Abandon

Abandon

Book - 2011
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When Pierce first sees him, she thinks he is a murderer. She's right about one thing -- he does take lives. But not in the way she ever imagined. Pierce is drawn to the dark stranger even as she tries to uncover the mystery surrounding the tragic death of someone close to her. As she gets closer to the truth -- and the stranger -- unexpected secrets are revealed, even in her own heart.
Publisher: Cet a paru chez Point, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2011.
ISBN: 9782013239585
Characteristics: 352 p. ; 20 cm.

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AL_KATI Jul 26, 2017

Looking for a romance that's a little darker, plus a little mythology to sweep you away? Meg Cabot's retelling of the Persephone myth, a trilogy, is a great read. I eagerly read the series!

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queen_of_terrasen
Sep 12, 2016

I liked it, but i think that cabot casted aside her strong female characters. John is always there to save the day, and all Pierce does is swoon over him.
i think it could have had a lot of potential, i mean the plot idea was good, its just kinda a sexist book.

A really good book. Kinda like a fanfiction about the myth of Persephone.

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

The story’s basic idea is ingenious. Abandon is like the modern day version of the myth of Persephone. The mystery surrounding Pierce’s past makes this novel suspenseful and its ending surprising.

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LT
Jun 29, 2015

It worries me that at no point during the course of the three novels in this series do either the protagonist or the author seem to realize that "John" is controlling, narcissistic, and potentially abusive. Kids, it's not romantic when a guy tracks your every move; it's obsessive, and usually the results aren't pretty. Despite this huge caveat, and Cabot's propensity for leaving numerous and lengthy loose ends, the series is a creative reworking of the Persephone myth and an enjoyable read.

Dina_18 Mar 26, 2015

I loved this entire series. I love mythology and this series certainly satisfied my cravings. Read them all. You will not be disappointed.

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alwaysthere
May 13, 2014

I loved the book. I did. But the title does go well with Meg Cabot abandoning her feminist books. I loved how she put the woman with power but never had the man be a weakling. Guess that's out of the picture now. Overall good book. But still sad, because I didn't feel as if Pierce was all that in control.

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Violet_Cat_646
Mar 29, 2014

good book

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Nymeria23
Feb 13, 2014

I feel a mix of emotions when I think about this book. I loved the concept and the story line. I also enjoyed the flashbacks the main character had, though it annoyed me when they were in like, the middle of the book (maybe the author did this on purpose, because I did read it faster... hmm).Honestly, the only thing that I didn't like about this book was the lack of character development between the family members and Pierce, though this may have been intentional as well. Overall, I really liked this book so much I finished it within 24 hours

mvkramer Oct 02, 2013

Stopped reading. I couldn't get past the weird juxtaposition of a realistic teenage life and a very Greek-style underworld complete with boats and an angel of death style dude on a horse. There's a parody novel called "Awoken" where a girl falls in love with Cthulu, and this book reminded me of it -- not in a good way. Falling in love with a representative of Death itself should be a bit less of a typical angsty teen romance.

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

“When something horrible happens, it's human nature to want to blame it on someone. We want someone to be held accountable, even though sometimes things just happen.”

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

“I needed another soda. I’d only had six since breakfast.”

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

“What did that mean? Where could it go? He was a death diety. I was a high school senior.”

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

“And eternity is a long time. So if you have to spend it with someone I could see wanting to spend it with someone impossible...but interesting....”

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

“And in what fairy tale would John ever be any sane person's idea of Prince Charming anyway? He was the opposite of charming. More like Prince Terrifying.”

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xzhang17
Aug 21, 2015

When the main character Pierce Oliviera suffers a near death experience, she sees what awaits everyone in the afterlife: a cavern, two boats, and a nineteen-year-old death deity named John Hayden. After her traumatic experience, she is expelled from her private school and moves to Isla Huesos with her mom for a new start. What happened to her in the Underworld and what caused her to be expelled is slowly revealed through a series of flashbacks.

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