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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
****FINAL RATING: 4.20 STARS****

CATCHALL 

If I really liked Abandon, I beyond adored Underworld. It was so much better than its predecessor in every way possible. I loved every minute of it and it left me absolutely breathless when I was finished. It was incredible and shows that a series, no matter how experienced the author, can only get better.

THE HEROINE 

PIERCE
I didn't dislike Pierce as much in this book as I had in previous books. I better understood the motivations behind her actions and especially related to her fierce desire to protect those she loves. She's still a little too reckless for my taste, but it's not like I'm not reckless sometimes, so I'm actually really not one to talk. Still, I connected better to Pierce in this book than I did in the last, and so that made the book much, much more enjoyable.

THE LOVE INTEREST 

JOHN
Yay John! Damn, he's hot. Really freaking hot. He's probably my favorite character because hot bad boys are so hot. I like how he has a layer of mystery that's slowly peeled back but still not totally revealed. He shows his vulnerability in shocking and beautiful ways and I love that. He's strong, but he has his weaknesses too. And of course, he's also really caring and protective, but he'll do things for Pierce even if he doesn't necessarily want to.

THE OTHER SECONDARY CHARACTERS 

ALEX
Alex was kind of annoying in this book and I couldn't figure out why. I mean, I know why he annoyed me, but I couldn't figure out what made him act so annoyingly. So I was kind of frustrated for a lot of this book and really wanted to slap him for being so dumb.
KAYLA
I was glad to see Kayla back. She had a great sense of humor and is really fun. I enjoyed her appearances and thought that she almost made up for Alex. Almost.

THE PLOT 

Underworld was far more action-packed than Abandon, which was really nice to see. Abandon was fun but didn't have a ton of stuff going on, whereas Underworld never had a single bored moment.

Additionally, I liked the plot. It was fun and fresh.

There was so much suspense! I didn't intend originally to read this book in only one day, but I found myself physically unable to put it down.

It was really amazing. It was also extremely original, and I didn't feel like I'd read the same thing over and over. I thought that it was exciting and new, and I loved that!

Underworld's plot was extremely intense in the best way possible and possibly the most fun I've head in a while.

THE ROMANCE 

The romance in Underworld was a lot heavier than in Abandon, but no less sweet! It really develops and John and Pierce become a mature couple. They even have arguments, realistic ones, which I loved seeing. They really come into their own together in this book. I love seeing the way they interact and how well suited they are to each other. The romance in this book made me extremely happy, and even though it almost borders a tad on instalove, it actually isn't really because of the past. So, I was pleased with that.

THE WRITING 

After so many years of writing, Meg's writing is still as fantastic as ever. Sometimes it sounds a bit juvenile, but it somehow fits her characters perfectly. Pierce is no exception. It's pretty and Pierce has an achingly real voice. The description evokes sharp images and I can hear Pierce's voice in my head. I love Meg's writing. It's not overly complicated or roundabout. It's sometimes a bit simplistic, but I honestly can't say I mind. The way she does it, it fits.

THE ENDING 

Actually, I'll admit I wasn't to impressed by this. I liked the very last lines and thought they made for a great but not too cruel cliffhanger, but an event that took place slightly before this completely threw me and rather ticked me off. I thought it was unnecessary and far too convenient. It didn't work for me, unfortunately. Still, I did like how she ended the very end. Even though I didn't connect to everything,

WRAPUP 

I'm totally reading Awaken! I think the name is perfect, and it sounds so good. I cannot wait for a cover release! I just know it will be gorgeous. I'm also betting on a lot of suspense, fun, and romance. Awaken is already one of my most highly anticipated reads of 2013.

FINE.

8 comments:

  1. Christina KitroeffMay 29, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    I haven't read the first book, but your review makes the series sound very interesting!

    I love how there seems to be a good balance between plot and characters and how the characters get a strong reaction out of you. It means you care about them and the story:)

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  2. I loved Abandon I just read it a few weeks ago and it is the first Meg Cabot book that I have read. I love Greek mythology and Hades and Persephone's story is one of my favorites. I can't wait to read Underworld, I'm glad that you liked it because sometimes book number 2 in series just aren't as good as the first one!!!!

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  3. I haven't read Abandon, but I've read a lot of other books by Meg Cabot, so I can't wait to see if she can write paranormal stories as well as chick lit.

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  4. I read Abandon last year, when it first came out. I loved it! I love the myth of Hades and Persephone. It was a great start to hopefully an amazing series. I finished Underworld two weeks ago and absolutely hated it. I hate how Pierce totally wraps John around her little finger, and only thinks of herself. She makes it seem like she's sooo selfless, but in reality, all she cares about is having all of her friends and family around HER and making sure she has everything she wants. Including John. Even though she complains about being in the Underworld. In Abandon, I liked her well enough. I absolutely loathed her in Underworld. I wish I didn't hate Underworld so much, but I do. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review!

    Alyssa Susanna

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  5. I love the idea of this retelling and am glad to read in your review that you liked it! I like a fast-paced book with a good plot and you mentioned that it has both so I can't wait to read this book! I'm a fan of Meg's books! Thanks for the info!

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  6. I'm a huge fan of Meg Cabot! just love her writing style and looks like this one's a beauty too. Love the cover as well.

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  7. I've read Abandon and did not like that much and read your review on the second book and somehow you made me wanna keep on reading these books. I love the way you divide your review into these topics by the way, it's so cool indeed! =]

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  8. I have already bought this book and haven't had any chance to read it yet. I'm a huge fan of Meg Cabot and can't wait to read this.

    Thanks for your review. It really helps :)

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