Thursday, May 3, 2012

Review of Abandon

My review of Abandon by Meg Cabot is based on a hardcover copy of the book that I won in a giveaway from Lori of Pure Imagination. The following review is my honest opinion of the work.

Goodreads Summary: "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."

Pierce. What can I say about Pierce? I love her passion and temperament. I also appreciated the fact that she didn't always get everything right as some heroines are prone to do. Rather she made numerous mistakes along the way, second-guessing herself much like I always find myself doing...only when did it the consequences were far graver.

Considering that Hades and Persephone is a love story I expected a little bit more romance than I was given. In fact, I expected to see a great deal more of the lead male character, John Hayden. He would appear out of nowhere in a crisis, do a little damage then be gone again. What I saw of him as a reader made me decide there is a great deal of potential there, but I feel as if he could have been there more and given more to the story as a whole. What I saw of his character made me grin, and the fact that he wears all black generally acting like a total bad boy doesn't exactly depress me.

My one qualm with this book is the fact that it seemed almost...scatterbrained. You went from present, to a memory to another memory than back to the present with little to no warning. This made it difficult for me to keep track of at first; I had no real idea what was going on at any given time. Even towards the end I would be reading along then suddenly find myself going, "Oh wait...that happened when she was a kid not now" and things along those lines as I struggled to put a timeline together.

I'm giving Abandon by Meg Cabot a three out of five stars review. I loved that Meg Cabot was attempting a retelling of the story of Hades and Persephone, one that I've only recently heard about and already fallen for. I just wish she had given me a few less loose ends. I have a feeling that the sequel, Underworld, will give me just that and more and for that reason I'm looking forward to giving it a chance.


  1. Yes, I certainly wasn't in love with this one, yet I did find myself absurdly ADDICTED. I think it's the idea of John Hayden... never could resist the strong, silent, bad boy type. I WANT MORE INSIGHT INTO HIS CHARACTER. Pierce I liked on one level, and was annoyed by on another. She was a little too dull for me. BUT THAT'S OKAY, in a way. Because I'm not reading this series for her, but for the Greek myth twists and, of course, John effing Hayden. I heard he's MUCH more scrumptious in the sequel.

  2. I really liked this one and I'm super excited for Underworld!

    It wasn't at all what I expected though

  3. I agree. I couldn't put it down but I couldn't quite pinpoint why but I'm pretty sure it was John Hayden. I just have to know more about that guy. He's the reason I'm after the sequel too. :]

  4. It wasn't what I expected either, Tiffany. Can't wait to read Underworld though, love the covers on these books.

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