Abandon (Abandon #1) by Meg Cabot

Format: ARC Paperback
Pages: 304
Published: 2nd Sept 2011
Publisher Macmillian Childrens Books
Genre: YA Paranormal, Mytholocial Retelling
Buy on Amazon: UK I US

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.

I have never read a Meg Cabot book in my life (I know where I have been right? ) Her books never really caught my interest. Until I see this one. I thought the cover was stunning and the description sounded so exciting and after reading The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter I was really exciting to reading another Hades and Persphone retelling. However, sadly this book falls flat and left me seriously disappointed.

Usually here is where I add my own little description of the plot of a book. However, this book didn't seem to even have a plot. It basically involves Pierces a young girl who died two years ago and goes to the Underworld but manages escape from John Hayden (ruler of this underworld) by throwing a cup of tea in his face. ?!? I mean eh? John is meant to be ruler of the Underworld, strong and full of power but a 15 year old girl manages to escape by throwing a cup of tea on him I mean come on!

Abandon seems to take place over like one day but with loads of flashbacks telling us about what happened to Pierce after she came back from the underworld. Pierce OMG, I have never hated a main character so much in my life. She is so annoying. She is one dimensional and just comes across very immature. Here is this guy who loves her wants to spend forever with her and she doesn't even see it until the very end of the book. ARGH!!! John I actually did like him. I would loved to have seen more of him in the book, since he only appears a few times. The book would have worked if it was in his POV i think. He is interesting, powerful and dangerous and kinda yummy. He could have took me to his underworld. I would have gladly stayed lol.

The story itself its very very very slow, boring and very anti climactic. I kept waiting for some awesome thing to happen and makes the story amazing but it never comes. The writing is all over the place. One minute Pierce is talking about something then the next without any warning she does a flashback that has nothing to do with the original point and then doesn't go back to her original point until about 20 pages later.

However, it was all bad at around page 263 there is an interesting turn of events that was exactly rather good. So for that I probably will pick up book 2 when it comes out just to see if it gets better.

And even though this book wasnt really for me. I will still read more of Meg's book. I have read so many great things about her work and want to try more. If you like Meg Cabot or retellings please give this book ago. Just because I didn't really like it doesn't mean you won't. :)

Rate: 2/5


  1. Awe sorry you didn't like this Siobhan. I don't think Donna did either. I may give it a go eventually. Thanks for the review :) I really like the Goddess Test though.

  2. Yip still give it a go. It seems to have mixed reactions. :) oh the goddess test was amazing.

  3. im gonna stick with the goddess test since that book was just AMAZING!!! im sorry you didnt like it tho, but im not going to get it cus it doesnt sound like i would enjoy it expecially with the main character lol

  4. Bummer you didn't enjoy this book. But congrats on finishing it I know you were forcing yourself to get through it.

    I think I have a Meg Cabot book on my self but I don't know which one at this moment... my shelves are a complete mess :(

  5. So happy I finished.

    I'm looking at maybe trying her Mediator ( I think that's what they called) series. The sound good and have good reviews

  6. I'm really disappointed you didn't enjoy this one. I bought it on its release day (do you see a pattern here with me?) and had such high hopes for it bc I love mytholgy - especially Persephone. I still may give it a go one day when I have some extra time since I already have it.

  7. I will get it from the library when they get it. I ususally just buy books I love or I know the author and love them. I hit the library first.

  8. After reading your review I feel kind of let down. I have bought this book and thought it was going to be good. I enjoy Jinx (which is YA) and loved Insatiable and Overbite (Adult) by her... I will be moving this book back on my TBR list. Thanks for the review:)

  9. @Tiffany, this book isn't getting the best reviews. Even those who love the author have said they were disappointed with it. :(


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