Sunday, March 6, 2011
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!