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Abandon Book 2: Underworld Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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Cabot shows the dark side behind the bling-blingy superficial worlds.” Teenreads.com
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Bag the tiara and get out the gun ... Cabot delivers.” Publishers Weekly
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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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The second installment in Meg Cabot's Abandon trilogy is a whirlwind of an adventure. The whole book takes place in the space of a little more than a day, so it is a fast-paced read, and Cabot does a good job at keeping the action evenly spaced out. The best part about this book is the developing relationship between Pierce and John. Now that Pierce has admitted her feelings, she and John need to find even ground and they need to learn how to communicate with each other. There are many secrets, half-revealed truths, and misunderstandings between them at the start, but they learn how to trust each other and tell the truth in the face of the weird rules governing their relationship and their many differences. In between all of the action and relationship issues, there are some new characters, many humorous moments, and nicely placed revelations that will be a surprise to both Pierce and the reader. Underworld is just as exciting as Abandon, with its lush setting, tumultuous history, and darker island traditions. The ending will leave readers hanging and guessing as to where Pierce's story will go next.
UNDERWORLD opens where ABANDON left off, with Pierce now willingly in the underworld having escaped her Fury-possessed grandmother with John. Pierce almost immediately starts waxing Persephone. Now, I'll give Cabot props for tackling a tough myth. But instead of facing the undertone of rape in the original myth she sweeps it under the rug. UNDERWORLD does get slightly more points for its handling of the original by acknowledging that Pierce doesn't know much more than the Disneyfied version despite how much she waxes on about it. Both John and Mr. Smith, the cemetery sexton on Isla Huesos, correct her impressions of the myth throughout the story.
Honestly, I only pushed through the beginning of UNDERWORLD because of how much I like Cabot. Usually I can read one of her books in about half an hour. It's impossible to know how long I took on the first eighty or so pages because I kept putting the book down from boredom. The plot finally kicks into gear when Pierce and John go back to the Isla Huesos to save her cousin Alex since she received a premonition of him trapped and terrified. At the same time, there's the dark secret of Jack's past to uncover.
While UNDERWORLD had an actual plot that kept me entertained, it felt a bit pointless in the end. (And, mild spoilers, everyone is very blase that a guy who is your average jerk transitions to straight-up murdering someone.) Jack's past: not that dark. To be very general, he tried to do a good thing and bad things happened, but nothing worse than if he hadn't acted.Read more ›
Pierce and John are back and Pierce is not to happy with her current situation. John has taken her back to the Underworld. If you haven't read Abandon, then I warn you about spoilers from first book. The Furies were after Pierce in Abandon, how cruel was it to posses the poor grandmother. So John's reaction is take Pierce were he can protect her at all times, POOF!! The Underworld. This is were Underworld begins. Pierce remembers last time she was there, she escaped by throwing hot tea in John's face. Well this time, John is a little prepared. Certain doors are closed and she can't get out. John even gifts her with a dove, Pierce ends up naming "Hope" in hope that she will consider staying and being happy. This is until Pierce begins snooping around and uncovers her cellphone, she see a video recording of her cousin Alex. He looks to be struggling inside a coffin. So Pierce is set on getting John to get her back, so she can save Alex and possibly her mother. She feels that the furies will hurt her family, since she has gone missing. John of course at first is completely against this notion, but Pierce has her ways of convincing John. So they embark back up to Isla Huesos and are in search of her cousin. What truths will Pierce uncover this time and what will she have to sacrifice to save those she loves? Will John admit what he has been keeping to himself to her?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I totally loved this book! Meg Cabot is brilliant in writing a story that is relatable with characters that you fall in love with. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Morgan
This book was a lot of implausible meh. Sorry Meg, but it dragged and wasn't terribly interesting.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Like many will say in a trilogy the middle book is the link between book 1 and book 3, here no exception but still nice to have read it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I liked the first book but this one I got a little bored. The relationship between John and pierce doesn't seem that real to me.Published 9 months ago by Christa
Considering I had a pile of questions after finishing the first book in this series, I decided it would be a good idea to read the second. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Barb Lawrence