Thursday, October 25, 2012

Existence by Abbi Glines

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.

This was a book that I quite liked...if it weren't for the characters' horrifically stupid names. Actually, if we're to a point in our friendship that we're sharing secrets, I even went so far as to change their names in my head because it was so distracting. C'mon. Pagan? Leif? And the winner of the worst name of a hot main man EVER? Dank. Seriously. Dank. You know that that means? Soggy. Musty. Disagreeably damp. Really? Does that make you swoon?? It kind of makes me want to gag. I hope this author doesn't have children, or I pity them for the bullying they'll undoubtedly receive because of "unique" (cough, cough--TERRIBLE!) names picked in poor judgement.

As for the actual story, I liked it. Enough so that I plan on purchasing the sequel (in which the made up names in my head will live on...). It wasn't a very long book--only about 200 pages, which was nice because it was easy to get into the fast-paced story and there wasn't much fluffy filler. I had a hard time choosing which stud muffin I was rooting for out of the two guys Pagan is torn between- up until the very last page when a bomb is dropped and you're left thinking, What in the holy crap just happened?? I have to read the next one, like, right now!!! WHAT IS GOING ON?????????????????

Read it, and you'll experience this too. Some people may not love when books end like that, and sometimes even I am not so cracked up about it. But in this case, it worked. And a plus for all you Kindle-readers-- this book is available on Amazon right now for only $4.99! (And the final two in the series are only $3.99!)

Happy Reading!


Diana said...

I just awarded you with the Liebster Blog award! Check out my blog for the details. :)

Looks like I have a new book to read! Any suggestions on what I should rename the characters? ;)

Megan @ Reading for Refuge said...

Thanks Diana! I actually can't view your blog because I keep getting redirected to a pop-up saying your blog is private. But thank your for the award! If you can, maybe send me a link that I can go to?

As for the names, honestly ANYTHING except those work. I chose nice, normal sounding names like Ryan and Daniel and the like. Some people just get a bit out of control when it comes to names! It really was distracting, but the book overall was quite good. I hope you like it!