Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Abandon by Meg Cabot

17-year-old Pierce Olivieria is still struggling to get through the day, even though its been 2 years since she died and came back to life. Yeah, that’s right - died. Pierce didn’t see any “white light” though - she saw something entirely different, and that something haunts her every day. Someone is always watching - someone dark, dangerous and handsome. John Hayden is no guardian angel, but he has saved her life twice. Is John really there to protect her, or is he who she needs to be afraid of?

“He let his mouth linger on mine, neither possessively nor sweetly….like his mouth just belonged there on mine”.

I really liked this modernized retelling of Hades and Persephone. Near death experiences are very fascinating - almost as much as Greek Mythology. I like the way the author blends both and the way the events of Pierce’s life and death unfold in each chapter. I love how intriguing and intense John is and how difficult the decision is of whether to run from him or to him.

This is a dark story, but one that is infused with humor. Take for instance this favorite line that had me laughing out loud:

"Honey, some boys stopped by to see you. They had wood.”

Of course, her mom was just letting her know some high school boys had stopped by with a load of wood to work on their project for Coffin Night…. But still…that is priceless Mom speak.

I love Meg Cabot and I enjoyed the way she wrote Abandon. The suspenseful ending has me longing for book 2.

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