Existence

Existence

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by Abbi Glines
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Michelle B
This book had me on a crazy roller coaster ride... If you have not read any Abbi Glines books, you are really missing out! This is one book that I would pick up ASAP!
Molly Jo
Abbi Glines is the master of writing swoon-worthy guys... Perhaps my favorite thing about this book was that it kept me on my toes... It seriously defied any expectations that I had...
Andrea A
Existence was a cool, mysterious book. I say cool because Glines' books are always chock full of funny, endearing characters.
Debbie YA
Existence is awesome, and Abbi Glines has left me hanging on the edge with one heck of a cant-wait-to-find-out cliffhanger. I'm definitely ready to get my hands on the next book in this series. I highly recommend Existence as a must read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781617980213
Publisher:
Wild Child Publishing
Publication date:
04/10/2012
Pages:
162
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.35(d)

Meet the Author

Abbi Glines can be found hanging out with rockstars, taking out her yacht on weekends for a party cruise, sky diving, or surfing in Maui. Okay maybe she needs to keep her imagination focused on her writing only. In the real world, Abbi can be found hauling kids (several who seem to show up that don’t belong to her) to all their social events, hiding under the covers with her MacBook in hopes her husband won’t catch her watching Buffy on Netflix again, and sneaking off to Barnes and Noble to spend hours lost in the yummy goodness of books. Her debut novel, BREATHE, can be found in digital format at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Existence, a YA paranormal, will be released December 2011 by Wild Child Publishing. She is polishing her latest YA contemporary romance, The Vincent Boys to be released this Fall. If you want to find her then check Twitter first because she has a severe addiction to tweeting @abbiglines. Facebook and Google + are some of her other stomping grounds. She also blogs regularly but rarely about anything life changing. She also really enjoys talking about herself in third person.

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Existence 4.4 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 404 reviews.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
Pagan is starting her senior year of school off to a bad start. Not only does the ¿soul¿ she sees outside of school the first day follow her into her classroom, but he has the nerve to be gorgeous and actually talk to her. No souls have ever talked to her. Ever since she was little she has seen them, wondering aimlessly through life. But none have ever talked to her. Then to top off the talking soul, Leif, jock and class A jerk, asks Pagan for tutoring. Yeah, that¿s the last thing she wants to do, is have to help this arrogant jock her last year. But once Pagan and Leif start their study sessions, she realizes she was wrong about him, that he is actually a good guy. Then something else weird happens, her talkative-soul-friend, well he actually starts attended school and now everyone can see him. Is Pagan going mental? And if not, why is she falling for this mysterious soul? Where oh where do I start? Lastnight (New Year¿s Eve) I decided to bring in the New Year reading Miss Glines¿ newest book. To me that is the best celebration I could do. (You don¿t get out much with a hubby that has to work the next day and 3 young kids). I wasn¿t planning on reviewing Existence cause I have like 12 other reviews lined up. But once I finished the last word of the story I knew I had to say something. Loved Pagan, she is a smart chick with a good head on her shoulders. I like seeing girls in stories that are smart, but not overly. You want them to be believable and relatable, and Pagan is. Now the guys in the story are both hot and gorgeous and absolutely swoon worthy. I had a hard time choosing between Dank and Leif. Yeah how adorable are those names? But as the story went on, I felt myself gravitating more towards Dank. Even with him trying to push her away, you can¿t help but want him. The storyline was definitely different than any I have read and I truly look forward to the next book in the series, Predestined. And after that cliffhanger of all cliffhangers, you will too. *Runs back to read the last paragraph one more time* Yep, it¿s a biggie! Existence was the perfect book to ring in the New Year and a must read for all readers!
ShannonODonnell More than 1 year ago
Because it's so easy to get free or nearly free books online these days, I admit that I've become a bit of a cheapskate. It's sad when $5 feels like a lot to pay for a book. However, the ratings for this book are so amazing I thought I'd splurge. It was worth EVERY penny! I read it in a day and bought the sequel, which I plan to begin as soon as I finish this review. I REALLY enjoyed this book. It reminds me a lot of books like Angelfire, The Dark Divine, and Angel Burn. Very good! Spend the five dollars and enjoy the ride. :)
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great read. It was different from one's I have read in the past. I could feel the heart ache from Pagen and the love from Dank as I read the book. Dank being Death was a great twist and I really want to find out what Lief the other man in her life is if not human..... I am so waiting for the next novel in this series. Please hurry Abbi Glines......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was drawn into this book from the very start and I couldn't put it down. The story flowed very well and I enjoyed getting to know all of the main characters. I love how everything worked out in the end and I absolutely could not believe the cliffhanger on the very last page. Man, I can not wait till Predestined comes out!!! This was a tremendously awesome read! :)
JLynnMc More than 1 year ago
Yowza!! That was dang good!! I have been hypnotized by this gorgeous cover ever since I saw it & I am thrilled to find that the inside of this book was just as amazing as the outside! Those intense blue eyes will haunt you as you read & just like Pagan, you won't be able to get enough of him. He's the epitome of bad boys (you don't get any more dark & dangerous than Death himself!) so it's easy to see why Pagan is so taken with him. And Pagan is such a loving, caring girl, it's no wonder that even Death is fascinated by her. She will do whatever it takes to protect those she cares about. Pagan has to struggle so much with understanding what's going on & it almost made me crazy to see them both try to figure out how to deal with the impossible situation they were in. (I may have screamed at the book in frustration a few times.) There wasn't one second of this book that was boring, I loved every bit of it! Now comes the really hard part... waiting for more!!
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Existence is a winner. Abbi Glines has proven she can also write YA Paranormal Romance as awesomely as her YA Contemporary. I was a little worried if Glines could write a paranormal as fantastic as her contemporary but, man oh man, no more worries, she blew me away with Existence. The storyline is totally amazing and all the characters are well developed and pulled me right into this supernatural world quickly. Pagan and Dank are fantastic together. Abbi Glines has a gift for the romance, and with Pagan and Dank, she delivers a deep, heart-felt love that had my heart aching for them and their forbidden love. I also went head-over-heels for Leif. I always seem to fall for the wrong guy. I would love to say more on Leif, but it would just spoil the book, so I'll have to wait for the next book in the Existence series to release, then I will let all my feelings out about him. Pagan Moore is seventeen and has never been interested in guys, especially not Leif, who is the quarterback for their school, Habor High. But when Pagan has to tutor this gorgeous jock, she finds out she¿s been all wrong about Leif . . . Or has she? Pagan and Leif¿s relationship opens the door for Dank to come into Pagan¿s life. Pagan has seen wandering souls ever since she was born. She always just ignored them and they would go away, but when a blue eyed, dark haired, beyond gorgeous guy¿s soul talks to her, it gets her attention. Because soul don't talk. Dank is different, and Pagan falls hard for him. The only problem? This love could be the kind till death-do-us-part. Existence is awesome, and Abbi Glines has left me hanging on the edge with one heck of a cant-wait-to-find-out cliffhanger. I'm definitely ready to get my hands on the next book in this series. I highly recommend Existence as a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was definitly one of the best books i have ever read in my whole life! And that is saying something coming from me cuz i read religiously. I love dank/death and his possessivness when it came to pagen. BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a cute Love Story, Cant Wait for the sequel!
AnneShirley06 More than 1 year ago
First, a huge thank you to Abbi for the chance to read Existence. I've had the privilege to read advance copies of all three of Abbi's books this year, and they have all been fantastic.When I started reading Existence, I will admit that I had some expectations based on my experiences with Abbi's other books. Some were met, others were exceeded. Pagan is just your average, ghost-seeing teenager. The ghosts walk in and out of her life and as long as she doesn't let on that they're there, it's not a problem. Then she meets Dank, who unnerves Pagan from the very beginning. Even more unsettling is the fact that he can talk to her, which makes it much harder to ignore him. And this soul seems just as fascinated with her as she is with him. As her interest in Dank grows, so does her interest in Leif, the star football player at her high school. Unfortunately, it's Pagan's appointed time to die. Dank isn't about to let this happen, however. He breaks all the rules and saves her from a deadly car crash. This upsets the balance in the spiritual world and other souls are too happy with Dank's decision. To protect Pagan, Dank takes on human form as a new student at her school, which makes it a little difficult for Pagan to concentrate on her budding relationship with Leif. Perhaps my favorite thing about this book was that it kept me on my toes. It seriously defied any expectations that I had. Just when I thought I had figured out what the next twist or move was going to be in the book, something completely different happened. I was very pleased with the different twists in the storyline and, seriously, the last line of this book is one of the best I've ever read. It's a perfect cliffhanger. In my opinion, Abbi Glines is the master of writing swoon-worthy guys! I was completely torn between Dank and Leif. Leif is the hot jock that every girl wants to date. At first he seems to have an ego bigger than the state of Texas, but turns out to have a soft side and big heart. Dank is the rockstar bad boy who is dangerously seductive. He's torn between wanting Pagan to lead a happy life and wanting her to be only with him. Pagan is just as torn as I was for awhile. Dank provides passion and desire, while Leif is stable and safe. All of the characteristics draw Pagan in for different reasons. But which will she choose? I'm very excited to see what Abbi has in store for us in the sequel to Existence. I was very happy to learn there would be more, because I think there's a lot more to Pagan than we learned about in this book. Especially with relation to her ability to see ghosts. I think this is going to be a great series!
BOOK_ALCOHOLIC More than 1 year ago
I thought that the book was really good, but the ending made me really wish there was a sequel out already so I know what happened.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Basic high school love triangle. Would have been fine, but why make the girl such a weak minded, fearful basketcase? Really didnt like the characters or their interactions and the heroine is presented as a goody two shoes who cant bear to disappoint anyone and has a complete meltdown over a boy she cant or shouldnt have. Ok for teens, but a bit boring for anyone older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Searching for another trilogy to engulf your time?! Here it is! This trilogy was soooo hard to put down! It is a must read. Similiar if you like the Twilighy trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me reading non-stop i read the whole series in 3 days!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg death is smoken hot. This is one of my favorite books. The characters are amazing and i so wish i was pagon so i could have a piece of dank :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like that supernatural romanceand this one is a must read! I just love love love the main characters and the idea of death being able to fall in love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good read. Would recommend to oyhers. I so did NOT expect that ending or should I say the last line!! Let's hope the others don't dissapoint. ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best series ive read since twilight! Great read! If u love paranormal romance u will love these books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not usually into this type of story, BUT I read constantly and this series is my absolute favorite! I read it 4 times!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Existence is awesome. I love all of Abbi Glines books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So happy that I chose to read this book. At first I had thought, "172 pages, it would be an alright book". I was mistaken, and happily so. I couldnt put the book down. It left me wanting more. Cant wait to start the second book. This is definitely a 5 star read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. A unique spin on the Twilight theme. I didnt like the "mental" spin. Would have given it 5 stars otherwise. Will read next novel
Megan_BedroomBookworms More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Apparently I'm going through a YA - paranormal romance phase right now because while waiting on the last Lux book to come out I decided to devour the Existence series by Abbi Glines. And devour I did, I read these 3.5 books in under two days. I might have a reading issue. Overall I liked Pagan, but she's kind of a moron, at least in the last half of the book. So many things seemed so obvious to me, but she just doesn't catch on. And I don't even mean about who Dank was, I just mean things in her story. She didn't seem really on top of the game and she wasn't good at faking it that's for sure. She couldn't put two and two together on the car accidents, saying the second one triggered a panic attack based on her own horrifying accident earlier in the year? It's not that big of a stretch. I often mentally visualized Pagan running around with her arms wide open, stalking death, and screaming out his name, regardless of who was watching. Really just not a smart cookie. I loved Dank before I even knew what his name was. 15% in and I was like, yup, I'm lost to him. I don't eve know what it was, Dank is just so protective. Even though the story is told in Pagan's point of view and she doesn't know much, it obvious to see how protective and caring he is towards her. I didn't love the whole idea of him also being a rock star, but whatever it didn't take up much of the story. There is a weird sort-of-maybe-kind-of love triangle going on in this book. I wish we would have had more time of Pagan and Dank together. I felt bad for Leif, but I hate love triangles so I just needed him to go away. I've been in love with Dank since 15% in, he had to be our winner. I’m not going to lie or sugar coat it, there were some things that were a little less than stellar in Existence. First – The names Pagan and Dark… mostly Dank. I loved him regardless, but man Dank? No. Just no. Second – The writing and editing are not up to the other books (Too Far Series) that I’ve read from Abbi Glines. . This series was published years ago so it’s an earlier work, but they could really use a re-edit. It obviously wasn’t enough for me to lower the rating much and I still found myself sucked in, but it wouldn’t be a proper review if I didn’t mention it. The story is a little like nothing I've ever read before and while it had parts that annoyed me, the ending drew me back in making me need to start the second book right away. If you're up for some YA - Paranormal romance check out Existence.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
***REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS*** I’m seriously in two minds about this book. I enjoyed the story and finished it in one sitting, but I had several unexpected issues with it. This is the first Abbi Glines book I’ve read, and though I didn’t have any expectations going into it, I still wanted to be wowed by it. Everywhere I turn I see positive reviews of her many books, and thus I had a sliver of hope that it would, at the very least, be a surprisingly different read that would leave me eagerly anticipating reading any of her other books I already have in my possession. Even though there was no instant love between Pagan and Leif, or Pagan and Dank, the romance developed lightning fast. I didn’t have an issue with that, but I felt the love-triangle wasn’t fresh or unique, and to be quite honest, I felt it was unnecessary. Pagan knew the entire time she wasn’t in love with Leif, but still she kept him on a leash while pining away for Dank. And speaking of which, what sort of a name is Dank? The synonyms for “dank” are: damp, chilly, moist, clammy, humid, soggy, wet. I have to admit it was hard for me to like a character whose name is the description of an “off” smell. I appreciate original character names as much as the next person, and if it was the name of a character with stringy hair, dirty nails, and smelly breath, it would’ve worked perfectly. But I just can’t imagine cries of passion in the heat of the moment going: “Dank, oh Dank, oooooohhhhh Daaaaaaannnkk!” Hear what I’m sayin’? Anyway, the only character I really liked was Leif. It was easy to connect with him because he represented everything you’d want to see in the man of your dreams. Apart from his physical appearance and the fact that he’s – predictably - a jock, he’s considerate and extremely patient. I mean EXTREMELY patient because I can’t imagine another teenage boy putting up with his girlfriend’s mood swings while she’s pining away for another guy (even though Leif wasn’t aware that this is the reason for Pagan’s mood swings). So yeah, I liked Leif because I mainly felt sorry for him. Also, Pagan misses so much school it would be a miracle if she moves on to the next grade. Anything that happens at school which upsets her in the slightest, she runs home. Pagan is one of those extremely annoyingly one-track-minded angst-filled characters. Her every thought is consumed by how much she needs, wants, or misses Dank. I knew this is a paranormal romance and all that, but it just felt like the second book in the Twilight series all over again where Bella pines away for Edward who left her high and dry. If that book irritated you with Bella’s dramatics and moping, then Existence will test the limits of your patience for sure. Where in your life have you heard of a teenager ending up in a mental institution because she can’t deal with her boyfriend leaving her? I guess it could happen; I’ve just never heard of it. Also, all the characters were kind of meh. None of them, except Leif and Gee, had me caring about them one bit. My overall opinion is that this is an okay read if you don’t have anything better on your bookshelf or e-reader. Glines is a gifted writer, but I don’t think this is her best work. No, I haven’t read any of her other novels yet, but I have two more of her books on my reading list which I want to read, even though I’ve been disappointed by Existence. The storyline isn’t anything new and if I had to choose between recommending this book and recommending a book with a similar plot, I’d rather suggest The Collector by Victoria Scott which is a phenomenal five-star read through and through. I didn’t enjoy Existence as much as I hoped I would, but I am without a doubt going to read more books by Abbi Glines.
amslvr1 More than 1 year ago
What a READ! Just what I needed! *small spoilers* So I am not going to lie. First off...The cover is what got my attention and drew me in. Cause hello, gorgeous?! After reading the summary though, I knew I was in for something! And I was right too, I could not put it down...I do believe I finished it straight through in one day. Didn't have to got to work and I decided I was just going to relax and read. I knew that there was going to be some interesting things happening throughout the story, but I did not anticipate him becoming visible to others, or being in a band, but where would we be without those surprises?! I was really pleased with the different directions that things seemed to go. Especially in the ending chapters! Even when I would think one thing, another would happen...you don't get that as often now in stories, so it was nice. And let's talk about the attraction between them! Ohh, yes indeed. He is unbelievable gorgeous and talented. Compassionate and capable of love, this is Death we are talking about. Who loves her...and she would give up everything for him. You just don't come by that kind of love often. I am super excited for the next book! Before reading this I didn't know it was going to be a series. So when I got to the end I felt that the ending was leading into something more, clearly! Thus, I immediately got on the internet and made sure. Haha. Can't wait for more. And the ultimate unveiling of who Leif really is! Love it Abbi! As I do for all of your great books!