Review: Abandon

by Meg Cabot
Series: Abandon Trilogy #1
Pages: 320 (in paperback edition)
Release Date: January 1, 2012 (paperback edition)
by Point (imprint of Scholastic)

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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.

*A copy was provided by Scholastic for review purposes*

Even though I’ve already read this book (I read about half, marked it as DNF, and gave it 1 star) I decided to give it another try. I will admit, it took all my willpower not to give up on this book. The beginning was so unbelievably bad and slow-paced, I almost threw the book across the room. Some blogs and people that I know are always raving about how awesome a writer Meg Cabot is, but I’m just not seeing it. Her writing was so…well, bad. In the beginning of this book, she kept on repeating things over and over and over and over again, it was so annoying. She went on and on about how Pierce died, about John, about everything, saying the exact same thing. And she would make these really dramatic one-liners as well, and it was so cliché and annoying…gah. Also, the story line was so boring, literally nothing happened in the first half of this book. Then, about three quarters of the way through, something did finally happen, and the story was going somewhere, and there was action and no dramatic lines…and then splat – back to same old boring. Not to mention, the ending was a snoozefest. The ending of a book is when everything should come together in a dramatic, fast-paced, suspenseful way, and all the links and strings should make sense. In this ending...well, none of the stuff above happened, that’s for sure. Those of you who have read this book know what happened, and I almost felt like laughing when I read what Meg Cabot decided to do. It was so…pathetic.

You’re probably thinking, “Oh, okay, well, she hated the story, but the characters must be a bit better, right?” Well, to answer your question…NO. The characters were atrocious. Cabot didn’t take the time to develop any of them. John was probably featured in a whopping 20 pages! We had no time to get to know him, although we learned what he was and a bit about him, but we couldn’t connect with him. Pierce was an average character, but I still don’t feel like Cabot did anything to make her readers connect with the characters. AND THE ROMANCE! Literally 15 pages before the end, Cabot brings in John and Pierce and him are suddenly in love. WHAT?! WHAT?!

As you guys can probably tell, I am not a fan of this book. The annoying writing, the clichéd drama, and the repetition of the SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN just drove me crazy. I will probably be reading the second book (mostly because I own it and it has a really pretty cover in hardback lol) but I don’t think I’ll enjoy it much more than I did this one. And, as you can see, I still rated this book 1 star.

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  1. Haha, I totally agree! I read this as an audiobook, and the first chapter told me everything that would happen for the next 3/4ths of the book. And like you said, it finally got intersting after the first 3/4ths but then fell flat at the ending.

    This was my first Meg Cabot book and my last. There was so much potential in the concept of the story. I was soooo disappointed.


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