Reviews for Underworld

Booklist Reviews 2012 June #1
As the sequel to Abandon (2011) opens, readers will find Pierce in bed with John, "the deity of death." He tells her nothing happened. But did it? And then there's that little misunderstanding over the food. Once Pierce has eaten in the Underworld, that means she has to stay. But she thought that only applied to pomegranates (like Persephone), not waffles. The juxtaposition of Pierce's Everyteen voice and the deadly goings-on sometimes makes for an odd mix, rather than the cute-hip Cabot seems to intend. However, this second book in the trilogy does have some things going for it: an atmospheric setting, a collection of intriguing characters (including a Fury of a grandmother and a gay sexton who oversees the Florida cemetery that's the gateway to the Underworld), and, of course, the requisite tortured hero, whose only wish is to make Pierce's stay down below not seem like an eternity. Book three will have more than a few issues to resolve. HIGH DEMAND BACKSTORY: Cabot's popularity and the extensive publicity campaign--to say nothing of the fans who have already found the first book--ensure demand for this one. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2013 July #1
While the souls of the dead stack up in the Underworld for want of a boat to take them to their final destinations, 17-year-old Pierce and her boyfriend, John, Lord of the Underworld, find themselves Earth-side in the middle of a hurricane, in a fight to defeat a corrupt developer whose son is possessed by Thanatos, the Greek personification of Death. All the while, Pierce and John are pursued by the Furies, bent on destroying the Underworld by killing off its lord and his consort. This is the concluding title of Cabot's Abandon trilogy, loosely based on the Persephone myth, and readers will definitely want to read Abandon (2011) and Underworld (2012) first. Action rather than characterization moves this clever, agreeable tale along to a neatly negotiated ending, and the author keeps a light touch while dealing with dead people, judgment, and the consequences of getting involved rather than standing on the sidelines. Recommend to those who liked Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy titles or Cabot's own Avalon High (2006). HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Best-seller Cabot wrapping up a trilogy? This ought to go out like hotcakes, so make sure you've got a full stack. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews 2011 August #1
""He was a death deity. I was a senior in high school. This was never going to work out." That's Pierce's astute observation about her push-pull affair with John, who helps the dead find their proper place in the afterlife and whom she met after she drowned in her swimming pool. John wants her to stay with him, but all she wants is to rejoin the living, and she manages that, though nothing is the same as it was before her death. Now, she is in Florida with her mother on an island whose name translates to Isle of the Bones. John is there, too (conveniently, the town graveyard is an entrance to the Underworld), and Pierce has some decisions to make about her future. The writing is choppy, peppered with awkwardly integrated bits of information that take readers back and forth in time. Pierce, however, is an endearing and amusing heroine, and John is an ethereal [Tue Dec 1 18:45:25 2015] Wide character in print at E:\websites\aquabrowser\IMCPL\app\site\ line 249. yet ardent lover who should elicit a few sighs. First in a series, natch." Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Pierce (Abandon) has given up her life on Earth to be in the Underworld with John, the death deity she loves. But when she discovers that her cousin may be in danger, she and John return to Florida to save him. This installment occasionally drags, though readers may enjoy the introduction of some colorful characters and revelations about John's past.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Spring
In this final entry, Pierce's boyfriend John (who's also a "death deity" in charge of the Underworld) dies--or does he? To save him, Pierce returns to Isla Huesos, where Furies mean harm to her and her friends. Pierce's meandering, casual narration is occasionally trying but mostly entertaining; fans will miss her, John, and the rest of the colorful cast.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
After Pierce died, she went to, then escaped from, the Underworld. Now she lives with her mom on a stormy Florida island, where she keeps running into John, a (very attractive) "death deity." This first book in a projected series delivers an original and entertaining reimagining of the Persephone and Hades myth. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2013 June #1
The third in Cabot's kinda-sorta reimagining of the Persephone myth takes the trilogy to an appropriately Sturm-und-Drang conclusion. As the story opens, 17-year-old Pierce has embraced both immortal boyfriend John, lord of the Underworld, and an eternity by his side. All is not well in the land of the dead, though, as the Fates who watch over the Underworld have apparently abandoned it, leaving it vulnerable to the malevolent Furies. A gumming-up of the movement of recently deceased souls through the Underworld to their final destinations has resulted in a "pestilence" that threatens both the land of the dead and Pierce's mortal home, Isla Huesos (an alternate Key West). And then John is killed….With a posse that includes her kickass friend, Kayla, and her recently killed-but-resurrected cousin, Alex, along with some of John's Underworld cohorts and a few doughty, newly dead souls, Pierce ascends to the surface to try to set things right. Plotting is not this book's strength, as the rules governing the Underworld and the web of vendettas that fuels Isla Huesos' maladies feel more than a little arbitrary; moreover, the frequent descents into classic paranormal-romance angst tire rather than titillate. But Cabot's characterizations are mostly sharp, and when she indulges her talent for snappy dialogue, the book wakes up. Though unlikely to win new fans to the trilogy, this closer offers its enthusiasts some moments to enjoy. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up) Copyright Kirkus 2013 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2011 March #2

The wildly rich and beautiful Pierce Oliviera died and came back to life--"I was flatline for over an hour." Ever since, her life has been exceedingly complicated. Two years after Pierce's near-death experience, the 17-year-old has been expelled from her posh Connecticut girls' school; her mother has moved them to the South Florida island of Isla Huesos; and Pierce must cope both with being the new girl and with a dark, handsome guy, who she met while she was dead and who won't leave her alone. While the fun premise and Pierce's irreverent voice are trademark Cabot, this novel has trouble getting off the ground. Cabot loosely hangs her story on the myth of Hades and Persephone, but the plot is hampered by confusing digressions and frequent jumps in time that make it difficult to pinpoint what's in the present and what's in the past. However, Cabot's avid fans--including devotees of her earlier forays into paranormal romance, as in the Mediator series--are likely to forgive the bumpy start to this planned trilogy. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 August

Gr 8 Up--This modern-day twist on the Greek myth of Hades and Persphone picks up where Abandon (Scholastic, 2011) left off. Pierce Oliviera is back in the Underworld with her boyfriend and death deity, John. Not only does he want her to stay there, but he also feels that it is the only place where he can truly protect her from the Furies, evil beings who are bent on harming her. When Pierce's family is threatened, she convinces John that they must leave the Underworld in order to help and to try and make their own destiny. Their crazy adventures in Isla Huesos reveal important information about John's dark past, the island, and the wealthy and powerful Rector family. They also strengthen Pierce and John's relationship, proving that love requires trust, sacrifice, and a certain amount of risk. This fast-paced sequel is filled with action, romance, revenge, and lots of suspense. Cabot's main characters become more defined while new ones add some spice to the plotline. This is a satisfying read for teens who love mythology, the paranormal, and intrigue, and the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers eager for the next installation.--Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 November

Gr 7 Up--Pierce Oliviera is one powerful 17-year-old. She's got the love and devotion of John Hayden and with that comes tremendous responsibility-by loving him back she's agreed to live forevermore in the Underworld as its queen. Everything seems to be going pretty well, as well as it can be going in the Underworld, until the Furies exact their revenge and John ends up dead. No one thought he could die, and maybe he's not all the way dead, but the problem is that the Furies have returned and the fates of both the Underworld and Isla Huesos, Pierce's home on Earth, are at stake if they aren't stopped. Pierce must leave the Underworld along with some assorted buddies to get John back and stop those pesky Furies before everything and everyone she loves are destroyed. This fun and engaging take on the Persephone/Hades myth will definitely appeal to devotees of Greek mythology, tragic love stories, and paranormal tales. Cabot does a great job of bringing readers up to speed, and although it would be beneficial to have read the earlier books, there is enough backstory for those who just pick up this title on a whim. The author offers a story that is full of nail-biting, heart-racing moments, but that has bits of humor peppered throughout and brings the characters to life. Sex is alluded to a couple of times throughout the story, but never specifically or graphically described. Fake curse words like "fudge" and other nonspecific stand-ins for the words are used liberally, but there's nothing gratuitous enough that would make the book inappropriate for younger teens. Recommend not only to those who love the other books in the trilogy, but also to any readers who enjoy a little romance with their myths.--Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 August

Gr 7-10--With this trilogy, loosely based on the Greek myth of Persephone, Cabot takes to the dark side. Pierce Oliviera, Abandon's troubled heroine, returns from the dead after an underworld deity romances her and gives her a rare diamond that anticipates danger. Despite this juicy premise, the book starts out a little slow, crowded with plot developments and foreboding. What follows Pierce's return to Earth is a nightmare. A friend commits suicide, a teacher is maimed, a jewelry store owner nearly dies from a heart attack, all of this told, not shown. Blaming herself for these tragedies, Pierce fails at school. Her mother, desperate for a new start, moves her to the place where she grew up: Isla Huesos, the island of bones. There, Pierce's Uncle Chris is newly released from prison. The cemetery where she first met the deity, John, is an easy bike ride away. And her father, a wealthy industrialist, has ruined the natural environment, including the birds his ex-wife studies and is trying to protect. Top that off with a group of preppies who defy school rules for a senior tradition called "coffin night." Cabot manages to keep this hodgepodge balanced, but the steamy relationship between Pierce and John is just starting. Of course, teens--especially restless fans of "Twilight"--will want to see what happens next. Stay tuned as readers are strung along for a wild, if not yet passionate, attention-grabber.--Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA

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VOYA Reviews 2012 August
In this second book of the Abandon series, seventeen-year-old Pierce has been taken to the Underworld by John Hayden, protector of the dead. He insists that he is trying to keep the Furies from killing her, but on earth they are after her family. Pierce is drawn to John, but she is not ready for the strong feelings he instills in her. He wants to keep her safe in the Underworld and tricks her into eating there so she will be confined to his world, like Persephone, on whom this story is based. Pierce convinces John to take her back when she discovers that her cousin Alex is in danger. They all have to face the consequences of their decisions, which in the end will change their lives forever This long-awaited novel begins where the first left off. It would be difficult to follow without reading Abandon (Scholastic, 2011/VOYA June 2011) first, but those who have begun the series will want to continue. John's history is explained, and his friends are introduced in this book, showing that he is not alone in the Underworld. The main conflict here is between Pierce's desire to be with John and her need to return home to help save her family from the Furies. John just wants to keep Pierce with him. They both compromise and grow in the process. The ending is unexpected and sets up the next installment. Paranormal romance fans will enjoy this series; buy where the first one is popular.--Deborah L. Dubois 4Q 4P S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

VOYA Reviews 2013 August
There is trouble in the Underworld. The boats that carry the dead to their final destination are late; there is a major storm brewing and Pierce's boyfriend John, a death deity, ends up dead when he tries to thwart the Furies who are causing all the havoc. He should not be able to die. Seventeen-year-old Pierce must determine what to do for all the people waiting for their final voyage and how to bring John back to life. She embarks on a quest to find Thanatos, the death god who is the only one who can save John. It takes all of Pierce's ingenuity, along with the help of her cousin Alex, friend Kayla, and other friends from the Underworld to save John and restore the balance between life and death before both the Underworld and Earth are destroyed. In this third volume of the darkly rewritten Persephone myth, Pierce learns to take responsibility for herself and others, taking command when John is gone. She finds her strength and accepts her intense feelings for John. After John returns, there is a balance in their relationship giving hope that the plan for their lives will succeed. It would be difficult to follow the story without having read the previous books, but fans will be most anxious to read the final installment of the Abandon series.--Deborah L. Dubois 4Q 4P S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

VOYA Reviews 2011 June
Pierce died when she was fifteen. She drowned, but they were able to bring her back. She did not see a light when she was dead--she saw John, a death deity in the Underworld. He planned to keep her there, but she escaped. Now they both have to pay the consequences. In the two years since her accident, Pierce seems to be a magnet for trouble, but John always appears just when she needs him. The only problem is that someone always gets hurt when he shows up, and Pierce gets blamed. Now her mom has brought her to Isla Huesos in the Florida Keys to make a new start. Unfortunately one of the first things she does is see John at the cemetery and argues with him This compelling story gets off to a difficult start. The first person narrative is effective in showing Pierce's feelings, but the digressions and jumps in time make it hard for the reader to follow the plot. The story is loosely based on the myth of Persephone. John is a dark but appealing hero and Pierce is an innocent girl trying to do the right thing. She is drawn to him, but is also afraid of him and the strong feelings he inspires. The intensity between them drives the reader to continue through the unexpected twists to find out how they resolve their differences. This first installment of the Abandon trilogy will appeal to fans of paranormal romances and Cabot's Mediator series.--Deborah L. Dubois 4Q 4P S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.