Friday, April 6, 2012

Book Review: "Abandon" by Meg Cabot


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.

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.

Pierce has recently returned from the dead. Don't get too excited, zombie fans, she just returned in your run-of-the-mill hypothermia-and-slowed-heartbeat-let-us-revive-you kinda way. Well, it wasn't all "tunnel of glowing light" or This is Your Life recap for Peirce while she was in the dead zone. In Abandon, Peirce takes a little trip to the Underworld, gets sassy with a head dead guy, John, escapes (obviously) and tries to reconcile what she experienced in the afterlife with her current teenage life.

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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1 comment:

  1. The story line focuses around Pierce Oliviera. Pierce had everything going for her until she had a near death experience. Ever since then, life has not been the same. Pierce is greatly troubled. You see when she died, she didn't see a bright light, what she saw was much more disturbing. So much so that when she's brought back, it still haunts her. Her parents are also recently divorced. Her mother decides it's time for a fresh start so she moves them to her hometown in Florida. Pierce is eager to fit in but she's plagued by past events. Not only that but it seems the small town she moved to was probably the worst place in the world for her to be.



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