Abandon (Abandon #1)
Meg Cabot, #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Airhead novels, brings listeners the first installment in an exciting fantasy series about the underworld. When 17-year-old Pierce spots John Hayden, her first impression is that he's a murderer. And she's right—sort of. Fighting a strange attraction she feels towards John, Pierce struggles to discover what's really b...more
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. Beca...more
I've heard a lot about Meg Cabot's books. And it may surprise people to know that this was actually my first Meg Cabot novel. I'm not completely unfamiliar with her works. One of my favorite movies of all time was adapted from one of her novels-- The Princess Diaries. All that being said, I think I made a huge mistake in having Abandon pop my Cabot novel "cherry".
Guys, this book has INSTA LOVE!
Deep breaths, Stephanie. Deep. Breaths.
It took me till page 300 to realize why I...more
NOT SO. Let me enumerate the ways I hated this book. There may be spoilers ahead.
1. All the present-tense narration happens over the span of about 36 hours. The rest of the book is chopped-up flashbacks sprinkled liberally and erratically throughout the s...more
This book was such a... mess. There is no other way to phrase it, it was a complete and utter mess. Now, here's the thing. I LOVE Meg Cabot. In fact, I'm practically a swooning fangirl. Even the books that most other people didn't like, like Jinx and Pants on Fire, I adored. I've always found that her heroines have a very unique voice — snarky, sassy and fun. Even when the world is going to hell in a handbask...more
Those are literally the words that came out of my mouth after reading just the first page of this book.
I mean WOW, what another amazing book by Meg Cabot! (She seems to write non-stop, doesnt she? Haha).
Abandon, to give you a brief summary, is the re-imagined tale of Hades and Persephone, starring main character Pierce Oliviera. She knows what it's like to die, because she's done it once before. But now death wants her back.
The Main Things I liked:
Pierce: I've been...more
Oh dear, I loved this book so much. As a huge The Mediator fan, I have been looking forward to it since Meg Cabot announced she would be writing another paranormal series. And when she said it would be retelling of the myth of Persephone, I was counting days to the release day. As expected, she did it...more
Abandon is a new take on...more
I love Meg's writing, her books are so easy to read and so entertaining. I never worry about picking up one of her books because I know that it's going to be wonderful and Abandon was no exception.
I will say that the story started out a little slow for me, but I really connected with Pierce as a c...more
I've always struggled with Cabot's books. Besides her Mediator series, the rest of the books I've read from her were just okay, so I'm really very surprised I enjoyed Abandon as much as I did.
Actually, the only thing that really bothered me about this book, is what bothers me with all of Cabot's books. Her writing style. I think it's that she can never.just.say.it. Even in her dialog, she has to have a running thought attached to it and it feels like she draws everything out in long, l...more
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Reviewed by: Baby Sister Brittany
Release Date: April 26th, 2011 (Get your Pre-Order on, kids)
The Sisters say: Spooky, Swoon-worthy, and Scintillating
EDIT: Currently giving away an ARC on the blog. Contest ends 4.13.11
Abandon all hope ye who enter here?
Try abandon those attempts at sleep and read this book in one sitting!
It’s hard to remember the first Young Adult book I read that captured me all those years ago, but I do...more
I was wrong.
It was going pretty well until I was about two-thirds through the book. I had been hooked by the 'mystery' and wondering how it was all going to come together. And then it started coming together. And then I started wanting to throw the book across the room because I...more
- Westport Academy for Girls
- "Check yourself before you wreck yourself"
- Cementery Sexton
- Isla Huesos
- "Check yourself before you wreck yourself" (Oh, is it annoying when I repeat things?)
If your supposedly magical danger alert mood necklace is kept tucked beneath your shirt, how can you tell when it changes color?
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I will try to summarize all the things I hated about Abandon.
The protagonist, Pierce, was truly the most awful thing about the book. She was such an idiot it caused me physical pain. Sometimes I'd read something so pricelessly terrible that I just HAD to mark the page. This happened a grand total of SEVENTEEN TIMES. She was so. Freaking. Awful. Some highlights:
He still seemed pretty mad. A good si...more
On the outside, the story itself has typical teen nuances as well as struggles: the girl who doesn't quite fit it, a f...more
and it IS gonna be AWESOME
I mean, Meg? Paranormal again?
that can only lead to awesomeness
*update February 22.
Just read chapter 1, and ohmygod,
it is so good, misterious and dark,
why aren't you coming faster April?!? oh why?!?
*I'm sooo buying like 2 more copies of this book!!!
This is going to be a trilo...more
Abandon is not only extraordinary but extremely entertaining with a creative twist intertwining modern day times with age old mythology but th...more
Although Abandon was a little slow to start, it was such an easy book to fly through in one sitting. I loved how you could never tell exactly where it was going. You just had to sit back and enjoy the ride, which was really refreshing! The only thing I found hard to swallow was how many flashbacks were incorporated in the story because...more
What the F this book is supposed to be?!!
I was confused by Cabot’s writing style so it was hard to comprehend the story. The author writes like I already know about Pierce’s past when in fact, i don’t. Rewind, fast forward, double rewind – that’s i felt like when i was reading it.
Should Pierce come across as a resilient young woman or as a problem child who really doesn’t know what to do with her life? Her character was vague enough for me to not connect with her i...more
Opening Sentence: Anything can happen in the blink of an eye.
Pierce Oliviera had a near death experience. Her parent’s relationship completely fell apart and her life is in utter turmoil. She moves to Isla Huesos, the Island of Bones, with her mother. Pierce’s near death experience...more
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 hin...more
Before we continue, let me insert a disclaimer. I like Meg Cabot’s books. Her books are warm, fuzzy and totally comfort-food-like. I don’t wade...more
Will be taken to heaven, hell or will we remain in the in between.
Pierce had a glimpse of what lies after we die.
She caught a glimpse of what it was like in the Underworld.
She was supposed to stay there until she successfully escaped.
She thought everything would be back to normal.
But she was wrong.
She hasn’t been normal since.
Pierce and her mother moved to Isla Huesos where they thought they’d get a new start.
But the more Pierce tr...more
-> I could not find any interesting plot in this book. I just waited something that was not a flashback to happen or something interesting until page 230... And the book has 306 pages.
-> Some parts are so messy that I had to read it twice, at least, to understand that Pierce was having a flashback in the middle of a dialogue....more
This story is kind of all over the place and maybe for the beginning of a series, that's okay. The plot, from Pierce's voice, tends to jump from present to past and sometimes this confused me a bit, like when she is in high school thinking about an event that happened at another high school s...more
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|Meg Cabot Fan Club: Pierce||9||27||Mar 23, 2014 03:44PM|
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED. Girl, dad, mom, she dies, dates guy who regulates admission to heaven and hell, back on earth, special necklace, demons trying to kill her, grandma, funeral, bird [s]||6||61||Mar 22, 2014 10:27AM|
|Is Pierce a weak character?||11||49||Feb 05, 2014 06:41PM|
|Is this a good book?||39||228||Dec 07, 2013 06:38AM|
|Book Club.. each ...: Abandon and James Potter||1||5||Oct 04, 2013 10:43AM|
Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun...more
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"How can I not?" I asked him. "You just said you loved me."
"Well, why else did you think all of this was happening?" He set the book aside to wrap his arms around me. "The Furies wouldn't be trying to kill you if I didn't love you."
"I didn't know," I said. Tears were trickling down my cheeks, but I did nothing to try to stop them. His shirt was absorving most of them. "You never said anything about it. Every time I saw you, you just acted so... wild."
"How was I supposed to act?" he asked. "You kept doing things like throwing tea in my face.”