Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Greek Week: Abandon by Meg Cabot (with a GIVEAWAY!)

"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." (from Goodreads)

I'd heard a lot about Abandon before it came ou,t so I was really excited to read it. (Plus, I obviously like books based on Greek myths, seeing as how I am sponsoring a Greek Week and all...) 

Unfortunately, I really struggled with this book, and in the end I had to abandon it without finishing. (Bonus points for my clever pun?? No??) It just jumped around way to much for me. One minute we are reading about Pierce's present. Then the next paragraph will allude to the past. But it won't give a clear narrative of an event. It will just give hints about the event. So then I was confused, and the next paragraph would jump back to the present time.

In my opinion, Pierce was too stream of consciousness to tell a straight story. I found myself getting frustrated with her and the fact that she kept giving us tidbits about some big event that changed her life; but never telling us the full story. It didn't create curiosity for me; instead she would jump back to the modern day and then allude to another Big Life-Changing Event That The Reader Doesn't Know What It Is.

And the dark, mysterious John? He was so dark and mysterious that I didn't feel he was developed as a character at all.

All that being said, I may check out the sequel, Underworld. The Greek myth loving part of me is intrigued and thinks that maybe Pierce won't jump around so much in the realm of the dead.


The last time I tried to give away a book I didn't like, it failed miserably. So this time I'm sweetening the pot. I will have Meg Cabot PERSONALIZE Abandon for whoever wins it! Want it? Let us know in the comments. Don't forget to include a way to contact you. Contest ends July 18th.


  1. I would love a copy! I'm a huge Meg Cabot fan. Thank you for the contest!


  2. Ooooh, I would love to win it! Thank you for the opportunity (:

    I actually read Abandon but I don't have my own copy. For the record, I agree on a lot of what you said, but for some odd reason... I was curious enough that it held my attention and I enjoyed it, at least a little.

    Thanks again for the giveaway!


  3. ohh I have not read this Cabot book yest! I think I have read everything think else and I loved it. I know to have missed Abandon I must have been living under a rock or something. I would love to read it. Thanx!

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  4. I am looking for a good book to get lost in and I Just saw some snippets online and I cannot wait. Thank you for the opportunity!
    kasuranna at yahoo dot com

  5. ohhh I saw this awhile back but had to budget my books hardcore lately. Love the sound of it! I love these Greek adaptations! Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    bookittome at gmail dot com

  6. I have been WANTING this book so badly. I would love to win.

    hootowl1978 at gmail dot com

  7. I would love to win whether it was signed or not.

  8. I have not read this yet, but have been wanting to like crazy! I love retellings/twists on classic myths and stories. Thank you so much for the giveaway and chance to win this fantastic book. It doesn't matter if it's signed or not (I admit though that would be amazing).


  9. I'd love to win a personalized copy of Abandon. If I win, please make the book out to Rose. Thanks!


    ISRAEL2 at hotmail dot com

  10. I've been wanting to read this book for quite some time now, so thanks for the chance to win this. ;) I've read a lot of mixed reviews about this book but would love to get the chance to read for myself & come up with my own review. :D Thanks again.

  11. The cover looks beautiful!