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Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon by Meg Cabot
Published by Macmillian
Source: Review copy

Last year, Pierce died - just for a moment. And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John: tall dark and terrifying, it’s his job to usher souls from one realm to the next.

There’s a fierce attraction between them, but Pierce knows that if she allows herself to fall for John she will be doomed to a life of shadows and loneliness in the underworld. But now things are getting dangerous for her, and her only hope is to do exactly what John says . . .


Abandon is the first Meg Cabot I have read and certainly is an interesting story which has potential to be good but I felt with this instalment that not everything was quite there yet which is probably due to the fact it is quite clearly written as the first in a series.

What I liked about it

I liked the main ideas and the links to Greek Mythology

The final few scenes really went a bit nuts and set up loads of ideas which should make for fab reading in future books.

I liked the main character Pierce and felt for her as she had been through so much in her short life

What could have been better

I'm the first to admit I read super fast and there is the potential for me to miss bits or small details in books(although I don't think I do) but I found myself whilst reading this with the continual feeling that I had missed something. I was constantly flipping pages back to work out what I had missed to find that I hadn't but then finding the answers to what I had missed a few pages on once I continued reading again. I found this writing style / storytelling really odd and I'm not sure if I liked it because it really slowed down my reading pace as I wasted time being confused.

I'lll leave it there for the time being - one of those books which I will kind of reserve judgement on until I get the next instalment in the series.


serendipity_viv said…
I haven't read this yet, but I have always loved the books by Meg Cabot so I hope to love this one too.
Zoe said…
Great review! I love Cabot but this book has received mixed reviews, but I guess I will have to read it and see for myself! :)
I've really enjoyed Meg Cabot's adult novels, especially the Heather Wells series, but Abandon was just okay. I really felt that because it's a series a lot was held back in the first book, which made it a bit of a light weight read. I love Greek mythology, but I'm not sure I'm invested enough to continue with the series.
I found this one to be quite confusing as well, but I hope that the setting and the characters will already be introduced ready for a less confusing second book in the series.