on March 29, 2012
You would think after helping save her boyfriend from an eternity in Hell that things would go back to normal. Well, as normal as life can be when you can see souls and your boyfriend is Death. But for Pagan Moore, things are just getting weirder.
The high school quarterback and reigning heartthrob, Leif Montgomery, is missing. While the town is in a frenzy of worry, Pagan is a nervous wreck for other reasons. Apparently good ‘ol Leif isn’t your average teenage boy. He isn’t even human. According to Death, Leif doesn’t have a soul. The quarterback may have skipped town but he’s still showing up in Pagan’s dreams... uninvited.
Dank has known from the beginning Leif wasn’t human. But he hadn’t worried about a simple soulless creature. Now, he realizes he made a grave mistake. Pagan’s soul has been marked since birth as a restitution, to a spirit so dark not even Death walks near it. Dank knows saving Pagan’s soul won’t be easy but Pagan is his. And he’s already proven he’ll defy Heaven to keep her. If Hell wants a piece of him too, then bring it on.
Predestined is the second book in the Existence Trilogy. Throughout book one I had grown so in-love with the characters and the story. I could barely wait two days after reading Existence before I bought Predestined. I gave book one a raving review rating it with 4.5/5 kitties. Although I loved the new surprises and turn of events that took place in Predestined, I finished it, pretty disappointed. I firmly believe that a good story is supported and sustained by its assembly of characters. In Predestined I saw a new side to one my favorite characters and it turned me off, completely. I literally cringed while reading because the way they acted and everything they said unappealed to me in a big way. In the end I was left with a lot of mixed feelings. The character that I’m referring to plays a very important part and I’m slightly worried about how the next book will go. However, I definitely will be getting book three. Even though there was a part of Predestined I didn’t like, there was many that I did.
Predestined picks up a few weeks after Existence ended. Pagan’s life for the most part, has gotten back to normal. Well, kinda. Although she’s now officially together with Dank, as you can imagine, having a relationship with Death is pretty difficult. A job that requires around-the-clock soul collecting, and Pagan’s own pesky little soul that always tries to release when she and Dank are “in the moment” kind of inhibit the two from having any type of normal-like teenage relationship. Plus, Leif, Pagan’s now ex-boyfriend has been missing ever since Dank revealed a big secret about him at the end of book one. Pagan has constantly been dreaming about semi-forgotten past memories which all feature a cute little boy who always seems to rescue Pagan whether it be physically and emotionally.
There were a lot of great character developments in Predestined. I feel like the friendships really involved into something special. Although Pagan, Miranda, and Wyatt have been friends for so many years, you really see how close they are in book two. Some of the past memories Pagan recollects have do with younger versions of herself, Wyatt and Miranda. It was great to look back on how their friendship and see how it evolved. Plus! Younger-Pagan was so cute! She was a little tom-boy with “girls can do anything that boys can do” attitude. She was so feisty. I loved it. Another great character was, Gee. Her first appearance in book one unsettled me a bit. It was very “girl-interrupted” (inside joke). Although she wasn’t featured too long in book one, she really got a chance to shine in book two. She and Pagan became quick friends. Besides the fact that she is very protective of Pagan, Gee is also extremely funny. She’s edgy, sarcastic, and completely lovable.
Okay now it’s time to talk about Dank. Dank is the character I alluded to in the beginning. It may be a slight-overreaction but I am completely and 100% team anti-Dank as of right now. I’ve said it many times before, I’m a complete sucker for the dark and brooding-types so of course I was immediately drawn to Dank. He fits my preference profile 110%. In Predestined the reading experience was different. This time around the narration swapped between Pagan and Dank. We got to follow the story through both POVs. From a story stand point it made a lot of sense to divide the narration like this because for a while Dank knew what was happening before Pagan did. I realize that nobody is perfect and it’s these imperfections, how they grow, where they came from, and so forth that make a person interesting, especially a literary character. However, I did not enjoy learning more about Dank. I found him to be extremely possessive and aggressive and not in a sexy or lovable way. The more I read Dank’s thoughts, the more I clenched my teeth. For example, Pagan is a pretty shy and moderate girl. She’s not the type to go out wearing mini-skirts and low-hung tanks. She’s not the type to showoff a lot of cleavage or other areas of skin so the fact that Dank thought that she was flaunting herself in a pair of jeans and boots, was insane. Whenever she would merely talk to a boy he’d growl. If he was werewolf instead Death I’d be okay with it (ha ha) but otherwise I just thought it was ridiculous. Time and again he even said to himself that he was super-possessive and it just drove me even crazier. A big aspect of Predestined was Pagan and her feelings of being controlled and owned by Leif. HELLO. That’s exactly what Dank does. I felt like there was a lot of hypocrisy going around. I’m big on free-will and self-choice and it drove me nuts seeing Pagan and Dank together. Okay. Time to stop ranting…
All and all I did love Predestined because it was a great sequel. It had a lot of back story, great characters, mystery, and adventure. Because of these aspects, I’m thoroughly looking forward to book three. However, I can’t wipe out the teeth-clenching impressions and memories of Dank. He’s one of those characters that I fell in love with quickly and dumped even quicker.