Call Me Grim

Call Me Grim

by Elizabeth Holloway

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Call Me Grim 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939765444
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Publication date: 11/11/2014
Series: Call Me Grim Series
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Holloway is a writer of young adult fiction living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children and their growing number of pets. In addition to writing, she is a registered nurse, an avid reader, an out-of-practice artist, a karaoke singer, and a music lover. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

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Call Me Grim 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
What drew me to this at first was the awesome cover, then when I read the blurb, well I knew I'd read it!! Even better though, I got the chance to listen to the audio of this instead of reading!  What would you do if faced with the choice of dying or becoming the local Grim Reaper? Well that's the choice Libby is given. She is supposed to die but someone saves her. It's the same guy she has been seeing around for the last few days. This boy tells her that she can either die or take over from him as Grim Reaper. He tells her that he has a job to do then he will die and she will be the Reaper.  It may seem an easy choice but could you live forever and see everyone you love die, with no way to help them. Could you live forever where no one can see you until they die? Libby doesn't think she can but when her BFF turns up with a tear in his soul, Libby has no choice but to accept and hopefully find some time to help him.  I loved Libby! She has such spunk and is a well rounded character. She was a no nonsense kind of girl. She is offered the choice to die or live forever and chooses to die, but when she see where her BFF is headed she immediately takes the offer and tries to do what she can to help. She is also so level headed, she doesn't just fall for the hot guy but thinks everything through.  Aaron is so mysterious and aloof at first but it's still hard not to like him. Finding out his story was heartbreaking!! I loved his loyalty too. He hates that he has to get someone else to take his job but he knows he doesn't have any other choice. I loved seeing Aaron and Libbys friendship grow. Anyway, Call Me Grim was such an awesome read. It was a fun yet grim read. The choices we make can not only affect you but everyone else too. It was fascinating learning about the splits in the soul and how and why they were there :) I loved that spin on the Grim Reaper story, I also found it intriguing when Aaron was showing Libby how to take the soul and what happens at the gateway. This isn't just a story of the Grim Reaper, it's about loyalty, friendship, hard choices, right or wrong choices and consequences.  Overall, I loved Call Me Grim. Its such an intriguing and captivating read. From it's lovable characters to it's enthralling world, Call Me Grim is a must read. I can not wait to see what happens next!! I listened to the audio of this and Kelly Collins Lintz did an amazing job. She really brought Libby to life and had her spunk and fun spirit down perfect. She delivered some of Libbys sassy lines perfectly. I will definitely check out more narrated by her.
Faye_MM More than 1 year ago
I can't say how many Grim Reaper books I've read. Quite a few actually. This actually has an interesting plot that kept me on guessing till the end. Although the beginning seemed a bit slow but it actually gets more interesting between the choices Libby would make, the history of Aaron, and the other characters especially Libby's best friends. The characters were well developed but I must admit I kind of dislike Libby. There was just something about that irritated me but don't get me wrong, her character fits perfectly. I loved Aaron's character. He was my favorite. I felt bad for him when I learned about his past. Then, there's the feelings between both Aaron and Libby which was complicated due to the fact there are rules and Aaron found it the hard way when you broke these rules. Speaking of rules, there are a ton of rules for the Grim Reapers. The DO's and DONT's. And if you break them the consequences are harsh. The story got more complicated in the ending in which I kind of got it but at the same time, there's like a twist at the end which was explained somehow but not really in details. The ending is definitely a cliffhanger. And hopefully, there would be more explanations regarding the rules concerning Grim Reapers. I do wonder what will happen to them because like I said it's complicated. Received copy
closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!  ***Received the ebook from Month9Books for an honest review The cover is pretty especially her green eyes, and I like the soul glow effect on the title :) Okay when I started reading the book, it was a little slow.  This changed, and it was kind of mysterious with all the intrigues and things Libbi was trying to figure out and fix.  Of course, I won’t go into detail because that would spoil your adventure, but Libbi is an awesome teen lead in the story. Aaron is mysterious, and you aren’t sure what to make of him until the end of the book :)  Of course, there is all sorts of drama and action going on to keep your attention especially the last half of the book. This is the first book in the series, and while there is an ending, it also leaves you hanging and wanting book 2 like now.  This is a great start to a new series, and I didn’t realize until the end how much I liked it and can’t wait to read more.  Elizabeth does a great job with details where you can imagine the story in your head while reading.  This would be a great book to add to my classroom library when I can afford to :) I recommend this series to YA fans who want a Grim Reaper story that is new and has all sorts of things going on in the story :)
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review:  Stars: Overall 4  Narration 4  Story 4  Starting off a bit slowly, Holloway uses the narration and point of view from Libbi to great effect: giving readers a solid sense of her character before the real action and tension start.  I was curious about a Grim Reaper as a main character, this could easily have gone very dark and dreary, yet the story holds a hopeful, even positive feel despite the rather heavier content.   Told in Libbi’s point of view, the first person narration (a difficult task to master) gives a true sense of the teenaged Libbi, her choices, her concerns and her heart.  With a nice mix of interactions, interior thoughts and some terrific supporting characters, readers are drawn into the story as Libbi has to decide if she will help Aaron shed the mantle of Reaper by assuming it herself, dying as she should have in that accident.  Aaron is wonderfully built, with his own set of conflicts and grief that he willingly shares: add in Libbi’s younger brother Max who is instantly engaging and Haley and Kyle who slowly grow into characters to appreciate.  A full cast to fill out the story in this character-driven work.  I had a few moments where suspension of disbelief just didn’t work- some plotting holes that were explained away, almost.  And, I had some difficulty reconciling one character’s final actions with the personality and development of them to this point, which wasn’t so easily forgotten.  I was hoping for some solid conclusions and end, yet that was just out of grasp with an ending that is mid-scene and high in tension.  I’m not usually a huge complainer about cliffhangers, but this story, in and of itself deserved a solid conclusion.  Narration in this story is provided by Kelly Collins Lintz, and this was my first encounter with this narrator.  Her performance was spot-on, each character has a unique and distinct voice that fits their imagined selves, with delivery, pitch and pacing adjusted fractionally for each; making this an easy to follow narration and adding the right amount of emotional inflection to keep readers aware and interested.  If you are looking for a natural-feeling, teen appropriate Grim Reaper tale, Elizabeth Holloway has created a story that, if you are patient and read through the slow start will provide many readers with a new favorite.  I received an AudioBook copy of the title via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy ready which catches your attention immediately. Perfect for teenagers and young adults. I read the book in two sittings because I was so drawn to it! Can't wait to read the next book! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an awesome read. It caught my attention from the very beginning. I read the entire thing in one night. The entire story line and characters flowed perfectly. Looking forward to ready more books from Elizabeth Holloway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Great characters and a story line that kept me guessing all the way to the end. Highly recommended!
StephWard More than 1 year ago
'Call Me Grim' is a fun young adult paranormal novel that tells the story of our main character - Libbi - who is told one day that she's going to die if she crosses the road at a certain time. The creepy (yet cute) stalker guy who saves her life is Aaron - and there's definitely something weird and wrong about him, but Libbi can't put her finger on it. After Aaron saves Libbi's life, she is given a choice: take over Aaron's job as resident Grim Reaper of the town; or die like she was supposed to. Libbi has a huge decision to make and things get even worse when she sees her best friend is marked, which means that they will commit murder sometime in the future. If Libbi accepts Aaron's offer to become the next Reaper, she will have time to stop the murder from happening and fix the mark - or, if she declines, her friend will go to Hell and she'll end up dead herself. Which choice is Libbi going to make - Grim Reaper stuck in her town, invisible to everyone except dead people - or dying herself and condemning her best friend to Hell? I was immediately drawn to this book after reading the description. There's been quite a few books about reapers lately, but this one stands out from the rest. The author gives it a fast pace, detailed descriptions, and a main character who is realistic and easy to identify with. The plot may not be the most original, but it has it's own unique charm. I loved the inner dialogue and comments that Libbi makes throughout the story. She is the epitome of the average teenage girl with her character and attitude, along with the everyday issues she deals with - school, family, friends, her love of art, dreams, and fears. I easily connected with Libbi from the beginning of the story and it felt like I was experiencing everything right beside her throughout the book. The rest of the characters were a bit flat, but since they weren't really a big focus in the book, it didn't really make much difference. The story had a conversational tone which made it easy to immerse myself into and I flew threw it in one sitting. It's both fun and tragic - dealing with serious and troubling issues like death with a light hearted and witty flare. I found it hard to believe that this was the author's debut novel - it was incredibly well written with fantastic attention to detail on all levels. Overall, this is a imaginative YA paranormal story that fans of the genre will definitely want to get their hands on! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was thinking about how to start this review - as usual -, but then I decided to just go and say: I feel so so bad about giving it such a low rating. Because it's not like it was a horrible book, phew, I won't even look at it any more. Not at all. In fact, it was pretty decent. If I'm being a reader, I'd even go as far as saying I quite enjoyed it. But since I'm typing out a review, I will have to think as a reviewer and in that case, I consider the rating justified. Let's start with one of the worst; insta-love(ish). I added the "ish", because although they seemed to delve into the "I'll sacrifice myself for you" fairly soon, the romance was so on and off, I had a hard time deciding whether it was insta-love or insta-attraction. To me, insta-attraction is a perfectly okay thing, unlike insta-love, which tends to bother me. However, in this case, I believe it doesn't even matter any more as the on and off romance was annoying enough as it is. Another rather irritating aspect was the faulty world-building. Yes, it wasn't lacking original and witty ideas, but there was just nothing that would have limited the reaper's powers. They had every type of ablitities in order to make their lives easier, not to mention Libbi's exceptional, never-before-seen superpowers that happened to trick one of the biggest drawbacks of the Grim Reaper's life. Only by accident of course.  Moreover, though Libbi's voice was fresh and livid, the humor felt forced at some points. Sure as hell am I fond of wit, but there is such a thing as too much. On the positive side, Ms Holloway nailed the pacing exquisitely. I wasn't bored for a second. I read the book in two sittings. Also, despite it's (not small) awrinesses, the story was entertaining and peculiar. The latter came just in time as lately I've felt like very many of the YA books are just too similar as many of them are based on the same tropes. Overall, I'm sad to rate it down, because as a reader it was an enjoyable read. But if you tend to be more critical and be bothered by the mentioned aspects, you should be more careful reading it. Still, I do think Call Me Grim's worth a shot.