Book Review: Existence by Abbi GlinesTuesday, October 15, 2013
#1 in Existence Trilogy series
by Abbi Glines
Age: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Format: Ebook, 161 pages
Published On: December 12, 2011
Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
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First Sentence: Don't look at him and he'll go away.
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.~ taken from Goodreads
While I read Existence I had a feeling that someone gave Abbi Glines a list of cliches that irritate me the most in young adult paranormal novels and she used them in this book. For start we have a heroine Pagan, who is just an ordinary girl. Except she is exceptionally beautiful (but is not aware of it), everyone comments about her wonderful & caring personality (but she is quick to form judgement based on prejudice) and is part of ordinary small group of friends (who just happen to be richest girl in town and best athlete in school - yeah real outcasts...).
To make it worse, the romance of course had to be a love triangle with two handsome and popular boys, Dank and Leif, fighting for Pagan. It's insta-love! It's dramatic! Oh, whom will she choose?!?! No, it's not obvious at all...
I have read some contemporary romance novels by Abbi Glines before and thought about her as an author who can really transfer passion and love between characters to the pages of her novels. But for some reason this didn't happen with Existence. Maybe it's there but all those cliches are blocking me from feeling it.
Existence ends with a lot of suspense and a cliffhanger but I think I am going to spare myself and skip reading the rest of this trilogy.
In The End...
If you are a fan of young adult paranormal romance novels and cliches I mentioned do not bother you, then Existence might end up on your favorites shelf. It happened with a lot of my bookworm-friends. As for me, it's just another book which makes me feel like a black sheep...