Date(s) read: December 20 – 21, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal
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 with her reaper skills?
There are books that some people tend to LOVE and rave about. This is one of those books. In fact, people going on and on about their love of this book is what led me to pick up a copy – which then sat on my bookshelf for MONTHS. When I received the second book in the series, Scorch, for review, I knew I had to get my butt in gear and read the first book. My fingers were crossed that this wasn’t going to be one of those books that everyone loved and I felt ‘meh’ about. Thankfully, it wasn’t.
Croak was FANTASTIC. I never know how I feel about books that are full of sarcasm and humour. Sometimes it’s something that either goes over my head, or it’s just not my idea of humour. Gina Damico, on the other hand, must have spent some time in my head. There were so many times while reading this that I bust a gut laughing. I just loved the main character and her trip to Croak. I loved her interaction with the people there and with her own family – even her extended family in Uncle Mort.
Of course, I do think that being a huge fan of the TV show Dead Like Me lends itself to my love of this book. Within its pages, I could just see snarky George dealing with Rube and Mason and it made me feel nostalgic for the show (which got cancelled way too early, in my own, side-tracked opinion). With such a huge amount of books dealing with vampires, werewolves, zombies, or other paranormal creatures, it’s nice to see a good ol’ grim reaper book. AND, I have to say, a book that has a bit of romance in it, but not romance that takes away from the story. In face, this is probably one of my favourite romances because it’s sweet, silly, and not way in the forefront.
Being a page-turner for me, I can’t wait to see what happens in Scorch. There was a definite cliffhanger and tone of seriousness in the last pages that had my jaw on the floor, so it’ll be nice to get back within the world of Croak to see what happens next. Thank you to everyone who convinced me to read this – I’m very happy I did.