't wrong.

The new modern twist is great, I'm really curious about John's work. You want me to tell you his work? Sorry, can't do, no spoilers here ;) But I can tell you that he is not Hades. But the plot of this book represents Hades and Persephone's myth.

But yes, he is hot, he is awesome and he is dangerous. Really dangerous, specially if you try to harm Pierce.
Add VERY protective to one of his qualities.

And Pierce is nice. Maybe too much sometimes. And a bit clueless when it comes to help people. I mean, yes, she cares and she tries to help but sometimes she doesn't care if by heling someone else she gets in troubles... big troubles. What after a while turns to be a little bit annoying, but that's Pierce, right? You have to love her (or you can hate her, up to you, haha).

The next book has to be great because the ending of this one was... bufff... let's just say that I kept pressing the buttons of my reader expecting new pages to, magically, appear and continue reading. As I always say, dreaming is free.

Alaiel's Rating:

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  1. I keep picking this book up and then putting it back down because I'm not sure. Your review is so great now I think I'll pick it up the next time I buy a book!

  2. I really enjoyed Abandon. Cabot gives us an unexpected take on the myth of Persephone. Her heroine, Pierce, is funny, sensitive, and lovable. The daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the world, Pierce can have almost anything she wants. Her near death experience tore their family apart. Her parents have separated; Pierce and her mother have returned to her mother's home town - an island far from her old life.


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