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Existence Paperback – April 10, 2012
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Here's what I liked: The idea. Holy crap it's different, well, as different as I've looked on the outside of other books. The writing can be really good in some scenes. Gee. The way Miranda talks. Life being a sacrifice. I might have given that a deeper meaning than the author intended, but there it is.
Here's what I didn't like: Sure, the idea is different, but it's twilight with Death. This girl gets PTSD from not seeing the dude she loves. She's put into a nuthouse. I'm not kidding. Her boyfriend, Leif, is too perfect. Pagan is too self aware of her bad behavior for a 17 year old girl. Dank's name. Dank has feelings for a 17 year old girl after millennia of millennia of seeing humanity. Really, a 17 year old girl who sees dead people? As if he couldn't find that in the middle ages in Ireland or something, but some chick in FL in the 21st century ..... And the ending. It's a cliffhanger and ended far too abruptly.
Overall this is a light read and doesn't require any thought or much interaction with your brain to understand. if you're looking for a romance with angst and forbidden love, this is it right here. But the writing could have been less repetitive. The reader is not always stupid and forgetful. 2.5 stars. Freaking twilight man .. the world does not end when a boy isn't around. Trust me, I know.
Pagan is hard headed and stubborn. I really like how she copes with her unique ability. She doesn’t necessarily shy away from it, but attempts to help them, at least some of them. I admired that about her character, she didn’t shy away from the unknown. And she didn’t try to know all there was to know about her ability either, she just….allowed it to be a part of her as much as it was without forcing anything. It was organic and worked well in this story.
I really loved how her and Deaths’ relationship evolved. It was a slow simmer that came close to boiling over a few times. He was a smart ass know it all with a gooey center. The lovingly way he watched over her as she slept when she was scared and when he sang to her was enough for me to wish for my own reaper to come sweep me off my feet.
They had a more mature relationship than most teenagers, of course because of their other worldly knowledge. One of the best things about this book though is their ability to be intimate with each other without it getting physical! Just lovely. I’ll definitely be reading more of this author in the future.
The story is about death, heaven, hell, good and evil etc. I like most of the characters. Pagan is an average likable character to me. She is strong-willed and both independent and weak at times, just like many real people. Her actions are a bit immature at times, but she is a teenage girl. Dank is also a likable character. He is Death. I hate the name Dank, even if it is short for Dankmar, it just reminds me of the definition of dank and its distracting. He too seems to be a believable character, his actions are very immature at times and you would think that wouldn’t be the case since he has always been death and is immortal. Leif too is an interesting character. He is likable at time and unlikable at other times but he is a good character. The other supporting characters are just that and are average. It is easy to foresee the upcoming events in some parts of the book but I didn’t feel like it detracted from the story.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and the characters.