Thursday, June 16, 2011

10 Book Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Title: Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
paperback arc, 310 pages
ISBN: 978-0-545-28410-3
Source: Once Upon A Twilight Book Tours
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Summary:  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.

I am fascinated by mythology. I absolutely adore Greek myths. For that reason, I was drawn to Abandon by Meg Cabot.  I was very interested in reading this modern day twist on the old Greek myth of Hades and Persephone. 
The story line focuses around Pierce Oliviera. Pierce had everything going for her until she had a near death experience. Ever since then, life has not been the same. Pierce is greatly troubled. You see when she died, she didn't see a bright light, what she saw was much more disturbing. So much so that when she's brought back, it still haunts her. Her parents are also recently divorced. Her mother decides it's time for a fresh start so she moves them to her hometown in Florida. Pierce is eager to fit in but she's plagued by past events. Not only that but it seems the small town she moved to was probably the worst place in the world for her to be. 
I thought the story line in this book was good. It flowed easily. Meg Cabot teases you with the details of Pierce's past just a bit. She doesn't give you the full details straight away but has many flashbacks to the past to slowly reveal everything that transpired. This element added suspense and mystery to the novel. It kept me reading to find out the details of Pierce's past. 
The characters in Abandon are very interesting. Pierce is the main character. She's been slightly traumatized by past events. She's trying to make an effort to be more engaged in life. She desperately wants to make her mom happy and save her friends from the evil that is out there. I like her character. Pierce is flawed in many ways and makes a lot of mistakes. She is also very compassionate and stubborn. She's being followed by death who has been chasing after her. Death's name is John. John doesn't seem like an ominous enough name for death. However there is a lot of mystery that surrounds his character. His motivation through out this story isn't very clear at first. All you know is that Pierce escaped from him and he wants her back. Meg reveals just enough of his story to keep you intrigued. This is the first book in a the Abandon Trilogy. I hope in the next book, she gives us better insight to his character.
Overall I thought this was a good book. I enjoyed the mythological aspects of this book. The storyline was fast paced and flowed easily. The characters were likable. I will definitely be reading the second book in this series. 


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10 comments:

  1. Glad you enjoyed this one. =) I didn't like it as much, sadly, but it is always great to see those who felt differently and why they felt that way.

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  2. I can't wait to give this a try! thanks for the review!

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  3. @Bailey, I agree. I love reading different opinions when it comes to reviews.

    @Somer, Thank you for stopping by today :D

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  4. Sounds like you enjoyed it! Thanks for the review! I didn't like it as much, but it had some serious potential and I will definitely be on the look out for number two.

    NoraBell, The Bookery

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  5. I really liked Abandon too, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next book!

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  6. John definitely doesn't sound like a "death" name - like Rachel Vincent's Todd in her Soul Screamers Series - - very misleading, I love it! I have read many reviews on this book and I am very intrigued!

    <3 Happy Reading!
    Patricia @ Patricia's Particularity

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  7. I really fancy reading this one, must get round to it soon! :)

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  8. reading this book now. really liking it. like all of her books not great but fun and nice to read.

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  9. @Norabell, It was a little slow for me in the beginning but overall I like the storyline. I think this book was really setting up the storyline for the next book.

    @LizR I can't wait to see where Meg Cabot takes the storyline.

    @Patricia, I thought the same thing when I read his name was John. It really doesn't sound like a harbinger of death name. LOL

    @Raimy-rawr I hope you enjoy it :D

    @daydreamerN I'm so glad you're enjoying it :D

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  10. The characters in Abandon are very interesting. Pierce is the main character. She's been slightly traumatized by past events. She's trying to make an effort to be more engaged in life. She desperately wants to make her mom happy and save her friends from the evil that is out there. I like her character. Pierce is flawed in many ways and makes a lot of mistakes. She is also very compassionate and stubborn. She's being followed by death who has been chasing after her. Death's name is John. John doesn't seem like an ominous enough name for death. However there is a lot of mystery that surrounds his character. His motivation through out this story isn't very clear at first. All you know is that Pierce escaped from him and he wants her back. Meg reveals just enough of his story to keep you intrigued.

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