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Existence (Existence Trilogy, #1) by Abbi Glines
on December 13th 2011
Genres: Paranormal Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
Pages: 161

Reaction Upon Reading: What kind of creature is he, if he isn’t human?! Mind blown.

“You are not a body. You have a body. You are a soul.”


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.

“I hate the color red almost as much as I hate blond hair,” he said with an amused tone.

Overall Thoughts:

Pagan can see souls wandering around as if they were your or me, but she can’t communicate with them. She pretends she can’t see them because there’s nothing for her to do for them other than confuse and upset them. That is until the day that an extremely good looking soul speaks to her. Pagan is immediately drawn to this soul as he is different from any other soul she has encountered before. He follows and watches her, keeping her safe and learning more about who she is.

Things take a turn when Dank (awful name) begins school at her high school as a famous rock-star (teenager, famous rock-star, incredibly good looking – far to cliche for me). Now all of sudden everyone can the soul who plays music for her late at night in her bedroom.

I chose this book because I wanted something romance-y and quick to read. I love Abbi Glines and have read most of her book series, but haven’t touched anything that isn’t contemporary by her. I figured I would give this a go. To sum it up I didn’t love or hate it, it just sorta sits in the middle for me.

As soon as the book started to get a love triangle vibe I found myself feeling frustrated. If you have ready any of my reviews before, then you know that I absolutely despise love triangles. I will put a book down and not even give it a chance if it has any kind of love triangle.

I actually felt sorry for Lief. Pagan clearly didn’t have strong feelings for him but kept stringing him along as if he were her back up plan. Lief was a fantastic boyfriend and super sweet to her (girls can be so dumb). The ending definitely had me reeling though. What are Lief’s motives and who is he really?

I felt like there wasn’t enough of Dank (Death) throughout the book. I wanted more of him and less of everyone else. Dank was probably the only character that continued to peak my interest throughout the book. Miranda was annoying, Lief was blah and Pagan was just a little off. She didn’t really sound like a teenager (also why did she have to have it all spelled out for her, I felt like it was glaringly obvious who Dank was). However I really liked her name!

One thing this book does have going it for above all else is its cover. Holy hotness…I just want to buy this series so I can have the covers on my bookcase. I approve!

My biggest problem was that the book felt a lot like Twilight. I don’t need another series like that because I already love the first. I am not sure if I will bother to continue with it. I enjoyed the book, but I don’t have any burning desire to find out what happens next…I can probably just Google it.

What did you think of this book?

Is it worth reading the rest of the series?

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Rating Report
Overall: three-stars

About Kassey

27-year-old teacher. Currently living in New Zealand with aspirations to travel the world and photograph it all.

27-year-old teacher. Currently living in New Zealand with aspirations to travel the world and photograph it all.

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