Monday 9 September 2013

Existence - Book Review


Existence - Book Review

Abbi Glines

YA Paranormal

Book #1 in the Existence Trilogy


What happens when your stalked by death? Why, you fall in love with him of course. Pagan Moore doesn't cheat death, she falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realised the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on the picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead.

Not only does he not go away when she ignores him, but he does something none of the others have ever done. He speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What she doesn't realise is that her appointed time to die is drawing near and the wickedly beautiful soul she is falling in love with is not a soul at all.

He is death and he is about to break all the rules!


I enjoyed this book with its sweet romance and paranormal drama. What it lacked in depth, it made up for in plot and intrigue and I look forward to continuing with the next book in the series, Predestined.

The story begins with Pagan, a high school girl who can see the souls of the dead. After spending her entire life ignoring them, she is surprised to meet Dank, a soul who can not only speak, but is also very easy on the eyes. Yet straight away Pagan knows there is something different about Dank. So when he turns up at her school, a human for all to see, Pagan knows she isn’t just dealing with any old soul… but death itself…

I thought this story had a unique plot. It certainly kept me guessing and often took surprising directions. The characters were well written and I found Pagan head strong, independent and easy to relate to. A great protagonist and one that was easy to read.

Dank however was truly a pleasure, although I felt it took awhile to get to know him. Also for a long time it wasn’t made clear on who Pagans main love interest was suppose to be… but of course Dank soon became the obvious choice. Leif was also a very yummy character, but in nice guy kind of way.

The secondary characters were also well written. I liked them all and thought they played their parts spectacularly. Gee, with her feisty ways and quick wit is easily my favourite character and I hope we get to see her more in the next book.

My only nitpick is that I thought the middle of the book dragged a little and I didn’t like how Pagan used Leif and neglected his feelings. However the last part of the book is pure drama and the cliff hanger ending; let’s just say it’s a guarantee that I will be reading the next book.

Overall a nice start to a new trilogy. 3 ½ stars! 

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