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Saturday, September 3, 2011

Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Author: Meg Cabot
Titel: Abandon
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Publishing Date: Sept. 2nd 2011 (UK)
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: Abandon #1
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Get it: Amazon | Waterstones | The Book Depository 
Summary (author's webpage)
She didn't fall into his world. She was taken.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce knows what happens to us when we die.
That's how she met John Hayden, the mysterious stranger who's made returning to normal life—or at least life as Pierce knew it before the accident—next to impossible.
Though she thought she escaped him—starting a new school in a whole new place—it turns out she was wrong. He finds her.
What does John want from her? Pierce thinks she knows... just like she knows he's no guardian angel, and his dark world isn't exactly heaven. But she can't stay away from him, either, especially since he's always there when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she might find herself back in the place she fears the most.
And when Pierce discovers the shocking truth, that’s exactly where John sweeps her:
The Underworld.
Pierce died.  One and a half years ago. And since then nothing in here life is like it used to be. 
Pierce now owns a mysterious necklace with a huge diamond which changes his colour around people. She got the jewellery from the mysterious John which she met during the time her heart wasn't beating and now she he is following her. Even moving away from Connecticut to a remote island in front of Florida doesn't help. John is still around. And he want something from her. Pierce tries to stay away from him but is not very successful. And though John saves her several times Pierce isn't sure she should trust him, but does she have a choice?

Abandon is another young adult book which reinvents the greek myth of Persephone and Hades. In an inventive way. First we get to know Pierce. A seventeen year old east-coast upper-class girl which doesn't fit. Anywhere. Since she died and was reanimated she lost all her old friends and is distancing herself from the world. She seems to be lost and waiting for something.
I liked the beginning of the book very much. You got drawn into the story. I wanted to know what is going on. Why did Pierce die? What happened to her? Who is coming after her? But after a while I also got annoyed by all the hints which where never completely explained. Especially so in dialogues with her new schoolmates and her cousin Alex, which just floats in and out without any obvious purpose. I felt lost. I sincerely hope that there will be more (and especially facts) about him in the next book.
On the other hand I loved the interaction between Pierce and John. And I was eagerly anticipating more informations about John as we don't really get to know him.
What I didn't like at all was the end. I know this book is the start of a trilogy. But still! What a cliffhanger. First I thought I accidentally skipped a page until I realised that the last sentence I read was indeed the last sentence of the book. For me there were to many unsolved questions. This book felt unfinished. Abandon is a nicely written paranormal romance with an adorable heroine and a powerful but sensitive hero. Not the best I ever read but quite entertaining and I will definitely watch out for book no. 2, which is supposed to be published in 2012.


And once again I have to say something about the cover differences between UK and US editions. Maybe I should host a weekly feature about this?  Though I like the UK Kindle Cover (shown at the beginning of this post), I do adore the American Cover, too. It kinds of suits the whole greek underworld topic, don't you think? Which cover do you prefer?

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16 Comments:

At Sep 3, 2011, 1:31:00 PM , Blogger Shaunna said...

Great review. :)

I'll need to give this a read - haven't picked up Meg Cabot since the Princess Diaries days!

Shaunna
Scarlet Letters
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At Sep 3, 2011, 3:49:00 PM , Blogger Gwenny said...

I really like the first cover much better, the colours, the reflection, it's truly amazing.

I have yet to read this book yet but it is definitely on my list.

 
At Sep 3, 2011, 6:10:00 PM , Blogger Book Crook Liza said...

We have a lot of the same feelings on this book. And I agree, I like both covers! I think they're both gorgeous! Tough choice!

Great review! :]

 
At Sep 3, 2011, 6:26:00 PM , Blogger Beckvalleybooks said...

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At Sep 3, 2011, 7:30:00 PM , Blogger Rockee said...

Interesting. I know someone who read this book and didn't like it much. It was more like a 3 than a 4 star. I haven't read it yet, so I don't know if I should agree or not. But I am also drawn to the covers. I think the UK cover speaks more volume with respect to the premise of this book. The covers are definite eye-cathers that make you want to pick up the book just for that.

 
At Sep 4, 2011, 12:17:00 AM , Blogger Liz. R said...

I agree, I liked this one (especially interaction between Pierce and John) but not finding out stuff and all the hints bothered me a bit too. Cover-wise, I looove the UK one. It's so pretty! Great review :).

 
At Sep 6, 2011, 3:09:00 AM , Blogger Smiley Girlie said...

I love Meg Cabot but I wasn't sure about this book. My sister read it though and said that it was good and that I should read it. Thanks for the review now I might go ahead and read it.

 
At Sep 7, 2011, 9:51:00 PM , Blogger Juana said...

Thanks for the review! This book sounds really interesting. I added it to my book wish list.

jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

 
At Sep 8, 2011, 2:17:00 AM , Blogger Kayla :) said...

I just read this book! I was suprised by the abrupt ending, too. I didn't think she'd really leave it off like that...I assumed there was a mistake! D:
As for the covers, I like both. But I think I'm partial to the American one, just because it's part of why I was interested in the book in the first place.

 
At Sep 25, 2011, 9:16:00 AM , Blogger FairyWhispers said...

I know what you mean about 'thought you skipped a page'

I really liked 'Abandon' though

=)

 
At Sep 25, 2011, 7:24:00 PM , Blogger Jeanne said...

I read this book and I liked it. But I have to say that covers are much better than the book- sadly :(
Anyway great review ;)

 
At Sep 28, 2011, 12:31:00 PM , Blogger Abby said...

i am a Meg Cabot lover so this is an interesting take. i've never read one of her paranormal books before and i like greek myths so this sounds fun! bummer about the ending though.

am going to check it out!

 
At Sep 30, 2011, 8:09:00 PM , Blogger Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

I really liked Abandon! The unanswered questions did not bug me much because it has made me look forward to the second book a lot!!

-Michelle

 
At Oct 1, 2011, 4:44:00 AM , Blogger Alyssa (Reader's Refuge) said...

I liked this one too, but I don't think it was one of Meg's best. I think it's because it was a lot darker than the stuff she normally writes.

I wasn't really bothered by the unanswered questions. Abandon definitely gives a large set-up with not a lot of payoff, but I'm counting on the next books to make up for it. In my experience, Meg Cabot always delivers!

Great review. :)

 
At Oct 1, 2011, 11:19:00 AM , Blogger Mai said...

Greek mythology-inspired books rock! :) I enjoyed Meg Cabot's other books so this should be interesting. Can't wait to read it. :)

 
At Oct 1, 2011, 7:31:00 PM , Blogger barmybex said...

I prefer the American cover too. Seems to fit better.
I really want to read this, can't wait to get a copy.
:D

 

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