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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Underworld by Meg Cabot

Underworld (Abandon #2)
by Meg Cabot
Scholastic Inc
ISBN: 978-0-545-28411-0
Suggested Ages:  13+ (for sexuality)
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Description: Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isnt dead. Not this time. But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims its for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, theyve come back as Furies, intent on vengeanceon the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her thereand they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies. And unless Pierce is careful, this time therell be no escape

The Good Stuff
  • The cover is beautiful (I'm a sucker for a jewel toned cover)
  • Really enjoyed the secondary characters, especially John's crew and Kayla
  • Hilarious dialogue at times (Unfortunately, not as much as in previous books)
  • Story is very fast paced
  • The premise of the story is a unique twist on the persphone tale
  • Keeps me guessing on what is going on and the motivations behind everyone's actions -- can't wait till the final book in the trilogy
  • Adored the scene where Pierce is discussing pregnancy in the Underworld with Mr. Smith -- it's hilarious, made me giggle on the bus
  • Smokin chemistry between Pierce and John (Which probably explains why she puts up with his slightly stalkerish ways)
  • The background info about Isla Huesos is fascinating and enjoy all the bits about mythology
The Not So Good Stuff
  • John is a tad too controlling for my comfort - I can understand his reasoning, but still kinda creepy
  • Pierce is on the weak side - I expect stronger heroines from Meg
  • Story jumps around a little which was a tad frustrating
  • Honestly, I enjoyed Abandon more, but this was ok for a second book in a trilogy -- always a tough book to write I imagine
  • Only a minor thing but I got a tad irritated with the constant mentions of the Hurricane of October 1846 and that Isla Huesos (Island of Bones) is over the Underworld -- we get it (I know picky picky and I am in a bit of a mood today - so take this with a grain of salt)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Sorry," Kayla said. But she didn't look sorry."Impulse control issues. Why do you think I'm in New Pathways for, anyway? Be happy I didn't hit you in the head with a fire extinguisher."

"But I get it. People have always been desperate for stories that explain why bad things happen to good people, myths with happy endings to give them  hope. They don't want to know that when we die, what lies beyond may not be all harps and halos."

"This is certainly better than world history, which is where I'd be sitting if I were back in Isla Huesos right now." If school hadn't been canceled due to the giant hurricane bearing down on the island, anyway."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Would say only for those who have read the first book, you may be way too confused if you don't
  • For fans of mythology (but start with the first book - trust me)
3.5 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review


  1. I love Greek mythology retellings, especially the various Hades and Persephone versions that have been so popular in the YA market the past year. ABANDON by Meg Cabot was one of my favorites so I was eager to see where she took her reimagining in the sequel, UNDERWORLD. And to be honest, I enjoyed this one even more than the first.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it - I am really looking forward to the final book to see what happens. Thanks for stopping by and commenting