Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Scorch by Gina Damico

Warning, be prepared for a crash course of what happened in the previous book, Croak,BECAUSE SCIENCE.

Amazon summary, "Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to Damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home. To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?" AMAZON LINK OF JUSTICE

So first things first, I need to acknowledge that my post about Croak was kind of half there because I wasn't entirely sure how much of the book to reveal until I read the sequel. Now that I've read the sequel, I've got a little catching up to do on what happened in Croak.

So in Croak, the mystery of the book, beside the world building of the 'Grimsphere', is the mysterious killings that are starting to happen. Usually the cause of death is pretty apparent (hit by a car, flattened by a piano, etc) but the Juniors (the Grims in training; Lex, Driggs, Zara, Ayjay, Elysia, Kloo, Sofi, Ferbus, and in this book the new additions of Pip and Bang) are coming across some weird deaths, the only thing wrong with the people when they die are their white eyes. They seem completely healthy otherwise except that their eyeballs turn completely white (no pupil, iris, etc). So they start trying to figure out that mystery through a few hijinks and blah blah blah. Nowhere near as poorly as the Scooby Doo gang, so don't worry about that.

It turns out that Zara had managed to find a 'loophole'; a loophole is an item that lets Grims 'crash'; crash is when Grims are able to choose the destination they scythe too rather than follow the programmed course. Zara also has learned that Lex has the ability to Dam souls and tricks Lex into giving her the ability by killing Lex's sister Cordy. Lex than tries to Dam Zara's soul, but Zara does SOMETHING and copies Lex's abiltiy. And begins to wreak havoc. She uses the ability to crash into criminals and such and damn their souls.


Oh, Lex & Driggs totally suck face all over the place after they become a couple. It's kind of weird cute especially when they actually say 'suck face'. Yeah... that happened.

So in Scorch, the race is on to stop Zara, save the Grimsphere, and try not to die. There are some heart wrenching scenes with all the emotions with death and the horrible things that Zara does to get a book and blah blah blah.

I'm not really going to ruin Scorch, maybe when I crash course review it for the third book in the series.



So, when Zara is Dam-ing innocent people, we find out that Lex takes that as a good cover to Dam criminal souls. There's also a weird OH MAN, GRIMS CAN'T BE RELATED OR SECOND GENERATION BLEH BLEH BLEH, that implies that Lex is some sort of super-power nova kind of Grim. Driggs also can undamn souls, but becomes a 'ghost'? And Grotton managed eternal life, but the implication is with very minimal power which is why he used Zara, and Zara used Sofi (and who didn't see that coming? I DIDN'T!), and there's a big chain of connection there somehow. So what in the crap are they going to pull off in the next book? I know there has to be some sort of big coming together moment with all of Lex's comings and goings, and there will probably be something awesome/weird with Driggs situation, but I really don't know what to expect.

And it excites me. :D

I have NO IDEA when the third book comes out and it FRUSTRATES ME SO. But this is a series I will be on the look out for.

Aww yeah.

Happy reading!

*Note, I had this done on 4/1/2013, but refrained from posting it due to April Fool's day. So curse the silly past times of trickery!*

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