Saturday, May 11, 2013
Review Post: Predestined By Abbi Glines
Predestined (Existence Trilogy #2)
Author: Abbi Glines
Mature YA 17+
5 out of 5 Stars
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.
Holy Cow I loved this book! There was so much unknown that every page made it harder and harder to put down. I loved how Dank and Pagan's relationship moved on. I liked that Leif turned out to be not such a good guy, I mean come on, no one is that good. In Existence, we never saw Dank's true ability and how powerful he really is. In Predestined, he showed that and more. Not only is he a bad-ass, but loyal, possessive, and tender. Pagan really surprised me in this book. Previously I was ready to pull my hair out because of how emotional she was, and crying a lot. This time, she was so much stronger, more sure of herself and her relationship with Dank, and she was smarter. The action and suspense happened in parts throughout the book, not at the very end which can leave readers unimpressed with the story. Let me tell you, there was no lacking in any department in this book. I like Abbi's writing style with writing story that is enjoyable for older YA readers and adults. Her characters represent reality, not the fictional version that makes no sense and do the stupidest things no ordinary person would do. I think the greatest thing you can take away from this book is seeing the sacrifices each character is willing to take, from Pagan's mother, to Dank, to Leif, and to Pagan. Although each sacrifice was different and done for different reasons, in the end it's the price you will pay that matters the most.