Existence by Abby Glines
What happens when you are stalked by Death? You fall in love with him of course. Pagan Moore doesn’t cheat Death, instead, she falls in love with him.Does the synopsis just not captivate you? And what of the cover?! Otherwise, that's about all there is to the book that I absolutely adored. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype or my expectations.
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, they left her alone. Until she steps out of her car on the first day of school and sees 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 he does something none of the others have ever done; he speaks. Pagan is fascinated by the soul. What Pagan 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. He is Death and he is about to break all the rules.
It's one of those "insta-love" situations which just doesn't do it for me. Call me a masochist, but I'd rather deal with a "frenemy" or love/hate situation. I really love the whole basis of the story (and the cover, let's not forget the cover), but it was paced too quickly. The events that happened in this book could've easily been split into 2 or 3 books. No where is it mentioned that it's going to be a series, but it is.
I just finished reading Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens (which I loved and will review soon) and that was a 500+ page book. When I was reading, I kept thinking that it was a little drawn out, but it was so thorough. It was drawn out because the MC in that book couldn't make a decision which I could understand. However, this book was just mind-boggling because it was so short. You didn't even really get a chance to fall in love with the characters because ...there was no time to!
And let's get to the whole series deal. Yeah, I thought it was a stand-alone, not part of a series. But the ending had a cliff-hanger. Reminiscent of Mara Dyer where you do a double-take and go, "Say what?" and then the book ends. In this case, you're just like, "Huh. Really?" That's it. I've mentioned it many times and I know you can all understand that I do have a love for books. That's why you're here - you love books and this is a book blog. So, even though this book wasn't up to the hype, I will still be reading whatever book comes next. I'll read it because I'm curious and I hope it does get better. I'm just disappointed in this book and that makes me sad because I had such high hopes.
This is one of those don't judge a book by its cover situations that bit me in the butt because I thought that this book would be great... the cover and synopsis drew me in. It just didn't live up to my expectations...