Friday, March 29, 2013


Croak by Gina Damico


Okay, okay, I'll share the amazon summary to maybe give a feel of how this book reads, "Fed up with her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. 
But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure.
He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business.She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she encounters a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. Will she ditch Croak and go rogue withher reaper skills?" AMAZON LINK OF LAUGHTER

Actually, that amazon summary as usual sucks.

I'll do one!

Lex, short for Lexington, is 16, and referred to as 'Tyrannosaurus Lex' at her school as she went delinquent when she was 14. Before then, she was a straight A student, well liked, yadda yadda yadda; but then one day she woke up with a lot of unexplained rage inside of her. Then someone would set her off and wind up with a black eye. She has a twin sister named Concord, or Cordy who has supported her and stuck by her despite her rage. The sisters love each other to pieces. Their Mom is in love with American History, hence the twins names, and their Dad is an alright guy. The parents have stuck with her for this entire debacle of delinquent behavior but have reached their last straw. They decide that to curb her outrageous behavior, some good hard labor at her Uncle Mort's farm will do wonders.

So she's sent to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer.
In the town of Croak.
Which turns out to be a town set up for Grims.
Yeah, Grims like the Grim Reaper.
But this story has a very welcome twist.

The Grims actually function as soul transporters. There's two types of Grims: Killers and Cullers. The Killers actually release the souls from the bodies and the Cullers get the soul into a container for safe transportation.

There's a really neat system of how the whole town functions and the author has built the town of Croak as well as the world of Grim with such precision that I'm not left asking questions about how anything works or who does what, etc. Love it.

There's a great humor that takes place through the whole story and each character that is introduced has very individual pluck.

I guess the novel makes death seem a bit more bearable.

Lex seems kind of like an obnoxious character at first, but she warms up as she starts to discover a place that accepts her for what she is and flourishes. Like Croak was her missing piece, and everyone else in Croak is just as awesome as she is.

I have the second book and am way too eager to embark on it, so cheers!
I'll take my scattered brain onward!

Happy reading!

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