- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 13 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: October 24, 2013
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G4SSSHE
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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.
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.
As far as I know this is the only supernatural, fantasy or whatever you want to call it that Glines' has created. She normally sticks to obstacle ridden romances and they are perfection. With that being said I have found that one of my favorite authors can do no wrong in this department either. She created such a unique and interesting story. One that left you guessing and wanting more. It's like nothing I've ever read before.
The characters are very unique especially Dank. Once we found out what he actually was I sat in shock for a few minutes, just trying to wrap my mind around it. Now, I just need to know what Leif is. I really liked him and pretty shocked to find out he's not human according to Dank. It makes me so curious to find out what he is. I also don't think Pagan is "normal" either but we haven't gotten to that part yet.
Anyways as always I believe Glines' can do now wrong where she is concerned. I can never put her books down and I always become consumed by them. Do yourselves a favor and read this book....like yesterday.
I quite enjoyed getting to know the characters and even though the story is mostly PG13 (great read if you want to share something with your daughter ;) ) it is very captivating. The newness of first, impossible and forbidden love, the paranormal feel of everything and the simply beautiful story line captivated me from the get go. And now that I finished it, I just want to jump into the next book.
Definitely a worthy read.
I really wasn't fond of the thought of reading something geared to young adults but the fact that Pagan could see souls intrigued me so I read on. I found myself getting into the story, getting to know her and watching her maturity awaken. Her compassion for Leif and keeping his secrets showed a sensitivity unlike one sees in kids today. It was nice to see some of the baggage he carried around as well.
I knew Dank was Death shortly after he came onto the scene; the way the story evolved was surprising but not really. We needed conflict. The ending blew me away, I didn't see that coming. Good for you Ms. Glines. Two thumbs up.
Yeah, I'll be getting the rest of the series.