Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

In Abandon, best-selling author Meg Cabot offers up a darkly romantic modern retelling that is almost straight out of Greek mythology. Pierce Oliviera died when she was 15, but she fought her way out of a dreary Underworld ruled by a seductively handsome older boy named John. Nobody believed Pierce when she told them what she had seen, and everyone–including her parents–thought she needed therapy.

Now in the small town of Isla Huesos, Pierce and her mother are getting a fresh new start. Making friends with her classmates proves difficult for Pierce because of her family name and the rumors about Pierce that followed her to the island. And although it has been two years since she last saw John, he keeps appearing before her. Afraid that he wants to take her back with him to the Underworld, Pierce tries to deny herself of the one thing she wants most: his love.

Meg Cabot has been one of my absolute favorite authors for years, and Abandon is a great start to her new paranormal series. I have had my eye on this book for months, and couldn’t put it down once I had it in my hands. Isla Huesos is loosely based on Key West, and I was fascinated by some of the fact filled historical information that Meg included in this novel. The tradition of Coffin Week might seem a bit disrespectful to the dead, but if I were still a teenager, I would have been all for participating in it. That’s all I’m going to say; if you want to know more about Coffin Week, you’ll just have to get a copy for yourself.

I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how the romance between Pierce and John progresses. I wish John had been a bigger presence in Abandon and that I’d gotten to spend more time in the Underworld. I’m so excited to see how Meg will flesh out John’s “home” in the next installment, Underworld.

Abandon was a bit different than what I was expecting–but in a good way! A strong-willed heroine, a darkly handsome hero, and murder and mayhem on a small island where everyone knows each other is the perfect recipe for a fantastic read.

Rating: 3.5/5

Jennifer graduated from the University of Utah with a BA in English. She occasionally dabbles with her own fiction writing, particularly with the Young Adult and Paranormal genres. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and daughter.

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