Thursday, December 27, 2012

Existence by Abbi Glines - It just might be the DEATH of me... (Sorry couldn't help that one)

Existence (Existence #1)
By Abbi Glines
Published 2011
4 stars (hesitantly)

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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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I'm writing this after just plowing through the book in one day. I am torn because while I really enjoyed most aspects of the novel, some aspects left me scratching my head wondering what the heck (sorry.. Had to throw THAT reference in there).

The first item that bothered me was Dank's name. I mean, really?!? It makes me think of clothes that have sat in a washer for too long. I snickered.. um I mean laughed every time she called out to him. Pagen's extreme dislike for Lief at the beginning seemed unnatural. She knew others jocks and dating the king of them for two years beforehand earning her the Homecoming Queen title, so why loath him so much? Doing a few tutoring sessions did not explain the sudden turn around either. Her character seemed muddled and unclear through the novel and not as clear cut as the author tried to make her
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appear. Miranda was fiercely loyal and an interesting personality, but I didn't like how completely idiotic she was written as. No one as bright as her could brush off Pagen's wired behavior all those years and then suddenly be all worried over her for one episode that anyone could have gone through. The last item I had issues with was the lack of purpose to the middle section of the book. I'm not really getting the point of those scenes. Make this the last item... I felt that the "love" the two had for each other came out of thin air... It didn't seem substantiated. Ok... THIS is the last bone to pick.... Pagen's was an over the top drama Queen.

Now for what I did love. Though the pace was slow, I thoroughly enjoyed the style and phrasing. The characters were all interesting and I hope we see more from her sidekicks in books two. Dank (snicker... Sorry can't help myself) was interesting, but I wanted more. I enjoyed the issues and emotions facing the characters. If I can get an emotional pull toward the characters (good or bad) I rate the book higher. It kept me interested and had enough large cliff hangers to make me want to read book two.