Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Existence by Abbi Glines & Giveaway

Happy Book Birthday to Existence TODAY

I have a birthday this month too!  Check out the bottom for the celebration for both. 

Source: I received an eBook copy from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Summary:

Pagan Moore is your normal teenager attending high school, working hard to get good grades, and trying to ignore the wondering souls she sees walking around.  Wait, that's not normal! As long as Pagan can remember she has seen the souls.  They don't talk but sometimes they follow her.  She's learned that ignoring them usually prevents any issues.  Everyone would think she has lost it if she talks to people that aren't there.  Then he shows up, sitting casually against the picnic table and only visible to Pagan.  She tries to ignore him but he doesn't go away, in fact he talks to her.  That's never happened before.  Oh and this boy is sizzling hot, very hard to ignore.  Fascinated by this boy, she can't seem to stay away from him. But that could be a problem since he's there to take her when she dies. Oh yes, that hot boy is death.

My Thoughts:

5 stars - a must read

Can I just say that Abbi has a way with romance that I love.  I wasn't sure how that would work with a paranormal twist but it was fabulous.  The passion builds between Pagan and the mystery boy as he stays just close enough to watch her.  But the mystery of who he is and what he's doing there grows and twists down unexpected paths.  While there is another pretty nice guy interested in Pagan, it's clear who she wants but can't have.  He seems occupied with another as well.  But it's not a love triangle or square.  It's building passion and mystery rolled into a fast pasted adventure that ends with an unexpected bang.  The ending had me happy and clawing for the next book. 

The world was totally believable.  It's a normal high school with Pagan seeing ghosts or spirits that don't talk to her.  She's learned to live with that and to ignore them.  I really like this type of paranormal where most everything is normal except some little thing that could and does blend right in.

As for the characters, I love Pagan.  She's trying to make good grades and choices.  Her conscious gets her involved tutoring Leif.  He's the all too perfect football quarterback that's had a thing for Pagan for a while.  I admit that at first I thought, oh no love triangle but it's not that at all.  Pagan cares for Leif but really as a friend.  What she feels for Dank on the other hand is burning raw passion that effects both of them with such intensity that Dank is forced to keep his distance to protect her.  It is that forbidden love problem and I do mean forbidden.

The only problem I could find with this book is that it wasn't long enough.  Could have added a few more scenes in there and I would have loved it more.  But really it was just what I needed to read.  I've had a few disappointing reads lately and this one was a breath of fresh air.

If you love YA like I do, then this is must read.

Abbi Glines | Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | Wild Child Publishing

So I have a little party planned to celebrate the book release today and my birthday later this month. 

Thanks to Abbi, I have presents to giveaway for my birthday.  We have an eBook copy of Existence & a SIGNED poster.  What's a birthday without presents.

Just follow StuckInBooks and fill out the rafflecopter below.  Normal rules apply.  This one is US only.  Ends on my birthday, December 30th. 

 Oh and one other little surprise.  I'll be talking to Dank on my birthday too!


  1. Ooh I've been wanting to read this one for a while. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  2. Is it a trend to have these two on book covers? They should really try to find some more couple to put on the covers. I've seen so many books with them that I'm starting to get bored. At least this one is a bit edited for a better effect.

  3. Ooh this sounds so good! I love the eyes on the cover <3 Awesome review I'm glad the world building is great I find that can be a dealbreaker for me.

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  4. Thank you for the giveaway I have been wanting to read this book for so long. I absolutely love the cover, especially Dank's eyes they are oh so pretty and I can't wait til you talk to him on your birthday. That will definitely be fun to read.

  5. Happy birthday to you and Existence! Love that cover!

  6. I hope you have/had a wonderful Birthday! This book looks great.

  7. I posted it on my Facebook under Jennifer Villanueva

  8. I love your review!! it is torturous in the most delicious way!! now I'll have to drop the one I'm reading to read this one! thank god the other I'm reading is a printed book and this one's an ebook!!
    thanks again for the review!