Author: Meg Cabot
Series: Abandon Trilogy #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mythology
Release Date: April 26, 2011
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.
First Sentence: Anything can happen in the blink of an eye.
I read Abandon a long time ago, more than a year before I started blogging in fact. I mean, even before I started blogging, I’ve heard of the well-known Meg Cabot because she wrote the famous Princess Diaries. I personally wasn’t really interested in Meg Cabot’s books despite all the hype her books get until I saw the cover of Abandon. The cover of Abandon is freaking gorgeous, but sadly, the inside of the book isn’t as gorgeous as the cover.
Abandon started off really rocky – right from the very first twenty or so pages, we were dropped with so much backstory. I usually don’t mind that, but the problem with Abandon is that nothing is ever explained. Pierce, the narrator of the book, constantly hints and states that bad incidents had happened to her, but never talks about them in further detail. Pierce does later give us the full story, but by then, my mind is a jumbled mess, trying to keep track of how many mysterious “incidents” Pierce had hinted about and when they had happened in whatever order she said.
Everyone wants to believe that there’s something else – something great – waiting for them on the other side. Paradise. Valhalla. Heaven Their next – hopefully less horrible – life. (ARC 16)
As of Pierce herself, I couldn’t really connect with her. There’s also a know-it-all feeling to her that I just didn’t like. She’s also sometimes a little slow – honestly, why will a guy help save you whenever you’re in danger, even though you offended him time and time again, even though you caused him a lot of physical and mental pain? Also, although Pierce cares more for others than how she cares for herself (she rescues birds, lizards, etc. and always asks about how the other person is first despite the danger she too was in), the way she treats Alex does not reflect that. In fact, it causes me to think that Pierce isn’t as caring as she seems and is insensitive towards others.
As for John, I don’t have a feel for him. All I know is that he has a bad temper and that he likes Pierce. However, I get this controlling vibe coming from John, which I don’t like. I guess i have to read on to find out what he’s really like.
Whatever John had been through – whatever they had put him through, whatever I had put him through – had left a scar. On the inside this time, where I couldn’t touch it. (ARC 302)
The ending of Abandon was pretty disappointing. It lacked the ooph and the wow feeling I like to get when I finish a book. Guys, would you like it when a you read a big reveal that you weren’t really expecting, only to find out that it ends with the main characters just running away from the fight? Really? To make matters worse, when the characters ran away, they’re planning to hide for awhile, maybe forever, and expect to be happy. Really?
Since Abandon is a retelling of the story of Persephone, I just have to compare it to other Persephone retelling books I’ve read: the Everneath series by Brodi Ashton and the Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter. I’m sad to say that Abandon brings nothing new to the Persephone myth retelling except for the addition of the Furies. But then again, I don’t think the myth of Persephone had any Furies in it the first place.
“It’s not them doing the killing, Pierce. It’s the Furies possessing them.”
“We have to stop them before they hurt anyone else, John,” I said. “We have to stop them.” (ARC 293)
Overall, there sadly isn’t anything else I can say about Abandon. In the end, it’s just a plain, unnoticeable book. I feel like Abandon definitely isn’t the best Persephone out there. If you’re looking for a better Persephone retelling book, the Everneath series by Brodi Ashton would be a way better chance. In fact, I personally feel that the Everneath series beats Abandon by huge leaps and bounds.