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Abandon by [Cabot, Meg]
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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: 2972 KB
  • Print Length: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Point; 1 edition (April 26, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 26, 2011
  • Sold by: Scholastic Trade Publisher
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004VSTP1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,658 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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Meg Cabot's books have long been a staple in the YA genre. I mostly still read a few of her books out of my past love for her Mediator (or Haunted or whatever it's called now) series. Because although the writing is simplistic and often has the same type of narration and dialogue, Cabot is a reliably good storyteller. When reading the summary for this book, I was definitely intrigued. I love the Hades/Persephone mythology, and Greek mythology in general, so I wondered how it would be pulled off when brought into the modern world.

Did this book ultimately pull it off? I have to say...not quite. It was interesting, definitely, but a lot of it felt jumbled and predictable at points. And I understand that this is the first of a *trilogy*, but I think too many ends were left hanging to even be considered loose. Too many characters were flat, without having a real reason for the twists that they had, or reason for us to care about them.

Not to say that all of the characters fell short. Some of them definitely have potential for future development, and I'll be interested to see where the rest of the trilogy takes them. (Spoiler: I especially want to know more about the Furies. Why are they so vengeful, and why do they choose to go after the death deity rather than the reasons for which they died? Maybe I'm missing a key bit of mythology here, but I thought the relationship between John and the Furies was an interesting one, and could have been expanded upon.) Also, the name John? It felt odd. Maybe it's because I'm so used to fancy names in books, especially with elements of fantasy.

Maybe it's just me, but the timing felt like it dragged the story down.
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