Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Meg also lived in Grenoble, France and Carmel, California (the setting for her bestselling Mediator series) before moving to New York City after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Indiana University.
After working for ten years as an assistant residence hall director at New York University (an experience from which she occasionally draws inspiration for her Heather Wells mystery series—two new books in the series will be out in 2012 and 2013), Meg wrote the Princess Diaries series, which was made into two hit movies by Disney, sold over 16 million copies, and has been translated into 38 languages.
Meg’s newest series include the tween hit Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, the YA trilogy Airhead, and Abandon, the first book in a new paranormal series for young adult readers (the sequel, Underworld, will be in US stores in spring 2012). Insatiable, Meg’s first paranormal romance for adult readers, was followed by a sequel, Overbite, in July 2011.
|You better not miss the boat, or else...|
Flirting with Hades and his crew is a new trend in YA Paranormal (see Goddess Test, Everneath), but veteran YA novelist extraordinaire, Meg Cabot, brings her expertise to bear with Abandon. Peirce's tale is told in a series of flashbacks which held my attention and added to the mysterious element of Abandon.
I liked Peirce's voice: even when doing semi-foolish things, she at least admitted they were foolish. She's smart, sassy and tough. John (kind of a big deal in the underworld) is mysterious and brooding (natch) without being creepy and stalker-y (well, not too much...). I suspect some of the supporting characters, particularly her family, of hiding more secrets than were revealed in this installment and I look forward to sussing them out.
|Scary Underworld gate keeper, damner of the damned, protector of innocent women or hottie flirty man? Ummm...all of the above.|
Abandon's cliffhanger ending might put you on suicide watch while waiting for more, but fret not, fellow reader, the sequel, Underworld, is due in a store near you May 8th, 2012. Overall, Abandon is a mysterious, dark and quick read that is a great start to what is sure to be a great series.
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