Abandon by Meg Cabot
Cabot updates the Persephone and Hades myth in this first outing in her new trilogy. The beautiful seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera technically died by drowning in the family swimming pool but was revived, and hasn’t been the same since. She didn’t see the bright lights that she had heard other people with near death experiences talk about, but she did meet the handsome, young controller Purgatory, from where souls are sent to either heaven or hell. Although he tried to make her his bride, she escaped and has become weary of trying to convince her family and various therapists of what happened to her. She has disengaged from her friends, classes and family, and her mother moves her back to their family’s ancestral homeland on an island off the Florida coast. The story is full of twists and turns, from Pierce’s near death, to her best friend’s actual suicide, to an uncle who’s been recently released from prison.
Although the plot devices will keep readers engaged, it all became a little too much for me. Cabot (famous for the Princess Diary books) manages to maintain a balance in the story telling, but I found myself drifting off mentally during the reading. Regardless of my reaction, I thing Cabot fans and readers who love paranormal romance will be taken with this title. We also have the second in the series–Underworld, and have the third on order.