The Compulsive Reader: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Abandon by Meg Cabot

For most teens, a new school is a fresh start. And Pierce is hoping for just that when she moves from her Connecticut home to Isla Huesos after her parents' divorce. But Pierce isn't like most teens. Two years ago, she died. And then, after a bizarre encounter with a darkly handsome stranger in the underworld, she came back. Since then, Pierce can't shake the feeling of always being watched by that person, the mysterious John Hayden. But she can't avoid him on Isla Huesos, and there's more than one person who is waiting for that perfect moment when Pierce will rejoin John in the underworld.

Meg Cabot has created yet another cool, unique, and engaging heroine in Pierce, who is put through the wringer when she dies and comes back to find that death isn't so willing to let go of her. Pierce not only has an entertaining voice, but is always striving to be kind and compassionate, even if she doesn't always see those qualities in herself, and is determined to do what’s right. Abandon is set on the fictional island of Isla Huesos, which is based off of the island of Key West, and Cabot's description of the setting is lush, beautiful, and atmospheric. She re-works the Persephone myth brilliantly, weaving back and forth between Pierce's past and present dramas, tying them all together perfectly. John is very darkly appealing and a bit sexy, and the mystery of his true intentions and his past with Pierce keep things tense. The mixture of the history of the island, its traditions, John's presence in Pierce's new life, and the lurking danger to them both is alluring and edgy, which results in a twisting, gut-wrenching ending you won't see coming. Abandon is a dangerous, emotional, and absorbing start to what's bound to be another winning trilogy.

Cover Comments: I love the the dark browns and gold of this cover, and how the girl is stretched out across the front and back cover. It's a gorgeous cover, and fits the story perfectly!

ARC provided by publisher.

Abandon hits stores on April 26th, 2011!


Rachael Stein said...

Meg Cabot is just an amazing writer. That's pretty much all I have to say. I expected Abandon to be amazing, and it was.

amberargyle said...

This one sound fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Ah!! I think yours is one of the first reviews out, certainly the first one I read. I can't wait for this book! I'm do exited

Tara said...

I read the excerpt Meg Cabot posted on her website and I can't wait to dive into this one!

Lauren said...

Pretty! Looks really good, too. I've liked many of Meg Cabot's other paranormals

jayme said...

Love Meg. Love mythology. Love Meg. This book can only be amazing :)
Great review--can't wait for this book!