Saturday, January 5, 2013

Book Review: Existence by Abbi Glines

(Existence Trilogy, #1)
by Abbi Glines
Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.01
Pages: 162

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis available on 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.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: This is a review of mixed emotions for me. I loved parts of it, hated parts of it, and thought other parts of it were just okay. I just don't even begin to know how to rate this book. It deserves a 5 for some parts, a 4 for other parts, and a 2 for other parts, but I'm going to give it a 3 because I really did enjoy the book.

I had heard everybody raving over this book for months and months and since it had been on my TBR list for forever and that's a challenge I'm participating in, I decided to see if it was at my library. It was and so I checked it out right away. 

After the first five pages of this book, I thought yep I think I might be the first not to like this. There were a few typos and a few moments of stilted dialogue. 

But then after those first five pages, I began to become interested in the story. Yes, it had some pretty typical characters. There was the girl Pagan who was very likable but acted older than her age. There was the less-than-in-the picture parent (in this case the mother) who doesn't know what's going on with her daughter. And then the bad boy who appears on the scene who the character falls for but feels like she shouldn't.

And yet even thought this novel had all of these almost cliched elements, I still really liked this book. I just love depictions of Death. Yes, some have compared this to Twilight. But Dank, Death, is not some vampire, he's Death and I'm just always so fascinated with retellings of Death that it definitely worked in Glines' favor. Dank wasn't very well-developed as a character and yet I was still swooning over him. I'm hoping we get to learn more about Dank in the next novel.

Pagan is a character I wanted to like and thought I liked for most of the novel. But then certain events happened and she just became so stupid teenagery. I understand why she did what she did, but I didn't like it.

Parts I liked:

The whole part about Pagan seeing souls. I just love that plotline.

The whole Death part. I loved that part as well. I just love that plot even if it is cliched.

Dank-I have bad-boy-syndrome. That's all you need to know.

The love triangle. I know people are probably rolling their eyes at me, but I love love triangles. Dank and Leif definitely interesting characters. 

The cover.

The ending. I absolutely loved the ending.

The way she made the cliched characters/plot her own and created a fascinating tale.

Everything Greek mythology-esque. I just love that stuff. 

Parts I didn't like:

The whole Pagan's complete collaspe over Dank, but I understand it and why it happened. I just really hated it. It just seemed so pathetic, but I think more of us are this pathetic than we like to admit. 

The slightly stilted dialogue at times.

The pretty basic paranormal plot behind this novel.

The somewhat cookie cutter characters; however, she did make them their own.

The lack of Dank's characterization; however, I feel like that might change. 

In Summary: Glines' novel was an interesting journey for me. I loved it and then I didn't love it and then I did. Her writing drew me into the story and the plot was intriguing. It had cookie-cutter elements but I loved how she made it her own and I can't wait to read the sequel.

The Wrap-up: I have mixed feelings about this book, but all-in-all I really enjoyed it and can't wait to see what happens in the sequel. This novel was really short and I flew through it. I can't wait to see what happens in the sequel. I have a feeling it will make or break the story for me. 


Danica Page

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1 comment:

  1. I have been wanting to read this book for a while now. I almost bought after a sample from amazon but changed my mind. And since you said that you liked the ending and I generally like Glines' books...I may have to give it another try. Maybe I should check my library for it. Nice review-- I like the layout of it.

    And bad-boy-syndrome is the best. I definitely suffer from my share.


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