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Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.

Not this time.

But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.

Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.

But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.

And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.

336 pages, ebook

First published May 8, 2012

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Meg Cabot

213 books33.9k followers
Librarian note: AKA Jenny Carroll (1-800-Where-R-You series), AKA Patricia Cabot (historical romance novels).

Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flunked freshman Algebra twice, then decided to cut her own bangs. After six years as an undergrad at Indiana University, Meg moved to New York City (in the middle of a sanitation worker strike) to pursue a career as an illustrator, at which she failed miserably, forcing her to turn to her favorite hobby--writing novels--for emotional succor. She worked various jobs to pay the rent, including a decade-long stint as the assistant manager of a 700 bed freshmen dormitory at NYU, a position she still occasionally misses.

She is now the author of nearly fifty books for both adults and teens, selling fifteen million copies worldwide, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers, most notably The Princess Diaries series, which is currently being published in over 38 countries, and was made into two hit movies by Disney. In addition, Meg wrote the Mediator and 1-800-Where-R-You? series (on which the television series, Missing, was based), two All-American Girl books, Teen Idol, Avalon High, How to Be Popular, Pants on Fire, Jinx, a series of novels written entirely in email format (Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl, and Every Boy's Got One), a mystery series (Size 12 Is Not Fat/ Size 14 Is Not Fat Either/Big Boned), and a chick-lit series called Queen of Babble.

Meg is now writing a new children's series called Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls. Her new paranormal series, Abandon, debuts in Summer of 2011.

Meg currently divides her time between Key West, Indiana, and New York City with a primary cat (one-eyed Henrietta), various back-up cats, and her husband, who doesn't know he married a fire horse. Please don't tell him.

* Airhead
* The Princess Diaries
* Mediator

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173 reviews69 followers
September 11, 2015
I'm trying to figure out how the author who gave us Suze Simons and Ellie Harrison (plus their respective awesome male love interests) turned around and put out this absolute horror show of a paranormal romance. Seriously, what the hell happened, Meg Cabot? Did I just grow out of you or are you selling out?

Underworld, the sequel to Cabot's lackluster re-imagining of the Hades/Persephone myth Abandon, is the first Meg Cabot book I ever had to urge to throw against the wall and never pick up again. It's a dull, dreary read with very little plot and a whole lot of ridiculous relationship drama and repeated exposition because the heroine is amazingly clueless. There's very little of Cabot's signature humorous and fun style in this series, possibly because of the subject matter, and it's just not an enjoyable read.

As bad as Cabot's writing, plotting and pacing was in this book, my main issue with Underworld was John and Pierce's relationship. To say it's an unhealthy relationship is being kind - it's toxic and all sorts of fucked up disguised as OMG TRUE LOVE FOREVER.

Again, maybe I've grown out of the bad boy who just needs to be ~loved~ but John Hayden is one of the douchiest love interests I've encountered in a long ass time. He's a controlling, wrathful, manipulative dick who guilt trips Pierce for being pissed that he, you know, didn't tell her that she couldn't eat food in the Underworld and tricked her into staying there for good. But hey, it turns out he was actually LYING about that and let her believe she'd inadvertently given up her family, friends and life to be with him, and that she'd only get stuck in the Underworld if she had sex with him. WHICH HE ALSO CONVENIENTLY FORGOT TO MENTION TO HER BEFORE THEY HAD SEX.

And the worst part about all of this? Pierce is almost totally fine with the fact that he's a lying, manipulative control freak because she just needs to ~fix him~ and everything will be better. Seriously. Her defining character trait is that she cares about and fixes "wild things" and John's just about the most wild thing she's ever met. Pierce knows and acknowledges John's a controlling asshole - she even knows she SHOULD be angry at him for lying to her - but she brushes it off as "male bullheadedness" and the only thing that matters is that she loves John and wants to be with him. Girl, please. If he didn't trust you enough to make your own decisions about whether or not you want to stay in the Underworld and withheld information from you, HE IS AN ASSHOLE AND IS MOST CERTAINLY NOT THE PERSON YOU WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH.

I don't know if I'm going to pick up the third book in this series. On one hand, I want to see if Pierce will finally get her shit together and leave John (which she won't, duh) and on the other hand, I don't think I can read anything else about this relationship and not want to throw myself of the edge of the world.

I expected better from you, Meg Cabot.
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470 reviews915 followers
May 16, 2012
****FINAL RATING: 4.20 STARS****

If I really liked Abandon, I beyond adored Underworld. It was so much better than its predecessor in every way possible. I loved every minute of it and it left me absolutely breathless when I was finished. It was incredible and shows that a series, no matter how experienced the author, can only get better.

I didn't dislike Pierce as much in this book as I had in previous books. I better understood the motivations behind her actions and especially related to her fierce desire to protect those she loves. She's still a little too reckless for my taste, but it's not like I'm not reckless sometimes, so I'm actually really not one to talk. Still, I connected better to Pierce in this book than I did in the last, and so that made the book much, much more enjoyable.

Yay John! Damn, he's hot. Really freaking hot. He's probably my favorite character because hot bad boys are so hot. I like how he has a layer of mystery that's slowly peeled back but still not totally revealed. He shows his vulnerability in shocking and beautiful ways and I love that. He's strong, but he has his weaknesses too. And of course, he's also really caring and protective, but he'll do things for Pierce even if he doesn't necessarily want to.

Alex was kind of annoying in this book and I couldn't figure out why. I mean, I know why he annoyed me, but I couldn't figure out what made him act so annoyingly. So I was kind of frustrated for a lot of this book and really wanted to slap him for being so dumb.
I was glad to see Kayla back. She had a great sense of humor and is really fun. I enjoyed her appearances and thought that she almost made up for Alex. Almost.

Underworld was far more action-packed than Abandon, which was really nice to see. Abandon was fun but didn't have a ton of stuff going on, whereas Underworld never had a single bored moment.

Additionally, I liked the plot. It was fun and fresh.

There was so much suspense! I didn't intend originally to read this book in only one day, but I found myself physically unable to put it down.

It was really amazing. It was also extremely original, and I didn't feel like I'd read the same thing over and over. I thought that it was exciting and new, and I loved that!

Underworld's plot was extremely intense in the best way possible and possibly the most fun I've head in a while.

The romance in Underworld was a lot heavier than in Abandon, but no less sweet! It really develops and John and Pierce become a mature couple. They even have arguments, realistic ones, which I loved seeing. They really come into their own together in this book. I love seeing the way they interact and how well suited they are to each other. The romance in this book made me extremely happy, and even though it almost borders a tad on instalove, it actually isn't really because of the past. So, I was pleased with that.

After so many years of writing, Meg's writing is still as fantastic as ever. Sometimes it sounds a bit juvenile, but it somehow fits her characters perfectly. Pierce is no exception. It's pretty and Pierce has an achingly real voice. The description evokes sharp images and I can hear Pierce's voice in my head. I love Meg's writing. It's not overly complicated or roundabout. It's sometimes a bit simplistic, but I honestly can't say I mind. The way she does it, it fits.

Actually, I'll admit I wasn't to impressed by this. I liked the very last lines and thought they made for a great but not too cruel cliffhanger, but an event that took place slightly before this completely threw me and rather ticked me off. I thought it was unnecessary and far too convenient. It didn't work for me, unfortunately. Still, I did like how she ended the very end. Even though I didn't connect to everything,

I'm totally reading Awaken! I think the name is perfect, and it sounds so good. I cannot wait for a cover release! I just know it will be gorgeous. I'm also betting on a lot of suspense, fun, and romance. Awaken is already one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2013.


Read more of my reviews on Sparkles and Lightning!


Why 2012? Why not, oh, today?

Oh, and what a pretty cover! It's just so gorgeous!
Profile Image for Gabrielle Carolina.
1,199 reviews159 followers
January 29, 2013
You call that a plot? I call that chapter six.

Abandon was a series of constant flash-backs that didn't further the plot. Underworld was a constant reiteration of the present that did nothing to further the plot, which was full of holes, anyway.

Pierce somehow got too stupid to live syndrome and John "thought she knew," everything about being Queen of the Underworld when only twenty-four hours have passed in Underworld, and six days passed in Abandon.

Basically, was it any better than Abandon? No. Do I have any hope of Awaken being better than Underworld? My expectations are crazy low. Will I still read it? Probably just as soon as I get it in the mail, as I did with Underworld. Why? Meg Cabot. I'm beginning to think the woman owns me.
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33 reviews35 followers
July 18, 2012
They say never to judge a book by its cover!

These are the steps to picking an awesome book like this one:
1) Is the cover good?
2)Is the title cool?
3) read the back or flap, is it cool?
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460 reviews16 followers
January 16, 2015
I have this habit of reading books that are really bad then complaining about them and continuing to read them. This is one of those books. I wasn't fond of the first book but this took the cake. Or not the cake. It doesn't deserve cake. But in all seriousness I really hated this book.

1. Pierce. I hated Pierce. Sure the rambling in characters is cute at times (not in this book but others) but she does it SO much and talks about so many unnecessary things and it gets annoying and I want to hit her over the head with a flower pot. And stupid. My god is she stupid "Hayden and Sons" that's Johns last name what could that mean. Stupid Stupid, Stupid! And shallow. My word is she shallow and just stupid again. She is considered oh so sweet and innocent and pure by always wearing those white dresses and calling her dad a cheap skate for putting up $1 million for her rescue (my entire family doesn't have that much put together!) and ... I want to rip out her hair. And then hit her with a flower pot.
2. John. Oh John. You controlling, pathetic, abusive, anger management issued dead man. Claiming to love Pierce and yet neglecting to tell her anything about yourself because she might hate you? Wanting her to stay with you forever by holding her against her will? Breaking things and making scary thunder when she says something you don't like? Real charmer you are.
3. The Relationship. How abusive can you get? Been held against your will and alternating between being fine about it and throwing tea in his face (first book not second). Causing thunder and destroying things whenever she says something you don't like. Lying to her over and over and claiming to feel sick about it (dude then stop fucking lying). Having sex and oh yeah forgetting the tiny detail of it keep you in the Underworld forever because you thought she knew (never assume it makes an ass of you and me). Excusing all his behavior because of "masculine bullheadedness?" And oh yeah because she has to fix him. Honey he's been dead for two hundred years he has issues you can't fix by kissing him or seductively touching his neck. Most blatant relationship I have read in a long time.
4. Plot. What plot? Nothing happens! The whole book takes place in two days and what happens?! NOTHING!
5. Other characters yeah I couldn't get over Kayla's "He can kidnap me anytime" good message to send to teenage girls. He can do whatever he wants to me ... if he's hot. And Alex. Only character who seemed to know the real deal about how selfish Pierce is. "Hey let's leave my family behind without a proper goodbye because I want to be with this abusive hot guy!"

All in all? One star. This was not worth the read and I'm ashamed I'll probably read the third just so I can complain more.
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Profile Image for Nina ♥.
94 reviews670 followers
July 17, 2012
3.5 stars.

Review to come.


Read an excerpt of Underworld (chapter 1 & 2) here!

(Btw, what is with the summary? "Her captor?" That makes John seem so creepy.)
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932 reviews3 followers
August 25, 2012
Unfortunately, Underworld just didn't hold my attention and I found myself not wanting to read it anymore:(
Profile Image for Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness (SLOW).
520 reviews760 followers
September 5, 2016
♣ 2.5 disappointed stars :/ ♣

Pierce was seriously acting dumb in this one while Alex turned just plaincrazy.The only reason I gave this book an extra star for the revilement of John's past.

This book was such a drag.Honestly?It felt like Meg cabot had actually meant to write this series as one whole book, before finally deciding to go against it and published it as 3 elaborately -unnecessary parts....that made up this trilogy. :P

REALLLY hope book 3 will make up for all this dissapointment :(
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July 8, 2011
WHY WHY WHY 2012!?!?!? I read the first book to the end, see that Underworld is the next book, read the blurb, then what do I see at the bottom? 2012.. Why why why why why!?!?
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3,089 reviews484 followers
December 9, 2022
Underworld picks up where Abandon left off with Pierce living in the underworld with John Hayden. I was really fascinated with the home of John and the people that lived there. Sadly, Peirce and John spend far more time on the island chasing Furies, dodging the police, and trying to keep cousin Alex out of trouble.

Admittedly, this isn't my favorite YA series but I cannot wait to find out what is going to happen next.

Goodreads review published 04/13
Profile Image for Erin Coffman.
18 reviews1 follower
May 16, 2012
This book can't come out soon enough!! This series is going to be like an addiction I may not love it but I must have it!

After reading:
I love meg Cabot. I am so intrigued by all of her books. I like the love story in this book but there is only one thing in this book I would criticize. That would be the rudeness of Alex, pierce's cousin. After how rude he has been throughout the entire series I fail to see how they have developed such a deep connection...and even if we are going off the fact that she is a kind person. John's character would not have tolerated the behavior of her cousin towards her. I find that to be a character flaw. I know that it was mentioned that she felt that he was less wild but he was protecting her and in the little amount of time they have spent together I don't think that would break the habit of "wild" behavior.
But overall I immensely enjoyed it and can't wait for the next!!
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529 reviews319 followers
July 5, 2012
*sigh* Disappointing. The first book was okay, even though my opinion of it has sort of changed since I read it. But this book was just...meh. It was more like a "filler" book than a good sequel.

- The plot focused mainly on Pierce's family's past and their issues. I really dislike it when some authors do this because it feels like they're taking the focus away from the real problem. It's not like I don't care or anything, but the reason I'm reading this book isn't because of the family issues. Her family's past was kind of important because what happened then is related to whatever was happening to Pierce now, but not by a lot. I was hoping that maybe at the end I would get to see some good action, but that was also disappointing.

- While in the first book I found this retelling of Persephone and Hades story interesting, now it sounds hard to believe. It's not convincing enough to me. It just sounds too...artificial? Not creative enough? Something along those lines. I guess I'm glad that it's not complicated like some books but at the same time, it's not developed enough. And the whole Furies and Fates thing? I don't get them. Just what the heck do they even want?!

- The romance. It made me want to bang my head against the wall. I don't remember much from the first book, but in the beginning of this book, I found it a bit alarming that Pierce and John were already professing their undying love for each other. I don't think they went through the whole "insta-love" business, but I just don't see any chemistry between them. Mostly because more than half of the time they were arguing about frustrating things and keeping secrets from each other. These two have the worst case of mis-communication I've ever seen. They just assume the other person knows what they're talking about.

I kind of underdstand why John has feelings for Pierce - even though I don't see anything special about her - but I don't understand Pierce's feelings for John. Why does she love him? After all that he's done? She's just ready to forgive him for ANYTHING. Is it just because he's hot? I don't know.

I'm not even going to talk about the characters because I'm tired of writing negative things. But I will say this to Pierce, "MAKE UP YOUR EFFIN' MIND! You either want to stay in Underworld forever, or you want to go back to your human life. I know it's a hard decision, but I don't understand the way you think sometimes. Please stop giving me headaches. Please. I beg of you."

Anyways, I have no clue if I'm going to read the third book anymore. If it's the last book in the series, than I probably will, because I might as well finish the series.

This really sucks because I am a huge Meg Cabot fan and have loved all the other books I've read by her. They were all fun, cute, and witty. I don't think writing "dark" books is her thing.
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219 reviews5 followers
July 13, 2013
To be honest, I got to page 25? 35? Let me tell you what I found and why I had to stop reading.
This book is a clear example of 7th grade writing. It made my eye start to tick (picture eye tick here). It is an example, that I shall use in class, of "telling instead of showing," which I plead with students not to do... with exemplar texts (Paul Fleishman's Seedfolks and a new book called Croak - brilliant word choice) and examples and lessons up the wah-hoo. Word choice? Check it out. Yawn. And check this out, page 2 - "the sky was as dark as night." Ow. Ow. Hurts even to copy it from the book. My 7th grade writers use cliched similes 99.9% of the time and it's painful (ow). Experienced writers are not allowed to do that. (stomping foot)
Like Walter Dean Myers is married to the work "said" and uses it until my eyes bleed, Cabot seems romantically involved with the word "which" - in which my ears are grated to ribbonny-bits.
*page 1 - "which"
*page 2 - "about which" and "in which"
*page 4 - "in which" and "which"
*page 9 - "to which"
*page 12 - "in which"
*page 13 - "on which"...I could keep going, but I think you get the point. It's like when Tom Cruise is acting; it's so bad that I tend to wonder about the lighting or sets; every time he opens his mouth I'm taken right out of the story. In Underworld I started counting how many times she used "which." That does not bode well for the story.
The young man and love interest who is a Death Deity has a "heart stopping smile" (bleghhhhhh, in which I just threw up in my mouth a little) is "tan" on page 9, "gold" on page 10, "gold as a lion's coat" but has "crisscrossed lines" on his skin (that she'd never seen before?) which "occasionally crisscrossed his otherwise golden skin" on page 10. It only takes 25 pages, fewer actually, to detest the main character as a pathetic, ridiculous girl. Me no likey weak girl characters. She's flat and icky, perhaps because this is book #2 and Cabot expects us to remember book #1? I read the first book forever ago and remember almost nothing. Really what I remember best is the font with the falling teardrop capital letters at the beginning of each chapter. Okay, okay, I'll stop whining. Cabot's not the worst writer in the YA gang, and I've liked some of her books (Queen of Babble) though often I get her confused with Ally Carter (sorry Ally!), get excited to get the book, open it, read a few pages, then sigh dramatically. Editor on strike? Ooooooo, maybe...I wonder...is Cabot harboring a teen writer who's getting published under her name? Will the real Shakespeare please stand up? I can't understand how a writer who's written SO MANY BOOKS could write Underworld (in which a wee teen with wide eyes peers out from behind Cabot). I'm not convinced it's Cabot's writing. So there. Just call me Nancy Drew.
Profile Image for Tee loves Kyle Jacobson.
2,474 reviews171 followers
May 20, 2012
A huge THANK YOU to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read Underworld. I have to say with each new story I read about Hades and Persephone I fall in love with them all over again. With Underworld this is no different because Meg has spun such a story that it knocked me off my feet right from Abandoned.

Pierce is being held in The Underworld by John for own safety. The only thing is she does not feel that way and she is worried about her family. She knows the furies are after her and she does not want them to hurt her family. John loving her wants to protect her at all costs and if that means keeping her in The Underworld he will do that.

In Underworld we get to see more of the back story of John and why he is the way he is. Yes he can be shady at times but it is in the best interest of Pierce and Meg explored this more in this book. What I loved was that John is willing to do anything for Pierce. Once Pierce realizes this she opens up to Pierce and you can see their relationship blossom.

The ending of Underworld had me ready to pull my hair out of my head. I was screaming NO NO NO!!!!! I need more and I can't wait for the EPIC ending. Man I know it is going to be EPIC because we will finally see what is going to happen to Pierce and John. Meg has done a wonderful job re-writing the story of Hades and Persephone. Greek mythology is my favorite so I may be a little bias.
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266 reviews56 followers
July 17, 2014
This series is just so bad that it's good. I love greek mythology books, and although this version of it hurts my head sometimes, it's my guilty pleasure.


Pierce is still as stupid as ever. Take a look at the passage below:

"'Do you see it?' Mr. Smith demanded, tapping the paper.
Farther down, in letters almost as large, was a headline about Jade's murder. There was no photo of my uncle Chris, but I knew he was the "local man" who'd been picked up for questioning, thanks to a tip. Also that the "tip" had been an anonymous phone call that my uncle had been seen in the area around the time Jade was believed to have been killed, even though he'd been home, asleep. Uncle Chris had been released, beut was still considered a suspect, in spite of the fact that there was no evidence whatsoever to connect him to the crime or to the victim. Some tip.
'I'm sorry, no. I really don't see what any of this-' I started to say.
The cemetery sexton tapped the paper again, impatiently. 'Here' he said.
I looked where he was tapping.
Local Girl Missing, Feared Dead.
Beneath it was a photo of me-my most recent school photo.
'Oh, no.' My heart filling with dread, I took the paper from Mr. Smith's hands. 'Couldn't they have found a better picture?'"

In this passage, not only is Pierce not observant, but she's worried over her picture. Sure, this would have been totally okay, even funny, with a different narrator, but this line, paired with Pierce's lack of a brain, just doesn't work. And here's another example of Pierce's stupidity:

"Both Mr. Smith's cry of alarm and the fact that John grabbed me by the wrist as I was reaching into my book bag for my cell phone stopped me from making calls of any sort.
'You can't use your phone,' Mr. Smith said. 'The police-and your father-are surely waiting for you to do just that. They'll triangulate on the signal from the closest cell tower, and find you.' When I stared at him for his use of the word triangulate, Mr. Smith shook his head and said, 'My partner, Patrick, is obsessed with Law & Order reruns.'"

Once again, Meg Cabot tries to add a little humor here, but it doesn't work. And Pierce is being super stupid again. I'm not a techy person, and even I know about people being able to find you through your cellphone signal. And before reading, I didn't know what triangulate meant either, but it's super easy to assume what it means from the context. And once again, if it was a better narrator, this scene might have been funny. Mrs. Cabot could have made me laugh, if there was a different narrator.

Pierce is also extremely helpless. Whenever the furies possess people and try to kill her, you know what's the first thing she does? Scream for John. Sure, she may not be skilled in hand-to-hand combat, but there's this thing called running, and if I were her, I would still try to land a few good punches and kicks.

And you know what's even more stupid, the only reason why the furies want her is because that way, she'll die for real and so she'll be with John forever and then the furies and all spend eternity torturing John by hurting her. These furies sure are selfish.

And Pierce is sending me mixed signals about her grandmother. She knows that it isn't her grandmother's fault for being possessed by a fury, yet hates her grandmother, and always refers to her grandmother doing this, and her grandmother doing that, when it really is the fury inside her.

And there is a really awkward conversation about getting pregnant in the underworld, because Pierce is just sosososososososo curious. AND it's foreshadowing!

There are many other examples of Pierce being an airhead. But I have to move on.

John Hayden is turning into Adam from the Shatter Me trilogy, or Jack from the Everneath trilogy. He's becoming extremely possessive and violent. Pierce has to stop him several times from killing people being possessed by furies. Even John admits that killing those people aren't going to help, since it's the fury that's possessing them. I actually kind of liked him in the first book. I figured that being 184 years old would help him with this. He's probably had trouble with fury-possessed people before.

John also fusses over Pierce wayyy too much. Oh no! Pierce almost had her necklace ripped from her and now her neck's red! John FREAKS OUT. Dude, it's going to fade. He also has a confusing set of powers. He can make things appear at will, bring souls back to life, heal, and is extremely strong. These skills are so random. It seems that he just has skills that are convenient for the plot.

Literally everyone fusses over Pierce. The only characters that I semi-like are Alex and Mr. Smith because they can sometimes be a jerk to Pierce.

And this book could have basically been a filler book. The plot is just so slow. It's basically Pierce finding out that she CAN get out of the underworld, , running around, even though there is a huge reward hanging on her head, and it also is bad for the souls underneath, and then running back. John is so stupid for letting her do these things in the first place. Sure, there is like this ONE revelation, but even that was confusing.

So here are the things I found confusing: traveling up to the real world, John's powers, furies, and the whole idea of the underworld.

Pierce and John also have zero chemistry. I still don't see how they're in love.

Overall, it was even worse than the first book. It's confusing, has a stupid heroine, and stupid guy, and a non-existent plot. But for people that liked Abandon, they will also like Underworld.
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June 9, 2012
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Let's face it, I'm in love with Meg Cabot.

For as long as I can remember, she's been my literary idol. I spent my early teenage years on her message boards, chatting with her other fans, waiting for new books, and trying to be just like Meg. I think I've had this post bookmarked for an obscene amount of time, because somehow I was convinced that reading it would automatically help me write a book.

I think I first found out about her because of the Princess Diaries movies. You know, the first one with Anne Hathaway and that guy from Rooney. (Except that no one knew he was from Rooney then, but that's beside the point. He was also replaced with a hotter, less hipster version in the next movie, a.k.a. Chris "You Will Always Be Fine" Pine, but that's also not the point...) Then I started reading the Mediator series, fell in love with my first fictional character, Jesse, and I was a goner.

So naturally, since I've been a Meg Cabot fan for oh... over 10 years, I was thrilled when the sequel to Abandon (Meg's series inspired by Persephone and Hades), Underworld, came out May 8th. I finished my finals that day and had pre-purchased it on amazon to read on my kindle because I was so excited. (Except that I kind of forgot that I needed to move this week too, so that got delayed...) and I just finished it once I finally got the time to actually sit down and read it.

Here's the kicker: I think I may have outgrown Meg.

It breaks my heart, it truly does.

But lately, I've been reading so many other books that are written so differently, including the Fifty Shades trilogy, so maybe my brain just isn't in the right mode to be reading Meg Cabot books.

***(Spoilers about this book below, stop reading now if you don't want to know! If you have read it, keep reading and please let me know if you agree/disagree, I'd love to hear your opinion!)***

Things I'm not sure I liked/Things I found questionable:

1. I found the characterization to be a little bit lacking. I think I'm used to more complex characters. Although John's back story was elaborated upon more in this book, I still thought there was something wrong with it.

2. I've read a lot of books where the characters just "fall" for each other without a whole lot of reason. With this one, they also did that, but I couldn't quite place my finger on what I didn't like, but I think it had something to do with the fact that they didn't really show any emotion towards each other when they weren't full on macking on each other... which only happened like three times in the entire book, all un prompted. It was almost as if Meg had been like "oh whoops I need to make sure I have them be sort of intimate here" and put it in. I mean, the intent that they do love each other is clear and it's nice that they're not quite as creepy as say, Bella and Edward (gag me for even referencing them, I'm sorry, but it's what first came to mind) but all the connection we get is like "John was protective of her" and "I wanted to stay with John despite the fact that I had an entire family not in the underworld... and my dad has set a million dollar reward for finding me but I don't really care because I'm just so excited to hang out with John and his dead crew of miscreants... wait, Pirates of the Caribbean, anyone?)

3. Meg's signature wasn't there. She always has such a biting wit that really gives her characters a kick, but for some reason, I found it a little bit dry in comparison with her previous work.

4. I was in shock that the characters had (non-explicit) sex. No, I am not twelve, but for some reason I feel like Meg has always skirted the topic SO much in books like this. Yes, the characters have chemistry. But all of the sudden we're talking about demon baby possibilities and then having underworld sex after they basically miscommunicate the entire book? It was confusing. I literally had to read the passage and surrounding chapters twice to grasp that yes, the sex happened.

Things I did like:

1. The Setting: Isla de Huesos is based off of Key West, or so Meg said in an interview about the book. I really like the back story on how the island is "cursed" and "full of sin" so therefore John is needed to sort out the dead.

2. The Greek Mythology references. I'm a sucker for this. I mean, I'm a history major. Well, that's one of my majors. I know that's really more classics, but I've taken the Greek Mythology class. In college. I feel like that says something for my love of Greek Myths.

3. John. Who wouldn't like John? He also sort of reminds me of my character, Olivia, but in male form because he's so connected with death, and what comes after life.

4. Pierce. I loved and hated Pierce at the same time. I still can't decide if I like her name, or if it irritates me. I think I like it? I'm not sure. Sometimes she has such strength that I really like in a lead female character, because I hate when they just whine and follow the guy around all day. Not interesting to read. The concept of her character is really intriguing I think. Also, I'd like to know who Meg based her father off of.

5. John and Pierce's past. If their present relationship was anything like their past, it would be electrifying. WHY does it seem to not be continuing in the way that it was explained in Abandon!? I don't understand. I just really hope it gets back to that in Awaken. Clearly, I'm a sucker for characters who have a past together. (CoughCharlieAndOliviaCough)

Despite my complaints, I did really like the book. It's published, which is far more than anything I've ever achieved thus far, clearly, and it was written by Meg. So therefore, even though I was a little bit confused about why this wasn't what I was expecting, it was still a very decent book, FAR better than tons of books on the market. It continued the story, and left me hanging and wanting to know what happened with John and Pierce. Even though I don't think it was her absolute best, I will still be reading Awaken when it comes out. Happy reading!
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117 reviews3 followers
July 3, 2012
I feel like this is blasphemy, me giving Meg Cabot an okay book review. Every time I read one of her books, I can't put them down. This time I just couldn't get into it.

First off, Pierce pissed me off. She was constantly crying and jumping to conclusions that would ultimately be wrong and make her look like an idiot. Not to mention that she COMPLETELY seems to forget that she is in danger. For example, Pierce has a necklace that will tell her when Furies are near (it will turn black). Throughout the book she never thinks to look down and check BEFORE doing something. She will go down a dark alley and then look at her necklace and then she'll be attacked by a Fury, instead of just looking at it before going into the alley <--- I'm not sure that scenario actually happened but that's the gist of what would happen.

Also, there just seemed to be so many things to discover. Usually, I like a lot of things to keep me on my toes but it was more like "oh, I lied." So you're being led on the whole time thinking that (for example) I'd rather learn about a secret than be blindsided at the end with something completely irrelevant.

Oh and the rules of this book are completely useless. It's like you can't do this, but all of a sudden some miracle happens and, guess what? YOU CAN DO IT!! For example It just seems too unrealisitic to me...

Lastly, there are wayy too many characters. At some point there were as many as 6 people talking at once. It just got so confusing.

Overall, its a good concept. It's just...not written very well. I LOVE Meg Cabot but I didn't really LOVE this book :(

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4,053 reviews69.5k followers
July 29, 2012
2.5 stars

First, I wanna say that I will be reading the next book. I wasn't all that impressed with Underworld, but *sigh* it's a trilogy...and I'm now more than halfway done with it.

Pierce, the intrepid heroine of this story, is kind of idiotic. I don't understand the attraction between her and John, aka a death deity. No, he's not the Death Deity...just one of the many, evidently. So, he's not Hades or Lord of the Underworld, he's just in charge of his area. Sounds more interesting than it really is, I guess. So far, they haven't spent much time in the Underworld, so you don't really get a feel for the place. Most of the time they spend arguing about whether or not Pierce is staying with him, or going back to her home. She wants to stay, she wants to go, he wants her to stay, he lies to her, she forgives him, she needs to rescue her idiot cousin so she needs to go, he doesn't want her to go, he doesn't want her to find out how he became a death deity, she forgives him, she can't wait to be back in his arms (cause he makes her tingly!), a couple of near-death experiences, blah, blah, blah, blah....
There's nothing substantial to this plot. Nothing.

Why, oh, why do have this obsessive need to finish trilogies?!
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149 reviews4 followers
April 16, 2022
I had a shitty day yesterday so like, I mean we all deserve to just enjoy a shitty romance book without any thoughts once in a while so..
anyways, I did enjoy it, I mean the writing is meh and the characters and plot can be developed better still, but what matters is that i enjoyed reading it ig.

the relationship is shockingly healthy lmao, the main character pierce still struggles from perfect girl syndrome, and is still lowkey dumb, but in her defense, she really do seem to be trying her best.
John is um, well he's John. he's cool. his backstory is interesting enough, amusing bit. he's a sailor, that's cool, n the whole he had to kill his dad thing. it's funny how he makes a bug deal of himself bcs of it tho, like even pierce was like, that's it, u kill one man (his dad which is sad) but in self defense and ur scared everyone will think ur a bad guy??? dude relax lmao

the side characters r more in this book which I liked n wished they were developed better, they unfortunately suffer from side character syndrome, but since this is a romance focused book it isn't really surprising.
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2,462 reviews867 followers
May 20, 2017
I did not enjoy the “first person narrative” style.

Some books are so good that I’m ok with first person, but this book was not special enough to overcome that. I read the first 57 pages and the ending. The story is “to be continued” in the sequel. That frustrated me. I want complete stories.

This book is a retelling of the myth about Persephone living in the Underworld and married to Hades. In this story Pierce is a 17-year-old-high-school girl who is living in the underworld with John Hayden a 19 year old boy - who has been 19 years old for ever or something. The Furies tried to kill Pierce so Hayden saves her by taking her to the Underworld. Through her cell phone she sees that someone is trying to harm her brother Alex. That sort of gets resolved in the last chapter. But things continue in the next book.

This is book 2 in the Abandon series. Abandon is book 1. Awaken is book 3. Pierce and Hayden are the main characters in all three books.

Narrative mode: 1st person Pierce. Story length: 320 pages. Setting: Island off the coast of Florida and the Underworld. Copyright: 2012. Young adult fantasy.
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381 reviews20 followers
May 3, 2012
I love Meg Cabot's writing. Love, love, love. Her books are clever and funny, and her leading heroines are sympathetic and, if not always the smartest cookie in the box, at least they are likeable and able to catch one or two clues.

Which is why it is so disappointing to read UNDERWORLD.

I admit I haven't read ABANDON, the first book in the series; when it came out I was on a book budget and I never did go back and find it. But I was thrilled beyond belief to receive UNDERWORLD in my RT welcome bag. I couldn't wait to dive in.


I was confused from the get-go: Pierce talks about her near-death (or actual death) experience, then all of a sudden she wakes up in the Underworld. I had to go back and re-read a few times to get the transition and orient myself (although I suppose I felt how Pierce feels when John whips her between worlds, so perhaps it served a purpose.) There a lot of flashbacks, and even flash forwards, and I never felt anchored to a time and place. I had some confusion as to how the Diamond of Persephone works: there were a few times when it warned Pierce of danger, but then the danger seemed to go away without revealing itself. Overall, the plot never seemed to gel for me; it was a series of hop-skipping from location to location, for what seemed no other purpose except so the heroine could learn bits of back story. So that put quite the damper on my readerly enthusiasm.

But there are things to like about the book, which is why I gave it three stars. Even though this book is less sparkling and witty than the other Cabot books I've read, there are some genuinely funny lines and smart observations. And as always, Cabot excels at depicting teens (aside from the main hero & heroine, more on that later.) I really liked Pierce's interactions with her friend Kayla and her cousin Alex. Both relationships, even though barely on the page, felt real and multi-layered. Even the "A-wing" characters of Seth and Farah felt real.

And other supporting characters are also terrific, from Mr. Smith the cemetery sexton and his partner, Patrick, to Pierce's Uncle Chris, to John's Underworld crew. Each one is three-dimensional, with their own quirks and speech patterns.

And I loved how Cabot worked 19th century history into the book.

However, I do think this book suffers from "second book in a trilogy-itis." It's so obviously the filler in a Set Up the Bad Guys/Take Down the Bad Guys sandwich. I suppose we learn more about the Underworld, John, and his friends, plus it sets up the mortal bad guys on Isla Huesos, but all the revelations felt forced, instead of organic to the story.

And speaking of forced revelations, Pierce is one TSTL heroine (well, I guess in a way she didn't live, so perhaps she's just fulfilling her destiny.) She continually leaps before she looks, gets caught in one of John's obfuscations, forgives him, then does it again. It's enough to make you root for the Furies and hope they finally bump her off for good (although, again, how does that work if John is the Lord of the Dead - couldn't he just keep her shade around? Cabot is very mum on what actually happens to the dead after they reach John's realm, except that they are given blankets because they are cold - can you be cold when you are dead?? - and put in boats to some mysterious elsewhere.)

And speaking of John:

Dear Meg (and Meg's publishers),

You are a very talented writer. You write entire rings, if not planets and universes, around Stephenie Meyer. And your most stunning attribute is your fantastic voice.


Because I know the Meg Cabot who writes her blog doesn't believe that crap for one minute.

Sorry for the all-cap yelling, but I'm THAT disappointed in y'all. It feels like you are chasing the audience's bucks, instead of chasing a story you really want to tell. Besides, you can't catch lightning in a bottle twice (well, okay, maybe you can if you count Fifty Shades of Grey, but that's a whole 'nother head-scratching ball of wax.)


Concerned Reader

P.S. Although, you got me at the end and I will probably pick up the third book in the series. Well played, publishing people, well played. But I'm still vastly disappointed and annoyed at the relationship. Suffice to say I'll be reading for everything BUT Pierce and John.
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164 reviews29 followers
May 14, 2012
Also Found On: A Book and A Record

After reading Abandon, I really didn’t know if I had it in me to continue on with the series. But, they’re not that many pages and I read pretty fast so I thought “what the heck, might as well” and unfortunately, I wasn’t too impressed (I should have known, right!?) Underworld picks up exactly where Abandon left off. It was a worthy sequel in that it didn’t really feel like a sequel. Pierce is still kind of a whiner, and manipulates John into doing whatever she wants. Although she is getting a little bit better at listening to him. The strangest thing for me about Underworld is that I never really felt a lot of chemistry happening between Pierce and John. Cabot is excellent at chemistry. She is practically the QUEEN of shy glances, and epic pseudo damsel in distress sequences. Seriously. This is one of the best things about Meg. She knows how to write the perfect girl book. She has a lot of heart, and so do her characters. And she knows how to write the perfectly cute dialogue between teenage boy and girl that makes up the relationship. However, with Pierce and John the spark that Meg is so good at was noticeably absent.
I’ve read all of Meg’s books (well, all of the ones for Young Adults and Middle Readers, and the Boy series, and the Heather Wells Mysteries and the first and second Queen of Babble books) and there was just something so…off about this one.
The story was well constructed, and I love the idea the Meg has done. The story of Persephone is one that has always been incredible fascinating, and the way that it is incorporated into this one is awesome! Because Meg isn’t trying to re-create anything, or do a simple “YA Updated Version” she is spinning the tale on it’s head and has created some pretty real characters. In fact, it’s their real-ness that has me annoyed. Meg is pretty good at taking me out of real life, to a witty, hilarious other-world that I really love and wish actually existed. Is that weird. Underworld, which is one of Meg’s first legitimate “fantasy” novels is the one that is most real dialogue wise. And that is the reason that I was kind of disappointed in it?
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Author 14 books1,336 followers
May 8, 2012
I love Greek mythology retellings, especially the various Hades and Persephone versions that have been so popular in the YA market the past year. ABANDON by Meg Cabot was one of my favorites so I was eager to see where she took her reimagining in the sequel, UNDERWORLD. And to be honest, I enjoyed this one even more than the first.

It’s hard to talk about second books in reviews in case anyone missed the first, so I will try to leave out particular plot points. But what I can say is how pleasantly surprised I was to see Cabot avoiding so many obvious choices. From the description above you know Pierce is a character stuck between two worlds. Stuck between the living and the dead and between the boy she loves and the family she left behind. But beyond that, the description, to be honest, is not that accurate. After reading the blurb, I totally expected a typical second book where one of the central struggles, if not the main one, is the relationship between Pierce and John. And yes, we do discover things about John’s character meant to shock and confuse us, BUT that was not the main conflict. If anything, the main conflict was inside of Pierce.

Pierce is a strong character who is in touch with her emotions and can think on her feet. I felt much more connected with her in this sequel. I didn’t find her whiney, like she so could’ve been, or weak, or even overly aggressive. She was just a normal girl, one I could see myself in….well, if I had become the consort of a death deity. And John was simply scrumptious. Romance fans will be happy to know he is around for almost the entire book, so we get to know him a lot better. We also get to explore the depth of their relationship, their feelings, and their future. We’re also introduced to a ton of fresh characters who keep the plot fun and moving quickly.

For fans of Greek mythology retellings who love a spunky voice, this offering by Meg Cabot (arguably the queen of YA Contemporary) is not to be missed.
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91 reviews21 followers
May 12, 2012
Originally posted at The Teen Book Guru

The myth of Persephone has always enthralled me and is one of my absolute favorite Greek myths, so when I found out that one of my favorite authors, Meg Cabot, who I LOVE to death (heehee... no pun intended), was writing a re-telling of it, I knew I was going to be in for a treat. So it was no surprise that Abandon, the first book in the trilogy had me jumping up and down and smiling like a lunatic as soon as I finished it. And Underworld left me feeling the exact same way... giddy and yearning for more.

And for those of y'all that haven't read Abandon or Underworld (WHY?!) then pick it up! Especially if you are a fan of Greek myths, like moi.

Pierce is back... but this time, she isn't dead. She finds herself in the Underworld, with her 'captor' , John Hayden, aka The Lord of the Underworld. He has kidnapped her again, to keep her safe from the Furies. Guys, let me just say that I love John. Like, seriously love him. There is something so dark and dangerous, yet innocent and lovable about him. And although he isn't without flaws (but then, who is?), his imperfections are what make him perfect to me.

Pierce is such a great character as well. She is adorable, funny, sweet and caring - what is not to love about her? And even though she makes mistakes, she always tries to fix them, and I respect that. She is definitely one of my favorite heroines!

In Underworld, Meg Cabot re-imagines and modernizes the dark myth of Persephone and fills it with charm, wit, and humor, alongside a hot lord of the Underworld and a kick-ass heroine.
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166 reviews22 followers
October 12, 2018
I kept reading this series hoping for it to be more then what i read in the first part. But it just didn't change... I love the style of writing this author has a way of shifting and jumping from present to the past at first I found it disturbing but she made it effortless .. I hated in this book (ie: 2nd part) John was reduced to just follow pierce around he seemed just clingy and desperate... So yeah :( sight
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23 reviews18 followers
May 30, 2012
Underworld est le second livre dans la trilogie Abandon de Meg Cabot.

Pierce Oliviera est retenue dans cet entre-deux entre enfer et paradis, ou les âmes des morts attendent de connaître leur sort. Celui qui l'y a emmenée, John Hayden, a beau assurer que c'est pour sa sûreté, Pierce tient à revenir sur terre, ou tout du moins à dire au revoir à ce qu'elle connaissait... Mais les furies la cherchent toujours, et elle n'en sera jamais à l'abri.

Underworld était un livre très agréable à lire, autant que Abandon, le premier livre de la trilogie... malgré quelques points négatifs:

Contrairement au livre précédent, Underworld était vraiment plein d'action... voir trop plein d'action. Les évènements s'enchainaient les uns après les autres, presque sans aucun moment de transition et ne laissant aux pauvres personnages aucun moment de répit. Oui, trop d'action tue l'action, et au bout d'un moment cela menaçait même d'enlever pas mal de crédibilité à l'intrigue, et ne laissait en même temps pas assez de moments entre les deux protagonistes, Pierce et John: ils passent le livre ensemble, mais j'aurais préféré qu'ils aient au moins un ou deux interludes durant plus d'une page ou ils puissent discuter de façon reposée...

Lire le livre était donc un peu éreintant, sachant qu'il était donc un peu difficile de s'arrêter de lire puisque l'action ne s'arrêtait jamais et qu'il est peu commode de s'arrêter de lire en pleine action. Et il est vrai que la crédibilité descendait un peu: vu que tout s'enchainait, certains éléments ou conclusions des personnages servant à faire avancer l'action paraissaient un peu trop faciles... Il était donc dommage que le livre soit si compact. Ce n'était au final pas vraiment gênant puisque j'ai tout de même adoré le livre, mais l'action aurait pu être un peu plus diluée.

A part ça, le livre était bien sûr très bien écrit: j'ai lu beaucoup de livre de Meg Cabot, et ils sont toujours merveilleux à lire de ce point de vue là: malgré les quelques coïncidences trop coïncidente, justement, tout était fait de manière assez subtile, avec des bons dialogues. (Dieu merci, pas de dialogue cucul-la-praline ou pathétique, ce qui commence à devenir un peu trop courant dans les livres YA...).

En ce qui concerne l'intrigue elle même, je n'ai pas non plus été déçue: Abandon abordait très bien le sujet, mais c'est vraiment Underworld qui constituait le coeur de l'intrigue, ce n'était donc pas du tout un livre-remplissage, comme j'en avais peur.
Bien sûr, j'adore tout ce qui est réécritures, surtout de la mythologie grecque, donc je n'avais pas trop de doutes concernant la trilogie elle-même... L'histoire ne suit d'ailleurs pas exactement le mythe d'Hades et de Perséphone mais s'en inspire, ce qui est par ailleurs encore mieux vu que la base de la mythologie grecque est toujours là mais qu'on découvre toujours une autre histoire.

J'ai beaucoup aimé la façon dont les personnages étaient présentés: au delà des personnages principaux, John et Pierce, le développement de Kayla et Alex était aussi très intéressant. Ils n'étaient pas trop présents dans le premier livre, et c'était une bonne surprise de les retrouver plus dans le deuxième.

Et je tiens à remercier Meg Cabot pour la fin du livre, qui pour une fois ne me laissera pas torturée pendant un an à cause d'un horrible cliffhanger. Il y a juste assez de suspens pour me garder intéressée mais pas assez pour me donner en vie d'aller dans le futur récupérer ce fichu livre. Donc merci. Ma liste de livres avec des horribles cliffhangers dont la suite ne sort pas avant longtemps est déjà bien assez longue... Mais j'attends tout de même avec beaucoup d'impatience le troisième et dernier tome de cette trilogie.

Un livre assez agréable à lire, donc, plein d'action, avec une intrigue agréable et une héroïne supportable. Et, bien sûr, John, sans qui le livre ne serait pas du tout aussi intéressant à lire...
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1,033 reviews7 followers
December 16, 2012
I am highly disappointed in this second installment. Compared to the 1st book, which I thought was quite good, it felt as though I was not even reading about the same characters that I met in book 1. The "Teaser" you read on the back of this book, is just that a teaser.
It's like you've been shown previews that you are not going to see in the actual movie.

I will tell you what I dislike about this book.

1. EVERYONE IN THIS BOOK WERE ACTING LIKE COMPLETE IDIOTS. (with the exception of John) Which even then, I did not like his eager drive to willingly deceive Pierce through out this book. And we're talking about deception to the highest power here. Does one deceive so easily the one he claims to love? Her well being and what was in her best interests were always what was most important for Pierce right? According to John. Yet he had no problem letting go of this noble stance when it came to getting what he wanted. Consequences be damned. Yet the ones who were stuck in the underworld with him, this fact seemed to tear at his (John's) soul. "It's wrong" he said. "I would undo it if I could" he said. Yet he will condemn the one he actually loves to this place? To this life and purposely lie and deceive to achieve this. So by the time she figures out what's really going on it will be too late. Therefore taking away from her the right to have made a real choice in the matter. Not one that's just based on the fact that she loves him... Yeah a complete jacked up contradiction. And it doesn't stir the Kool-aid for me when it comes to the tone of this book and trying to win me over to John.

2. Why are you taking your own sweet time getting away when you KNOW that the Furies are there, where you are in that moment to kill you? Pierce is like the dumbest chick ever! Yet another thing that didn't flow with this story. And this happens for 75% of the book.

3. Your missing for 2 days. Your picture is in the paper. Your mother is beside herself as well as your father. The whole town knows you've been "abducted" yet when you run into your friends, they are reacting like you've just only been placed on a punishment of sorts by your parents. So then, they immediately go into a long drawn out discussion about absolutely nothing! And you're standing there, listening and talking. When you are suppose to be getting in and getting out. WTFreak is this?! Ridiculous is what it is.

4. The drama/suspense... Where was it?

The cliff hanger, should not even be considered that. Just another bogus and failed attempt to hook you to get to book 3. I'm not biting.
This was the worst 2nd installment to a trilogy that I have ever read. For a trilogy that started out so promising I'm HIGHLY disappointed.

So I can't in good faith recommend this read. I will not be moving on to the final book.
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1,060 reviews16 followers
May 11, 2012
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Underworld is a definite improvement from Abandon which is a good thing which isn't saying Abandon is a bad book because it isn't, but Underworld the story really does pick up. The action scenes in this book were excellent. It might not be the best book for younger Cabot fans to read, but older teens and adults will appreciate these sequences. Pierce and John are also more developed in the sequel. Although, sometimes Pierce's naivety about some things rubbed me the wrong way. John, however, couldn't rub me the wrong way if he tried. I love the fact that John is so developed that he's not a light or dark character. That he's sort of gray.

The plot also develops in this installment. While some questions are answered, by the end of the book you'll be asking yourself even more questions. It's quite infuriating really. But I can't really gripe about this too much since it makes me want to read the sequel, Awaken, like now. One qualm I did have with the book is that everyone and their mother seemed to be a fury. Really? Really? Shouldn't there be some like fury standards or something, Meg? There were some other potential plot holes in the novel as well, but I am hoping that Awaken will answer them.

Overall, this book is a great read. It's not Classic Meg Cabot for sure, but if you like Meg Cabot's books with a darker twist this is one to read.

Best Feature: John. I really do like John. He has an interesting backstory and he's a gray character. I love gray characters. They seem more realistic then having a purely good or evil character.

Worst Feature: Dumb Heroines. Pierce I love you and I get that you're not great at school, and I can appreciate that (because honestly I'm tired of all these AP smarties being YA heroines). But I wish you at the very least had some street smarts a la Suze Simon. Sure, you had your moments, but come on you should've have thought it out a little bit before you started eating food in the Underworld. I know you learned that it was only pomegranate seeds that could force you to stay there, but I would've been a little weary of eating anything in the Underworld. Period.

Appropriateness: This is a little bit of an edgy book for a Meg Cabot book. There's some inappropriate language, some violence, death related material, and a sex scene (though it's mostly implied and fades to black pretty quickly).
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732 reviews
December 3, 2012
3.5 stars, rounded up.

After being attacked by her grandmother, who is possessed by a Fury, Pierce Olivier is whisked away to the Underworld by its ruler, John Hayden. Only she's not dead. Yet. John claims that he's keeping her in the Underworld to keep her safe, and she wants to believe him. She feels protected in his arms, in the Underworld. But when her cell phone starts depicting an image of her cousin in danger, she risks everything to make sure he's okay. But she must constantly be on alert- the living, the dead, and those in between all want her killed. If she's not careful, they will get their wish.


Underworld is the second book in the Abandon series by Meg Cabot.

+ Greek myths are some of my favorite stories to read. I really enjoyed this retelling of the myth of Persephone and Hades using modern technology and plot twists. The Underworld and John both were depicted as dark but beautiful. I can't say that I blame Pierce for wanting to stay with him down there.

+ I loved the setting. The island on which Pierce lives, as well as the festivities held there, sound like a blast. I was easily able to see what the author wanted me to, and I wanted to go party on Coffin Night with the rest of the locals. Plus, there are pirates. Who doesn't like pirates?

+ The cover is gorgeous. It is what first attracted me to the novel. It stands out on a shelf, which is a definite positive.

- I didn't read Underworld's predecessor, Abandon. I feel as though I missed a lot by not doing so. I was often confused, if only for a moment, by references made to Pierce's past that I assume I would have learned in book one. This lack of knowledge on my part lowered this book's rating. This isn't the kind of series, lesson learned, that should be read out of order.

All in all, I feel as though this book is the dark tale of Hades for the teenage girl audience. There's romance, death, broody alpha males, and flirtatious sailors. I recommend it for YA readers and those who enjoy myths. If you're looking for the gritty, gothic, bloody tale of Hades, then pass this book up. I also recommend reading book one first- maybe you'll get more out of the sequel than I did.

Thank you to Short and Sweet Reviews for my copy. This review can be found on my new blog, Bitches n Prose.
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