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(Abandon #2)

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Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Becaus
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Published May 8th 2012 by Point
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I'm trying to figure out how the author who gave us Suze Simons and Ellie Harrison (plus their respective awesome male love interests) turned around and put out this absolute horror show of a paranormal romance. Seriously, what the hell happened, Meg Cabot? Did I just grow out of you or are you selling out?

Underworld, the sequel to Cabot's lackluster re-imagining of the Hades/Persephone myth Abandon, is the first Meg Cabot book I ever had to urge to throw against the wall and never pick up agai
****FINAL RATING: 4.20 STARS****

If I really liked Abandon, I beyond adored Underworld. It was so much better than its predecessor in every way possible. I loved every minute of it and it left me absolutely breathless when I was finished. It was incredible and shows that a series, no matter how experienced the author, can only get better.

I didn't dislike Pierce as much in this book as I had in previous books. I better understood the motivations behind her actions
Gabrielle Carolina
You call that a plot? I call that chapter six.

Abandon was a series of constant flash-backs that didn't further the plot. Underworld was a constant reiteration of the present that did nothing to further the plot, which was full of holes, anyway.

Pierce somehow got too stupid to live syndrome and John "thought she knew," everything about being Queen of the Underworld when only twenty-four hours have passed in Underworld, and six days passed in Abandon.

Basically, was it any better than Abandon? No
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
They say never to judge a book by its cover!

These are the steps to picking an awesome book like this one:
1) Is the cover good?
2)Is the title cool?
3) read the back or flap, is it cool?
Aug 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Nina ♥
May 14, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Review to come.


Read an excerpt of Underworld (chapter 1 & 2) here!

(Btw, what is with the summary? "Her captor?" That makes John seem so creepy.)
Apr 29, 2011 added it
Unfortunately, Underworld just didn't hold my attention and I found myself not wanting to read it anymore:( ...more
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW)
♣ 2.5 disappointed stars :/ ♣

Pierce was seriously acting dumb in this one while Alex turned just plaincrazy.The only reason I gave this book an extra star for the revilement of John's past.

This book was such a drag.Honestly?It felt like Meg cabot had actually meant to write this series as one whole book, before finally deciding to go against it and published it as 3 elaborately -unnecessary parts....that made up this trilogy. :P

REALLLY hope book 3 will make up for all this dissapointment :(
Jul 08, 2011 marked it as to-read
WHY WHY WHY 2012!?!?!? I read the first book to the end, see that Underworld is the next book, read the blurb, then what do I see at the bottom? 2012.. Why why why why why!?!?
Erin Coffman
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book can't come out soon enough!! This series is going to be like an addiction I may not love it but I must have it!

After reading:
I love meg Cabot. I am so intrigued by all of her books. I like the love story in this book but there is only one thing in this book I would criticize. That would be the rudeness of Alex, pierce's cousin. After how rude he has been throughout the entire series I fail to see how they have developed such a deep connection...and even if we are going off the fact th
May 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blargh
*sigh* Disappointing. The first book was okay, even though my opinion of it has sort of changed since I read it. But this book was just...meh. It was more like a "filler" book than a good sequel.

- The plot focused mainly on Pierce's family's past and their issues. I really dislike it when some authors do this because it feels like they're taking the focus away from the real problem. It's not like I don't care or anything, but the reason I'm reading this book isn't because of the family issues. H
Jul 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
To be honest, I got to page 25? 35? Let me tell you what I found and why I had to stop reading.
This book is a clear example of 7th grade writing. It made my eye start to tick (picture eye tick here). It is an example, that I shall use in class, of "telling instead of showing," which I plead with students not to do... with exemplar texts (Paul Fleishman's Seedfolks and a new book called Croak - brilliant word choice) and examples and lessons up the wah-hoo. Word choice? Check it out. Yawn. And ch
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
A huge THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read Underworld. I have to say with each new story I read about Hades and Persephone I fall in love with them all over again. With Underworld this is no different because Meg has spun such a story that it knocked me off my feet right from Abandoned.

Pierce is being held in The Underworld by John for own safety. The only thing is she does not feel that way and she is worried about her family. She knows the furies are after her and s
This series is just so bad that it's good. I love greek mythology books, and although this version of it hurts my head sometimes, it's my guilty pleasure.


Pierce is still as stupid as ever. Take a look at the passage below:

"'Do you see it?' Mr. Smith demanded, tapping the paper.
Farther down, in letters almost as large, was a headline about Jade's murder. There was no photo of my uncle Chris, but I knew he was the "local man" who'd been picked up for questioning, t
Lily Paradis
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Let's face it, I'm in love with Meg Cabot.

For as long as I can remember, she's been my literary idol. I spent my early teenage years on her message boards, chatting with her other fans, waiting for new books, and trying to be just like Meg. I think I've had this post bookmarked for an obscene amount of time, because somehow I was convinced that reading it would automatically help me write a book.

I think I first found out about her because of the Princess Diaries
Katie Valenti
I feel like this is blasphemy, me giving Meg Cabot an okay book review. Every time I read one of her books, I can't put them down. This time I just couldn't get into it.

First off, Pierce pissed me off. She was constantly crying and jumping to conclusions that would ultimately be wrong and make her look like an idiot. Not to mention that she COMPLETELY seems to forget that she is in danger. For example, Pierce has a necklace that will tell her when Furies are near (it will turn black). Throughou
May 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

First, I wanna say that I will be reading the next book. I wasn't all that impressed with Underworld, but *sigh* it's a trilogy...and I'm now more than halfway done with it.

Pierce, the intrepid heroine of this story, is kind of idiotic. I don't understand the attraction between her and John, aka a death deity. No, he's not the Death Deity...just one of the many, evidently. So, he's not Hades or Lord of the Underworld, he's just in charge of his area. Sounds more interesting than it real
I think I loved this as much as I loved Abandon! I love Pierce's fiery personality and her friend Kayla. I can't wait for the next one! ...more
Jane Stewart
I did not enjoy the “first person narrative” style.

Some books are so good that I’m ok with first person, but this book was not special enough to overcome that. I read the first 57 pages and the ending. The story is “to be continued” in the sequel. That frustrated me. I want complete stories.

This book is a retelling of the myth about Persephone living in the Underworld and married to Hades. In this story Pierce is a 17-year-old-high-school girl who is living in the underworld with John Hayden a 1
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I love Meg Cabot's writing. Love, love, love. Her books are clever and funny, and her leading heroines are sympathetic and, if not always the smartest cookie in the box, at least they are likeable and able to catch one or two clues.

Which is why it is so disappointing to read UNDERWORLD.

I admit I haven't read ABANDON, the first book in the series; when it came out I was on a book budget and I never did go back and find it. But I was thrilled beyond belief to receive UNDERWORLD in my RT welcome ba
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After reading Abandon, I really didn’t know if I had it in me to continue on with the series. But, they’re not that many pages and I read pretty fast so I thought “what the heck, might as well” and unfortunately, I wasn’t too impressed (I should have known, right!?) Underworld picks up exactly where Abandon left off. It was a worthy sequel in that it didn’t really feel like a sequel. Pierce is still kind of a whiner, and manipulates John into doing whatever she
Rachel Harris
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: made-me-laugh
I love Greek mythology retellings, especially the various Hades and Persephone versions that have been so popular in the YA market the past year. ABANDON by Meg Cabot was one of my favorites so I was eager to see where she took her reimagining in the sequel, UNDERWORLD. And to be honest, I enjoyed this one even more than the first.

It’s hard to talk about second books in reviews in case anyone missed the first, so I will try to leave out particular plot points. But what I can say is how pleasantl
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at The Teen Book Guru

The myth of Persephone has always enthralled me and is one of my absolute favorite Greek myths, so when I found out that one of my favorite authors, Meg Cabot, who I LOVE to death (heehee... no pun intended), was writing a re-telling of it, I knew I was going to be in for a treat. So it was no surprise that Abandon, the first book in the trilogy had me jumping up and down and smiling like a lunatic as soon as I finished it. And Underworld left me feeling th
Libby Wyatt
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-reads
I really didn't like this book. Sorry. ...more
Brooke H
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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So when I was 12, I did this thing a lot where I’d just get a random book and read it because it was there, and it didn’t matter if it was book 5 in a 7 book series, I did it anyway! I was a really smart 12 year old if you couldn’t tell 😂

Anyways, so I bought this book and read it in seventh grade. Had no idea a book came before it and it was actually BOOK 2, and that’s why some parts were so confusing because they referred back to events from book one. Now there’s a third book as well😅

I still t
Mia Fox
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I kept reading this series hoping for it to be more then what i read in the first part. But it just didn't change... I love the style of writing this author has a way of shifting and jumping from present to the past at first I found it disturbing but she made it effortless .. I hated in this book (ie: 2nd part) John was reduced to just follow pierce around he seemed just clingy and desperate... So yeah :( sight ...more
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Aug 14, 2011 rated it did not like it
I am highly disappointed in this second installment. Compared to the 1st book, which I thought was quite good, it felt as though I was not even reading about the same characters that I met in book 1. The "Teaser" you read on the back of this book, is just that a teaser.
It's like you've been shown previews that you are not going to see in the actual movie.

I will tell you what I dislike about this book.

Nasty Lady MJ
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Underworld is a definite improvement from Abandon which is a good thing which isn't saying Abandon is a bad book because it isn't, but Underworld the story really does pick up. The action scenes in this book were excellent. It might not be the best book for younger Cabot fans to read, but older teens and adults will appreciate these sequences. Pierce and John are also more developed in the sequel. Although, sometimes Pierce's
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA
Recommended to Jillyn by: Amanda
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3.5 stars, rounded up.

After being attacked by her grandmother, who is possessed by a Fury, Pierce Olivier is whisked away to the Underworld by its ruler, John Hayden. Only she's not dead. Yet. John claims that he's keeping her in the Underworld to keep her safe, and she wants to believe him. She feels protected in his arms, in the Underworld. But when her cell phone starts depicting an image of her cousin in danger, she risks everything to make sure he's okay. But she must constantly be on alert
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Underworld is the sequel to Meg Cabot’s Abandon, a retelling of Greek mythology and fairy tales. Abandon is such an incredible book and a favorite of mine, so I expected the same caliber for the sequel. Meg continues to raise the lever with each book she releases. And Underworld is no exception.

The story follows the main character, Pierce, who is caught between two worlds. Wedged between the living and the dead, she’s also stuck between the family she left behind and the boy she loves. She’s a v
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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

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