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Blog Tour: Death Becomes Me by Elizabeth Holloway - ARC Review + Giveaway

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Death Becomes Me Elizabeth Holloway

Call Me Grim #2
Elizabeth Holloway
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Publication Date: November 2015
Publisher: Self Published
Reviewer: Sophia

Libbi and Aaron are Grim Reapers on the run. They may have escaped their hometown of Carroll Falls unscathed, and are together and alive (well, more or less), but they’ll soon find there’s a price to pay. A deadly one.

By escaping Carroll Falls, Libbi and Aaron have broken the Reaper’s covenant with Abaddon, aka Death himself – and now they’re right at the top of Abaddon’s Most Wanted list. There’s nowhere to hide, and not a single person, alive or dead, they can turn to for help.

But just as it's looking like the end of the line, Libbi hears word of a Reaper in hiding – a Reaper who once escaped Abaddon's wrath. Finding this mysterious Reaper might be the perfect solution… if Death doesn’t find them first.
Advanced Copy provided by the author for the blog tour – thanks!

Back in Call Me Grim, Elizabeth Holloway introduced us to the world of Grim Reapers, the dead who take the souls of the newly dead and bring them to Abbadon until they choose someone to replace them. Holloway left an open ending with Libbi's and Aaron's story, and while I felt Call Me Grim can stand on its own well, I decided to take a gander on the sequel because I also felt Call Me Grim can do just as well with a sequel.

In Death Becomes Me, the second book in the Call Me Grim series, Holloway brings back to the Grim Reaper world, where Libbi and Aaron are now on the run with a huge price set on their heads by none other than death himself – Abbadon.

To be honest, by the end of the book, I honestly felt Call Me Grim was better off as a stand-alone, despite the fact there is an open ending where I'm left not knowing if Libbi and Aaron manage to successfully get away from Abbadon. Death Becomes Me seems to drag the overall plot, and the ending of this one also seems to continue on to a third book (I checked later and Goodreads says I'm right). The book is really just Libbi and Aaron on the run from Abbadon, finding out there was once a Reaper who escaped the clutches that comes with being a Reaper, and hoping to find that Reaper before Abbadon gets to them. In between all of that, the romance goes to the next level, and every Reaper they come across either refuses to help them or tries to turn them in.

That's not to say Death Becomes Me doesn't have its good parts, however. (It's not a complete victim of second book syndrome – huzzah!)

Libbi isn't as humorous as I remember her being back in the first book – she's more serious this time around, and it fits well with the situation she's in. Although she's not as humorous, Libbi still has her occasional humor throughout the book – some of the parts where it's completely inappropriate to laugh were funny simply due to the way it was written.

Libbi definitely keeps her fierce desire to protect her loved ones from harm throughout both books, and while it does play a part to the end, it's one of the things I enjoyed seeing Libbi battle with: turn her back on her family and friends as she is recommended, or giving in to Abbadon.

Ultimately, Death Becomes Me stands well as a sequel to Call Me Grim. While I feel Holloway left me with enough to be curious on finding out more on what happens to Libbi, I feel she is sort of dragging on the series to a third book just to give Libbi and Aaron a happily ever after and a solid ending. In all honesty, I'm probably just a weird person who wants to read a tragedy (No harm in that, is there?).

4.5 Owls

Author Bio

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.

Author Links:
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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts, but also found on various parts of the internet. She's a 19-year-old communications major who has weird humor and doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.