Author: Meg Cabot
Release Date: April 26th, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: ARC from Publisher
Series: First book in the Abandon Trilogy
Summary (goodreads.com): 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.
Meg Cabot will forever be the woman whose books opened up my eyes to the world of Young Adult Literature. She will always be one of my favorite. Abandon is a fantastic example of why. The beginning was slow because the main character, Peirce’s, background was extensive, but it was laid down perfectly with just the right amount of hints and flashbacks. Halfway through the book the story picks up the pace and doesn’t stop. Abandon is one of those books that had me saying, “Wait, what? Why are there no more pages? That couldn’t have been the END! Are you serious? I have to wait HOW LONG before the next book comes out!?” No matter how many books I read I will always be pissed off at the cliffhanger endings even though I always expect them to happen for books that plan to have at least one sequel; its actually quite amazing really that that always happens. I adored the fresh new look at the Persephone Tale. Meg Cabot is so good at re-imagining classics in ways others never could. She is a master at turning the old into something bright and shiny and new! Since I want this to be a spoiler free review I will end it here. Go buy it, you won’t be sorry!