Monday, May 30, 2011

Book Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Hello everyone! Today I finished reading Abandon by Meg Cabot. Here is my review and I hope you enjoy:

Summary: 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.

Review: Abandon is a remake of the mythical story of Persephone and Hades. Hades kidnapped Persephone from our world and brought her into the Underworld. After she is kidnapped, her mother starts searching for her,  but soon becomes extremely angry and puts the world into a blizzard. In the Underworld, Persephone east three seeds, that makes her stay in the Underworld every winter and then she is allowed back to our world during the spring. This is the Ancient Greeks idea of seasons. In Abandon Pierce has a horrible accident, when she drowns in her own pool after trying to save a bird and tripping over the edge and hitting her head. She finds herself in the world of the Underworld, where is again finds John, who she only met once when she was seven at her grandfathers funeral. When she comes back to earth she isn't truly herself anymore and John soon starts showing up everywhere when she finds herself in trouble. Soon her mother and her move to a small island off the coast of Florida, but when she gets there things just start getting worse and worse. I didn't like Peirce as much as I liked other characters like her cousin Alex, who is in the very first chapter when the family all meeting at a party in Pierce's new house. Pierce seemed to get herself into trouble almost everyday and didn't seem to care about the consequences. Alex was a hard, sad child that never truly had a father because he was always living with his grandmother because his father was in jail most of his life. There were other characters like Kayla, who Pierce meets on her first day at her new school called New Pathways. The writing style of Abandon was thrilling at times and other times Pierce and many other characters seemed to annoying to even read about, but I did enjoy the mythology and the relationship between John and Pierce.

Rating: 3.5/5
Pub. Date: April 2011
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: Hardcover , 320pp
Age Range: Young Adult

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