Advanced Review Copy provided by Month9Books for the blog tour
I fully admit I signed up for the blog tour because of the way the synopsis is written – it speaks to me! Of course I’m excited! Except there’s a big problem: what if I don’t like it? What if I hate it, or, or, want to throw it out the window because it was just that terrible?
Hint: I didn’t throw it out the window. Holloway’s debut novel is one you don’t want to bypass simply. A girl nearly gets killed, gets saved and offered a job yet has 48 hours to choose. Add the fact a best friend is marked for murder and time is tick tocking (certainly not slowly) – what more could you ask for? The idea oozes awesomeness all around.
BUT… there’s just a few things. I feel that Holloway focused more on the plot and the action rather than the character building. I completely get that the fast pace might be an emphasis for how fast time is running out for Libbi. And as much as I just love Libbi Piper as a character and her personality, I don’t feel as though I know her. Libbi and I are still strangers – there’s hardly anything about her past aside from a life of taking care of her brother when her mom is working in a hospital. Her dad just upped and left once upon a time. Well, at least until she was supposedly killed. But I’m quite sure Libbi has a much more interesting life than always taking care of her little brother – even I have one (and my life is quite similar to Libbi’s. Just lots of family drama.)!
Aside from all of that, there’s barely anything else about Libbi, and she’s the main character. You would expect more than a life of taking care of her brother and having a couple of besties since childhood – I feel like I know Grimmy Aaron more now. I’m quite disappointed.
Second, the love triangle. It was extremely obvious the romance isn’t going to go well (please, don’t tell me the best friend never wins. I know that. That’s beside the point.). If there’s one thing that’s obvious from day one, it’s the fact Libbi is going to be no doubt jumping between two corners of the triangle so said corners wouldn’t murder each other. LITERALLY.
(I personally predict that will be the near future of the Lux series.)
Despite the couple of problems, I loved Call Me Grim – the building of the Grim Reaper world, Libbi’s humor and making light of the entire situation even though it was likely she wouldn’t get out of the situation “alive”. Elizabeth Holloway is an author you’ll want to watch out for in this particular genre.
Elizabeth Holloway is a registered nurse living in Southern Pennsylvania with her two teen children, Bam-bam the dog, and Tinkerbell the cat. CALL ME GRIM is her first novel.
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