Abandon by Meg Cabot
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Series: Abandon Trilogy #1
Description from Goodreads:
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.
This is the first book I have ever read by Meg Cabot. So I'm jumping on this band wagon WAAAAAY late, I know. Nevertheless, I read Abandon. Before I get into the whole "review" thing, I think it's time to share a little Jessica fun fact for y'all. Ready? I. Love. Greek. Mythology. So much. Apollo, the Greek God of the sun? One of my heroes. So now I can go on with this review...
This is the first book in a trilogy that reimagines the myth of Persephone/Hades. This has always been a myth that caught my interest, so I was truly excited to jump into this. I am literally ecstatic to say that I was not let down by this book.
The book begins in a way that wasn't overly exciting, but was certainly interesting. This book is woven between events that happened before, that Pierce is remembering, and what is happening currently in Pierce's life. I have to admit, I liked the jumps back. They were 100% necessary to catch the reader up on what had happened between Pierce and John, but I still enjoyed them.
I will admit, though, that this book was so clearly a FIRST book in a series. It is clearly setting the rest of the trilogy. Sometimes, this would bother me, but in this case, I was okay with it. Because, again, it was definitely necessary, and all the information was interesting. All this information being given throughout this book did not weigh it down, though. It added to the story and moved it along efficiently. I didn't get bored at all.
Character rundown: Pierce. I loved Pierce! She is so completely kind and polite and I liked that. She is nowhere near perfect, not by a long shot, but she is absolutely lovable and I had a great time reading from her point of view. John. OH, JOHN. I adore this guy. Adore, adore, adore. I look forward to learning more about him. He's so mysterious and dark, but has a sweet side that seems to be reserved especially for our dear Pierce. Still, he's not a flat love interest, even though we haven't learned much about him yet.
The romance. As I just said, John is a sweetheart. He's so vulnerable but doesn't let it show. He and Pierce make such a cute couple and I hope for the best for them. I do hope there is more of them together in the next book, though. Or at least, more of them together where Pierce isn't...oh, I don't know...throwing tea in his face or something.
The ending. Hello, cliffhanger! But I knew this was a first in a trilogy, so it wasn't completely unexpected. This ending left me seriously wanting for the next book! I'm waiting for it to be in at my library at the moment, and the second I get it, I'll totally devour it ASAP.
Overall, this book was so good! This beginning of the Persephone/Hades myth retelling has certainly not disappointed. I may even give some other books by Meg Cabot a try. I suggest you pick this one up and get in on this trilogy as soon as you can!