Sunday, March 25, 2012

Book Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

I'm sure no one expected me to post so soon, but yeah, my friend was right! I did find my book! Something short that I could read in a few hours and not get annoyed along the way. And that awesome book is Abandon by Meg Cabot. I really, really liked this one. It kept my attention all the time! So let's see the summary from Goodreads:
Pierce knows what it's like to die, because she's done it before.

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.

The myth of Persephone...darkly reimagined.

Warning: might contain slight spoilers.
So, I decided to read this book since my friend said it dealt with Hades and Persephone myth, which I just find totally interesting since I love mythology, especially Greek. Not so long ago I read Everneath by Brodi Ashton which also deals with the same myth, and yeah, I expected something similar, but it was actually a completely different twist on the story. The protagonist's name is actually Pierce, which is quite unusual for a girl, but I like it. Yeah, she's rich and she's pretty! And she knows it. Thank God! I loved when she said: "Is it money to repair the stupid gate? Fine. I'll get my dad to pay for it. Just don't tell anyone about it." I was like, you go girl! I just love that she said what any girl with a rich dad would say. It made me laugh. I know some of the things she did might seem stupid, but hey, in a situation like hers when you die and weird things happen, and you're not sure if you're crazy or if all of it is real, I don't think it would be easy to be much wiser.
I did have a bit of an issue with the love interest, John, because he's one of those super old creatures who falls in love with a teen, but this time I have a theory about it and that is that since no one really cared about him or showed any interest in him as much as Pierce did, he kind of thinks he's in love with her even though they didn't have that much of an interaction. He might be a stalker too (eeep!), but I'm still not completely sure about it. She's attracted to him, but she does realize that he's dangerous and I didn't feel like she was crazy/obsessed with him. Her problem is that she wants to help everyone, but doesn't always find the best way to do it, which I find believable actually.
Also, I'm really curious about some things, ok, maybe a whole lot of things, that didn't get to be explained in this book, but I'm sure will find about it in the next book. I know this is an issue for some people since they like to get everything explained in the first book despite the fact that characters don't even know it XD. Some people are just impatient, I guess, but I really don't mind this. I also didn't have an issue with switching back from present to past and back again. I didn't find that confusing in Everneath and I didn't find it confusing here either. It just takes you a few seconds to understand whether you're in present or in past, but really, you only have to think about it a little bit. :P
I loved that Meg wrote a note at the end of the book saying how she was researching things for this book and I thought that was pretty awesome! I haven't read any other books by Meg Cabot so I'm not sure if this is different from what she usually writes. Maybe that's why there are some not really positive reviews on this one. Anyway, I really enjoyed the book and can't wait to see what happens next!

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