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While the souls of the dead stack up in the Underworld for want of a boat to take them to their final destinations, 17-year-old Pierce and her boyfriend, John, Lord of the Underworld, find themselves Earth-side in the middle of a hurricane, in a fight to defeat a corrupt developer whose son is possessed by Thanatos, the Greek personification of Death. All the while, Pierce and John are pursued by the Furies, bent on destroying the Underworld by killing off its lord and his consort. This is the concluding title of Cabot’s Abandon trilogy, loosely based on the Persephone myth, and readers will definitely want to read Abandon (2011) and Underworld (2012) first. Action rather than characterization moves this clever, agreeable tale along to a neatly negotiated ending, and the author keeps a light touch while dealing with dead people, judgment, and the consequences of getting involved rather than standing on the sidelines. Recommend to those who liked Jennifer Estep’s Mythos Academy titles or Cabot’s own Avalon High (2006). HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-seller Cabot wrapping up a trilogy? This ought to go out like hotcakes, so make sure you’ve got a full stack. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch

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"Meg Cabot is arguably the queen of contemporary teen novels . . . Her retelling of
this old myth is smart, sassy, and of the moment." -- NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

"Pierce is an endearing and amusing heroine, and John is an ethereal yet ardent lover
who should elicit a few sighs." -- BOOKLIST ONLINE

"Readers will love Cabot's newest venture into mythological lore." -- TEENREADS.COM
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Product Details

  • Series: Abandon (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Point (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545284120
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545284127
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg's nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in "her books can be habit forming." She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Meg's first ever adult book in the Princess Diaries series, "Royal Wedding", will be available in Summer 2015, along with an installment of the series for younger readers, "From the Notebook of a Middle School Princess". "Remembrance", a new book in the Mediator series will be available in February of 2016.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Romano on July 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
*Genre* YA Paranormal
*Rating* 3.0-3.5

*Thoughts*

Awaken closes out the Abandon Trilogy in a nice tidy little bow without too many questions left to be answered. In fairness, however, there is (1) important question that I really would like answers to and I'm hoping that Ms Cabot finds a way to answer mine and Pierce's question: Why does Pierce's necklace turn purple whenever she's around Kayla?

I'm pretty sure others haven't mentioned this little tidbit, but, this happens when I take copious notes and actually pay attention while reading and not just charge ahead like a rhino in a grocery story. Will we see another novella in the future that will explain this? Guess we shall have to wait and find out. In the meantime....

If you plan on reading the Abandon Trilogy in the future, my suggestion is that you start with Abandon, slide directly into Underworld, and then top it off with Awaken since the entire Trilogy is one huge continuous plot line without any sort of major interruptions. Yes, there are a few additional new characters added to Awaken, and they each play important roles in the continued smooth flow of the Underworld as well as add another layer to the story itself.

The opening of Awaken puts the Kibosh on Pierce's and John's mini skirmish that ended Underworld. In Awaken, Pierce is busy trying to save John from a permanent death, save the Underworld from the Furies who are causing major chaos, save her cousin Alex who was brought back from the dead by John, and her friend Kayla who got dragged into the Underworld to save her life, while trying to right a balance in the Underworld that was set adrift at sea by John's actions in saving Alex.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on July 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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Awaken by Meg Cabot
Book Three of the Abandon trilogy
Publisher: Point
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn't want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness -- and safety -- are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away. But there's only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.

What I Liked:

Oh, readers! You have no idea how happy I am that I enjoyed this book! I sort of liked the first book, Abandon (3 stars), but really did not like the second book, Underworld (2 stars). So, I was a bit undecided as to whether or not I really wanted to read Awaken, because after Underworld, I was NOT happy. However, I am so glad I saw this book on NetGalley and decided to download it. In my opinion, this book is a vast improvement in comparison to the other two books of the series.

For one, I liked Pierce a lot more than I did in Underworld. I didn't have much of a problem with her in Abandon. But in Underworld, I found her whiny and controlling and manipulative. She basically forced John to string her along, or to do things he didn't want to do (like at the end, with Alex).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Currer on August 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Normally, I am a huge fan of Meg Cabot's books. Her clever, yet spunky, writing is normally laced with a deeper kind of substance and character growth. However, this book/series is definitely a devoid of all substance. I read the whole series in a matter of days and stuck with it hoping that it's conclusion might redeem itself. I found the whole series shallow and unrealistic. The whole series takes place in a matter of days and Pierce falls in love in that time and commits to being the queen of the underworld. Not only this, but when she is found in bed with John by her parents their reaction is hardly realistic when they only freak out for a matter of minutes then invite John down to breakfast... I thought that was devoid of all class. The plot with Thantos might have been OK had it been hinted at or weaved into the storyline in the other books, rather than thrown in at the very end of the second book. That made it seem like it was just thrown in a the end to give the book a twist and conclusion. I also never got a sense of who these characters were, it was a mere snip-it of their thoughts rather than an exploration of a characters whole psyche and emotions. Over all, it turned out to be no more than one of the many superficial supernatural books that are sucking the intelligence out of our generation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alaina Cowan on July 12, 2013
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I have to say that I was expecting more. I was annoyed that the author continued to reiterate facts about the characters and story part that I already know. I read the first two books, get on with the story. That took over like 30% of the book. And then the final show down was somewhat okay as far as the action goes. I wanted to read the book because I already read the first two, but I was a little disappointed by how the ending played out. If you already started the series then I would read this one to find out the end.
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