Review: Awaken by Meg Cabot

Posted 11 June, 2013 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Awaken by Meg CabotAwaken by Meg Cabot
Series: Abandon #3
Publisher: Point on July 2, 2013
Source: NetGalley
Pages: 343
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Death has her in his clutches. She doesn’t want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she’d be forced to live forever in the one place she’s always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness — and safety — are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn’t fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce’s home back on earth will be wiped away. But there’s only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.
Here Are My ThoughtsCheck out my thoughts on Abandon (Abandon #1)
Favorite Quote(s):

“Mr. Smith regarded me helplessly from behind his desk. ‘Because that is not who you are. I understand that with your teacher, you were acting in self defense. But the entire reason John was so drawn to you is because you are the spring to his winter. You are the water to his fire. He is the storm. You are the sun that appears after the storm.’”

Favorite Character: John. Swoon.

First Line:

“In school they told us to follow the rules.”

My Musings: The Abandon Trilogy is a series that I am sad to see end. Meg Cabot is a fantastic writer who has created an intriguing world based loosely off of the Persephone myth. Cabot managed to spin this myth into an enrapturing plot that has kept me hooked since the very first chapter of the very first novel.

Awaken was a thrilling conclusion to the adventures of Pierce Oliveria and John Hayden. This novel, I believe, was the true climax of the series. Yes, all novels have a climax within themselves, but this is the novel in which everything came to a head. I can’t talk much about the plot, because I don’t want to spoil anything for you all…but let me just say, this novel will keep you on your toes. At all times. Because a lot of stuff happens in the novel that you would never imagine.

I think that Pierce took more of a commando role in this novel, and it was brilliant to see her stepping up when needed. Of course, John was…indisposed at the time, but still. She is a very strong female lead, and I enjoyed seeing her grow more into that role. She’s a headstrong girl with strong leadership qualities, and this is really prevalent throughout this novel. It’s been great following her as a main character throughout the series, but I think she was my favorite in this novel.

And the magnificent John Hayden. Oh John…how you have changed. He went from a raging beast of a man in the first novel, to a somewhat controlled young man. Well, as controlled as you can be as Lord of the Underworld. But still.

“John had made a little joke! This wouldn’t have been a big deal for a normal guy, but it hadn’t been very long ago that the only way John could express himself was by hurling his fists. It was astonishing how well my efforts to civilize him were paying off.”

I really liked watching the affect that Pierce had on him. Those two…they were truly complements to each other. Like Mr. Lui said, they helped one another to control themselves. I loved their romance and such; it was so realistic, and in no way near perfect. It has, and will always have, a place in my heart.

And then we have all of the supporting characters, new and old. The newbies we had were Reed and Chloe, mainly. I loved the effect that their presence had on the novel, and I really enjoyed their personalities, what with Chloe’s extreme religiousness and Reed’s chill personality. Kayla was as spunky always, and super supportive of Pierce. I enjoyed her getting some romance, even though her and Frank made quite the odd couple. And then Alex. Alex changed a lot from the last novel to this one. He came out of his shell more, and although he was very much more annoying, it was good to see who exactly he really was, and I admired his drive to clear his father’s name.

The day I finished this novel was a very sad one indeed; although it was a great ending, it is hard to let such a fantastic series go. Even though it was time for the story of Pierce and John Hayden to come to a close, I can’t help but wishing there was more. But alas, there is not. So I must take it in stride, and share my love of this series with you all. And I hope that I have. This novel was a fantastic, Greek-based story that I’m sure would capture your heart just as it captured mine.

4.5 Stars
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