Sunday, September 1, 2013

Book Review: Predestined by Abbi Glines

Predestined (Existence Trilogy #2) by Abbi Glines
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 brings the right amount of sizzle, a cocky jealous version of Death, and a strong, selfless heroine. It is a fun quick read that really hit the spot. I give it four stars!


Note: This will contain spoilers for the first book. Stop now, if you've not yet read Existence.

I pick up an Abbi Glines book when I want an extra-dose of sugary sweet guys. Glines can write a hot bad boy. One that falls head-over-heels for their woman, will stop at nothing to make her happy, and full of sugary sweet, heart flipping moments. It is not always realistic, but I love her romances and the guys that she creates.

Dank is no exception.

Dank is a bit over-bearing, very protective of Pagan, and cocky. But I knew that going in and it was exactly what I needed for the book boyfriend department. And this read hit the mark.

Book II
The first book gave me a bit of headache with all the 'we-cannot-be-together' angst. I enjoyed the read, but appreciated this book when we jumped straight into Pagan and Dank's happy relationship. Actually, I tend to like most second books in series more for this reason.

This book is wrote from both Pagan and Dank's POVs. I loved being able to hop back and forth between Pagan and Dank's thoughts. Instead of only being able to see Pagan's head. It helps give the story some more dimension and I just love Dank.

The Plot.
Pagan and Dank are together. But now Leif is missing except when he shows up into Pagan's dreams uninvited. Leif feels that he has a claim to Pagan's soul and that she has to pay a restitution. And of course, Dank is not okay with any of this. The fight for Pagan's soul and love is on.

Throw in a quirky Gee, loyal friends Miranda and Wyatt, Pagan's loving mother, a creepy Voodoo Lord, a surprising twist, and sexy Dank, and this story will keep you turning pages while enjoying every minute of Pagan and Dank's story.

Pagan was a lot stronger in this book. She showed a lot of backbone. She thinks for herself, trusts her own instincts, loyal to her friends, and the way that she handles this potential love-triangle with Lief is commendable. She has grown a lot since Existence and I enjoyed her as a MC so much more.

There is one scene towards the back of the book that I thought were geared towards more mature audiences. It was nothing that I felt I needed to skim through, but in my opinion it would not be suitable for the younger YA crowd. Also, this book contains a lot about Voodoo and dark powers. I would not recommend this book if that subject makes you uncomfortable.

Fantastic Four Star Read!
I was a bit in a reading slump when I picked this book up. The other books were good plot wise, but I was needing a good bad boy fix. This book did not disappoint. It filled with some great Dank and Pagan scenes, some actions, a quirky friend, tension, sweetness, strong female lead, hot hero, and even a twist that I didn't see coming.

If you enjoyed Existence, love you some Dank, or like to see a heroine with a backbone, then this book is definitely for you.




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