Review: Existence by Abbi Glines

Publication Date: December 13th, 2011
Wild Child Publishing
Format: Kindle Copy
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
SUMMARY
What happens when you are stalked by Death? You fall in
love with him of course. Pagan Moore doesn’t cheat Death, instead, she 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, they left her alone. Until she steps out of her car on the first day of school and sees 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 he does something none of the others have ever done; he speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What Pagan 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. He is Death and he is about to break all the rules.

“I see dead people.” No statement could be even truer for Pagan. But where the boy from the movie, Sixth Sense, can see the garrish ways they died, Pagan can only see their souls. They leave her alone for the most part and she in turn, have learned to ignore them. Imagine her surprise when one belligerent soul started talking to her – sometimes, goading her. He seems different from the other souls and it didn’t take long until Pagan became aware of the pull this soul have on her.

I’m not gonna lie, I had a hard time accepting the idea of Pagan and Dank, which is bad because the novel is about them. It’s a book killer for me if I can’t find the empathy required to enjoy the romantic aspect of the story.  Honestly? I like how Pagan and Lief’s relationship started. I love how Pagan slowly became aware of Lief and how he had liked her from afar. Lief didn’t try hard to win her attention – just a slow build that progressed and ultimately, crashed when Dank “showed up”. It’s not like Abbi Glines tried hard to sell Lief and Pagan. She didn’t. Over and over again, I was being sold on the idea how Pagan only felt safe with Lief and how Dank made her feel like her heart would beat out of her chest. Other than the danger factor and the ho-hum enigmatic looks, Dank didn’t really do it for me. *sad panda face* I was sooo looking forward to this book.

It’s not like I didn’t like it. It just…started with a bang and then ended in a muffled thud for me. Death, wandering souls – these type of stories should make for some scary read. But this book lacked the eerieness; I say, it was definitely more romance than anything with a mild dose of the paranormal.

The cliff hanger was like a train out of nowhere. There was no premonition at all through the entirety of the book. It was a surprise, but at the same time, it almost felt like it was just an addendum. So we’ll see how it goes for the next book.