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Abandon [Kindle Edition]

Meg Cabot
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)

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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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Praise for Meg Cabot:
“Cabot shows the dark side behind the bling-blingy superficial worlds.” —Teenreads.com
"[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

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Praise for Meg Cabot:
“Cabot shows the dark side behind the bling-blingy superficial worlds.” —Teenreads.com
"[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
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0545284104
  • 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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176 of 195 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!

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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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63 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Concepts, Weak Execution April 26, 2011
By Linnaly
Format:Hardcover
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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37 of 42 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Abandoned May 8, 2011
Format:Hardcover
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book!
Love this book! I can't get enough of it.
Published 5 days ago by Ana
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading rocks
This book rocks, the story is totally worth reading over and over again.
Published 15 days ago by Bethany
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Persephone Style Book
I've said it before, I'm a fan of story retelling. If you looked at my kindle, you'd find a lot about the Greek gods. I love the story of Persephone and Hades... Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Angell
2.0 out of 5 stars ok but frustrating
Most of the conflict is based on not communicating and reacting without thinking first. It gets old and frustrating that the character doesn't seem to be growing and learning very... Read more
Published 2 months ago by vhalverson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series
I first started reading the first book because my daughter asked me to. After the first book I became a fan of the series.
Published 2 months ago by lulu58
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting!!
I loved it, the characters the story line. I couldn't put it down & I am an avid reader. If you like mystery & reading books along the lines of Odd Thomas then you will enjoy this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Amaze balls
This was a really great book with detail. My friend recommended this book to me, and if you know your Greek/Roman Gods history this is the book for you!:)
Published 3 months ago by Rachel Monse
4.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book
Contemporary, mythology, Young Adult, Florida

Pierce knows what it is like to die especially since she has already done it before. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Larena Hubble
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good book
This book was really good and it relates to kids now-a-day. The only bad part was that it was too short and the ending was a cliff hanger.
Published 4 months ago by school days
3.0 out of 5 stars I like Meg, but this is so depressing
I like Meg. She's great! But this story is very depressing. The heroine was so gloomy. There was so much potential here to the heroine a bright funny light in the story's and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by TheWorldIsMovingTooFast
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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 Summer 2015 as well.

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