Publishing: April 26, 2011
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Book provided by Big Honcho Media for fair review
Synopsis from Big Honcho Media
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knows what happens to us when we die. That’s how she met John Hayden, the mysterious stranger who’s made returning to normal life—or at least life as Pierce knew it before the accident—next to impossible. Though she thought she escaped him—starting a new school in a whole new place—it turns out she was wrong. He finds her. What does John want from her? Pierce thinks she knows…just like she knows he’s no guardian angel, and his dark world isn’t exactly heaven. But she can’t stay away from him, either, especially since he’s always there when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most. But if she let’s herself fall any further, she might find herself back in the place she fears most. And when Pierce discovers the shocking truth, that’s exactly where John sweeps her: The Underworld.
I am a huge classics nerd! I may have mentioned that before, but regardless…I love me some mythology and I’ll admit that the Greek myths were my first classical love. So when we were offered the chance to review Abandon by Meg Cabot I jumped at the chance. And this book is really good!
I love the way Meg wove together the concept of the Greek Underworld into the very modern, believable world that Pierce lives in. I was worried that the supernatural portion of this book would come off as forced or hokey but that couldn’t be further from the truth. The worlds Meg Cabot wove together in Abandon are seamlessly blended and very compelling.
Then there are the characters themselves. I adored John. I’m a sucker for tall, dark and handsome and that’s our hero to a tee and then some! *fans self* He really pulls off the brooding hero without going overboard. I just loved him. I even enjoyed the ancillary characters, particularly Pierce’s father the not-Enron-dad who communicates solely in shouts, even when caring for his daughter. He was a hoot!
I did have some issues with Pierce, which were hard for me as this book is written from her perspective. She spoke in long, back-and-forth, often run on sentences that I found detracted from her story. I believe this was the voice of the character, and not a reflection on the skill of the author, but it was distracting to me. Also, I had a hard time reconciling the cold then suddenly hot reaction Pierce had towards John. Don’t get me wrong, I TOTALLY understand why she finally came around to seeing what an attractive man he is. I just felt the transition was abrupt and left a little to be desired. Still, we’re talking about a character who died at 15 and has been through some pretty traumatic stuff in the past few years so…you’ve got to give the girl a little slack!
This is an intriguing and compelling story that ends in such a way you’ll be dying for the sequel!
I give it 3 out of 5 books!
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