Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Audio Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)

Title: Abandon
Author: Meg Cabot
Narrator: Natalia Payne
Listening Length: 9 hours and 18 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
Release Date: December 7, 2011
Source: Library
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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. (Goodreads)


I have always enjoyed Greek Mythology. All the scheming that went into Persephone and Hades story was interesting to me. I had never read Meg Cabot but when I found out a while back she had a book that was sort of a new take on the Persephone and Hades myth I was excited to get to it.

If you would like to know more about the original myth here is the Wiki page.   

I enjoyed the fact that this was a very different take on the myth. Instead of Persephone having her mother get her out of the underworld as in the myth,  Pierce, the main character figures how to get out on her own. In this same respect instead of Hades we have John Hayden who seemed to suffer repercussions when Pierce escapes from his world. For some reason I was surprised John would have any repercussions from his own world, but that did add intrigue to the story.

Did I like the characters?

For the most part, yes. Pierce did get on my nerves some times because she has this I need to save everyone from their problems mentality. I know she means well but it is incredibly obvious that all of Pierce’s well doing is going to blowup in her face and people she cares about are going to get hurt in books to come.

Now let me talk about John Hayden… I loved his character! He's a big, dark, and caring guy. OK, so he manages the underworld. John has done everything in his power to keep Pierce safe. The only thing that really bothered me about Pierce and John together was the fact that they are not in more scenes together. So the whole  realization of love came way to soon for me.

Overall I did enjoy Abandon. It had fun main and side characters to keep the story going. And I obviously love getting to know a new Persephone and Hades, who are motioned throughout this new story. I also need to mention that I thought the narrator did a great job.

Happy reading,

It's good. I had fun for the most part.

Recommended For
Teen and up: There is teen shenanigans, kissing, and a little language.

Other books in this series:
Underworld (Abandon Trilogy #2)    
Click cover to go to Goodreads page.


  1. This is one of those books I HAD to have as soon as it came out but still haven't read. I heard some negative things about it that scared me. I'm going to have to get to it soon, though. I love the myth it's based on

  2. I think I felt probably nearly the same way you did with this one. I read the print copy and while I'm really happy I did (I LOVE LOVE LOVE mythology) I found myself wanting just a little more out of it by the time I got to the end. I wonder if this book is mostly set-up for the second book? I haven't read that one yet, but I will when I can get my hands on it. My library hasn't gotten a copy of it.

    The Persephone and Hades myth is probably my favorite or at least ties for my favorite so I love it when it is done right. I think the author is headed in a good direction and there is some great world-building and such, I just think it ended almost before it began. Does that make sense? I'll be curious to see where book two goes!

    Also...those wraparound covers are two of my all-time favorite, ever. They are absolutely stunningly beautiful.

  3. I hope to read the next in the series soon too, Ashley. All that set up has to be for something:)

  4. I'm going to listen to this one too. It looks great! Plus, it's a Hades myth retelling. I have something about underworld lords I just can't explain... My weak spot!

    Thanks for sharing! :)


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