By Meg Cabot
Point, $17.99, 304 pages
Meg Cabot continues to explore themes of love and mysticism in her new trilogy. Abandon is action-packed, peppered with excerpts from Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno and loose allusions to Greek mythology, specifically the story of Hades and Persephone, which intertwine with the protagonist’s life.
Pierce Oliviera was just a 10th grader from Connecticut. Then she drowned and came back to life. Nothing’s been the same since. Her parents divorce, her best friend dies tragically, and her therapists try to convince her it was all a dream. How can it be a dream if she still has the diamond—the one John gave to her in the underworld—the one “mined by Hades… to give to Persephone;” How can it all be a dream when John keeps showing up violently, yet always protecting her? When Pierce moves to Isla Huesos, she is determined to have a fresh start, but she has no idea what kind of danger and mystery lurk there. Her world is shaken when she discovers a deadly enemy disguised as a loved one and a confusing attraction to the one she fears most. Abandon is an exciting read for teens who enjoy romance, mythology, and the paranormal.
Reviewed by Emily Davis