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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Predestined by Abbi Glines

Existence #2
"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."

A fabulous sequel to Existence. The story arch in this book was really good. I may need to start giving more books about ghosts and spirits a chance. Dank and Pagan are a really endearing couple. He is far more romantic than he lets himself believe.

There were some really great witty moments in this book as well as some very steamy moments between Pagan and Dank. Even though Dank is on the verge of creepy possessiveness at times, I'm glad that Pagan isn't blindly attached to him. When someone close to her died and she didn't get the heads up from Death, aka Dank, she was able to separate herself from him, so she could grieve alone. It made their connection more believable and realistic, yes she still missed him, but she was angry enough at him that she was able to stay away until she was no longer angry.

Leif was creepy. I know some of the people who've read this book think he was "sweet" but, from my perspective he was just being a stalker. He was being manipulative, giving her half truths and a few complete lies, all while trying to woo her with magical gifts. Pagan refers to Leif as "Weak and Selfish" and that is exactly what he was. He was so willing to let one of her closest friends suffer in hell, just so he could force her to stay with him. And his unwillingness to stand up to his father on the situation for someone he claims to love makes him weak.

The dual POV was really good. I liked seeing the situations from both Dank and Pagans perspective, honestly, that would have been nice for the first book as well. I hope the next book gives me more of this great storytelling that I've had so far.

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