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Underworld by Meg Cabot (Abandon #2)

cabot_underworldWith this second installment of the Abandon series, all the world-building work that was so predominant in the first book, Abandon, finally pays off.  In the first chapter, Cabot draws us in with a scene in the middle of an intense life-or-death scenario, then backs up in the following chapter to remind us where we left off.

Cabot’s voice, as Pierce, is consistently in the moment as a teenager with a boyfriend who happens to be a death deity.  I grew to like Pierce more as a character in this second book, emphasizing with her (she thinks too much, just like me).

I don’t understand the cover for this book: a girl wearing a dress that looks like a bedroom sheet, while some strong, masculine hand grips her arm.

This implies mostly that there is a sexual threat in the book and that John is her “captor”.  I think that it pits John as a lot worse of a  person than I want him to be.

Strong, sure.

Sexy, absolutely!

Her ‘captor’ and a threat?

I dunno, that’s kind of broaching on the idea that she really was kidnapped.  While it’s true that Pierce is unable to leave (at first), she really does care for John and she’s attracted to him. Perhaps I’ve just been glossing over the story in favor of a fun romance.

Have you read this book yet?  What did you think of the story?  Is the cover an accurate portrayal of the book’s thematic material?

Grab a cuppa and let’s chat about it!

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Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at

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