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Abandon by Meg Cabot

July 1st, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: April 26, 2011

Publisher: Point

I give this book 2.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 

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.

To be honest the book description of this one didn’t really grab me but I thought the cover was gorgeous so I decided to give it a shot especially after the great Greek mythology based YA books that I have read recently.  Sadly this one paled in comparison to those other books.  It  left me feeling ho hum and to be honest I don’t really feel the need to continue the series.  I never felt really connected to any of the characters and I feel like it might because of the way the story was written.  We get glimpses of the history between John and Pierce from flash backs but they are so disjointed that it doesn’t build that bond that makes me truly care about her.  I would have preferred if the story actually started before she drowns and we see progress from there as we see her actively coming back from death, dealing with her parents divorce, etc.

The romance was also a  off for me.  I do not understand how Pierce goes from being John’s prisoner to being in love with him.  He doesn’t talk much and most of what we see is him beating the crap out of people.  Granted he has a good reason but I can’t see that being the main appeal of him to Pierce.  If anything she seems more obsessed about the pendent he gives her than the man himself.  So the romance seemed so out of place.  I would have liked to see them gradually grow to love each other and really give me a reason to root for them to stay together.

The last issue I had with this book was the pacing.  I felt it took forever to really get to any juicy parts and the reader is teased with these intriguing ideas about the Furies, who they are, why they would be after Pierce and when will they come for her.  Then nothing!  When you think the action is finally going to pick up and we are really going to dive into the meat of the story the book ends.  I understand a lot of first books in a series have to do a great deal of set up but at least make me care enough about the characters to want to keep reading the series.

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

7 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I struggled with this one as well. It didn’t do much for me up until the very end. I’ll probably pick up the second to see where it goes but won’t rush to do so.

  2. Jill of The O.W.L.

    Darn. I too love the cover of this book and am drawn to the mythological part of this book. I did have a couple of girls read my ARC before school got out and liked it.

    I havent’ read Star Crossed yet. Have you? Would you say it’s better?

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Jill-I have read Starcrossed and I really liked it. Much, much better in my opinion. This is my first Meg Cabot book and I had high expectations after all the things I heard about her. Maybe I just expected too much?

  4. Jayme @ Horribly Bookish

    Hm. I’m picking up this book next week at a book signing. I’ve set my expectations high ’cause it’s Meg Cabot, but I might have to bring them down a bit. Thanks for the review–I love reading all the different ideas on books :)

  5. Erica

    I agree about the big then nothing, but I still really loved this one. I’m hoping all the answers come quickly in the next book!

  6. kay

    I’m sorry to hear you didn’t enjoyed this one much. I’m a fan of Meg Cabot but this one got mixed reviews, so I’m a bit scared to pick it from my shelf!

  7. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    Yeah, you’re definitely not the first one to be luke warm on this one. I haven’t read any of her other stuff but apparently this one just missed the mark on many levels. Sorry!

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