Title: Call Me Grim
Author: Elizabeth Holloway
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Urban, Grim Reapers
The truck should have turned Libbi Piper into a Libbi Pancake — and it would have, too, if Aaron hadn’t shown up and saved her life. The problem? Aaron’s the local Grim Reaper… and he only saved Libbi’s life because he needs someone to take over his job. Now, Libbi has two days to choose between dying like she was supposed to, or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. Talk about a rock and a hard place.
And the choice goes from hard to sucktastic when her best friend shows up marked: condemned as a future murderer. Libbi could have an extra week to stop the murder and fix the mark… but only if she accepts Aaron’s job as Reaper, trapping herself in her crappy town forever, invisible and inaudible to everyone except the newly dead. But, if she refuses? Her best friend is headed straight for Hell.
Why I picked it up:
I read this book as part of the Call Me Grim blog tour.
What I didn’t like about it:
This book is about Grim Reapers and the “magic” involved was a little… unbelievable at times. “Reapers” seem to have a lot of powers and I would have liked to know a little more on the mechanics of where they come from. There wasn’t a lot of world building and rules when it came to the magic.
Most of the time when I rate a book as average, I don’t really know what was missing to give the book a better rating. I enjoy the plot, the characters, the writing, the pace, the setting, but I don’t LOVE anything about it. It’s all good, but not excellent.
What I liked about it:
I really enjoyed the writing style. This is the sort of writing that I enjoy – simple, to the point, and filled with personality. I love it when a character leaps off a page and Libbi really did that for me. I think that’s how the author drew me into the story. She focused on character, then setting, then plot. So I felt connected from the beginning. I really appreciated Libbi’s struggle in the first half of the story.
I also liked the Grim Reaper subject matter. I’ve never read a novel about Grim Reaper’s before. I liked what Libbi had to give up to become one. The only thing worse was literally death, so I really believed the stakes and her indecision.
Call Me Grim follows the themes of fate, redemption, friendship, and family. The ending was a little too dramatic for my tastes, but overall, I enjoyed this.
My Verdict – 3 Stars