Author: Meg Cabot
Publisher: Point (Scholastic)
Find it here: Amazon, Goodreads
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 heave, yet she can't stay away...especially since he always appears when she least expects it, but exactly when she needs him most.
I have been a long time fan of Meg Cabot's work. From the Boy Next Door to her Queen of Babel series, she has always drawn me in hook, line and sinker. Abandon was pretty good but there are noticeable differences between her young adult novels to her adult novels.
Greek mythology is really hot in the young adult world right now and I enjoy the different spins the authors put on the stories. Abandon and The Goddess Test are both based on the same Greek myth (Hades and Persephone) but are completely different. I like Meg Cabot's version better because the story is a lot darker than Aimee Carter's The Goddess Test. When I think of Hades, who is the ruler of the underworld and seems to have a lot of bad luck, I think of someone dark and brooding, the way that Meg Cabot writes Hades.
I also liked the effect that Hades has on Pierce. Even though she was not the perfect teenager with a clean while slate, she starts to become a different person after she is trapped by Hades. It's almost like he's grooming her to be the person he needs her to be. She becomes a lot more reckless and becomes a darker character than before she died.
I'm really looking forward to the next one and having read many of Meg's books, I know that there's a lot coming that we just have to wait for. There was a lot of set up in Abandon so I'm excited to see where the story goes from here!