Saturday, May 14, 2011

Book Shelf: Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1) by Meg Cabot

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

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.

Blurb from Goodreads....

Review: (Warning, contains spoilers)

Meg Cabot has a real way with words. I haven’t read all too many of her books, seeing as many of them aren't supernatural, but I love her Mediator series and I’ve read her book Jinx also.
This book was mysterious and intriguing and yet hauntingly beautiful at the same time. Throughout this story there's always a cloud of mystery surrounding it as piece by piece the story comes together. Little snippets of Pierce and John's history and Perice's life after her NDE are all interesting and help to build a good foundation for the story.
I thought the storyline was brilliant! I love the way Meg has taken the Hades and Persephone story and actually made it unique and different. There are a few stories out there that focus on the story, and they’re great, but it’s so wonderful to find a tale that takes has a different spin of the tale and doesn't have the exact same idea.

I thought Peirce was a really nice character. She had a good heart—as we saw from her never ending attempts to save injured and defenceless animals, but she also had a spark that was fierce and brave. It was understandable why she felt the way she did about John, and why she feared what seeing him meant, but she still went on with her life and I liked that.
I feel like we don’t know much about John. Even from this book, there was a lot about him that is still hidden and surrounded in mystery. What we did see of him though I liked and the prospect of getting to learn more about him as the series continues is exciting. I think he’s dark and dangerous, but that there’s more to him as well and I look forward to finding out more in future books.

I must say that at times the relationship between Peirce and John seemed a bit unrealistic to me. I think the idea of it is very romantic, but it doesn’t seem plausible. He said the loves her, but from what I saw in the book it doesn’t seem like he knows he well enough to love her. I get that she has a great heart and soul and he likes that, but what do they really know about one another? Peirce is drawn to John and he wants her, but is that really enough to care as deeply for someone as he believes he does? That’s not to say that I’m not all for the two of them to be together, because I am (hopeless romantic that I am), I just feel like I’d like to see a deeper connection and actual reasons for them being together as the series progresses.

This was however a great start to what promises to be another fabulous series by Meg Cabot. The world, the idea, all the characters we’ve met, Peirce, John, Alex, Kayla, Uncle Chris, Peirce’s mum, even her Grandmother, all make me want to read more and see more of this world.
I felt the ending was a tad abrupt, especially when there were so many things going on, but I’m looking forward to the next book, Underworld and seeing more Peirce and John.

Rating: **** stars
Recommend: Yes
Did I Buy, Borrow or is it an ARC: Bought
Recommend Buy or Borrow: Buy
Ebook or Actual Book: Actual Book
Cover: It's stunning!
Read sequel/continue with series: Yes....

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