Monday, July 2, 2012

Underworld by Meg Cabot

by Meg Cabot
336 pages
ARC from TLA 2012
YA Paranormal

Book Jacket Summary
Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.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 will be no escape.

My Thoughts
I am rather a big fan of Meg Cabot's work... that might be an understatement considering I own every book she has ever written (even under her pen names). With that said, I am liking this series. It is a lot darker than her usual teen series but it fits with the theme of being trapped in the Underworld with the lord of death.
John and Pierce are in love but need to learn how to communicate better because they do not seem to be on the same page. However, that would make for a much shorter book and leave out a lot of the drama that keeps the book moving. This does not mean that do not want to shake John and Pierce on a continuous bases! But I still like the characters so that is something new and something that only Meg Cabot could do.
The story picks up right where Abandon left off and does not let up for a minute. Pierce has been whisked away to the Underworld and meets the rest of the staff that helps John run the afterlife. We also learn more about Alex and the pain of growing up without a dad, plus living with a Fury for a grandmother. I really feel for Alex, especially for what happens near the end.
This is a fun series and I really like Cabot's take on the Underworld. I wonder if it is at connected with the Mediator series? I have always like Cabot's paranormal series and this one fits right in place with the Mediator and the 1-800-Where-R-You series. As always, she makes characters that you care about and a story line you can really get into. I would recommend this one to anyone who likes myth retellings. Cabot's fans will have already read this one but if you are looking for a good series, pick this one up.

Book Pairings
Avalon High by Meg Cabot
The Goddess Test by


  1. Yay! I'm glad you read and enjoyed it (as if there was any doubt)! :D Great review, and yes they are still a bit frustrating. I totally wanted to shake them a few times, too. Great review, Karen, and now we just need Awaken!

    1. I know! I also can't wait for her next Heather Wells book that comes out this month! :D

  2. Thanks for the review! :) I still have to read Abandon, but I really liked the Goddess Test series so far by Aimee Carter, so I'm really excited for this one! :) But I haven't read many of her paranormal books so I'm really excited to see how this one turns out!

    Eileen @ ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***

    1. You should read it! I always feel so happy when I read one of her books. She makes me laugh!

  3. I really should get to this series. I saw Meg Cabot speak a few years ago and she's a total doll. Love her!

    1. She is a doll! I've met her twice and she only gets nicer!

  4. I used to read Meg Cabot and have enjoyed her books in the past. I have not read this series, but would like to try it. It is quite different than some of her other books that I have read. Thank you for your review.


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