Author: Elizabeth Holloway
Narrator: Kelly Collins Lintz
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Synopsis: 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 think it’s fair to say that Grim Reapers are YA’s next fantasy craze and this book is a fine addition to the genre. I liked Libbi. She seems to have a good head on her shoulders for the most part.The language feels authentic and Libbi’s feelings make sense for the situations. What I didn’t like was that Call Me Grim features a predictable YA fantasy love story – immortal/semi-immortal mythical creature, who happens to be really hot, falls for high school girl. I’m not really a fan of the trope – somehow we are supposed to ignore the fact that Aaron is really in his 50s and used to date Libbi’s school librarian, who is old, just because Aaron hasn’t physically aged past 17? That said, there is not an insta-love connection between Libbi and Aaron, which gives credibility to the possibility of a love story. Most of the characters were likable and related, with the exception of Libbi’s awful friends. As far as those awful friends go, they were annoying teenagers who make illogical decisions and really didn’t redeem themselves to me at all. Kyle was the worst.
This is a ListenUp title, so I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Kelly Collins Lintz. I think she was definitely the right choice for Call Me Grim. Her storytelling was exciting, her pacing appropriate, and her character voices distinct without being over the top. I didn’t like the way she voiced Kyle, but that might just be because I hated Kyle as a character.
Overall, I liked it. Actually, I liked it more than I expected to. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes teen and young adult fantasy.