Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Review: Abandon

Title and Author: Abandon by Meg Cabot
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Point
Pages: 320 pages
Genre: Paranormal
Rating: 3.5 stars
Source: Library
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 have been excited to read this book because it’s my first Meg Cabot book and the description and the cover are awesome.  Additionally, Abandon is marketed as the myth of Persephone, darkly re-imagined. As soon as I read that line, I was sold. I find the combination of Greek myth and paranormal romance irresistible and lately, I have been drawn to quite a few books fitting this description.
While I do like Abandon, I feel it is a bit misrepresented. It’s very loosely based on the Hades/Persephone myth. John Hayden is not Hades and Pierce is not Persephone. The underworld that we see just a glimpse of is not like the myth.
Pierce is a likeable character. She makes some bad decisions and puts herself in bad situations but she does have good intentions. She has been through a lot and is ready to make a new start. We see John briefly through the book and even though we get his back story, we don’t really get to know him. He is a sorely underdeveloped hero. Other characters in the book are underdeveloped as well. We know there are things going on with Pierce’s cousin Alex and her friend Kayla, but their issues are not explored.
Abandon is a good start to what I hope will be a great series but that’s all it feels like: a start. I am looking forward to the next book to see how the story really gets going.

Content: Some swearing, kissing, violence


Christy @TheReaderBee said...

I've read so many mixed reviews about this book, I've put off reading it. I really love Meg Cabot. Maybe the next book will be better?? Thanks for the honest review!

kaye (paper reader) said...

I had problems with Abandon, too. The story for me was so back and forth that I had time keep up with what was supposed to be important and what the characters were doing. I admit that I didn't like this book, and I hope it's not indicative of her other books.

Kathy said...

I have this one waiting to start. I've heard mixed things so I haven't dived in right away. Thanks for the honest review.

KM said...

I totally agree that the mythology was seriously lacking! And I thought John needed some more scenes for him to be worthy of the title "hero." But I still enjoyed it, as I loved the setting, thought Pierce was a pretty good heroine, and Cabot's writing is really nice.

Jez said...

You should try reading Cabot's Mediator series(highly recommended) or Princess Diaries(for short, humorous reads only.

Savannah said...

I need to read this book! I just love the cover! Thanks for the review!

Felicia said...

I love Meg Cabot and I have never missed a book from her! Unfortunately Abandon just doesn't appeal to me at all, or I would have read it earlier :( This book might just break my record...Her other books, such as the Mediator series, are all really good though :D

New follower btw!(:


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