Thursday, May 5, 2011


Title: Abandon (Abandon Trilogy Book 1)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Scholastic; April 26, 2011
Edition: Hardcover, 320 pages


Meg Cabot's Abandon was a gripping dark tale that had me at page one. As YA PNR Fictional Mythology is becoming more and more popular, it's becoming increasingly difficult to maintain originality. Being a lover of mythology, I am overjoyed with books that are imaginative and creative yet still stick to the original concept. Abandon was one of those books.

Abandon is not only extraordinary but extremely entertaining with a creative twist intertwining modern day times with age old mythology but the thrills, chills and suspense factor is what kept me reading well into the night. There wasn’t as much outward romance as I was expecting but the undercurrent was there and it was powerful! I’m so thankful this is a trilogy because I think Ms. Cabot has only scratched the surface of her incredibly imaginative and creative version of the Underworld mythology. Personally, I can’t wait to read more about John and Pierce but I  am also interested in the secondary characters, which played a critical part in the book. A One-Sit-Read for this reviewer!

Abandon tells the tale of Pierce, a teenager who is incredibly empathetic and born to privilege. Life was good for Pierce until she died. Pierce escapes the keeper of the Underworld, John, in what I can only describe as a truly fantastical mythical way. Afterwards, Pierce seems to be troubled and from others perspectives, violent as opposed to seeing this as a second chance at life or a miracle, as most think she should feel. But, they don’t know the truth; they don’t know about John, keeper of the Underworld and apparently, keeper of Pierce. When violence occurs every time Pierce is threatened she is blamed for the violence that occurs until finally her mother takes her to a small island off the Florida Keys where she grew up and where her family still resides. It’s there that Pierce starts to get answers to questions, questions about things she didn’t even know existed until she moved there. Things that just may land her in the last place she wants to go back to: The Underworld.


  1. This book looks so good. Nice review. I think you may have just made it sound better *wink wink*

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  2. Just briefly scanned this one since I'm still waiting on it!! Cannot wait for it since I'm abig Greek mythology fan and loved Meg Cabot's Mediator series. Haven't read much from her since since I'm a paranormal kind of gal! Great review!

  3. I was surprised by how much I liked it. The covers a bit deceptive :o]

    I'm a PNR, chica all the way but don't discount the mythology books because they're full of it!

    I hope you enjoy it!

    I hit MS's site already! I'll be off to see you soon!

  4. I want to read this one sooo bad! I've heard really mixed things about it though! ;)

  5. Great review, love! I can't wait to read this book. It sounds awesome! <3<3

  6. Oh! And I've already read Jane Slayre. If you've read Jane Eyre, I think you'll really enjoy JS as much as I did! =)

  7. I know a lot of people are looking for more intense 'Adult' reading. This is a YA PNR mythology.
    Actually, Meg does a fantastic job of working up to the suspense and there's an overall eerie dark feeling to the book. It was suspenseful and the mythology was fantastic.
    I'm looking forward to the next book-the cliffhanger did suck, I must admit! I hate cliffhangers that don't give me at least a little bit of satisfaction but it did leave me want to read the next book even more.

  8. Hmmm, sounds like a great read! I've heard great things of the author in other books, but this one sounds like it might just be one I could enjoy with the theme here. ;) Thanks!

  9. Oh yes! I've been wanting this one and because it deals with mythology... I want it more. Great review!

  10. Great Review Kristi! This really is YA guys but with a very dark take on the mythology. Well Hades and Persephone was already dark, but this one is even darker. Kristi does a great job spelling it out without giving it away!


  11. Awww---Thanks, Heather! It's a hard book to review. It's actually the only Meg Cabot book I've ever read :o]
    The thing is that it does work up a little slowly but it has to in order to set the book up more thoroughly.
    You read it so you understand how good it is despite the fact that it wasn't 'in your face' right from the first chapter.
    Thanks for the compliment! Coming from you it is of the highest praise :o]

  12. This sounds so awesome. I actually haven't read any Meg Cabot - I may start here!

  13. I've heard mixed reviews about this one, but since I'm a Meg Cabot fan from the pre-princess days, I'm going to pick it up. I'm actually reading her newest adult novel, Insatiable right now. :)

  14. I loved the book. As my eyes wandered across the shelves of books in the local Walmart, the letters, ABANDON and it really caught my eye. The idea of writing a book about the afterlife really got my thinking. And the book just kept on answering on and on. The book was absolutely fantastic and I can't wait for the next in the trilogy to come. :) (: