Review: Existence

Abbi Glines

Kindle Edition, 194 Pages

Wild Child Publishing

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From Goodreads:

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.

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Read: May 05 -22, 2012

So I know I had been complaining Existence was taking too long to hook me…but after I was finally hooked the story whizzed by!

I have it narrowed down to what my problem was and this carried on to the sequel Predestined. Glines seems to like dropping readers right into the story with little to no introduction. It took me so long to get hooked because I felt like I was missing something and I kept going back over the first couple of pages to see if I did in fact skip something. In case you were wondering, I had not. The word I would use to describe this is: unsettling.

Clearly, once I got past the first few pages, the entire book was smooth sailing! I was highlighting all over the place with my Kindle, laughing out loud, and loving these characters through and through.

Pagan is just like the rest of the female leads in this genre, emotionally reserved, friendly and independent–until she meets the love of her life. Then the rest of the story is spent on her coming to terms with her strong feelings for someone she just met, etc.

I cannot complain, really I cannot. If did not like how these stories were written I would not read them. I like YA. I love feelings we get from first love and I like that in most if not all YA it is the story of first love that gets a happy ending. I firmly believe YA is a chance for us readers to remember the feeling of first love and just how all-encompassing those feelings were.

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