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Abandon Book 3: Awaken Hardcover – July 2, 2013

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Book 3 of 3 in the Abandon Trilogy Series

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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 (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This is quite honestly my very favorite Meg Cabot series, which is saying a lot, as I have read every book and series that she has written, and not disliked a single one. Awaken is the final book in the Abandon trilogy, which is a sort of retelling of the Hades/Persephone myth but with a much more interesting twist. Awaken wrapped up the elements of the previous two books, and introduced even more problems for Pierce and John to solve together (and separately). There was not a single thing left out of this story that I thought should have been resolved that wasn't, which is a complaint I often have with other books. I absolutely loved this book, and thought John and Pierce (as well as their friends) were some of the best characters in any of Meg's books. I would (and do) recommend this book to everyone who likes to read, and even those who don't.
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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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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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I borrowed the first book in this series from the library and liked it enough to buy the next two, but not enough to buy the first book for my collection. I was very curious how it would end and had a preorder in for months. When it arrived on my ipad I sat down for a day long read session only to find the first chapter so dull it took me three days to force mysefl to finish it. Of series, I found Awaken to be the weakest.

First, the book had a really slow start. By the time it got to the point of the incoming boats I was already skimming instead of fully reading. I wanted to see Pierce and John, not Reed and car crash girl. Yet page after page went to the newbie characters.

Second, plot points popped up out of nowhere. Suddenly Pierce's parents are back together. I would rather have seen that build up than have the action diverted to the myriad of secondary character new and old that Cabot seemed to feel had to be crammed into every page. John's evil father suddenly had a magic whip that John saved all these years, but it never came up before. If he hated his father, why did he keep it? Little things like that cropped up throughout.

Third, I know it is a YA book, but could we get a little detail on the love scenes? In book two Pierce cashed in her v-card without so much as a nod to that fact. And we didn't get much in the way of morning after snuggles. It was the same situation here only there was even less detail. John spends the night in her bed mostly so her mom can bust them. Can we get some pg-13 scenes?

They also left the reason behind the diamond turning color for Kayla unanswered. Also left open was if Pierce would age while John does not. If they have a child, will it age? All left open.
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