Friday, July 22, 2011

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Book:  Abandon
Author:  Meg Cabot
Publisher:  Point
Year:  2011
The reason I read it:  I have to read 5-6 books for a book talk in my class.  My theme is modern re-tellings of Greek mythology.  This is a retelling of the Persephone myth.
My grade:  A

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.

Though she tries returning to the life she knew before the accident, Pierce can't help but feel at once a part of this world, and apart from it. Yet she's never alone . . . because someone is always watching her. Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
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.

My Review

So, when I read a Sarah Dessen book earlier in the summer, I was proven wrong about her.  With Meg Cabot, the same thing happened.  I always thought that her books were some sort of silly, sugary-sweet nothing.

This book was NOT silly or sugary-sweet.  It was awesome!

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I don’t see myself running out to read all the Princess Diaries books or anything.  But I have decided that, with the right subject, Meg Cabot is one heck of a writer!

This re-telling was just brilliant.  I love the way she gave things just enough of a twist to make the story modern but recognizable.

The premise of the story was fabulous.  I like the whole plot with the Furies and I was surprised by so many things when they happened.  I liked the characters a lot, especially Mr. Smith and Alex.  Of course, I loved Pierce and John.  Pierce was so interesting and the whole near-death experience was a very believable plot motif.

I found myself constantly checking the number of pages left as I got closer to the end.  Not because I didn’t want to read them, but because I wanted there to be more of them!  I knew at a certain point that I was going to be left wanting more of the book when it reached the end. 

And I am.  Wanting much more!  Can’t I just have the sequel now??

I really love these Greek mythology re-tellings.  It’s bringing back my childhood when I spent hours reading D’aulaires Greek Mythology and I could tell the story of almost every god and myth.  In fact, I need to go hunt that book out at my parents’ house.

My grade for the book is an A.  I didn’t find one bad thing about it and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in the trilogy.

1 comment:

  1. My daughter just read this one! She read it really quickly too. I will have to read it as well. It sounds very good!