Reviews for Underworld

Booklist Reviews 2012 June #1
As the sequel to Abandon (2011) opens, readers will find Pierce in bed with John, "the deity of death." He tells her nothing happened. But did it? And then there's that little misunderstanding over the food. Once Pierce has eaten in the Underworld, that means she has to stay. But she thought that only applied to pomegranates (like Persephone), not waffles. The juxtaposition of Pierce's Everyteen voice and the deadly goings-on sometimes makes for an odd mix, rather than the cute-hip Cabot seems to intend. However, this second book in the trilogy does have some things going for it: an atmospheric setting, a collection of intriguing characters (including a Fury of a grandmother and a gay sexton who oversees the Florida cemetery that's the gateway to the Underworld), and, of course, the requisite tortured hero, whose only wish is to make Pierce's stay down below not seem like an eternity. Book three will have more than a few issues to resolve. HIGH DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cabot's popularity and the extensive publicity campaign--to say nothing of the fans who have already found the first book--ensure demand for this one. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Pierce (Abandon) has given up her life on Earth to be in the Underworld with John, the death deity she loves. But when she discovers that her cousin may be in danger, she and John return to Florida to save him. This installment occasionally drags, though readers may enjoy the introduction of some colorful characters and revelations about John's past.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 August

Gr 8 Up--This modern-day twist on the Greek myth of Hades and Persphone picks up where Abandon (Scholastic, 2011) left off. Pierce Oliviera is back in the Underworld with her boyfriend and death deity, John. Not only does he want her to stay there, but he also feels that it is the only place where he can truly protect her from the Furies, evil beings who are bent on harming her. When Pierce's family is threatened, she convinces John that they must leave the Underworld in order to help and to try and make their own destiny. Their crazy adventures in Isla Huesos reveal important information about John's dark past, the island, and the wealthy and powerful Rector family. They also strengthen Pierce and John's relationship, proving that love requires trust, sacrifice, and a certain amount of risk. This fast-paced sequel is filled with action, romance, revenge, and lots of suspense. Cabot's main characters become more defined while new ones add some spice to the plotline. This is a satisfying read for teens who love mythology, the paranormal, and intrigue, and the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers eager for the next installation.--Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

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VOYA Reviews 2012 August
In this second book of the Abandon series, seventeen-year-old Pierce has been taken to the Underworld by John Hayden, protector of the dead. He insists that he is trying to keep the Furies from killing her, but on earth they are after her family. Pierce is drawn to John, but she is not ready for the strong feelings he instills in her. He wants to keep her safe in the Underworld and tricks her into eating there so she will be confined to his world, like Persephone, on whom this story is based. Pierce convinces John to take her back when she discovers that her cousin Alex is in danger. They all have to face the consequences of their decisions, which in the end will change their lives forever This long-awaited novel begins where the first left off. It would be difficult to follow without reading Abandon (Scholastic, 2011/VOYA June 2011) first, but those who have begun the series will want to continue. John's history is explained, and his friends are introduced in this book, showing that he is not alone in the Underworld. The main conflict here is between Pierce's desire to be with John and her need to return home to help save her family from the Furies. John just wants to keep Pierce with him. They both compromise and grow in the process. The ending is unexpected and sets up the next installment. Paranormal romance fans will enjoy this series; buy where the first one is popular.--Deborah L. Dubois 4Q 4P S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.