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Cabot, Meg

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A near-death experience, a horrible incident at school, and a move from Connecticut to Florida have turned seventeen-year-old Pierce's life upside-down, but when she needs him most John Hayden is always there, helping but reminding her of her visit to the Underworld.

Publisher: New York : Point, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0545040647
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,22 cm


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Mar 26, 2015
  • Dina_18 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this entire series. I love mythology and this series certainly satisfied my cravings. Read them all. You will not be disappointed.

Sep 02, 2014
  • Rox9300 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

At the age of fifteen, Pierce Oliviera slipped, and fell into a nearly freezing pool, bumping her head. She died, and went to the Underworld, in which she met Hades, ruler of the underworld, or as he prefers to be called, John. For some reason, John decides to take her back to his home, where she somehow escapes and ends up back on Earth. Two years after this experience, Pierce is a changed person. She’s unfocused, and lacks determination in school. Eventually, her parents’ marriage falls apart, and Pierce and her mother move to an island off the coast of Florida, called Isla Huesos. Pierce is ready to make a new beginning for herself, and leave behind her strange past. However, Pierce is in great danger, and leaving the past behind may not be as easy as she thought it’d be.

Meg Cabot’s Abandon, at first glance, looked amazing. The cover is stunning, and the plot description really excited me, as I’m a big fan of Greek myths. However, the actual story was somewhat disappointing. The main character, Pierce, was honestly one of the most boring characters I’ve ever encountered. She’s shallow, insensitive, and to be blunt, pretty idiotic. She barely cares about anything, and is just such a typical character. The love interest, John, is slightly better, even though we hardly learn anything about him, aside from the fact that he’s a death deity, and he’s really mysterious and moody. The actual story is just neutral, it was intriguing at some points, but seemed to drag on at other points, especially since half of the story was made up of flash backs, and Pierce repetitively referred back to her accident, and an incident that occurred after her accident. Aside from this, and a few other minor flaws, the book was alright. However, I have read the whole series, and would refer to this book as more of a prequel to the actual story. The other two books are definitely more intriguing, and for that reason alone, I wouldn’t discourage someone from reading this book, even though it has some major flaws.

May 13, 2014
  • alwaysthere rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I loved the book. I did. But the title does go well with Meg Cabot abandoning her feminist books. I loved how she put the woman with power but never had the man be a weakling. Guess that's out of the picture now. Overall good book. But still sad, because I didn't feel as if Pierce was all that in control.

Mar 29, 2014
  • Violet_Cat_646 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

good book

Feb 13, 2014
  • Nymeria23 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I feel a mix of emotions when I think about this book. I loved the concept and the story line. I also enjoyed the flashbacks the main character had, though it annoyed me when they were in like, the middle of the book (maybe the author did this on purpose, because I did read it faster... hmm).Honestly, the only thing that I didn't like about this book was the lack of character development between the family members and Pierce, though this may have been intentional as well. Overall, I really liked this book so much I finished it within 24 hours

Jan 12, 2014

Meg Cabot’s mythological masterpiece ‘Abandon’ is amazing. It combines modern times and Greek mythology into a love story told from the perspective of Peirce, a teenage girl. Making Hades a teen himself, and him being able to come and go from the mortal world as he pleases adds a new aspect to the story. One day Peirce was outside in their backyard, when they lived in Connecticut, and while trying to rescue a bird stuck in the pool cover she fell in. She dies and ends up in the underworld, where she meets Hades, or as he likes to be called John. John falls deeply in love with Peirce and offers her a deal; Peirce is confused and decides to make a break for it. She runs away and gets out of the underworld. Peirce somehow escapes and is alive again. Then her parents move her to Isla Huesos, where she will live with her mother. Isla Huesos is the place where Hades lives, and it makes it very difficult for her to escape her past. The novel ‘Abandon’ is flawless, it leaves you wanting more and wondering what will happen next. The crazy Journey that Pierce goes through is addicting. The characters are enchanting. The setting is perfect for this book; it combines paradise with just the right amount of creepy. Overall I loved this book and everything in it.

Oct 02, 2013
  • mvkramer rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Stopped reading. I couldn't get past the weird juxtaposition of a realistic teenage life and a very Greek-style underworld complete with boats and an angel of death style dude on a horse. There's a parody novel called "Awoken" where a girl falls in love with Cthulu, and this book reminded me of it -- not in a good way. Falling in love with a representative of Death itself should be a bit less of a typical angsty teen romance.

Jul 11, 2013
  • red_ant_660 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book had me on edge. Meg Cabot is an epic author as James Patterson, Stephenie Meyer, Claudia Gray, Becca Fitzpatrick, and Lauren Oliver. Can't wiat to read Underworld. Let the fun begin.

Mar 28, 2013
  • bwortman rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, with it's intriguing blend of YA romance and Greek mythology, with a particular focus on the Hades and Persephone myth. Pierce is a bit slow on the uptake at first, but the mysteries of what happened in her past and the oddness of her relationship with John are fascinating. And Pierce and John are actually pretty steamy when given the chance. My only minor complaint is that 2/3 of the book felt like back story, with very little space given to the current mysteries going on the present, which I think shortchanged them a little. Despite that flaw though, I thoroughly enjoyed the novel and I'll definitely be hunting down the next book in the series.

Jan 10, 2013
  • tocch101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Told in a non-chronological order, which makes it feel as if it is moving a little slower than it actually is. However, the story is compelling and I look forward to the future books in the series.

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