Friday, April 22, 2011
Review : Abandon
Title: Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Expected Publication: April 26th 2011 by Scholastic Inc.
Summary: "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."
Thoughts: Abandon is an alluring, marvelous, modern take on the age old tale of Persephone and Hades. From the first page to the last, I was addicted and invested in Pierce's tale and journey. I lived, breathed and inhaled Abandon. Really, it's that good.
If you know the tale of Persophone and Hades, you already have an idea of what the story is about. Pierce dies in a tragic accident at the age of 15, but instead of her soul moving on to the next life, she reunites with John (someone she remembers from her childhood). Luckily, Piere escapes and finds herself back in the world of the living. Now -2 years later- wanting to put her past in the past, Pierce finds herself living with her mother in her mother's childhood home/island of Isla Huesos. John has been with her the whole time and as Pierce begins to realize, John has more secrets than she ever thought possible.
First, I wanted to mention how beautiful and perfect the cover is for Abandon. I'm seriously suffering from a case of cover lust. With the intricate floral designs to the girl laying in the dirt, the cover not only gives me goosebumps, but also gives me (and hopefully you) an idea of what the story will be like. I wish so badly that you could see the back cover. It's basically her legs and the rest of the white dress. Still, it's pretty amazing.
From the very first line, the story had my attention. "Anything can happen in the blink of an eye." Indeed it can, and in Pierce's case, it can be the most terrifying thing ever. I loved how well the story unfolds. Every so often,the story jumps from the past then back to the present. I'll admit, my favorite scenes involved her retelling past events, especially her experience in the Underworld with Had-eerr- I mean John. The present day situations were a bit of a bore to me, but I guess they would be compared to stories of the Underworld and Furies.
Though Piere is a brave heroin, I'll admit, she agitated me at times. There were scenes where I just wanted to shake her and scream "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!" Though her intentions and instincts were normally right, she still does some pretty idiotic things. I won't go into details because I'd hate to ruin the story for anyone. Once you read it, I'm sure you'll see what I mean.
And then there's John. I don't know about you, but I am a sucker for the brooding bad boys. I'm not kidding, if he kidnapped me, I wouldn't protest. Not for one minute. I was kind of sad that there wasn't more to John's story in this book, but I guess that's what the sequel is for.
Last but not least, the ending. I didn't expect that! As far as endings go, Abandon leaves you with a bit of a cliffhanger, and yet still somewhat satisfying one too. At least for now. I can't wait for the sequel (The Underworld) to release. Isn't that the most tragic thing about trilogies? Waiting for the next book to release? Especially when this one hasn't even hit shelves yet. I have yet to read any other of Meg Cabot's books, however after this, I have to check them out. If they're anything like Abandon than they must be good!
Oh, and word of advice? Do not read this while getting ready to go to work. I ended up late several days in a row because I just couldn't put it down!