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*Read Epub ⚛ Abandon ⚷ 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 MostBut If She Lets Herself Fall Any Further, She May Just Find Herself Back In The One Place She Most Fears The Underworld For much of her life, Pierce has been haunted by a mysterious young man She first met him when she was a little girl, but was told he was a figment of her imagination When she was fifteen, she had a near death experience and met him again in a strange landscape Several times since, when she was threatened, the man appeared and put the threatening party in a world of hurt Now, Pierce and her mother have moved to Isla Huesos, Florida Mom s hometown for a fresh start Thus begins Abandon, Meg Cabot s adaptation of the Hades Persephone myth and the first in a projected trilogy.I love the Hades Persephone myth, but unfortunately I found this retelling a disappointment One major reason is the pacing Pierce spends much of the narrative jumping back and forth between the present and the aforementioned events of her past I ve seen this technique work, but here it s frustrating, perhaps because so very little is happening in the present day storyline I wanted fewer flashbacks andgoing on in Pierce s present or else I wantedmaterial about her earlier life I d have relished a big, thick, meaty book that followed her closely for many years An added bonus of that approach is that Cabot would have had to flesh Pierce outso that she could carry a long saga of a book.Which brings me to the other major problem with Abandon, which is Pierce herself Note that the girl on the cover appears to be asleep This is all too accurate Pierce frequently compares herself to Snow White she tells us she s as rich and pretty and tender hearted as a princess, and that after her near death experience, she went into a metaphorical glass coffin and drifted aimlessly through her days Trouble is, Pierce is still in that glass coffin She has little in the way of initiative or curiosity Much of the book consists of Pierce being maneuvered around town by various characters and having information unloaded upon her About the only thing she does on her own initiative is try to push her cousin and her new friend into eating with some bullies she doesn t know they re bullies yet, but she has reason to suspect As for curiosity, I d have been vastly happier with Abandon if Pierce had spenttime looking into mythology and Isla Huesos history for herself instead of having to be told everything in one long expository scene.For me, the setting of Isla Huesos was the most interesting aspect of the story Isla Huesos bone island is based on the real life Key West, which the Spanish called Cayo Hueso bone key I enjoyed the bits of history, the way Cabot worked the Coffin Night tradition into the plot, and the way hurricanes and the recent Gulf oil spill are shown as integral parts of the island s life Abandon piqued my curiosity about Key West history, which I looked up on the internet after reading view spoiler I was also intrigued by the tassels as a symbol of the evil Furies It made me wonder My best guess is that the tassels are shrunk down cats o nine tails hide spoiler This can also be seen at The Book Eater.WARNING This review contains mentions of wanting to throttle, strangle and maim book characters, and includes potentially traumatizing pictures.Just look at this summary Go ahead, read it.It s amazing, isn t it And the cover It s gorgeous The premise is mysterious, intriguing and lovely I was SO excited for this book, you don t even know I think my entire twitter feed knew the instant it was out.This is why I m going to be a little hard on it Because my expectations were high, and there weren t met At All.About the narrator This is what I wanted to do to her for half the book UGH What a vapid, idiotic, insensitive, shallow, boring person She s everything I hate in a character No backbone, changing loyalties, and just this carelessness that I HATESure, I d been kicked out of school I couldn t seem to gothan an hour without craving a caffeinated beverage And a guy I d met while I was dead had popped by unexpectedly and caused me to be slapped with a seven figure civil suit But I was feeling positive about the futureExcuse me LOL my daddy has to paythan a million dollars to a guy but I don t care About the writing It draaaaaaaagged She spent ages telling us about how she had been in the Underworld, and some bad incident had happened after she came back, but that the incident was different from the accident, and blablablablabla My god, just get ON with it The book is just so full of plot holes like when Pierce loses her necklace, but somehow still has it around her neck and stilted, stretched out mock obstacles.Also, just like in The Goddess Test which is also a retelling of the Persephone Hades myth , the narrator keeps talking about thatApparently, spelling out the word sex is a capital offense.Oh, and by the way, Pierce hates Greek mythology, because it s complicated and weird and had nothing to do with reality How the hell do you want me to empathize with her Seriously SHE DOESN T KNOW WHO HOMER IS throttles narrator About the romance It was ridiculous And the love interest His name is John I don t even know what to say to that He s a one dimensional, pseudo swoon worthy dark guy that we didn t get to know at all He behaved all aloof like and jerky and moody and suddenly bam His lips came came down over mine etc etc Of course, the rest of the world vanished instantly Eye roll.One thing I learned from this book tassels BAD image error NO STARS.I ve heard a lot about Meg Cabot s books And it may surprise people to know that this was actually my first Meg Cabot novel I m not completely unfamiliar with her works One of my favorite movies of all time was adapted from one of her novels The Princess Diaries All that being said, I think I made a huge mistake in having Abandon pop my Cabot novel cherry.Insta love.Guys, this book has INSTA LOVE Deep breaths, Stephanie Deep Breaths.It took me till page 300 to realize why I felt like I wanted to give up reading Abandon several times And really that s pathetic that I didn t see it I mean, I really should have peeped that way earlier But it s not my fault because Abandon was so hard to even follow thanks to Pierce s convoluted ramblings about her pathetic life and her intermittently reminding herself to check yourself before you wreck yourself This book left me confused, angry and HIGHLY disturbed Therefore, this review will have major spoilers Deal with it and let s explore these emotions What Just Happened It s probably not a good sign for a reader to finish your novel and not have a single clue what the point was Not even an inkling for what you were trying to accomplish And believe me I wanted so much to understand and like this book, but the narration ran circles around my wee little mind The entire first half of the novel has Pierce alluding to several past scenes as if the reader knows what was going on Pierce would say something like, Oh and I don t want anything to happen like it did that one time And I m sitting here thinking, Oh yeah What What happened Tell me already I get what Cabot was trying to do, but it didn t work for me And it definitely didn t need to go on for majority of the book That was just cruel and wrong It made me incredibly frustrated Now, the parts that did manage to make some type of sense were cancelled out by Pierce s sheer stupidity Saw dust for brains I really don t want to say it, b b but BELLA gasp And that, my friends, brings me to the anger What We Have Here is a Failure to Communicate No, what we have here is just a failure Pierce is one of the worst heroines I ve read this year Now, keep in mind I read both Starcrossed and Fifty Shades of Grey so far, so that s saying something And not a good something Moving on Pierce meets John, a death deity, when she is a just seven years old Later, when she dies at age fifteen, she sees him in the Underworld and he recognizes her too They have a brief conversation which goes a little something like this Omg, it s so cold and wet here Hey, you wanna get outta here Sure, whateves poof So what does her do He whisks her away to his bedroom, dresses her in a white dress and gives her the biggest diamond he could steal find Shit you not, that is exactly how it goes down Pierce, realizing something is not right Though I m not sure what gave it away maybe because he told her she could never leave Possibly , throws hot tea in John s face and runs down a staircase that magically transports her back to the living world slow blink Check yourself before you wreck yourself.Meanwhile, a year and a half laterThey meet again in a graveyard, where this poor, unfortunate soul seems to hang out Of course, that doesn t stop our heroine from asking the all important, universal question Why me Are you kidding me But I have to remember, the problem with Pierce is that she s so stupid, she doesn t realize how stupid she is Instead of running away from the crazed stalker, she apologizes to him for throwing the tea in his face You know, when she was busy escaping Pop quiz What do you get when you mix not so bright heroine with a gallon of selfless Mary Sue.So, yeah, the graveyard Here they are, in the rain, having a lover s spat over well, I m not exactly sure why they were fighting, but John ends up getting semi violent, throwing her diamond and demolishing the cemetery gate Lovely guy Do you see why this book made me angry Here we have yet another YA heroine with a controlling, violent male, trying to not be involved with him, and she s apologizing for getting away Unbelievable It was at that point where I really didn t think this novel could get any worse Until, of course, I got to the disturbing part.The Return of Pedobear I wish I were joking Somehow the cemetery sexton gets involved and Pierce opens up and confides in him She goes on and on about how he randomly has shown up in her life, how he scares her, how he s a nightmare, how bad things happen when he s around, etc Do you know what he says to her after that So if I might make a suggestion for all our sakes, why don t you try his brown eyes were pleading just being a little sweeter to that boy Yes, that s right girls When you are in an abusive relationship, trying to escape, it s not his fault It s totally your fault for not being sweet enough to him Because there is no such thing as personal accountability and it is your job to make sure he remains calm enough to not destroy you and everyone you love in a hurricane But don t worry He loves you Gag me.Check yourself before you wreck yourself.Excuse me while I rage across my living room.Ohhhhh but it gets better I mentioned before how I didn t recognize the insta love until page 300 That might seem really strange And it is It s mostly because Pierce and John spent so much time trying to non avoid each other and argue that I completely didn t see it Well, on page 300 John confesses his love to Pierce His LOVE, people.Pause.Love What love In all of their encounters six by my count, including when she was seven , they probably spent nothan thirty minutes together at a given time And I m being generous And then I remember Pierce s dear, sweet granny The one that took her to the graveyard when she was seven, in hopes that John would run into Pierce and I hope you re sitting down for this one fall in love with her At seven years old That s why he kidnapped her, because he was in love with her He stalked her because he was in love with her He got violent when she ran away screaming from him because he was in love with her He fell in love with her at seven years old.Shall I check myself before I wreck myself now too HUH Eeny, meeny, miney, moe Catch a kiddie by the toeThen in order to protect her from the Furies, he kidnaps her again to the bedroom , changes her clothes AGAIN and tells her she must stay there forever with him But don t worry it s for her protection Totally legit And this time he even remembers to lock the door She smiles The end.I know that this is a retelling of Persephone I get that But this is in no way, shape or form okay with me Abandon had everything I hate in a book Controlling, violent, abusive male Check Submissive, passive heroine with very little common sense Check Insta love check Mary sue Check Poor plot Check.Why Why do I continue to see the same awful tropes over and over Why are impressionable, young girls consistently being marketed these types of book Please, please make it stop Give them strong, independent heroines, loving love interests, safe and healthy relationships.Dear Literary gods,Hear my pleas Can you do me a solid and providealcohol and chocolate if I continue to run into these books A finished copy was provided by the publisher for review purposes Thank you More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. Oh man I hated this book I only picked it up well, downloaded it audiobook because when I was a little girl, my favorite character in Greek mythology was Persephone I thought it would be fun to read a re imagining of the old classic story.NOT SO Let me enumerate the ways I hated this book There may be spoilers ahead.1 All the present tense narration happens over the span of about 36 hours The rest of the book is chopped up flashbacks sprinkled liberally and erratically throughout the story It was confusing, jarring, and completely unnecessary.2 The hero s name is John JOHN.3 The hero and heroine spend a combined total of about one hour in each other s company, and that s including the flashbacks So remind me again why I m supposed to be moved when they confess their love for each other 4 This book loved the words cemetery sexton WAAAAAYYYYY too much There is a cemetery sexton in the book, but there was no reason for the author to refer to him as cemetery sexton Richard Smith every single time he came up in the story, sometimes multiple times within a paragraph COME ON.4a In the same category as above death deity Way overused.5 Also, the audiobook reader mispronounced bougainvillea I realize that this is not the fault of the author, but still.6 The story had so, so very little to do with the myth of Persephone It was disappointing Is it too late for Shannon Hale to try her hand at Greek mythology 7 I hated all the characters in this book I hated the hero because he was uncommunicative and wore steel toed black combat boots I hated the heroine because she was condescending and inconsistent I even hated the peripheral characters because we were forced to listen to descriptions about their chest size, or the whiteness of their teeth, or their television watching habits, and then they never showed up in the story again, at least not in a meaningful way I wasted brain cells holding on to those details, and I will never get them back the brain cells.8 More than any other part of a trilogy I have EVER read, this book does not stand on its own It has nothing even approximating a complete story arc contained as a whole within its pages.In conclusion, this book tried to be too much all at once and yet, there wasn t enough going on to form a compelling, coherent whole I compare this to Hush, Hush, which belongs to the same genre but pulled it off in marvelous fashion Hush wasn t afraid to be a caricature of itself and as a result, I liked it Abandon takes itself way too seriously I hated Abandon Or did I already mention that And now I m stuck with a book called Abandon with a ridiculous cover in my 2011 Books Read list AND IT WASN T EVEN WORTH IT.