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Sunday, September 14, 2014

{BOOK REVIEW} Call Me Grim by Elizabeth Holloway

Book Title: Call Me Grim
Author: Elizabeth Holloway
Publisher: Month9Books
Publishing Date: September 9, 2014
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Source:publisher in exchange for an honest review
Book Blurb

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.


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 Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review as follows.

I was delighted to be offered a chance to read this book in exchange for a review. I've recently found a few books here and there that deal with reapers and have become more and more interested in this kind of storyline. Morbid? Perhaps. But I like that justice you see displayed and the compassion that often comes with it.

This book is no different when you're at the reaping part. Aaron displays great compassion for the recently deceased and there is fear for those who have to go to the Darkness. But the main storyline focuses around the new soon-to-be reaper and all that she discovers about the current Grim Reaper, her best friend, etc.

I think I am too old for this book and its demographic. While I enjoyed reading the novel, I tended to roll my eyes a lot especially when it came to one of her best friends and the fight ("If you don't know why I'm mad, then you're stupid!" etc.) or how Libbi's idea of fixing her best friend is to lie to him and tell him what he wants to hear or how, even after he causes her to get stitches from a display of violent temper, that violence is swept under the rug, especially when she learns about Aaron's past.  (Did you love that run-on? :D) I think I'm at the stage of my life where my tolerance for this is just absolutely gone.

I am not a fan of Kyle: I found him manipulative, I disliked his tendency towards violence (doesn't matter he didn't mean to hurt HER, he meant to hurt someone), and disliked his woe-is-me crap.

The ending could be termed a cliffhanger, but you could also read this as a standalone and fill in the "after" with your own imagination. If there's a second book for the "after", then hey! It was a cliffhanger! If not, then your imagination can take over.

Thanks to Month9Books for the read!