Friday, October 5, 2012

Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot


Author: Meg Cabot

Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Publisher: Point

Genre: Fantasy/Mythology



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.

My Thoughts: This book wasn’t exactly what I had expected when I first opened it, but that wasn’t a bad thing in this case. I was expecting another re-telling of the classic Hades and Persephone relationship or some other form of it (which it kind of was) but it wasn’t exactly how I had imagined it going.

Pierce Oliviera died when she was fifteen. Then, she did what all people do when they die – wait in line. Until she sees a man that she recognises from childhood on a horse and he appears to be in charge. She catches his attention and her afterlife was never the same. Until she woke up – alive in her mother’s arms.

This romance kind of confused me a bit. I mean, I am used to the quick-love thing that seems to be present in most YA novels, but this one was a bit much for me. These two met for about 10-20 minutes about4 times in a year and a half span. Each resulted in arguments, near-death for other people and once with hot tea in the face. Then suddenly, professions of love.

But, I have to admit, I was a guilty pleasure of mine to enjoy it.

Pierce is kind and caring in a pretty legit way. She actually sincerely cares about everything. She risks her life to save animals and easily forgives people (maybe with the exception of John).

John’s mood swings are fast and pretty intense. One minute he is insanely angry and the next completely calm. The relationship between the two certainly has an interesting dynamic.

The book ended kind of abruptly (although, despite being a pet-peeve of mine I didn’t seem to mind in this case). The relationship came on fast and strong. The book doesn’t exactly begin at the start of the story either. Regardless of all that, I still enjoyed the book a lot – which says a lot about the characters and the writers. I would definitely recommend this to people who love the Underworld as much as I do!

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