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.Abandon snuck up on me, and I was surprised how much I ended up liking it. I say this because, initially, I had no intention of reading it. It’s not that I don’t like Meg Cabot or her writing – I’m a big fan of her Airhead series – I just wasn’t sure I wanted to read yet another paranormal love story that didn’t seem to have much of a hook.
In the end, it was Cabot who convinced me to give Abandon a shot. At the This Is Teen event in San Francisco, she captured my attention while talking about how, ever since high school, she'd wanted to “update” the myth of Persephone. When she later revealed that this was the premise behind Abandon, I knew I had to read it.
After reading the first two pages, which serve as a prologue of sorts, I knew I was going to enjoy Abandon. Cabot is a master at weaving words together, producing a novel that is captivating to read. Pierce had a sincere voice with just the right touch of wit and irony; I simply could not get enough of it.
What really made Pierce such an interesting main character, though, was her troubled past. When the novel starts, she is just beginning her new life in Isla Huesos and the story of how she ended up there is only alluded to. Cabot builds this twisted back story through anecdotes, flashbacks, and sly references, allowing the reader to put the pieces together.
The mystery of that alone was enough to keep me flipping pages, though John definitely helped. His surly, pessimistic character was the perfect balance to Pierce’s sincerity. The scenes in which the two confronted each other were some of my favorites. Their chemistry, combined with the mystery of Pierce’s past, made Abandon a captivating read.
I’d love to leave my review here, to say that I was enthralled by this book and loved it to bits. But, sadly, I rarely get what I want. There was one little thing that really hurt my opinion of the overall book. Actually, it’s kind of a big thing: the climax.
After a startling realization, Peirce is whisked off to safety before anything truly exciting can happen. The whole novel seemed to be building towards a great, exciting climax, a worthy end to Pierce and John’s twisted love story. I was incredibly disappointed to find that this was not the case.
Since Abandon is the first in a series (as I discovered later on), I guess I’ll get my dramatic ending eventually. I just wish I didn’t have to wait for a whole other book (or two or three) to see it happen.
Slightly disappointing ending aside, I found Abandon to be a pleasant surprise. It’s got romance, mystery, Greek mythology – a little bit of everything, all mixed together perfectly.