Book Review: Abandon

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Book: Abandon

Author: Meg Cabot

Recommend: Surprisingly yes.

I was prepared to not enjoy this one at all. The last few books by this author that I’ve picked up have just not been very good at all. I got into this one and at first I thought it was another dud. However, she surprised me and pulled an enjoyable plot out of her head this time.

Pierce is a teenage girl who almost died. When she woke she had a strange necklace that no one could remember and then strange things began to happen. Hoping to start new, her mother moves back them back to the island where she grew up with a school for problem kids like Pierce because Pierce had never been normal since the day she almost died and it all centered around John. John has taken a special interest in Pierce and which is the last thing she wants since John rules the underworld.

This is basically a re-imagining of the Persephone myth, one of my favorites from Greek mythology. It definitely is fast paced and I loved the frequent quotes from Dante‘s inferno.

However, there were a few places, especially towards the beginning where I simply had no idea what was going on because the author was moving too fast. It wasn’t any literary device, she seemed to simply forget that the reader wouldn’t understand her world as well as she did. I hate when authors do this and am very thankful that it rarely happens.

That being said, I did request the second book in the series and am looking forward to reading it because most of the book was an engaging and pleasant experience. I don’t think I’ll be adding them to my library anytime soon, but they were a decent one time read.

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