Monday, October 14, 2013

Existence - Review


By: Abbi Glines

Published: December 13th 2011 by WIld Child Publishing

161 pages


Source: Personal Kindle Library

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Goodreads description--What happens when you're stalked by Death? You fall in love with him, of course.

Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him.

Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized 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 a 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 realize 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's about to break all the rules.

It never ceases to amaze me how much some authors can pack into under 200 pages. GJ on that! Fast read.

So what I normally do when browsing for new books is read the description, add them to my TBR list if the description pulls me in (or add them to my TBR list straight from a recommendation of someone I trust without even reading the description), and because I have such a backlog of books that need to be read, I usually forget what the description says or what the book is even about before diving in to it. I just say, "Hey self, this one has been on my shelf for a long time, and so-and-so has read it and recommended it. I think it's time to jump on that one."

And so that's what happened with Existence. I say that because the description above totally gives away a lot of the mystery. I spent the whole book (well about 75% of it) wondering what kind of supernatural creature Dank is! *TIME OUT*

Sorry...this was supposed to be the first thing I said in my review of Existence: WHAT THE CRAP KIND OF NAME IS DANK??????????????? Someone please explain that to me! That's awful! It's just way too close to "stank" and it feels like it carries the same connotation. All I think when I hear that name is smelly and moldy. Ok....enough about that...back to my previous paragraph.

As I was saying, I had a theory about what kind of creature Dank was, but I was slightly off.

I liked the lesson that Pagan learned about not judging a book by it's cover. I think we're all guilty of that, especially in high school. But overall Pagan kind of got on my nerves. She was extremely emotional. I mean I get the fact that she's in love with someone that she's not allowed to be with. She has to see that someone pretend with someone else. She has to pretend herself. But she cries ALL the time--there's nothing wrong with crying, but come on! Plus I found it really hard to believe that Leif is as oblivious to her weirdness, spacing, constantly being on the verge of an emotional, tear-filled breakdown all the time. He asks her what's wrong like all the time and she just gives some lame answer, and he's all like "okay, whatever you say." Granted, I'm sure that has to do with a little tidbit of information Dank provides us with at the end of the book.

I enjoyed the relationship build and angst between Pagan and Dank, but that didn't completely counter balance how much Pagan got on my nerves. I'd give Existence 3 Stars. Have you read Existence? What did you think? Let me know!

This review is part of my "All Things Halloween" October review event.

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