Series: Abandon Trilogy
Book #: One
Author: Meg Cabot
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. (taken from goodreads.com)
As I've said before, Meg Cabot's books are like comfort food for me. Whenever I'm feeling stressed or unhappy, picking up one of her novels is a no-fail way to perk me up. In my eyes, Meg is the queen of chick lit, and she did not disappoint in Abandon. I was thrilled to immerse myself in this original and romantic tale.
Ever since I was little, I have LOVED the myth of Persephone and Hades. I always found it terribly romantic, even if others thought it was a bit strange that Persephone fell in love with her kidnapper. Still, I was fascinated by the idea of a beautiful girl being dragged to a new world and becoming the wife of a god. While Abandon is not really a retelling of Persephone, it does embody some of the story's key elements. I loved reading about the mysterious underworld and it's devilishly handsome ruler.
Pierce is a lovable character, no doubt about it. Funny and caring, I couldn't help but like her. As with most Meg Cabot books, Meg's personality obviously helped to form the character. Even though the book is darker than most of Meg's books, little patches of hilariousness still shine through.
This is obviously the first book in what will become a much more in-depth series. The beginning is slightly confusing, but things were starting to make sense towards the end. When I finished the book, I wanted more. More romance, more of the story. Thankfully, there is going to be a sequel, which I have very high hopes for.
All in all, Abandon is a wonderful beginning to a very promising trilogy. I'd definitely recommend it to any of Meg Cabot's fans and lovers of Greek mythology!