Reviews for Abandon

Booklist Reviews 2011 August #1
""He was a death deity. I was a senior in high school. This was never going to work out." That's Pierce's astute observation about her push-pull affair with John, who helps the dead find their proper place in the afterlife and whom she met after she drowned in her swimming pool. John wants her to stay with him, but all she wants is to rejoin the living, and she manages that, though nothing is the same as it was before her death. Now, she is in Florida with her mother on an island whose name translates to Isle of the Bones. John is there, too (conveniently, the town graveyard is an entrance to the Underworld), and Pierce has some decisions to make about her future. The writing is choppy, peppered with awkwardly integrated bits of information that take readers back and forth in time. Pierce, however, is an endearing and amusing heroine, and John is an ethereal yet ardent lover who should elicit a few sighs. First in a series, natch." Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
After Pierce died, she went to, then escaped from, the Underworld. Now she lives with her mom on a stormy Florida island, where she keeps running into John, a (very attractive) "death deity." This first book in a projected series delivers an original and entertaining reimagining of the Persephone and Hades myth. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 March #2

The wildly rich and beautiful Pierce Oliviera died and came back to life--"I was flatline for over an hour." Ever since, her life has been exceedingly complicated. Two years after Pierce's near-death experience, the 17-year-old has been expelled from her posh Connecticut girls' school; her mother has moved them to the South Florida island of Isla Huesos; and Pierce must cope both with being the new girl and with a dark, handsome guy, who she met while she was dead and who won't leave her alone. While the fun premise and Pierce's irreverent voice are trademark Cabot, this novel has trouble getting off the ground. Cabot loosely hangs her story on the myth of Hades and Persephone, but the plot is hampered by confusing digressions and frequent jumps in time that make it difficult to pinpoint what's in the present and what's in the past. However, Cabot's avid fans--including devotees of her earlier forays into paranormal romance, as in the Mediator series--are likely to forgive the bumpy start to this planned trilogy. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 August

Gr 7-10--With this trilogy, loosely based on the Greek myth of Persephone, Cabot takes to the dark side. Pierce Oliviera, Abandon's troubled heroine, returns from the dead after an underworld deity romances her and gives her a rare diamond that anticipates danger. Despite this juicy premise, the book starts out a little slow, crowded with plot developments and foreboding. What follows Pierce's return to Earth is a nightmare. A friend commits suicide, a teacher is maimed, a jewelry store owner nearly dies from a heart attack, all of this told, not shown. Blaming herself for these tragedies, Pierce fails at school. Her mother, desperate for a new start, moves her to the place where she grew up: Isla Huesos, the island of bones. There, Pierce's Uncle Chris is newly released from prison. The cemetery where she first met the deity, John, is an easy bike ride away. And her father, a wealthy industrialist, has ruined the natural environment, including the birds his ex-wife studies and is trying to protect. Top that off with a group of preppies who defy school rules for a senior tradition called "coffin night." Cabot manages to keep this hodgepodge balanced, but the steamy relationship between Pierce and John is just starting. Of course, teens--especially restless fans of "Twilight"--will want to see what happens next. Stay tuned as readers are strung along for a wild, if not yet passionate, attention-grabber.--Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

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VOYA Reviews 2011 June
Pierce died when she was fifteen. She drowned, but they were able to bring her back. She did not see a light when she was dead--she saw John, a death deity in the Underworld. He planned to keep her there, but she escaped. Now they both have to pay the consequences. In the two years since her accident, Pierce seems to be a magnet for trouble, but John always appears just when she needs him. The only problem is that someone always gets hurt when he shows up, and Pierce gets blamed. Now her mom has brought her to Isla Huesos in the Florida Keys to make a new start. Unfortunately one of the first things she does is see John at the cemetery and argues with him This compelling story gets off to a difficult start. The first person narrative is effective in showing Pierce's feelings, but the digressions and jumps in time make it hard for the reader to follow the plot. The story is loosely based on the myth of Persephone. John is a dark but appealing hero and Pierce is an innocent girl trying to do the right thing. She is drawn to him, but is also afraid of him and the strong feelings he inspires. The intensity between them drives the reader to continue through the unexpected twists to find out how they resolve their differences. This first installment of the Abandon trilogy will appeal to fans of paranormal romances and Cabot's Mediator series.--Deborah L. Dubois 4Q 4P S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.