Review: Abandon by Meg Cabot

Abandon

Overview – 

Abandon

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2011
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Format: Hardcover , 320pp
  • Sales Rank: 474
  • Age Range: Young Adult

Synopsis

New from #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, a dark, fantastical story about this world . . . and the underworld.
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 most.
But if she lets herself fall any further, she may just find herself back in the one place she most fears: the Underworld.

My Thoughts

I have said this before and I will say it again, I love Greek Mythology so the premise of this book made it instantly something that I wanted to read.  Also, I have never read anything by Meg Cabot but have heard a lot of wonderful things so I thought that I could take care of two birds with one stone so to speak.

Pierce is a someone what typical teenager if you take away her extremely successful father.  The book starts as she is moved to a new home after her parents divorce after her “accident”.  Pierce feel into the family pool and died – some how she was given a second chance but all kids of off things happen and she always feels like there is someone there with her.  The story walks through Pierce’s new school and the odd things that have happened between her accident and the move and some history prior to even that.  

I really enjoyed the story and Meg Cabot has a wonderful way with words.  The world and characters she has created as wonderful rich in history and feeling.  The depth of each person was done very well and it did take too long to get to each one.  There seemed to be a lot of secrets about each character to discover which I enjoyed a lot.  It was also something was very frustrating for me about the book as well.  I really felt like the book moved along at a really slow pace.  I am used to a fast pace I guess and enjoy it more.  At about 250 pages into the book, I finally felt like the story was coming together.  In a 320 page book, this felt very late.   

I think that my favorite part of the book was the references to Mythology and the manner in which Cabot made it work for her.  Like any mythology it can be stretched to make it what it to be.  I was happy to see that the relationships between the different God and Goddess stood strong.  It would have bothered me for too many liberties had been taken.  

This is a great YA book.  When reading books in the YA genre, it always seems like there are vast differences in the type of language and plots are used.   I would recommend this for those aged 14+.  That being said, I know that there are a lot of mature kids out there so it may be acceptable for younger readers as well.


My Rating

4 of 5 stars.  This mostly due to the fact that I felt this book moved a long pretty slowly.  That being said, it was a good story.
*I was provided this book for review by Scholastic Books.  I received no compensation for my review.  All opinions are my own.

Review: 311 Pelican Court by Debbie Macomber

311 Pelican Court (Cedar Cove)

Overview – 

311 Pelican Court (Cedar Cove Series #3)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: September 2010
  • Publisher: Mira
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback , 383pp
  • Sales Rank: 25,982

Synopsis

Rosie Cox
311 Pelican Court Cedar Cove, Washington
Dear Listener,
One thing about Cedar Cove – people sure are interested in what other people are doing. Take me, for instance. Everybody in the town knows that my husband, Zach, and I recently got a divorce. Everybody also knows that Judge Olivia Lockhart decreed a pretty unusual custody arrangement. It won’t be the kids moving between my place and Zach’s. We’re the ones who’ll be going back and forth!
Olivia isn’t immune to gossip herself. Will she stay with Jack, the guy who runs our local paper, or will she get back with her ex? Inquiring minds want to know!
But the really big gossip has to do with the dead guy – the man who died at a local bed-and-breakfast. Who is he and why did he show up there in the middle of the night? Roy McAfee, our local private investigator, is absolutely determined to find out. I hope he does – and then I’ll let you know! See you soon…
Rosie

My Thoughts

Debbie Macomber knows how to put together a nice relaxing read and balance numerous story lines all at the same time.  I love that I can pick up any book and know exactly what to expect.  A good consistent story that is not going to require me to really have to think about what is going on.  I can just pick it up and enjoy it.  311 Pelican Court was exactly that.  I have not read the first two books in the series but I had no trouble picking up on the numerous story lines.  The lives of those who live in Cedar Cove cross and bend together but each person has their own issues.  There are Rosie and Zach who just got divorce and the judge (Olivia, more to come about her) awarded the house to their kids and it is up to them to move in and out of it.  Their relationship changes throughout the book from horrible to something very different.  Then you have Olivia who is challenged to make a decision between her Ex-husband, Stan, and a man that keeps her on her toes, Jack.  And then there is a freaking story line that include 4 members of the town and a dead John Doe at the local B & B which could change life for four involved.  But my favorite set of characters are Maryellen and Jon.  They had a one night stand and Maryellen got pregnant and hid it from Jon making for a bad situation once he found out.  I loved trying to figure out what would happen with them.  These are the main people we are going to get to know but there are more.   I am always impressed that the story lines can all occur in one book without overwhelming the reader.   

My Rating


 4 stars.  This rating is due in part to the fact that this is a good book but not one that I would in all likelihood pick up and read a second time.  Great beach read – or as it has been raining her in Michigan for the last week – good rainy day book!

*I purchased this book.  All opinions are my own.