Friday, May 20, 2011
I know. The cover is a little scary. I'm always wary of covers like this, because they scream "Smutty romance!" to me. I couldn't help wanting to read this, though, after reading on book blogs everywhere about this great modern retelling of the Persephone myth. I love Greek mythology (I'm sure I've mentioned that before once or twice). And the book turned out to be perfectly clean, by the way. Here's the goodreads blurb:
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.
I'm surprised it's taken me so long to read something by Meg Cabot. She's pretty much the queen of YA chick lit, which is a genre I read pretty frequently. She wrote the Princess Diaries books, in case you haven't heard of her. Anyway, I think I'll need to check out something else by her before too long, because I really enjoyed reading Abandon. The mythology was well-balanced with the modern world. A lot of other reviews I've read on this book have complained about the pacing, which is, admittedly, kind of slow. It takes a long time to get the whole story on events that are hinted at in the beginning. Personally, I didn't mind. I like slower, more psychological stories sometimes. Anyway, I'd consider it a winner and I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Underworld.