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Abandon (Abandon Trilogy Series #1)

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy Series #1)

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by Meg Cabot

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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The wildly rich and beautiful Pierce Oliviera died and came back to life—"I was flatline for over an hour." Ever since, her life has been exceedingly complicated. Two years after Pierce's near-death experience, the 17-year-old has been expelled from her posh Connecticut girls' school; her mother has moved them to the South Florida island of Isla Huesos; and Pierce must cope both with being the new girl and with a dark, handsome guy, who she met while she was dead and who won't leave her alone. While the fun premise and Pierce's irreverent voice are trademark Cabot, this novel has trouble getting off the ground. Cabot loosely hangs her story on the myth of Hades and Persephone, but the plot is hampered by confusing digressions and frequent jumps in time that make it difficult to pinpoint what's in the present and what's in the past. However, Cabot's avid fans—including devotees of her earlier forays into paranormal romance, as in the Mediator series—are likely to forgive the bumpy start to this planned trilogy. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - BriAnne Baxley MLIS
Life as a teenager can be hard but for Pierce Oliveria it is even more difficult because she was dead once. After a freak accident Pierce finds herself amidst the dearly departed waiting for her fate to be decided upon. When John Haden reappears in her life Pierce finds herself in a position where she can escape death. Fleeing, however, causes her to struggle with school, friends, and love much more than most teenage girls face during their high school days. As she tries to find her place in the world, Pierce struggles to figure out what she wants from her life and finds a few realizations about where her heart is leading her. Like many of Cabot's novels readers find themselves relating to the young heroine as the mystery unravels. This page turning adventure is one Meg Cabot novel that is a must have. Reviewer: BriAnne Baxley, MLIS
School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—With this trilogy, loosely based on the Greek myth of Persephone, Cabot takes to the dark side. Pierce Oliviera, Abandon's troubled heroine, returns from the dead after an underworld deity romances her and gives her a rare diamond that anticipates danger. Despite this juicy premise, the book starts out a little slow, crowded with plot developments and foreboding. What follows Pierce's return to Earth is a nightmare. A friend commits suicide, a teacher is maimed, a jewelry store owner nearly dies from a heart attack, all of this told, not shown. Blaming herself for these tragedies, Pierce fails at school. Her mother, desperate for a new start, moves her to the place where she grew up: Isla Huesos, the island of bones. There, Pierce's Uncle Chris is newly released from prison. The cemetery where she first met the deity, John, is an easy bike ride away. And her father, a wealthy industrialist, has ruined the natural environment, including the birds his ex-wife studies and is trying to protect. Top that off with a group of preppies who defy school rules for a senior tradition called "coffin night." Cabot manages to keep this hodgepodge balanced, but the steamy relationship between Pierce and John is just starting. Of course, teens—especially restless fans of "Twilight"—will want to see what happens next. Stay tuned as readers are strung along for a wild, if not yet passionate, attention-grabber.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
In the current game of one-upsmanship that is the teen paranormal romance market, how does one top vampires, faeries, angels (fallen and otherwise) and the like? Why, make your dark and brooding male lead the Lord of Death, of course. Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera and her mother have just moved to Isla Huesos (an alternative Key West) to start over after her near-death experience two years earlier (she drowned in the backyard swimming pool) and her parents' subsequent breakup. But Isla Huesos just happens to be a portal to the Underworld, making it very easy for tall, dark and handsome John to monitor the girl who ran away from him at 15. She wants to live, darn it, and bad things always happen when he shows up, so why is she so unhappy when he takes back the magical necklace he gave her when she was dead? Cabot's a pro; Pierce is a perfectly likable if almost preternaturally good protagonist; her relationships with her ex-con uncle, underachieving cousin and new buddy Kayla are genuinely endearing, and her interactions with John have the right mix of humor and sexual chemistry. A refreshingly offhandedly gay cemetery sexton rather testily helps Pierce along the way. Ultimately, though, the conventions of the form leach real suspense from the plot, making it feel more like a progress to the inevitable sequel (Underworld, coming in the indefinable soon) than any real reboot of the genre. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
From the Publisher

Praise for Meg Cabot:
“Cabot shows the dark side behind the bling-blingy superficial worlds.” —Teenreads.com
"[The] strong, amusing voice, the plot twists, and the possibility of romance will draw mystery and chick-lit readers alike." —ALA Booklist
“Bag the tiara and get out the gun ... Cabot delivers.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Abandon Trilogy Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
770L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years


Meet the Author

Meg Cabot is the author of the New York Times bestselling series The Princess Diaries, which was made into two wildly popular Disney films of the same name. Other books include Airhead, Being Nikki, Runaway, All-American Girl, Ready or Not, Teen Idol, Avalon High, How To Be Popular, Pants on Fire, and the Allie Finkle, Mediator, and 1-800-Where-R-You series. Meg divides her time between New York City and Key West, Florida, and can be visited online at www.megcabot.com.

Brief Biography

New York, New York
Place of Birth:
Bloomington, Indiana
B.A. in fine arts, Indiana University, 1991

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Abandon 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 401 reviews.
brittanydhoward More than 1 year ago
Reviewed at: YA Sisterhood Book Blog Release Date: April 26th, 2011 (Get your Pre-Order on, kids) The Sisters say: Spooky, Swoon-worthy, and Scintillating Abandon all hope ye who enter here? Try abandon those attempts at sleep and read this book in one sitting! It's hard to remember the first YA book I read that captured me all those years ago, but I do remember the first YA paranormal romance I ever read, and that was The Mediator series by Meg Cabot. If you have a thing for ghosts, especially swoon-worthy Spanish ones, you should check it out. I feel a little bit as if Meg Cabot has come full circle with her latest book. The Mediator featured ghosts stuck in the world of the living, while Abandon features a young girl, who faces the prospect of being stuck in the Underworld. Pierce's story is told in pieces throughout the book with the past and present interwoven, but this much you glean early on-Pierce died, and in the Underworld she attracts the attention of John-the keeper of the Underworld. He's not quite Hades, but rather has inherited this job. Pierce was determined to get back to her old life, and she succeeds, but John has to pay the price. Things I loved about the book: 1. Once again. Greek Mythology. In case you can't tell-we love the Greeks here at YA Sisterhood! When I heard that this book was a re-telling of the Persephone myth, I was a bit reluctant to dive right into it honestly. I'd just read the Goddess Test (See our previous review) and I wasn't sure that I wanted to read two books with the same plot within a two-week period. But they couldn't be more different! I would say Abandon is only loosely inspired by the Persephone myth. This story is entirely it's own. 2. John. I liked scary, keeper of the underworld John. I liked sweet "I talk to children" John. I liked strong, dangerous "I ride a giant horse, don't mess with me" John. And I LOVED "I suffer endlessly because of you, but I don't care" John. I just loved John. John. John. John. (I'm hoping he'll be like Beetlejuice and suddenly appear when I say his name three times). John really made this book for me. Pierce was an interesting narrator, and I enjoyed her story, but John had all my attention. He is at once profoundly human and utterly inhuman. He gets the worst of both worlds. He experiences all the pain and suffering of the human world (more so, in fact), but has the detached, hardened emotions of someone who controls where you go in the afterlife. And he has the immortality of the gods, which only gives him longer to stew in his loneliness. I can't wait for the next book to learn more about him-how he became the keeper of the Underworld and what he had to go through after Pierce left. 3. The setting in the Florida Keys. When I think Florida Keys-I think sunshine and summer and bikinis and fun. This book had all of that, but it also had a layer of darkness and danger. The setting was lush and decadent and fascinating. 4. The twists! Oh, the twists!!! I can't tell you much more except that it's pretty. twisted. I've seen some people complain that the book takes too long to get going. And it's true, that you don't really get the full story of what exactly happened to Pierce until fairly late in the book, but I actually liked the mystery. It was like puzzle-Meg Cabot gives you these little patchwork pieces, and the intensity only builds as the pieces start to fall into place. I, for one, am ecstatic with Meg Cabot's return
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not amazing but it's pretty good. I have to say first one of the things I didn't like about this book. This book was slow. Like I'm already reading half the book and there still on the same day. It the whole book only 2 days pass. I mean really, if this book was turned into a movie it would probably be rushed since it's only based on two days. I did like the ending and I did like the romance between Jhon and Peirce.Looking forward for the next book called underworld. Although I hope the next book has more romance and adventure. This book was good but lacking in all themes that I like. Romance, Action, and Adventure. I don't highly recommend it but I guess I kinda recommend it. I mean it wasn't the worst and it wasn't bad but then again it was great or amazing. It was just...good.
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beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** I really wanted to love this book. I adore Meg Cabot. Fantasy is currently one of my favorite genres. Cabot's Mediator series is one of my all-time favorites, and her Twlight (last book in that series) beats the "other" Twilight any day of the week, in my opinion. However, the first book in her new series, Abandon, just didn't quite do it for me. For the most part, it was the main character, Pierce. I really didn't like her for most of the book. She was quick to judge, never knew when to keep her mouth shut, and just was generally all-around self-absorbed and unlikeable. It is a complete mystery to me how John ever fell in love with her in the first place, let alone stayed that way. And her switch from never wanting to see him again to total blissed-out in love with him? Where did that even come from? I'm hoping she'll calm down, cut the drama, and be more likeable in the next two books. I'll keep reading the series, but it will be more for Meg and John than for Pierce. Quite frankly, I was almost wishing he'd left her to the furies toward the end there. My favorite part was when he just calmly read his book while she threw her major hissy fit...I was totally with him on that one. Ugh. Get over it, chickie.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
As a young woman I was introduced to a wonderful series that grabbed me, and led me onto this wonderful journey of reading. That wonderful series was the Mediator Series by Meg Cabot. When I heard the Meg Cabot had immersed herself further into the genre with a new series I knew that it was a must read for me. Abandon is proof that this author has done it yet again. Cabot is a born writer with the ability to carry readers on a journey that they will never forget. Most of Cabot works surround the teenage girl romance and drama, but Abandon does not show any reflection of the books that many have come to love from this author. Abandon was a mixture of romance and fantasy that will satisfy both fan bases without question. Pierce is a bright and innocent character that seems to draw danger. Since her unexpected encounter with John is seems that danger and his mystery seems to lurk around every corner. Pierce senses danger, but finds herself in constant turmoil with her true feelings for this dark and dangerous man. The story seems to jump in right in the middle. While the story continues to progress the readers will learn about the past through various memories of the main character. The intensity of this novel was slightly lacking, but I contribute that to the storyline and feel that the next book has potential to overcome this slight challenge. With John remaining such a mysterious for the larger part of this book; I believe that it was fairly impossible to focus on the relationship between our main characters in the book alone. Upon conclusion is appears that future books will overcome the mysterious and unknown boundaries, and offer some much more the romance lovers. With such an inventive storyline readers can savor the originality of this story in such a rapidly growing genre.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I <3 this book!!!!!i love it!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is so exciting and can't see how someone could actually get their head out of Abandon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge fan of paranormal romance or greek mythology, but for some reason this book really did it for me. I absolutely adored the romance between John and Pierce and have re-read every scene with both of them in it. I really liked Pierce's character and felt like I could be friends with her in real life. I thought that this was a modern twist on the myth of Hades and Persephone and that it worked out really well. I hadn't read any books by Meg Cabot but now I think I am entilted to after how much I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just really amazing with all the romance and funny parts. This book just proves John loves Pierce and thier love is big!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok so this book is the 1st in a trilogy. That is a very good thing. This book has just a hint of greek mythology and a few concepts that are different than we are used to. The lead doesn't know it at first but he is really in love with her. I would date him if I wasn't creeped out by the fact that he is like 200 and somthing years older than us. (Being born in 1842 or somthing like that.) Anyway if you are fine with those things than this book if as near to perfact as a book can get. I would recomened it to everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and ordered the second. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you dont get this book ur an idiot.it is the GREATEST!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Next book comes out in may i think :) cant wait
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When is she going to wright the next book?!? Grr....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When does underworld come out?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutley fell in love with this insatiable love story. Every time John kissed Pierce i wished i was in her shoes. I imagine him as a dark prince with a soft side. If you love strong plots, goregeously written romance tales and beautiful tradgedies then this book is deninetely for ya
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really good i loved it all the way through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can not wait until under world comes out!!!! BEST ONE YET!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you reading till the last page!!
Trustis_illousion More than 1 year ago
Love is a battle, in this story you will learn even love like this has its trials/battles. I highly Recommend you check it out . seriously i know you'll love it .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meg Cabot can do no wrong. I started with diaries and have read almost all of her books! Cant wait till book 2 comes out It is a trilogy btw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a very picky reader and this mythology related story just got to me! I love john and pierce and can't wait for the second book, Underworld. I love Pierce's personality that she is just such a sweetheart and john is a brooding type of guy. So adorable. This book is a short read but I keep on reading it over and over again. I loved how Meg Cabot wrote the book. It keeps on switching back and forth between timelines and you will never get bored. you just have to keep up with the story. I love her way of writing and how she builds up their relationship. Definitely recommend!
edcsdc 8 months ago
I love retellings of myths, fables and classic stories. This series is superbly done. There is a bit of jumping from past to present but it is done so well that it enhances the storyline. I loved Pierce's tenacity and how she cares for others. John turns out to be a wonderful hero, even if he takes a while to be revealed to the reader. The side characters add depth to the book. I loved Uncle Chris and his kindness, Alex has some wounds but also inner strength, Kayla is a hoot and would've been the kind of girl I would've wanted as a friend. Highly recommended author and series All read