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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn't want him to let her go. Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness—and safety—are threatened, all because of the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: Never revive a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away. But there's only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.

343 pages, Hardcover

First published July 2, 2013

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Meg Cabot

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Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

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 flunked freshman Algebra twice, then decided to cut her own bangs. After six years as an undergrad at Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City (in the middle of a sanitation worker strike) to pursue a career as an illustrator, at which she failed miserably, forcing her to turn to her favorite hobby--writing novels--for emotional succor. She worked various jobs to pay the rent, including a decade-long stint as the assistant manager of a 700 bed freshmen dormitory at NYU, a position she still occasionally misses.

She is now the author of nearly fifty books for both adults and teens, selling fifteen million copies worldwide, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers, most notably The Princess Diaries series, which is currently being published in over 38 countries, and was made into two hit movies by Disney. In addition, Meg wrote the Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You? series (on which the television series, Missing, was based), two All-American Girl books, Teen Idol, Avalon High, How to Be Popular, Pants on Fire, Jinx, a series of novels written entirely in email format (Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, and Every Boy's Got One), a mystery series (Size 12 Is Not Fat/ Size 14 Is Not Fat Either/Big Boned), and a chick-lit series called Queen of Babble.

Meg is now writing a new children's series called Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls. Her new paranormal series, Abandon, debuts in Summer of 2011.

Meg currently divides her time between Key West, Indiana, and New York City with a primary cat (one-eyed Henrietta), various back-up cats, and her husband, who doesn't know he married a fire horse. Please don't tell him.


Series:
* Airhead
* The Princess Diaries
* Mediator

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July 17, 2013
Actual rating: 1.5
"You couldn’t go back to your mom's house and hide under the covers when you had a baby, pretending you couldn’t hear its cries. That big, fat, demanding baby was your responsibility now. You had to take care of it, for as long as it needed you, even when it wasn’t being cute and giggly, but when it was crying and hungry.
I should never have worried about having a demon baby as a result of making love with John in the Underworld: The Underworld itself is a demon baby."


What in the what? Pierce? Are you like, high?

Ok. There is YA fiction, then there is YA fiction. Let me rephrase. There is YA fiction, which can be read by a wide variety of audiences. The characters are believable, immature at times, but still complex. Their character mature over time. They have an ability to think beyond themselves. They are relatable; even as an adult, we can empathize with their action, speech, and behavior.

Then there is what I'd like to call extremely YA fiction. That which is purely intended for a young audience, that which is written purely for entertainment, and with no thoughts or aspirations to a higher area of literature. That's why I did not give this book a 1. It may be immature, the quality of writing is purely aimed towards a very young teenaged readers who may just want something light and fun to read, and a character who acts and speaks like they do. That's why it rated a higher rating than I would originally give a poorly written book. This book is purely intended as entertainment. It makes no aspirations towards anything higher. It is brain floss, a beach reach, brain candy, whatever you like to call it. And thr powerful message sent to young girls? Marry young. Have babies. Hopefully not demon ones. Screw education. Goddamn this book.
"I was missing...something.
Not school, of course, since unlike Kayla, I didn’t have a goal outside the realm of the dead towards which I’d been striving."
The plot is so confusing, I don't even know what's going on. Something about crashing ships and killing more Furies and John Hayden dying and Pierce and her group of cronies (including the irrepressibly annoying Alex and Kayla) off to save Isla Huesos frorm the birds.

The good: the cover is pretty. I laughed at least once every page.

The bad: the laughter resulted from the utter absurdity of it all. The characters, their actions, their speech. The ridiculous clichéd acuity of the sagacious Mr. Liu and Mr. Smith. The tremendous age-old wisdom of adolescence. Even those who have lived for hundreds of years in the Underworld still have an adolescent mindset, it seems. Frank and Henry hasn't aged a day in mental years. They're just as mature as Pierce. Which is rather bad, considering Pierce has the mental maturity and thought process of her own age. She is so very adolescent. Her powers of thought, her skill with words are legendary. As are her action scenes.
"I cracked my whip, sending it wrapping around my grandmother’s throat multiple times, enfolding her as tightly as a warm, hand-knit scarf...one that a loving grandmother might send to her granddaughter in the mail for her birthday. Then I yanked on it as hard as I could, so it was more like the grip of a boa constrictor than a muffler.
'How do you like the scarf I made you, Grandma?' I hissed in her ear."
Not only that, her thoughts seem to mainly run along the lines of: God, John is hot. Damn, John is hot. I love him sooooooooooo much but I can't tell him.
"'Do you like anything in your room?' he asked.
You, I wanted to say. I like you. I love you.
I don’t know why I couldn’t say it."
I love you. I love you. I love you. Pierce repeats that phrase (In triplets! Always in triplets!) so often, I wanted to knock her on the head. Priorities, girlfriend. The Furies and Thanatos are out to kill you, stop fucking mooning over your love for 5 seconds. Tropes and clichés abound. The writing is utterly laughable. The overly dramatic imagery, the battle scenes...every element that will appeal to an easily impressed young audience is here. Battle scene?! Stop! In the name of love
"John's gaze met mine and held it. Around us was chaos — the shrieking of the increasingly agitated birds overhead, coupled with the shrieks of the Furies as they battled...and Kayla's sobs.
But there was a stillness within John and myself that, now that we were truly back together, no amount of external mayhem could disturb.
I love you. I love you. I love you."
In the middle of a BATTLEFIELD, for fuck's sake. Thank god this series is done.
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December 17, 2012
Holy Hades...is that...is that JOHN ON THE COVER?!




And Pierce's dress - I'll give it to her. She knows how to look absolutely fab for a girl who's dating Death :)



Can't wait for Awaken!!
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7 reviews
July 21, 2013
John and Pierce MUST stay together and I kinda hope she has a baby even though it's not supposed to happen. I also want Kayla to stay with Frank in the underworld.
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May 20, 2015
*****FINAL RATING: 4.65 STARS*****

CATCHALL
Awaken is without a doubt my favorite Meg Cabot book thus far, and a true jewel. I absolutely devoured it. From start to finish, it was a ride I was happy to be on. I simply couldn’t get enough of it. When I read the last page, I flipped back to the first. It was that amazing.

THE HEROINE
PIERCE
Pierce is my girl. I adore her. She’s strong and smart, and though she doesn’t always make the smartest decisions she does what she does for a reason and isn’t stupid about it. She’s a real person, and she makes real mistakes and has to fix them. But she also has a good heart, and though it’s gotten her in trouble, it’s also gotten her out of it, too.

THE LOVE INTEREST
JOHN
John is one of the sexiest characters I’ve ever read about. and I have very much appreciation for that. But he’s more than a gorgeous face. He wants to do the right thing, but sometimes he needs help figuring out what that is. Moreover, he genuinely care about Pierce and he’s so, so sweet to her. I think I actually melted at some points in the book.

THE PLOT
I love the way Meg handles the retelling of the Persephone myth. It’s not so much a retelling as a reimagining, and it’s done with absolutely beauty and a bit of humor. I love the way the story unfolds, and though there’s not a much retelling in this last book, what is there is gorgeous.

Pierce is a string heroine, and though she doesn’t always make the right decisions, she tries her best to. This book strongly deals with the consequences of her actions, and she’s strong enough to face up to them. She doesn’t shrink away, and in fact often tries to take more blame upon herself than is strictly necessary.

There’s also the secondary plot in this book, which is a really interesting one. Almost as interesting as the main plot. I liked watching Pierce and her friends fight for what was right.

THE ROMANCE
The romance is tastefully written, and it’s sweet and intoxicating at the same time. Pierce and John are good together, and in some ways balance each other out. They really complement each other. Where Pierce is impulsive, John thinks things through more, and so forth. They’re so good together, and I loved watching them grow as a couple. The secondary romance was also so, so cute.

THE WRITING
Meg’s writing has improved a lot since her earlier series, and that growth is apparent in this book. The descriptions could use some work, but the world-building is awesome. It’s set partially in a fantasy place in our world and partially in the Underworld, and Meg does an awesome job of differentiating the two.

THE ENDING
This book ended on a perfect note. It’s absolutely beautiful. I love the way everything pulled together, neatly but not too neatly, if you catch my drift. It’s like everything happened for a reason so that everything could lead up to this perfect ending, and I loved every minute of it.

WRAPUP
Awaken is one of my favorite ever books, and the absolute best Meg Cabot I’ve ever read. I seriously only have good things to say about it. Pierce and John are unforgettable characters, and I’ll probably think of them often. I definitely recommend this series to fans of romance, and fans of mythology. It’s a gorgeous retelling.

FINE.

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250 reviews
June 13, 2013
So to say that this book made me an emotional mess is a complete understatement! From the very first few chapters it already broke my heart and threw all of the pieces around. At the end of a certain chapter I was like YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME! I mean I knew there was no way it could possibly be true but for it to tease me like that???? Heart breaking D:

However Awaken was a great ending to this series despite all of the heart ache. All of the plot lines were tied up nicely and I have no questions remaining. I do feel like maybe some things were solved a tad bit too easily, but I also think that this happened because Pierce has grown as a character. She proved herself in this novel and she showed just how bad ass she could be. I loved the fact that John didn't always have to save her because she was capable of saving herself.

One thing that was a little annoying though was that I felt like there were a lot of repetitive sentences. Not a big deal exactly, and this could have just been me, but it did make the writing seem a little more bland I guess you can say.

Anyway, I really did love Awaken and I am very satisfied with the way this series ended, I couldn't have asked for anything better!


Series Rating: 12/15 woots!
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59 reviews
November 10, 2013
Beautiful cover!! I loved ABANDON, which was so perfect. UNDERWORLD was even better, if possible, and I have to say that Pierce is one of my favorite heroines. Cannot wait for AWAKEN. Really, I'm just so glad that I found a YA book that DOESN'T deal with stupid love-triangles. :)
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2,326 reviews228 followers
December 17, 2014
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

This is one of those series that definitely does not get better as it moves along. Awaken was an extremely boring, and kind of pointless, ending to a lackluster series. It was pure curiosity and determination that made me read this conclusion. Mainly, I wanted to know what the heck the plot was! Well, what I thought may have been the plot in the previous book may not have been, and a new plot was revealed in this one. I don’t understand why it took until the third book of a trilogy to have a solid plot, but then again this entire series takes place over the course of a few days. Maybe a week. The Furies are still after John and Pierce, but now there is chaos in the Underworld! What’s causing it? And why was this even added in?!

There wasn’t much that I liked about Awaken–or any of these books, really–but I did kind of enjoy the addition of Thanatos. At least in theory. John dies early on, and of course everyone is freaking out because how does a dead man die?! Well, it turns out that Thanatos, the god of death, actually exists and has his soul. I was kind of excited about this prospect, but then we meet Thanatos and it’s kind of lame. Then everything regarding this is resolved super quickly and as if nothing happened at all. Everyone just moves on. I was majorly disappointed! The author has some really good ideas revolving around this god, but absolutely nothing came of it. In fact, this mini plot makes no sense and doesn’t even add anything to the overall story. It just gives Pierce and her friends something to do during the hurricane.

Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like Pierce got even more annoying in Awaken. She wasn’t too bad in the previous books, other than declaring her undying love for John after two days and one conversation. For starters, she uses the term “boyfriend” at least 100 times within the first few chapters. We get it, you and John are together! I still find it weird to refer to a 184 year old man as a boy though. Then there’s her obsession with her bird, Hope. Every single time someone mentions hope, as in the feeling, she’s like “Oh, where?!” and starts looking for her bird. She also says “oh” a lot. I rolled my eyes at most of her dialogue. Her cousin, Alex, also got on my nerves. There was way too much of him, but apparently he was important to the plot.

One more thing: the drug storyline involving the Rector’s and Pierce’s mom and uncle was so unnecessary. I thought this in Underworld, but it gets even more ridiculous in Awaken. Who cares if your parents got high 20 years ago and played with some human remains on the beach?! It added nothing to the story except for another eye rolling moment. Why was this included? The Rector family being terrible people had no baring on the story whatsoever. Seriously, I don’t get it.

Awaken was just anticlimactic. A lot of stuff happens over all, but almost none of it was actually relevant to the plot. In fact, I’m still a bit confused as to what the overarching plot was. The Furies coming after Pierce to torture John? The unbalance in the Underworld (which was only introduced in this final book)? Good versus Evil? I have no idea. I will just come out and say it: this series is bad. I do not recommend it. It has some moments that keep it from being dreadful, which is why it gets 2 stars instead of 1. But really, this covers a few days in the life of Pierce Oliviera, in which she falls in insta-love with a death deity, attacks her grandma and other old people with a diamond and a whip, then lives happily ever after.

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16 reviews
November 2, 2012
... Blink...

It didn't work it isn't May yet! BAaah July now!


---- Loved it! Read it in one day because I couldn't wait to see what happend.
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215 reviews28 followers
August 10, 2013
It feels so good to finally finish another awesome series by one of my most sought-after authors. I really like the story of Pierce and John and I think they deserve a great happy ending. I love Greek mythology so much especially Persephone and Hades retellings. Thank you Meg Cabot for giving us another great paranormal love story. I swear I was swooning over these two lovebirds. John Hayden <3
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363 reviews51 followers
July 28, 2018
I loved that the story picked up where the last one left off.Pierce is slowly adjusting to life as a consort to the Lord of the Underworld.with her presence there are some changes going on there,but lately there has been a sort of imbalance going on without anyone knowing why.

John was killed and Pierce got him back from thanatos,only to free thanatos from the rector family.thanatos finds a new host in alex,and things change.the fates return one by one,and the fight against the furies was won
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November 9, 2012

I CANNOT. I JUST CANT. UGH I cant wait to read the third book. Im literally on the edge of my seat cause this book is a total cliff hanger and I cant wait for more of John's Hotness. oh. if only guys from books were real. The cover was so perfect I was like:



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July 14, 2013
my heart is totally broken that I didn't enjoy this book the way I so desperately wanted to.

uuggh... where to begin? the cover: I L-O-V-E it. sensuous purple, john in pierce's arms... beautiful. and terribly deceiving. I waited with baited breath for this book - I mean, it was almost painful waiting for this one. the first two books are some of my all-time favorites but this was almost a total disaster.

*Spoilers ahead*
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102 reviews2 followers
August 4, 2013
Pierce, Pierce, Pierce... oh man, this girl is ca-raaazy. This trilogy spans, what, a week and a half in total? By the end of this, Pierce wants to marry John and have kids with him in the foreseeable future. She's 17 and she's only properly known the guy for around a fortnight.

So apart from Pierce making stupid romantic decisions, she also makes stupid life decisions. She's got this great necklace that alerts her to the presence of evil but she never checks it? I'm not sure why she's not dead yet, to be honest. She gets rescued by John so many times and I don't know how she survived past her 16th birthday. Let's see her deal with this without John, yeah?


Ignoring the whole Pierce/John romance, I really liked Kayla and Frank. Totally perfect for each other and Kayla doesn't need constant rescuing like Pierce does. Kayla is also a lot smarter than Pierce. And tougher. Why wasn't this series about Kayla??

The plot fell pretty flat, there wasn't anything that kept me glued to the book. I finished it because I've never not finished a Meg Cabot novel and I felt like I needed to finish it because of my long-standing love for her. That love is clearly waning and I'm sad because MC is my childhood.
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115 reviews2 followers
April 18, 2022
(2.0 stars)
I'm too lazy to give constructive criticism but um, bad plot expectedly, some cringe content, unexplored side characters, terrible reaction to character death.

anyways, it's entertaining, here's some quotes:
John, having been born in the eighteen hundreds, would have preferred me to be his wife, even though I’d explained to him that these days, people who married at our age tended to end up on reality shows on MTV.
Then John had asked what MTV was.

“But we’ll hit him,” she cried.
“Exactly,” I said.
“I can’t kill someone!”
“You hit your brother in the head with a fire extinguisher.”
“But that was family! And I didn’t kill him.”

John was silent for a moment. Then he said, “I love you, but approximately half the time, I don’t understand what you’re saying.”
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145 reviews28 followers
December 9, 2020
This was just ok for me..I mean I started it in June and have only just finished it now so that says a lot. The first two books I found a welcome change from my usual reads, I am partial to a bit of YA fiction, and the odd bit of fantasy stuff and the first books ticked those boxes but this one seemed to ramble and lost some of the magic And mythology I felt the others were full of. I dunno, it just kinda dragged on and I couldn’t wait to finish it.
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5,101 reviews458 followers
June 28, 2013
*Genre* YA Paranormal
*Rating* 3.0-3.5

*Thoughts*

Awaken closes out the Abandon Trilogy in a nice tidy little bow without too many questions left to be answered. In fairness, however, there is (1) important question that I really would like answers to and I'm hoping that Ms Cabot finds a way to answer mine and Pierce's question: Why does Pierce's necklace turn purple whenever she's around Kayla?

I'm pretty sure others haven't mentioned this little tidbit, but, this happens when I take copious notes and actually pay attention while reading and not just charge ahead like a rhino in a grocery story. Will we see another novella in the future that will explain this? Guess we shall have to wait and find out. In the meantime....

If you plan on reading the Abandon Trilogy in the future, my suggestion is that you start with Abandon, slide directly into Underworld, and then top it off with Awaken since the entire Trilogy is one huge continuous plot line without any sort of major interruptions. Yes, there are a few additional new characters added to Awaken, and they each play important roles in the continued smooth flow of the Underworld as well as add another layer to the story itself.

The opening of Awaken puts the Kibosh on Pierce's and John's mini skirmish that ended Underworld. In Awaken, Pierce is busy trying to save John from a permanent death, save the Underworld from the Furies who are causing major chaos, save her cousin Alex who was brought back from the dead by John, and her friend Kayla who got dragged into the Underworld to save her life, while trying to right a balance in the Underworld that was set adrift at sea by John's actions in saving Alex. On top of all this, she finally realizes that her angst ridden fight with John was a whole lot of nothing that could have been fixed by talking things over and saying three little words.

You are asking yourself, yes, but what about Pierce as a character and what about her growth? Pierce has definitely come a long way from the first book when it seems that the whole world was out to get her which wasn't far from the truth. She understands now that if she wants a commitment with John that she has to give up certain things while remaining in the Underworld as its Queen. She is definitely more of a take charge character than the previous books and makes some interesting choices and decisions along the way. She learns how to use a whip and her necklace against the Furies, including her Grandmother, who are relentless in their pursuit of what they call abominations.

There are some abstract story-lines added as well as an expected, I think, ending to the trilogy itself. There is the arrival, briefly, of Thanatos the death deity who I thought would have made a brilliant member of Pierce's team against the Furies or at least an antagonist that she would have to deal with more than just once. There's the fact that Pierce's parents are actually together in this story which I found pleasantly surprising as well as a sort of comic relief. Then there is the relationship between Pierce and John and what readers can guess will happen to them in the future.

In all, Awaken was pretty much what I expected from a Cabot written book. The story was fast pace. The plot lines were wrapped up quite nicely, and above all, there was no freaking 3 way love triangles which I want to send a personal note of congratulations to Ms Cabot herself!


*Recvd via Netgalley 05/06/2013* Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Point/Scholastic
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993 reviews111 followers
August 13, 2018
Well this third novel in the series was an improvement on the others that I read, the others just didn't engage me and didn't make me want to read on. However this one had me hooked on it from about half way through the book until the end. Just like the other ones in the series it is slow to pick up any pace and to actually get into the story.

One thing I like throughout the books is the reminders of Persephone and Hades, love a bit of Greek Myth mixed into any book! I did however find out more about them then I did the actual characters in the story. Alex I found to be particularly tedious and boring.

I think with stronger main characters it could have made this series a lot more powerful and be a series that is easy to get hooked on. The story line in this novel as it progressed did get stronger than the previous books and did make you actually wonder what was going to happen too the characters. I'm not sure if I would recommend this series too anyone really as my own opinion of it isn't one that I am enthusiastic about.
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350 reviews32 followers
October 13, 2013

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Eeeee! I've waited so long for this book! The wait was worth it. I finally got me more John! Awaken is so good and a wonderful ending to this series I love so much. After John sacrifices himself in order to save everyone Pierce along with Frank, Kayla and Alex goes up to the land of the living packing a rock and a whip in order to save John and try to bring balance to the underworld. Furies get destroyed and evil grannys get beat and then there's the sexiness that is John what more could you want? The ending is freaking adorable too! Love it!


p. s. I apologize for the excessive use of exclamation marks I'm just really excited!
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7 reviews2 followers
August 9, 2013
why does she want to leave if she loves him? she is whining about spendin forevr in a castle with her hot beloved and she has a problem, shes mental!why doesnt she give herself up to the furys if she is savin people?idk! if john dies will world explode? YES!
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1,057 reviews16 followers
May 22, 2020
2020 Reread:
If you can scrimp away at all the outlandishness that this series is, it's not halfway bad. I really did enjoy the last book but man a lot of it does not make sense. Honestly, it saddens me we haven't gotten a YA series since this book from Cabot. This really is a bad swan song.


Really 3.5 stars, but given the way the series started it redeemed itself.

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I liked this one and oddly I didn't think I was because the first third because I was like nothing is happening. While stuff was happening but Pierce was just a spectator and then...well then, shit happens.

I will have to say this is the first book in this series that really felt to me, genuine Meg Cabot. Arguably, Underworld had its moments. But I finally saw the development I wanted to see in Awaken which was more than a little refreshing.

Let's start with the plot. It's intricate and somehow she puts it all together. Grant it, I didn't like how a little of the threads were left till the very end...but it worked. And I liked how Meg would throw you a piece of the puzzle and you would think you'd know how it fit together and bam a curve ball. Also, you could tell a substantial amount of research went into this book and I have to thank Meg for that. Lots of the times authors try to avoid research. And I get it, researching can be a pain in the ass. But it really does make a book.

What I think was surprising to me the most about this book was its characters. I'll be honest, up until this installment I really liked the side characters better than the main characters. That was sort of the opposite with this book with the exception of Mr. O who was just awesome.

Yeah, I liked the main characters more this time around. Well, John. Pierce and I...well, I liked her better towards the end. But John. He's, well, a Cabot man. Yes, he does have rage tendencies and at first glance he appears to be your typical YA bad boy idiot, but this is a Meg Cabot man he of course ends up being dreamy (well, more tolerable). And then there's the chemistry he shares with Pierce. I always have sort of frowned on their relationship because it's essentially insta love. But man, oh man, there are some panty melting scenes here.

Another thing I really liked about this book is that it doesn't take itself seriously. Cabot knows it's a little over the top and that's okay. The book is supposed to be over the top and I think it's sort of fitting it uses The Florida Keys as it's environment. If you've ever been down to the Keys you know that the area itself is sort of surreal. The vegetation, the people, the fact that you can get pie thrown in your face...anything can happen.

Best Feature: John. I really grew to love this guy. In the first book he came off as your typical YA ass. But he's really grown on me. He reminded me of Indiana Jones in this book at the beginning-you know when Indy jumps off the boat and....well, he has that sort of attitude. And he only improves with the story. I thought his interactions with Pierce's friends and family, especially her father, were hilarious.


Worst Feature: Pierce. I really get annoyed with this character. She means well and I get that Cabot wanted to have a character that wasn't book smart which is refreshing because most of these YA girls are all AP Harvard bound students. But sometimes Pierce....well, she's a little too stupid for her own good. In a lot of ways she reminds me of Snow White. She's a nice girl but compared to all the other Cabot characters she's bland and lacks any sort of street smarts. Okay, so she sort of grows a backbone at the end. But still, she lacks logic. Suze and Jess would both be laughing at her. And both those girls would've jumped to action from the very beginning. And I'll admit, when it comes to Cabot books I have a bar set pretty high when it comes to my heroines. I always expect a Suze, Jess, or Mia. And Pierce is comparison to a lot of these YA MC's isn't bad at all. But really some of the things she doesn't understand...just Google it. And really, why is she content on NOT finishing high school. Yes, not every kid is academic bound and she's going to live in the underworld and all, but if John ever ditches her she's going to have to have a diploma to get any sort of job (even a low wage job). Seriously, do you want to be doing these jobs (if you're lucky)? I guess it helps her dad is Tony Stark, but couldn't she have some drive to at least get a GED or something.

Appropriateness: If you've read the second book then you know that Pierce and John share the same bed (i.e. have sexual relations with each other) it's never discussed in much detail only that they do it and that they're essentially shaking up together. There's also some language in this book. Drug use is discussed in passing and there are some battle scenes.
July 16, 2013
Anything can happen in the blink of an eye. Anything at all.
One. Two. Three.

Blink.

Once upon a time I read literally everything, and I do mean everything, Meg Cabot wrote. I would wait forever for her books to come in and I would read them to the point of exhaustion. My favorite was the Mediator series. Jump twelve years later to 2013 and I still think about her fun, witty writing and why I loved the books so much. I was so happy to find this series and see that she had added some more stories to her long list of awesomeness. I immediately bought Abandon, and while it was okay (it could be dry at times) I knew there was so much potential for the rest of the series. The bones were there, she just needed to fill it out. I can't tell you how happy I am that I continued reading. I see the old Meg Cabot in her writing, and I love John and Pierce's relationship. Once again she has produced a favorite series of mine. I was so worried too..after she wrote the adult novels Insatiable and Overbite, which were mediocre at best, I thought she had lost her touch. But apparently YA is her bread and butter, because I couldn't put the last two in this series down.

There is an imbalance in the Underworld due to , so the whole book they are trying to regain the balance and beat the Furies once and for all.

I have grown to love John and Pierce as a couple, and I can't help but to get the warm and fuzzies everytime John...well....everytime John does anything. He loves Pierce so much, and you can see it in every action he takes. They each have a fire within them that can only be tamed when they are together, otherwise they start to unravel. I cannot, I repeat, cannot tell you how many passages I highlighted in Awaken. There were just so many sweet moments I absolutely had to capture.

While this series probably isn't for everyone, those who do read it and enjoy it enough to finish the trilogy will be very pleased. Everything is rounded off so nicely, a fact I won't overlook considering how badly Insatiable and Overbite ended, and it really was a very good end to a fun trilogy. If you haven't read the prior two, please do. There is just something magical about the way Meg Cabot writes and you can't help but to smile as you read-I know I couldn't. I wish I could say more to persuade those who haven't read the series to read it, but there isn't anything else to say except-are you crazy? Go read it now! Sometimes reviews are better left alone, because a person just has to read the books. This is one of those series. They speak for themselves, so I'll let them do so. Go read it. Seriously. I'll miss you John!!!

One. Two. Three.
Blink.
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1,036 reviews51 followers
October 18, 2016
Oh jeez. This was a mess. This was the first book in this series to actually have a plot, but it was the most awkward jumble of half-formed ideas that I’ve ever read. There was so much going on that none of the storylines were dealt with in a way that went deeper than surface level. In particular, the part with Thanatos was completely pointless. He was there to basically . The way his character was dealt with was so anti-climactic— here one second and gone the next. Along those lines, I also had a huge problem with what happened to John. . I’m sorry, but I just didn’t buy into that situation at all and it kept nagging me throughout the entire book.

Overall, I did have fun reading this, but I have to admit that most of how this was written was horrible. I’m just generally confused by all the things that went down. In terms of the ending itself, I thought that it was a little too conveniently wrapped up. While I know that seems like a stupid thing to complain about, the fact that everything worked out perfectly for everyone came off kind of forced and unrealistic to me.
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Shelved as 'top-tbr'
June 4, 2013
I'm really excited for the the last book. I'm going to read this closer to the release date. VERY HAPPY!



Death has her in his clutches. She doesn’t want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn’t fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die
July 26, 2013
The finale of a truly adventurous trilogy has finally come to an end! But did it really go out with a bang?
Personally I love the books, I love the characters, the plot and even the use of the Greek story. But in this one I though that it was a bit short, also I think the ending wasn't explained well in depth. However overall their was great chapters and a really interesting story's, I hope we have another book later on in meg cabots career to hear more from pierce and John.
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July 31, 2013
Generally I enjoy Meg Cabot, but this series, and this book in particular, are almost unreadable.
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March 24, 2018
A great ending to a series that was surprisingly good, I'm so shocked that I was so hating towards this series a couple of years ago.
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Author 6 books134 followers
July 7, 2013
What an end to the series...SO much action and I loved Pierce and JOHN WAS GREAT !! :)
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November 28, 2013
'If enough people go out of their way to help someone else, the spirit of kindness eventually breaks through the darkness, the way sunshine breaks through clouds after a storm and allows even more kind acts to follow. My hope has always been that some day kindness will prevail, and there won't be any Furies for us to fight.'



My thoughts

This is the last book in the Abandon Trilogy by Meg Cabot. After finding the first book of this series in the library, I enjoyed it so much that I just had to read the next one. After reading the second book in the series, I waited a few months for the third book to be published, and luckily it was available in my library and my wait was over.

I can safely say that this conclusion to the series didn't disappoint me at all. It's always been believed, in the previous books, that The Underworld is a sanctuary where the Furies can't reach Pierce and her friends, so when the The Underworld is in danger from the Furies, it makes for a great story, as suddenly, nowhere is safe.

Pierce is once again incredibly brave, fighting against forces that she didn't even know existed a few months ago. However, Pierce is never alone, as she once again has the help of her loyal friends, as well as some new friends that she meets along the way. As the story progressed and everything became clear, I found it really hard to put this book down. I felt like I needed to know everything; the reasons behind the danger in The Underworld, the truth about Seth Rector's family and why John hates them so much, and of course the solution to the furies.

Overall, this series has been amazing. I was surprised by the first book when I read it, as I'd only ever read The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, and this series is so different in so many ways. This series is dark, exciting, and full of wonderful characters. I definitely recommend the whole series to anyone that loves stories involving Greek mythology.

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September 27, 2013
Awaken did not meet my expectations. To be blunt, the plot was scattered and wasn't held together very well. It was messy and random, and their were many parts through the book where I literally whispered "Wait, what?" to myself.
I LOVED Abandon and Underworld. I loved the relationship between Pierce and John. I loved how Cabot interpreted the Underworld. The books were captivating and compelling, so I was highly anticipating Awaken, but it was in many ways, a let down.
I had quite a few issues with this book...

* First off...Was it REALLY necessary to add in new characters out of the blue? Chloe and Reed start off as randoms in a line that Pierce happened to be standing near. However, by the end of the book, they've suddenly been upgraded to full time characters who are know permanent residents of the Underworld. What??? Seriously, WHAT?!?

* The whole thing with Thanatos was randomly introduced, and I think it would have been better if he was mentioned at least once in the last 2 books.

* The ending was anti-climatic and kind of slow. The 'big fight' kind of just.... happened. I found myself lazily skimming through the fight scene, hoping it would end soon. At once point during the fight, Pierce and many other characters seem to just decide to randomly huddle around and have a nice conversation with one another. They don't seem to pay attention to the supposed 'battle' that's going on around them until after a couple of pages. This slow pacing happened numerous times throughout the novel, including the mishap at the beginning of the book concerning the hijacked boats. It seems like whenever John and Pierce decide they want to have a special moment, the madness and chaos that's happening around them seems to be put on pause.

*The ending, or more-so, the last 10 pages of the book felt INCREDIBLY rushed. It felt as if Cabot had gotten sick of the story herself so she decided to chuck everything in a neat little package and be done with it. It felt like it should have been more of an epilogue rather than a whole chapter.

Whilst Awaken did have a happy ending, I wasn't nearly as satisfied with the ending as I'd hoped I would be and it felt somewhat open-ended.
Overall, Awaken started off strong but as the book progressed, it seemed to have lost the plot a little. Unfortunately, it was a disappointing last book to an otherwise great trilogy, but having said that, it did keep me preoccupied enough and I will always be a fan of Meg Cabot :)
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