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Tempting Death

(The Grim Trilogy #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  78 reviews
The truck should have flattened Libbi into a pancake, but a mysterious boy named Aaron saved her life. The problem? Aaron’s the local Grim Reaper. The bigger problem? He saved her so he could ask her to take over his job. Now, Libbi has just days to choose between dying like she was supposed to or living a lonely life as Death Incarnate. The choice only gets harder when sh ...more
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Published May 30th 2016 by Elizabeth Holloway (first published September 9th 2014)
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
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I don't think you understand how much I love this book.


Another grim reaper story you might say, but I'm gonna stop you right there. With fully developed characters and well thought out plot, Call Me Grim stands out!

First of all, you guys know I'm picky about heroines. They're very important in a book and it sucks big time when you really want to like the book but the heroine keeps ruining it for you. Right? Am I the only one? So imagine my relief when I found
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
It was ok. I expected more grim reaping.
Dorothy Dreyer
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was privileged to get to read this book in its infancy. Holloway weaves a wonderful tale in which the protagonist has to make difficult choices. Choices between life and death, what to believe and what not to believe, and what she's willing to sacrifice. I can't wait to put this book on my bookshelf!
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Wonderful Stars

I was scheduled to die, and there was no avoiding my fate.
My soul belonged to the gateway. After Aaron saved my life not once, but twice... I either faced death, or a life condemned as a Grim Reaper.
I've been told there is no way to escape, but I am stubborn.
I don't often take no for an answer.

(^^Not actually from the book. It is my Summary in the main character's point of view^^).

Jennifer Eaton
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a pretty, signed copy of this book after winning a contest. When I flipped it over and read the back cover blurb I thought: “What was I thinking? Who wants to read about The Grim Reaper?”

But okay, I had a book in my hands, and I’d just finished another book, so why not?

Let me say that I was pretty happy I gave this book a chance.

I have never read a Grim Reaper story before. Apparently this is a genre in itself, because I received two more Grim Reaper books by another author from the s
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Imagine you are at the top of the world because you won something, and then this weird guy shows up. And you haven't seen him before, he tells you that "something bad's going to happen to you tomorrow." How will you react?

And this is what happened to Libbi.

But instead of making me swoon with his stalker prowess, he’s caused me to fail my final, piss
off my best friend, and he’s given me a bloody nose. Smooth. And now he wants me to use his nasty
snot rag? Gross.

Libbi Piper meets Aaron only to f
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
I'm always looking for a great "reaper" story similar to that show "Dead Like Me" which I LOVED. Call Me Grim started off great but then began to lose me. I felt like there were a bunch of unnecessary plot twists and weird character personality shifts, especially closer to the end, to the point that it pretty much ruined the story for me. The first half was definitely entertaining but it began to fall apart in the second half and completely disintegrated into a convoluted mess by the end.

I apologize if this review seems all over the place but I thought this book was great! First off, I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis – a Grim Reaper PNR of sorts? Sign me up!

This story follows 17 year-old Libbi who is soon to be embarking on that time period in life where everything is geared towards your future: scholarships, getting into college, etc. And Libbi is definitely looking forward to it. Until one day when she meets Aaron. Aaron mysteriously shows up at her art show exhibit a
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just finished this and all I can say is wow, just wow.

Call Me Grim is the story of Libbi, a young talented artist. Libbi lives in a small town and has a lot going for her. She is a talented artist who has a piece in a big competition. She loves her Mother and little brother, Max (even if he does annoy her from time to time). She has her best friends, the twins Haley and Kyle. Life might not be that exciting but its full of things that she loves - and its hers. All of that changes when sh
Michelle (Scarborg)
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Rating: 4/5

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 gre
This book was a pleasant surprise. I went into it thinking it would be an angsty YA read. There was a bit of angsty, but it fit into the story. Everything else about this book drew me in and kept me on edge the whole time.

The whole book comes from Libbi's POV, have sole control of the narrative it is important she is like-able. She is actually rather fabulous for a teen character. Thankfully, she is not boy obsessed like so many heroines in YA. She does have a bit of crushing going on, but it i
Feb 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

I'm excited by so many things in this book. As one of my first ARCs of the new year, I can definitely say that 2015 has good things in store! Call Me Grim was a well written young adult read. It doesn't suffer from unnecessary love triangles and teen drama. It's just a good story with a quirky plot. Libbi is a great teen narrator. She didn't read too old for me or too whiny. She's snarky, funny, and has an extreme inner dialogue that anyone
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 t
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

Call me grim is about teenager Libby who almost gets hit by a truck but is saved by mysterious guy named Aaron. He saved her for a reason, he's a Grimm and he wants her to take her place.She doesn't believe him but starts to see glowing light aroung people and after witnessing Aaron take the soul of an elderly woman she starts to believe what he says is true.

She only has two days to decide if she will take his place or she will die. She doesn't
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS BOOK WAS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! It is not very often that I am in mourning about a book and how far away the sequel's release date is but guess who just rolled on her floor for 20 minutes about how far away the day is. This book is for one extremely unique I have not heard of nor read any book that incorporates the aspect of a Grim Reaper. It was an epic story about a girl name Libbi Piper's fight for survival.

Libbi overall was a strong character. I like the fact that she is
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

What a amazing story! I'm always a little excited for a grim reaper tale and I'm very happy with this one! Libby should be dead but right when she's about to meet her maker someone saves her. What is even better is finding out her "knight in shining armor" is actually a grim reaper! A seriously sexy one, I might add. Aaron mainly saved Libby because he wants her to take over his Grim Reaping job. She has a short time to decide
I’ve been offered a free copy from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.


When it comes to YA –and probably any- novels, there are subjects that will instantly have me adding it to my TBR list: Dreamscapes or dreams and Reapers and anything about an afterlife operation. In the case of Call Me Grim, it is about dreams. KIDDING! Of course it’s about the Grim Reaper. Well, not thee Grim Reaper, but reapers in general. And I must gush and say that I absolutely
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
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
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

When I first came across this book and saw that it was about reapers, I knew I had to read it! Call me morbid (see what I did there? lol), but I LOVE reapers! And this book did not disappoint! It was awesome!

Libbi was a very likable character, and I really felt for her! She was very easy to connect to, which was great! Libbi's little brother Max was the BEST! He's just your average sweet but annoying little brother. But oh my gods did I love him! There was this one
Dannie JO
My Thoughts...

Oh my cheese puffs, Currently a minute a go I've just finished this book and I'm still feeling the crazy after effects of this book. I'm going to have a book hangover when I wake up. It's only 11:29 pm and I have no idea how to collect my thoughts. I want to start out by saying honestly that I didn't expect this to be a good read. When I read the synopsis from the author I was interested but clueless to how it was going to unfold . I've never heard of a female protagonist that is
Kristelle Elaine
I received a digital copy of this book from Chapter by Chapter when I signed up for its blog tour in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All are my own opinion and is not compensated by any individual, organization, or company.

Call Me Grim is about Libbi Piper who was saved by Grim Reaper Aaron. But due to Aaron’s action, she was forced to choose between dying and living alone invisible to everyone except the newly dead. She was ready to turn down Aaron’s offer not until her best friend,
Stephanie Ward
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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 ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 dif
Emma Star Crossed Reviews
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
Katherine Paschal
Libbi is being followed by a strange boy. He may be attractive, but it still freaks her out. When he saves her life and gives her the option to either take over his position as a Grim reaper or to complete her fate and die the next day, Libbi is torn. If she chooses to accept his job offer, then she has a week to say goodbye to her family while training, but will ultimately be alone forever after. Libbi is torn by her choices, until her best friend’s fate is revealed, sealing Libbi’s future, wha ...more
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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From my blog, The Paisley Reader.

From the first page I was hooked on this book as Libbi deals with a quasi-stalker at her school. So rather than go straight home from school she detours to throw him off her trail, but it nearly costs her her life. Libbi’s savior is Aaron, her would-be stalker, and she learns some stunning news. Aaron has been following her because he knew she was going to die…he’s the Grim Reaper, or at least the one for her area.

I liked Libbi almost immediately as she was extre
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If signing up as the fourth horsewoman of the apocalypse buys me time, then hand me a scythe and call me Grim.”

After reading the blurb for this book I was immediately intrigued, and I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed upon full investigation.

If you’re a giant urban fantasy fan like me but are looking for a change of pace from the oh so frequent vampires, werewolves, angels, and fairies this could very well be your book. As the title, cover, and blurb of this book suggest, the supernatural fo
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

If you want to get technical, I'd give it 2.75 stars but I rounded up (and the book sort of deserves that).

A decent bit of humor, a good lump of Supernatural and an adorable romance.

The premise got me because who doesn't love a supernatural romance?!

The book itself was probably a little disappointing, though. If you're going to go with the Reaper shtick, go all the way, man. Holloway didn't delve too deeply into the actual
Disclaimer: I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review as follows.

3.5 stars. Rounded up on amazon for the "liked it" tag. 3 here for the "liked it" tag.

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 come
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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 music lover. She is still trying to decide what she wants to be when she grows up.

Other books in the series

The Grim Trilogy (3 books)
  • Living Grim (The Grim Trilogy, #2)
  • Reaper Rising (The Grim Trilogy, #3)

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