Sunday, April 17, 2011

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Isn't this such a beautiful book?   Meg Cabot's Abandon comes out on April 26, 2011.

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Anything can happen in the blink of an eye.  Anything at all.  One. Two. Three. Blink.  - Abandon by Meg Cabot

The blurb:

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 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 sinc 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.

I really enjoyed Abandon.  Cabot gives us an unexpected take on the myth of Persephone.  Her heroine, Pierce, is funny, sensitive, and lovable.   The daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the world, Pierce can have almost anything she wants.  Her near death experience tore their family apart.  Her parents have separated; Pierce and her mother have returned to her mother's home town - an island far from her old life.  

Pierce handles this change - and all the difficult situations and strange twists - with sensitivity and humor.  Whether it's the meanness or social climbing of her new schoolmates or her parents' fighting or her encounter with death,  I found myself wanting to know how Pierce felt, what she thought, what she'd do next. 

Cabot gives us a wonderful love story and fascinating characters in Abandon.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to finding out what happens next!

ISBN-10: 0545284104 - Hardcover $17.99
Publisher: Point (April 26, 2011), 329 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
Meg Cabot's many series and books for adults and tweens/teens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers and sold over 15 million copies worldwide.  Her Princess Diaries series has been published in more than 38 countries and was made into two hit films by Disney.  Meg also wrote the New York Times bestselling Mediator, Airhead, and Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls series, Insatiable, and the award-winning novels All-American Girl and Avalon High.  Meg lives in Key West with her husband and two cat.  Visit Meg online at

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