Came out: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Source: Kindle Store
Age Group: Young Adult
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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.
It was good…..well, okay. I was kind of debating with myself on this one. I was waiting for Meg’s witty monologue to come out, or some of her action like in other series like the Airhead novels or her 1-800-Where-R-U books, but I came up empty.
Don’t get me wrong….it was good. It just wasn’t as good as I was expecting it to be. I was expecting it to be as great and funny as her other books, but it came up short.
I love Meg Cabot’s writing. Love love love it. But I was disappointed because frankly, this didn’t live up to some of her other books. I love her characters in her other books, and the only part I really liked about the book was Pierce.
I wasn’t that crazy about John. Sure, he’s got that dangerous-guy vibe, but I wish that Meg had put more effort into his character to make him intense, like Patch in Hush Hush or reliable and dependable like Griffin in Oh. My. Gods because I just wasn’t a fan of the in-between stuff.
Also, in the climax, nothing really happened. It’s like “oh, look, Pierce has a revelation” and no action or suspense really occurs after that. It’s just like a half-hearted twist and the End.
I did like this book, I just wasn’t crazy about it. Although, I sympathize for Meg Cabot because the trouble with being a great author is that if you come out with a book that is good but not great, you end up having to deal with reviews like this, that think the book is okay/good but didn’t live up to expectations.
Anyways, if you need a good book, Abandon is good, but if you are looking for a Greek mythology book with more flair or action, I recommend The Goddess Test, Starcrossed, or the Percy Jackson books.
Recommended for anybody who loves: Meg Cabot; The Goddess Test; Starcrossed; the myths about Persephone; Vampire Diaries: The Awakening; etc,.
Possible book club questions:
Why do you think that Greek mythology has turned into such a trend in the young adult market?
How do you think this book compares to other books of Meg Cabot’s?
Meg seems to always have one element unique to the character in her novel that the character either loves, is characterized by, or hates. For Pierce it was the tassels. Why do you think that she does this?
Do you think that the recent BP oil spill influenced the character of Pierce’s dad and the tension in Florida because of it?