Book Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon #1
Author: Meg Cabot
Reading Level: YA
Genre: Paranormal/Mythology
Released: January 2012 (Paperback)
Review Source: Scholastic
Available: Amazon

Summary: (from goodreads) 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.

Not sure why it took me almost a full year to finally read Abandon. Thank goodness I did and before Underworld comes out too. Being a junkie for Greek Mythology, this series is right down my ally. Meg really does a super job at retelling the Persephone tale we all know. What really makes it great is that Abandon is its on entity, its not the story of Persephone with different character names told. Everything you read in Abandon is fresh and exciting. This Underworld at times sounds pretty cool actually, thanks to Meg's writing. 

In Abandon you meet Pierce, poor Pierce has been through a lot in her young life. How many teenagers can say they have died and come back to tell the tale. Of course coming back from the dead doesn't mean your going to shoot to the top and become super popular in school. In fact, Pierce has been kick-out of her old school. Her mother had to move back to Isla Huesos in FL from CT. So Pierce could have another shot at school. Thing is Pierce gets visited several times by the very mysterious John. These visit are very sporadic and he tends to pop up when she is in trouble. I also didn't mention that she met him when she was very young at her grandfather's funeral and John hasn't aged a day. John has his plans and well Peirce needs to come up with some kind of solid plan, before she either gets kicked out of school again, arrested or killed. Sounds easy right? Pierce will discover who and what she is now and who John really is or they might just be blown away by a hurricane or some Furies. 

Meg's characters are intense. From the way she describes their look to how they act. This was my first book from Meg and I'm already reading the sequel to Abandon now, that comes out next week - Underworld. Meg is definitely a author I will be reading for a long time. Her writing style is very entertaining, she know when to drop the OMG moment and when to take it slow. 


  1. I'm still dying to get my hands on Abandon. It sounds soooo good! Great review! :)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature

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