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Abandon Book 2: Underworld Hardcover – May 8, 2012

3.8 out of 5 stars 109 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Abandon Series

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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

About the Author

MEG CABOT'S many series and books for adults, teens, and tweens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers and have sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than thirty-eight countries and was made into two hit films by Disney. Meg also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mediator, Airhead, Insatiable, and Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series, as well as the award-winning novels All-American Girl and Avalon High. Meg lives in Key West with her husband and two cats. Visit Meg online at www.megcabot.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Abandon (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Point; First Edition edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545284112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545284110
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am highly disappointed in this second installment. Compared to the 1st book, which I thought was quite good, it felt as though I was not even reading about the same characters that I met in book 1. The "Teaser" you read on the back of this book, is just that a teaser.
It's like you've been shown previews that you are not going to see in the actual movie.

I will tell you what I dislike about this book.

1. EVERYONE IN THIS BOOK WERE ACTING LIKE COMPLETE IDIOTS. (with the exception of John) Which even then, I did not like his eager drive to willingly deceive Pierce through out this book. And we're talking about deception to the highest power here. Does one deceive so easily the one he claims to love? Her well being and what was in her best interests were always what was most important for Pierce right? According to John. Yet he had no problem letting go of this noble stance when it came to getting what he wanted. Consequences be damned. Yet the ones who were stuck in the underworld with him, this fact seemed to tear at his (John's) soul. "It's wrong" he said. "I would undo it if I could" he said. Yet he will condemn the one he actually loves to this place? To this life and purposely lie and deceive to achieve this. So by the time she figures out what's really going on it will be too late. Therefore taking away from her the right to have made a real choice in the matter. Not one that's just based on the fact that she loves him... Yeah a complete jacked up contradiction. And it doesn't stir the Kool-aid for me when it comes to the tone of this book and trying to win me over to John.

2. Why are you taking your own sweet time getting away when you KNOW that the Furies are there, where you are in that moment to kill you? Pierce is like the dumbest chick ever!
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I adore Meg Cabot. Many of her books, both YA and adult, have a special place on my shelf. But when I finished ABANDON, I was disappointed. It's interpretation of the Persephone myth was dodgy and the plot kind of weak.

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.
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I think Underworld might be a place where you might want to go live or at least visit. I blame Meg Cabot of course, she created such a place that at times sounds not a bad place to be in. Of course if you died and were a bad person, then you want to avoid it completely. The caretaker is not one you want to come across, if you weren't decent in your living days.

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?
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