Review: Underworld

Title: Underworld [Abandon Trilogy #2]
Author: Meg Cabot

Synopsis:

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.

Pierce is trapped in the underworld, but not because she’s dead, because John has brought her there. Unable to find a door back to the real world, to her life (though, it’s improbable that she’s actually SAFE in that life), Pierce is to remain in the underworld until John deems the world safe enough for her to walk upon its ground again (though he probably never will…). However, when Pierce receives word (well, more of a video…) that her cousin’s in trouble, she’s ready to jump up to the real world to come to his rescue… but one thing stands in her way: John. As Pierce begins to unlock the secrets to John’s history, and how he even became a death deity, she finds out that nothing is as it seems, and that sometimes lies meant to protect, end up doing the opposite. Thrilling and utterly captivating, this book had me reading until four in the morning totally immersed in Pierce’s world(/tired.).

Meg Cabot has done it again. Way more interesting that the first novel, this book really reflected Persephone’s myth well, as Pierce battles with time and the Fates to save her cousin, find out the truth behind John Hayden, and find out if she’s really bound to the underworld, Pierce’s story will have you totally hooked. Cabot has added twists and turns that add to the story, creating more drama, more action, and unlocking more secrets. There was definitely more stuff happening in this book, showing more than telling, and no flashbacks (thank goodness). Extremely better than the first novel, I loved this book!

Plot: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
World Building: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall: 5/5
GoodReads Rating: 3.89/5

Quotes:
“Cursed?” I offered, my voice croaky because of my unshed tears.
“It isn’t cursed.” John said deliberately, rearranging the chain around my neck, “if you’re wearing it. It’s blessed.”
-John & Pierce

“…Did you see him? I know the photo was grainy, but he looks like one of those death metal goth heads, or whatever they’re called. All dressed in black with long hair —”
I took umbrage at my mother describing my boyfriend this way. John was the Lord of the Underworld. How else was he supposed to dress?”
-Deborah (Pierce’s mother)

“This is exactly why Patrick and I chose not to have children.” he muttered. “So we would never have to have conversations like this. And yet here I am.”
-Mr. Smith

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