Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Existence by Abbi Glines

Review by Tempest.

Blurb:

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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This is a fairly short book, at only 161 pages. In my mind, the fact that I struggled for almost two weeks to get through despite how short it is says a lot. I really wanted to love this book. The idea behind a girl who can see ghosts meeting Death is great. Yet while I loved the concept behind this (and still do) the actual portrayal of it made this book fall short for me. For one, the characters aren't actually all that interesting. I can't really put my finger on why exactly, but it has something to do with the way their thoughts and actions are basically forced to move at a fast pace which leaves everything somewhat unbelievable. Leif's feelings for her, for instance. They start dating and then BAM he's in love with her. Everything moves way too quickly. If it was slowed down, drawn out more so that the reader's given more time to really get to know these characters it would have been much better. As for Dank, his name aside, I can't see any real reason she should be so in love with him. Is he cute? Yes. Does the thought of his voice kind of make me want to swoon? Yes. Am I in love with him? No. All he keeps saying is that he can't tell her things and he's not good for her. But she keeps pushing it anyway, even though she knows nothing about him. The dialogue is another thing. I find it grating half the time and just plain frustrating the most of the time. Everything is either repeated a million times on the same exact page, or they're talking to each other like they've just met. Case in point, I wasted an entire week of time I could have been reading something even remotely good as opposed to wasting my time with this. I'm sorry that I have such a harsh opinion of it, and there are some reviewers who feel otherwise about this book, but if you're into structure, well rounded characters, and to not have to listen to the same sentence repeated a million times, then this book is not for you. I won't be continuing with this series. This is one of those cases where I should have paid more attention to the poor reviews then the average rating above.


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