Monday, August 1, 2011

Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon by Meg Cabot

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Release Date: April 26th 2011
Publisher: Point
Page Count: Hardcover, 304 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

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. - Good Reads

 I have loved everything I've ever read by Meg Cabot. This was a just okay, which saddens me a little. I was confused by the layout of the story. There was a lot of twisting around time wise and it became irritating. The flashbacks were popping up left and right. And the book was already halfway over by the time you really understand what happened and why. I found Pierce to be a little whiny and John to be kind of a creeper. Forcing someone to stay in the underworld with you because you're lonely and want some company in your large bed isn't something you do if you truly love somebody who wants to be alive. I'll admit, I did feel some sparks by the end of the book, and I could feel myself beginning to root for John and Pierce as a couple. 

And Pierce... is well meaning, but makes dumb decisions. I guess TDTL would be a good description for her. I did like her character, but she make dumb decisions. The whole teacher incident a good example, but it was a totally stupid move. She could have been raped, killed or both. Coulda, woulda, I guess John saved her in the end, but I like my heroines to have some basic logic and try to avoid obvious situations like that. 

I think the book improved towards the end and I'll be reading the next book in the series and desperately hoping it'll be better than the first. I really love Meg Cabot, but this just wasn't her best book.


  1. I didn't realize it was out yet! I really want to read this I love Meg Cabot's books and I am sad to hear it isn't her best work, but I don't think she can ever beat The mediator series in my eyes.

  2. Yes, it came out! It wasn't horrible horrible, but definitely The Mediator series is hard to beat! I loved it as well. I'm hoping the next Abandon book will be good though. :)