Posted by: Author | May 21, 2012

Book Review-Underworld

I was supposed to have a guest today but never got the post, so, I’m thinking I better post something myself. Decided to post a book review. I have a couple of stories I’ve read recently and decided to feature a few words today about one of them. Meg Cabot is a wonderful Young Adult writer. I read her latest, called Underworld.

It’s the second book in a trilogy and even though I didn’t read the first one, I was able to catch on pretty quickly on what had previously happened. There are some writers who do this segue way very well and some who don’t (I read a book recently and I was lost for about the first 50 pages)- Ms. Cabot does it well.

This series is the story of Persephone retold for the modern age- the modern teen age that is. It was a great story with a lot of action. Being a huge mythology fan, I was pleased with the way the author captured parts of the myth but kept the story fresh and timely.

I recommend this story as it is quite good. The only bone I have to pick with it, and it’s a big one, the ending is not an ending but a lead in to book three. I hate, hate, hate that- I absolutely abhor being manipulated into buying another book to find out the ending. So, if you’re like me on that, give this one a pass. If you don’t mind, by all means, get it and read it.

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  1. Makes me curious if the first book ends with the same sort of thing or if this is just the curse of the middle of a trilogy where they just need a bridge between parts 1 and 3. Sorry we missed a guest you always have the most interesting people.

    • I think it’s the YA trend to make kids keep reading and I’d bet it happened in first one, too if I was a betting woman. I hate it.

      • I guess with YA they know the kids will hound the parents to buy the next books. I hate that sort of thing too in movies also.

      • It’s all a marketing ploy and doesn’t work with me. Kids had a lot of disposable funds and this plays into their non developed frontal lobe impulsivity. Lol.

  2. I pick the same bone you do. That’s one of the main reasons I won’t read the other two 50 shades books. I didn’t like how it didn’t end, just morphed into the next book. The ONLY person who ever got away with that with me is Tolkien. 🙂 Still, this premise sounds very interesting and I enjoy good YA books. At least, if I read it, I’m forewarned. Thank you for that.

    • I somehow knew you’d agree with me on that bone. I like a beginning, a middle and an end to my books. I pay for a book, I want a whole one. Now, there can be some carry-over of the story but I want each book to stand on its own as a complete story. I don’t know it this is a new trend due to the economy or just what cause this to suddenly be a thing in fiction.

  3. Funny about teens and non-ending books. Our grandson had a huge issue with the last Harry Potter movie because of that. I’m not sure he’s seen it yet.

    Twilight did it too.

    I with you in that I want an end.

    • We are only a small sampling and we all hate it. I wonder what a scientific poll would tell these publishers about this tactic.

      Good for your grandson not to want to be manipulated. I agree that the HP last movie could’ve been done well as one film. The darned almighty dollar made them want to do that in two parts. ERG!


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