Brought to you by OBS reviewer Valerie
New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.
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. (Goodreads)
Abandon tries to recreate the tale of Persephone in the modern day. Meg Cabot attempts to craft this story with graveyards, the Island of Bones, a convict of an uncle, a diamond necklace and more. She doesn’t meet my expectations. Sure, Abandon is definitely a solid read, but solid is just okay.
The main problem I had with this book is the “detached” feel Pierce tries to give off. I can definitely tell Meg Cabot is shooting for the unfeeling character who happens to be nice at the same time. Pierce is a selfless person in John’s opinion. Me? I think Pierce is a confused girl who could not possibly exist as a real person.
As for John, I’m so done with him. We all get John is a poor, depressed soul. We all understand that John is so taken with Pierce after about five minutes that he wants to marry her and dress her up. That does not make John crushworthy in my opinion. It just makes him a bit creepy.
Meg Cabot’s writing in the Princess Diaries is enviable and readable. Her writing style in Abandon falls short of my expectations for the writer of this series. Meg, I feel like your writing just gets a little worse with time. Can you please write like Mia and not like Pierce?
I usually love far-fetched novels, but in this case, it just doesn’t work out.