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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Abandon by Meg Cabot: Book Review

Abandon (The Abandon Trilogy #1)
by Meg Cabot
Point (Scholastic)
ISBN: 978-0-545-28410-3
Suggested Ages: 13 +
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Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Intriguing and different storyline, root of story based on the Persephone/Hades tale and I love me my Greek and Roman Mythology
  • The beginning really grabs your attention and hooks you into the story right away.  It is also very hard to put down which is the reason I am so feckin tired this morning -- since I was up till 1am finishing it. Yup read it in one day -- thanks for putting Jesse to bed hubby!
  • love Meg's writing, it is sort of Whedonesque, and that is a compliment
  • Look forward to finding out more about some of the secondary characters who are intriguing
  • John is a fascinating darkly tortured hero type and you know us library girls dig that sort of thing
  • Lots of twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat and second guessing on what is going on and who people really are
  • Love the cover it is so stunningly beautiful
  • Each chapter has a quote from Dante's Inferno, so now I can say I actually have read some Dante LOL!
  • Some of Cabot's trademark humour, would have liked a little more, but that is just me being picky
  • Great chemistry between Pierce and John
  • Can't wait to read the next story in the trilogy
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Story doesn't flow smoothly, there is some jumping around and it can be a bit discerning. The structure of story just seems a little off
  • Pierce is a little too naive (but she does grow) and John can be a bit too controlling (and slightly stalkerish) which is sort of creepy for the target audience
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"I'm pretty sure the people who call Isla Huesos paradise never met my grandma."

"The more attractive people were, the more nervous I tended to get around them."

"That's why I don't really mind so much that those friends of yours ma'amed me.  I guess your old mom's still got it."

"What did any of it mean.  Where could it go? He was a death deity. I was a senior in high school.  This was never going to work."

What I Learned
  • Some interesting facts about NDE
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Obviously fans of Cabot's other works
  • Those who like stories with a mythological twist 
  • Not too much angsty stuff so both adults and teens will enjoy
4 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review - thanks Scholastic!

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