Pages [hardcover]: 304
Abandon Trilogy #1
Memorable Quote: And in what fairy tale would John ever be any sane person’s idea of Prince Charming anyway? He was the opposite of charming. More like Prince Terrifying.
Favorite Characters: John & Pierce
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.
I love anything to do with Greek mythology. I love anything to do with Meg Cabot. Combine the two, and I was certain I’d find a novel I’d love. And I was happily right.
The book started out a little slow for me, with it jumping around between Pierce adjusting to her new home and flashing back to the important moments that led her to this move. While I think the suspense of not knowing exactly what happened to her added to the book, I would sometimes get confused and forget where she was in the present while she told the reader about the past.
I think John was a great character, perfectly moody and grumpy but also lonely. And Pierce was fantastic too-she’d do things without thinking of the consequences, but that was a huge part of who she was. And she cared about everyone and everything, putting herself last.
The setting was great. I could picture the island perfectly, from the cemetery to Pierce’s house. I think it added a lot to Abandon, especially how the translation of the name directly added to the creepiness, and what was going on.
There were some plot twists thrown in there that I could have never seen coming. They had me rereading sections just so I could make sure I wasn’t making things up. These kept my attention and got me turning the pages quickly, wanting more. I finished the book in two days because of this.
I give Abandon 5/5 stars. It was a fantastic book, with an ending that was both surprising and leaving me begging for more. I can’t wait until the second book of this trilogy comes out!