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Abandon [Kindle Edition]

Meg Cabot
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Book Description

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.

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  • Editorial Reviews


    Praise for Meg Cabot: "Cabot shows the dark side behind the bling-blingy superficial worlds.""[The] strong, amusing voice, the plot twists, and the possibility of romance will draw mystery and chick-lit readers alike." --ALA Booklist"Bag the tiara and get out the gun ... Cabot delivers." --Publishers Weekly


    Praise for Meg Cabot:
    “Cabot shows the dark side behind the bling-blingy superficial worlds.” —
    "[The] strong, amusing voice, the plot twists, and the possibility of romance will draw mystery and chick-lit readers alike." —ALA Booklist
    “Bag the tiara and get out the gun ... Cabot delivers.” —Publishers Weekly

    Product Details

    • File Size: 360 KB
    • Print Length: 325 pages
    • Publisher: Point; 1 edition (April 26, 2011)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004VSTP1M
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Word Wise: Enabled
    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    184 of 203 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    WARNING: This review contains mentions of wanting to throttle, strangle and maim book characters, and includes potentially traumatizing pictures.

    Just look at this summary. Go ahead, read it.
    It's amazing, isn't it? And the cover. It's gorgeous. The premise is mysterious, intriguing and lovely. I was SO excited for this book, you don't even know. I think my entire twitter feed knew the instant it was out.

    This is why I'm going to be a little hard on it. Because my expectations were high, and there weren't met. At. All.

    About the narrator:

    I wanted to violently shake her/strangle her for half the book (I'm usually a non-violent person). UGH. What a vapid, idiotic, insensitive, shallow, boring person. She's everything I hate in a character. No backbone, changing loyalties, and just this carelessness that I HATE.

    "Sure, I'd been kicked out of school. I couldn't seem to go more than an hour without craving a caffeinated beverage. And a guy I'd met while I was dead had popped by unexpectedly and caused me to be slapped with a seven-figure civil suit.
    But I was feeling positive about the future."

    ... Excuse me???
    LOL my daddy has to pay more than a million dollars to a guy but I don't care!


    About the writing:

    It draaaaaaaagged. She spent ages telling us about how she had been in the Underworld, and some bad "incident" had happened after she came back, but that the incident was different from the accident, and blablablablabla. My god, just get ON with it! The book is just so full of plot holes (like when Pierce loses her necklace, but somehow still has it around her neck?) and stilted, stretched out mock-obstacles.
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    64 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Concepts, Weak Execution April 26, 2011
    By Linnaly
    On the surface, Abandon sounded GREAT - a dark retelling of the Persephone myth? Yes! Unfortunately, the book fails to deliver on the thrill - in large part, I think, because this is just the first book in the new Abandon series.

    It takes half the book for Pierce to finally confirm everything that happened two years ago, when she had her near-death experience and a pivotal encounter with John, a death deity who seems to be in charge of the Underworld. Pierce is an incredibly coy narrator: she hints at the same things/events REPEATEDLY - and there seems to be no reason why she doesn't expand on her thought right then and there. It's well within the last 1/3 of the book where we finally get a confirmation of everything we've suspected, and not from Pierce but from an adult cemetery sexton, who gives us the explanation in this long chunk of dialogue.

    Pierce means well, but her repetitive narration and the poor pacing of the story/unfolding of events made this book difficult for me to emotionally engage with. I do like the glimpse we get of John (unfortunately, he doesn't actually appear much in this book) - he is incredibly intriguing. The Underworld and elements of Greek mythology isn't fully explored here, but what is hinted as is a nice take, and I will probably pick up the second book, Underworld, when it comes out.
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    41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed! June 1, 2011
    By Misha
    Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
    Writing this review actually make me sad and guilty because I hate writing anything negative about a Meg Cabot book. I first discovered Princess Diaries when I was 11 years old and fell instantly in love with Meg Cabot's books. I loved the Princess Diaries series and the Mediator series even more! I haven't a read a Meg Cabot book since I was around 16, but I have happy memories of her books. Now I just wish I had not read Abandon, just so I could preserve those memories.

    Abandon is a new take on the Hades-Persephone myth. Pierce, the main protagonist, finds herself in the "Underworld" similar to that of Hades', after she nearly drowns. There she meets John, whom she had previously met at her grandfather's funeral when she was a little kid. She somehow manages to escape the Underworld, but John seems to appear everywhere she goes, especially when she's in trouble. She can't seem to escape from him. After an incident, she moves to an island where her mother's family lives. However, trouble seems to follow her there too..

    When I first read the synopsis for the book, I nearly fainted from excitement. The premise seemed so enticing; and I was sure it was going to be as amazing as The Mediator series. The reality? The synopsis is actually hundred times more exciting than the book. I feel really deceived! Nothing actually happens throughout the book. Most of the book is about how Pierce landed in the Underworld and how she escaped from it; and her previous meetings with John. I kept waiting for something even remotely exciting to happen, but the book finished and nothing happened.

    I would not have minded the lack of a plot, if the character development was well done. However, every character is one-dimensional. I cannot remember liking a single character.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Abandoned May 8, 2011
    Quick & Dirty: Unfortunately, Abandon starts out slow and continues to drag. The narrative is stilted and confusing, and the character development is minimal. Many elements of the story fail to satisfy.

    Opening Sentence: Anything can happen in the blink of an eye.

    The Review:

    Pierce Oliviera had a near death experience. Her parent's relationship completely fell apart and her life is in utter turmoil. She moves to Isla Huesos, the Island of Bones, with her mother. Pierce's near death experience is pretty strange, even for a near death experience. John Hayden, her Underworld captor, tells her that she must remain with him. Even though Pierce was able to escape the Underworld, she can't seem to get rid of John Hayden, who wants to take her back to the Underworld. Pierce struggles with her new surroundings, attending a new school and making new friends, all the while wondering why she's so important to John Hayden.

    Abandon is the first book in a new trilogy based on the Hades and Persephone myth. Unfortunately, Abandon isn't the dark reimagining that I expected. I love Greek Mythology, so I had high expectations. Abandon has an interesting premise, but the story never lives up to its potential. It's repetitive, slow, and somewhat uneven in developing its characters' motivations.

    Pierce Oliviera, our narrator, doesn't tell a compelling story. The narrative voice is confusing, distracting, and many of the characters fail to make you care about them. I think the story suffers largely because of its structure and its execution fails to deliver. The story is told out of sequence, alternating between past and present events. The bevy of flashbacks are hard to follow.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Move over Twilight....
    I picked up this book on my daughter's recommendation. I'd never read anything by Ms. Cabot, but her YA credentials appeared impeccable. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Barb Lawrence
    2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, but the cliched writing ruins the execution
    From Dante’s Inferno…

    Abandon hope, all ye who fearingly shook
    when finding each cliche in this book
    And do not think you’ll find a quality grain
    of... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Garrett Zecker
    4.0 out of 5 stars Afterlife
    Many have ventured to describe the state of afterlife. However, few discuss what it is like to live across both worlds. Read more
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    4.0 out of 5 stars For those who don't know - Hades basically fell in love with this girl...
    In "Abandon" by Meg Cabot, Pierce Oliviera dies but manages to escape the afterlife and return to the realm of the living. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by The Bookavid
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Really great story. Loved the characters.
    Published 4 months ago by Tj
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
    Great book! Keeps you reading wanting for more. I hate having to wait for the final books to come out x
    Published 5 months ago by Nicole L. Termini
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    great book
    Published 5 months ago by tom nickels
    3.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't work for me...
    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie

    Abandon tries to recreate the tale of Persephone in the modern day. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by OpenBookSociety dot com
    3.0 out of 5 stars None of this happened - Pierce is just delusional
    This book has a lot of pretty bad reviews. And... they're not really wrong. It's not a particularly compelling story, with an annoying habit to repeatedly mention events that... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by John E Hanely
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great read!
    Published 8 months ago by Nicki
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    More About the Author

    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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