Review: Existance by Abbi Glines

April 14, 2015 Book 6 ★★★★

Review: Existance by Abbi GlinesExistence by Abbi Glines
Series: Existence #1
Published by Abbi Glines on March 4th 2004
Source: Own
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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 downloaded this book for Kindle because, hey, it was free, it was paranormal romance, and it was from an author I’ve been curious to read about. Yeah.

Here’s the thing, I didn’t plan on reading this. At least, not yet. I started it because I got really curious about Death. I’ve read around tons of things and this was the first time I encountered this type of sexy, hunky male romantic interest. So sue me. But it was so good from the beginning, I couldn’t stop myself from reading. It was so much that I spent the whole afternoon of Sunday reading, neglecting school work, and finished at 1am of Monday.

It isn’t one of those books that get a lot of fuzz about for splendid writing or plot and stuff. It was kind of predictable. However, I enjoyed it so much, I didn’t care. And when a book does that to me, they’re keepers.

Pagan Moore was a weird heroine for me. She was really naive and instead of doing things for herself, she sometimes did it to satisfy other’s needs. But ultimately this was one trait that helped her BY TONS. Another thing that bothered me was that she was just so… ugh. Dank aka Death gave her a few hints here and there, someone told Pagan that Death had said certain things, and yet Pagan either didn’t know he was, after all, Death, or decided to ignore it REALLY hard. Other than that, she was fun to read about and by the end of the book you liked her nice nature. Not all heroines have to be Tris or Katniss, so yay.

Now to Dank. Hot damn. I’ve never thought of this way of Death before, but wow. Way to go, Abbi! He was mysterious, secretive, sweet, endearing, kind of a smart ass sometimes, yet at his own moments a drama queen with his outbursts at trying to protect Pagan from the bad guys and himself. One thing that’s really common in male characters in these types of books of supernatural and paranormal is that the male is bad, a big no-no to the female character. The male keeps saying that he’s bad for her, that she should get away from him, that he should leave, but hey, guess what? They don’t. They stay. And they drop a shit ton of drama about it like “I’m bad for you! I’m selfish! I shouldn’t do this to you but I can’t hold on any more! I need you, but I have to go!” Pfft. Get over yourselves, gentlemen.

The plot of the book was interesting to follow, if a bit boring at times. It wasn’t a type of book that had constant action rather than really romantic scenes, a few of action, and the rest kind of accumulating a bomb to be dropped at the end. I enjoyed reading about how Pagan dealt with these souls she could see since she was a kid and the whole explanation provided at the end by Death. It had the normal Heaven and Hell stuff but with its own personal twists. It was fun.

I loved every moment of this book even with the few things here and there. It had humor, sweet romance, hot panting romance, heartbreaking moments that had me with a tear or two in the wee hours of the night, and frustrating ones when I just wanted to smack something. It was a great read and I hope to read the sequels because that ending was blah. I mean, come on. How could you leave me with an ending like that? Saying something about someone that’s all like “WTF how is that even possible?” and then the acknowledgements come. Just no.

If you wanna give it a try, it’s currently free in Amazon (not sure about the other sites) so go check it out and see if you like it as well. Can’t wait to read what happens next <3

Rating: 4 stars

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  • shootingstarsmag

    Thanks for sharing. I know this author, but i’ve never read anything by them either. Sometimes books don’t have to be BRILLIANT to still be good and engaging.


  • Oh, I’ve read this series many years back and I did enjoy it a lot! I remember the ending for this book too, it was the worst! I also understand why you like Dank. He was indeed HOT DAMN. 😉 Lovely review Jennifer!

  • I thought Abbi Glines only writes NA contemporaries. That’s why I’m avoiding books from her. 😛 But this one really sound appealing! Thanks for the review Jennifer!! <3

  • I liked this one, but quickly fizzled out because of the dreaded love triangle. And that name (Dank) grates on my nerves. Lol.

    • The triangle kind of bothered me as much as the name Dank. I would think of stinky clothes or something lol I’d ignore the name constantly.

  • Karen

    I’ve read a few of Glines contmeps and I find them sort of cheesy fun but the theme of the innocent, naive heroine and the bad boy who’s not worthy keeps popping up and frustrates me. Maybe I would like it more in a paranormal? A FREE paranormal…lol

    Karen @For What It’s Worth