Call Me Grim (Call Me Grim #1) by Elizabeth Holloway
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.
I received an ARC of this book on behalf of Month9Books. This book will be released on September 9th, 2014.
I was really quite impressed with this novel. Holloway has something rather unique going with Call Me Grim, and I was pleased with the direction she took. I’ve read just a couple of books with grim reapers as the central supernatural being, but this is one of my favorites.
The characters were great—right from the very beginning I had a good feel for Libbi. I loved her little brother Max from the moment we met him. And, you know, Aaron’s great too. Kyle and Haley, two of the supporting characters, took a little while for me to get my bearings with simply because they weren’t as present quite as much, and for good reason. It didn’t matter, because Libbi gave us the context we needed to understand them.
One of the reasons I didn’t give this an even higher rating is because some of the rules of the world don’t quite sit well with me. I spotted some potential holes that were appropriately patched and elegantly explained away, but nothing overbearing—certainly nothing a frequent fantasy reader should have a problem with suspending disbelief for. I’m still a little uncomfortable with the whole “being marked” thing (as alluded to in the description)—it seemed a bit messy to me, but it worked out well in the end. Otherwise, Holloway clearly knows how her magic works and has a good understanding for the nuance of the reaper community she’s established. She’s made sure there aren’t any holes, and she effectively communicates all of the necessary tidbits to the reader without being overwhelmig about it.
All in all, Holloway did a great job with the pacing in this one—the slower moments came where they needed to, and there wasn’t any excessive fluff. This book is very comfortably positioned to be the intro of a multi-book plot, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more—I’m super intrigued to find out what happens next in the series.
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