Abandon - Teen Book Review

Abandon by Meg Cabot

Through every city he shall hunt her down,
until he shall have driven her back to hell.
There from whence envy first did set her loose.

Greek Mythology is never anyone's favorite thing to listen to but Meg Cabot weaves a dark romance story from the Classic tale of the godesss Persephone who was kidnapped by the God of the Underworld Hades.

17 year old Pierce knows exactly what it's like to die after she has a Near Death Experience in her family's backyard pool and drowns trying to rescue an injured bird. More than an hour passes before she's finally revived by the paramedics. Even after 2 years Pierce is haunted by her memories of the underworld but more haunted by the mysterious death diety who tried to keep her there.

Every phychaiatrist she's been to, has always tried to convince her that the underworld she tells them about is lucid dreaming. But Pierce, she's still smarter than that because she wears the proof on a gold chain around her neck. Proof that the underworld was real. And also...that he was real. Who ironically is always showing up even though her heart is beating...

This first installment of the series tells the story of Persephone and Hades all over again. With bits and pieces of dark humour. Meg Cabot twists what you thought you always knew about Greek Mythology and puts a Dark Romance twist on it. Pierce isn't the princess who waits for their prince. As she says in the book ".......In real life, they have to bust out of their own coffins and do the saving themselves.” But really she gets herself into more trouble.
But just wait, John and Pierce's story is far from over with....there are two more books in the works.
Death is just starting to get revved up.

Reviewed by Sky - Age 14

Check out Abandon at the Kansas City, MO Public Library.