Saturday, April 5, 2014

E for Existance

Day 5 of the A to Z blog challenge. Today's offering:

E is for 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.

COVER RATING: On a scale of 1-9
I only gave this cover a 5 because, while it stuck with me for months before I finally caved and bought the book, it doesn’t quite make me drool with artist envy like others in this challenge do.


I have no problem admitting I am not the biggest fan of Abbi's books. Not because they are bad- that’s not the case at all! But I am an admitted non-contemporary loving girl. There are few that I have found that I actually like. And my bestie DynoMoon agrees, as you’ll see below. That said I am a HUGE paranormal junkie, and the concept of this book……OMG. I want Dank Walker to fall in love with me!  I mean having Death himself fall so crazy in love with you that he’s willing to go against the big man upstairs for you…… wow. And the tension and romance between them is amazing.

DynoMoon's series review:
As you read in the book blurb, and in LH’s thoughts this book’s hero is Dank Walker or Dankmar- Death himself. He knows when people are to die and he and his Transporters free the sould from the dead bodies and send them on their way. Either to the place downstairs or on to their next life.

This book also has a kind of love triangle. What that you ask? Well that is where there is a second guy vying for the girl’s attention, but she only has eyes for the one. I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but the “other boy” has his own crazy past that he keeps well hidden, but you’ll need to read book two to find out the whole story.

I loved how Dank interacted with the real world and all his amazing abilities that come with his job, for lack of a better term. Now Pagan is your typical high school girl, trying to get over her ex-boyfriend that left for college, and deal with her writer mom and super excitable best friend. But falling for death, and having him fall for you, is not without its own consequences. Something that becomes evident when Pagan lands in a mental institution after several attempts are made on her life. And that’s where things get really interesting, and admittingly, hard to read because this was the one point of the book that I was like…really?.....I just don’t get it and I kinda hate it.

The book didn’t get good again until she arrived home and learned that a girl she had befriended was another sent to take her life. But Death will never let Pagan’s life be stolen from him and he goes to spectacular lengths to protect her. But in the end it’s Pagan that really saves them both.

Kudos to Abbi for building such an amazing world and wonderfully intense characters, but there were flaws with this book, but they were minor enough for me to get over or just skip past, aka the mental hospital chapters. I still enjoy the series, have bookmarked my favorite parts, and go back every now and then to reread them. Now if only I could like Abbi’s other books this much. I’ve tried……but just no. My “boss” MLBA did a review of the Fallen Too Far series a while ago that pretty much sums up my whole thoughts on the other Abbi books I’ve tried reading.

There you go, come back tomorrow for day 6!
Later lovelies!
<3 L.H.
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