Book Review- Abandon by Meg Cabot

Posted May 19, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 4 Comments

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy #1)Abandon by Meg Cabot
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


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.


When I finished reading this book, I had originally given it 4 stars. I really did like the story. I LOVED the setting. But then I thought about it for a little bit and realized that it wasn’t all that special.  First of all, there was almost no character development. And the characters weren’t particularly memorable. The characters that I did like (Uncle Chris and Alex) weren’t in the story enough and sort-of seemed like an afterthought.

Everything was very cliche. This plot has been done many times before, and in many different ways, and better. And it definitely gave off a Twilight Vibe. Protective guy, slightly clueless girl, star-crossed lovers,etc. I don’t know about you, but I’m looking for reading material with a little more substance and originality these days.

Now that I’m done criticizing, I definitely want to compliment the author’s writing. I’ve been reading a lot of beautifully written novels lately. Unfortunately, beautiful writing does not mean substance. But she does write beautifully. She describes things well. Her wording is definitely appealing and I appreciate her style. I’ve read other books by Meg Cabot and I’ve liked them better. So I definitely like her. I just felt like something was missing. Sort of like her writing spark was gone for this book.

A lot of authors right now are on a mythology kick. Almost every paranormal aspect has been used and overused, so it was time to move onto something else. I guess they all sat down, had a conference and decided it was to be mythology. Well I say yuck. I love Greek Mythology. But the Greek myths were crazy and unbelievable enough by themselves. We don’t need anybody with an idea to come along and twist every Greek myth into a story. Which is why for the most part, I’ve refrained from reading them. This retelling of Persephone and Hades was okay. It didn’t stray too much from the original which I appreciated. It just received a modern update.

So, 3 stars. I know I talk like I hated it, but I didn’t really. That’s the cynic in me coming out. Will I continue with the series? Perhaps. I won’t go out of my way, but if I get sent a copy, I will read it. I think there’s a good chance the next book will be better. Maybe it will have more substance. I hope.

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4 responses to “Book Review- Abandon by Meg Cabot

  1. Meg Cabot has never graced my bookshelf but I’ve always been curious. What did you read of hers that you did enjoy? If this has a Twilighty feel to it then I’m positive I wouldn’t enjoy it, although I’m intrigued by how you praise her writing style.

  2. I’ve read several of the Princess Diaries books, I don’t remember which ones, and then another one I believe that was called, Pants on Fire. It was one of her older ones. They are fun reads. Extremely consistent and reliable. Perhaps not the thing you want to hear as a writer, but at least I know when I read one of her books, I will be getting something I can get lost in for a few hours.

  3. Grr! I hate when I post a comment and it doesn’t show up. Anyways, what I was trying to say is, I have not read a Meg Cabot novel before but I hope to someday soon. This book sounds interesting enough to try even if the characters lacked in a few areas. Good reaview 🙂

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