Published by WIld Child Publishing on December 13, 2011
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.
WARNING: There are slight spoilers in this review but I promise what I say is but the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Existence.
Why did I choose to read Existence? What can I say… I’m a sucker for the dark, sexy, potentially dangerous, and tortured-souls type. Those boys are my kryptonite. I just love it when a strong girl comes in and starts to peel away their hard, outer shell, letting the deep-down vulnerable side peek out.
Existence’s summary had all my favorite elements. Suffering hotty? Check. Sizzling romance? Check. Supernatural element that’s sure to cause some roadblocks? Check. Check. Check! To be honest, I had actually had Existence on my Nook for a couple weeks before I got around to reading it. The book sounded awesome and I loved the cover, but something prevented me from diving right in. I had high hopes for it and I guess I was just worried I’d be let down because a few books I’d previously read were a little lack-luster. However, I’m so glad that I finally sat down and started it. I read Existence in one sitting. I just couldn’t put it down!
Pagan Moore is just like your average teenage girl. Well. Not exactly. Since she was a little girl she’s been able to see these beings she refers to as souls. Whether she’s walking down the school hallway, driving through town, or chilling in her bedroom, on occasion, these souls come and go. Although she’s tried profusely, none of these wandering spirits seem capable of interacting with her. But besides this supernatural quirk–like I said, she’s pretty average. She lives with her mom, a stay-at-home writer. She spends a lot of time with Miranda, the super-bubbly, always eager to point out a hotty, best friend, as well as Wyatt, her other best friend and Miranda’s kinda ex-boyfriend (there’s unresolved feelings).
Leif, a fellow classmate and football-god is one boy Pagan hasn’t thought too much about. Although practically every girl in school, including Miranda, would practically die at the chance Leif would give them the time of day, Pagan seems to be immune. She finds Leif to be the typical, big-man on campus: super-popular, gorgeous, gifted, and shallow. However, when Leif approaches Pagan for tutor help, she’s absolutely baffled. She thinks it’s ridiculous that the school’s golden-boy is asking for any help, let alone hers, when he claims to be having trouble in public speaking. While spending time with Leif, Pagan discovers that the age-old “don’t judge a book by its cover” rule is true when she witnesses a different side of Leif. This usual premise could pretty much fill out the rest of the book, but it takes a backseat when Pagan meets the first wandering soul that actually speaks to her. The soul, a gorgeous, snarky, and in my-opinion wise, being, lights a fuse which leads Pagan down an explosive road of discovery. He’s dark, mysterious, and full of secrets, and Pagan is absolutely enthralled. However, when things heat up with Leif, Pagan struggles with choosing the easy or potentially-dangerous route, when it comes to her heart.
I loved Existence. The writing flowed well with interesting and engaging dialogue. I found all the characters were very likable and real. Like Pagan I was drawn to the mysterious soul, as well as captivated by the cute and misunderstood football player. Miranda although boy-crazy and bubbly was a great friend who always had Pagan’s back. Another aspect of Existence that I truly loved was the multiple plot twists. Although early on you sense a love-triangle, the events that took place throughout the novel were completely surprising and slightly chilling.