Thursday, 19 July 2012

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)Abandon by Meg Cabot

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Source: Gifted from Heidi - thank you so much! <3
Publisher: Point
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Release Date: April 26, 2011

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.

I remember first finding out that Meg Cabot was publishing this book. As a huge Cabot fan, I had grown up reading her contemporaries and the idea of something a little darker and a little more mysterious was fascinating. So, rewind over a year later and here I am! Still as captivated by this idea as I was when I first heard of it.

I've read that a lot of other reviewers were confused by the constant flashbacks and switching between time frames and I totally get that. I think a large part of the reason it wasn't an issue for me was because I read it all in one sitting so everything was very fresh in my mind. I actually came to like the choppier style of writing. I think it makes for a nice change of pace from the usual! And, of course, it also does wonders for the mysterious atmosphere of the novel. There's a reason I read this all in one go!

Another reason is just Meg Cabot. Every single time I read one of her books, I am so utterly engrossed that I can't let go of it until it's over. Her writing style is very easy to read with narration that feels familiar and comfortable right from the beginning.

Pierce isn't my favourite of Meg Cabot's heroines but I liked her. She's not traditionally 'smart' but she genuinely cares and wants to help, which is a big checkmark for her in my book! I wish that John had been more present in the novel as I feel we only really see glimpses but I was still intrigued by his character despite not falling head over heels for him. I have a feeling this is only the beginning where Pierce and John are involved and hopefully we'll witness some growth from the pair as the series moves on!

Fun and easy to read with a darker promise lining its pages.

Cover Comments: I love it. The earthy tones, the unconscious girl, the gold detailing... It just screams 'Greek myth' to me! :)



  1. I have always found Meg Cabot's books pretty entertaining so I can't wait to get around to this one day. I'm glad you thought it was a fun and easy read! Great review, Sonia! :)

  2. So despite the fact that I did not grew up with Harry Potter, I did grew up with Meg Cabot's Princess Diaries books(which I LOVE and ADORE SO MUCH!)along with Roald Dahl! When I found out that Cabot also wrote a paranormal series, I'm intrigued so I immediately had to read it! Even though I didn't enjoy it as much as Princess Diaries, I did enjoy reading Abandon. I've always loved Hades and Persephone's story in Greek Myth so I really liked that it's the main story of Abandon. Plus I completely agree with what you said, that Meg Cabot's writing is always so easy to read with and the narration always feel so comfortable!

    Awesome review, Sonia! ♥ So glad you enjoyed it!

  3. YOU AND ME THE SAME, SONIA! I grew up absolutely ADORING everything she wrote and was so excited to hear that she was finally taking a spin at mythology! And while I completely agree that Pierce wasn't exactly my fave Meg Cabot heroine (but then again, she has A LOT, so that's a hard feat to accomplish anyways!), I thought she was pretty sweet. And I want to know more about John too!! I was supposed to get an ARC of Underworld but it didn't come (sadface) -- but I'm still gonna read it for sure! :D

    Amazing review, Sonia-sweetieeeee! I just love all your reviews :') <3

  4. Oh goodness. Greek myth. I LOVE.
    But... I have NEVER read a Meg Cabot book O___O

    I know, I KNOW! I SUCK >___<

    ANYWAY! YOUR REVIEW! SONIA! YOU... YOU THING! You drive me crazy, I swear, but this sounds AMAZERING! ME LOVE!

  5. Oh my goodness, Sonia, lovely review! I grew up reading Meg Cabot, so her books, are my childhood. :') They have such a special place in my heart. It's so nice to see someone else who feels like that. <333 Abandon was awesome!! I'm so happy you loved it as well. When I first heard that Meg was publishing such a dark (well, darkER) book than all of her others, I was kinda worried. But, being the great Meg Cabot, she pull it off! I should have known. :') And I'm such a huge fan of Greek Myths, so it was like two of my absolute favorite things colliding and producing this absolutely fabulous rainbow of a book. :P Lovely review as always, Sonia! I've only been following your blog for a little while now but I feel like I know you so well!!! :') And you've already added SO much to my TBR list, so THANK YOU. I'm totally adding you to my blog list, sweetie. <333

  6. I love Meg Cabot. The Princess Diaries was one of my favourite series when I was younger! I did like Abandon, but had trouble connecting to Pierce (though as with you, I did still like her). I liked the story overall and I'm intrigued to see what happens next. Great review! :)

  7. Sonia, I still haven't read this series but I've read all of Cabot's other books (except The Princess Diaries which I didn't like for some reason). I remember being surprised that Cabot was deviating from her fun contemporaries. I love Greek mythology so I have a feeling that when I do get around to reading this one, I'll like it too.

  8. I am definitely intrigued to learn more about John. You're reminding me I need to get my hands on the sequel, so my dwindling back account thanks you ever so much! :D I wasn't totally in love with this, but I DID enjoy it and it was my first taste of Cabot. MY FIRST. I SHOULD BE ASHAMED, I KNOW. I do own the first four books in the Mediator series, so I can't wait to give those a read!

    AWESOME review, Sonia! I'm glad this one lived up to expectations for you :)

  9. I read Abandon late last year and I remember being annoyed with the flashbacks, but I can see where you could definitely get used to them. Your review is making me want to reread it now too. XD

  10. As a Meg Cabot fan (the Princess Diaries captivated me as a kid and I LOVE the way she writes. LOVE.) I think it's about time I read Abandon. I heard it's a little different from her usual books- the style, I mean. I'm glad you loved it. I need to pick it up soon xD