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Monday, July 29, 2013

Awaken (Abandon #3) by Meg Cabot

Awaken (Abandon #3)

by Meg Cabot
Scholastic
ISBN: 978-0-545-28412-7
Suggested Ages: 12+ (mild, mild sexuality)
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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.



The Good Stuff
  •  Fabulous ending to the series, it worked. I was a little disappointed with book two, but this restored my faith in Cabot
  •  Lots more humour than in the first two which made me really happy
  •  Love the secondary characters
  • Sexuality was dealt with very tastefully
  • Love that it deals with Greek Mythology - especially the Persephone myth 
  • More quotes from Dante's Inferno 
  • Fast paced 
  • John has developed nicely, not so much of the stalkerish controlling John from Abandon
  • Great cover (Yes I know you shouldn't judge a book by a cover - but if the cover isn't fabulous, I usually overlook it)
  • Pierce is finally growing a set (thank goodness!)
  • Dialogue is delightful as always
  • Many issues wrapped up but still leaves it open to further develop story
  • God I loved the scene with John and Pierce's parents -- made me snort with laughter

The Not so Good Stuff
  • It's been so long since I read the second book, I had a hard time remembering what happened and who everyone was
  • Many of the adults are useless (I know I know I should let it go) or uncaring
  • A wee bit repetitive but not as noticeable as in book 1 and 2

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"It's especially upsetting because, in a lot of ways, my family has turned out to be like the seawall Isla Huesto's community leaders built in order to protect its low-lying areas from flooding: They're not very reliable. Some of them, in fact, have turned out to be made from inferior material. They crumbled and broke apart instead of doing what they were supposed to do: keep their loved ones from drowning."

"He opened his lips beneath mine, let out a faint moaning sound, and lifted his hands to grip my waist, which just showed that all boys - even ones possessed by Greek personifications of death - could be shockingly stupid sometimes."

"If enough people go out of their way to help someone else, the spirit of kindness eventually breaks through the darkness, the way sunshine breaks through clouds after a storm and allows even more kind acts to follow."

4 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

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