Series: Croak, #2
Author: Gina Damico
Date(s) read: July 23 – 24, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
Source: Publisher (Paperback)
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?
Thank you to Thomas Allen & Sons for sending me a review copy of this book!
As with most second books in a series, I wonder if I’ll be able to start reading cold turkey, without any recap from the first book, and still get what’s going on — or, if I’ll give up after a few chapters wondering if I actually did read the first book. The test of a good series? One where I can dive into the next book and get into it right away.
Thankfully, Scorch was exactly like that. It still had that almost Dead Like Me vibe going on and some new shenanigans taking place in the town of Croak. In fact, this story seemed to be almost darker than the first book and while I didn’t completely fall head over heals for the story, I was pretty eager to find out what was going on and where the story would go.
The characters were wonderful, as always, and it was nice to recognize some names as the story went on. I still completely love Uncle Mort — especially his restrictions on Lex and Driggs’s relationship. It was also nice to see Lex’s sister again, as well as the crazy cast of characters we get to see in the Afterlife (seriously, Poe cracks me up!).
One thing that I love about these books is the humour. There were so many times where I found myself laughing out loud over a line and that was great because it really balanced out the darkness of the story. Really, when you have a story about grims who take the lives of others, you have to have some humour to lighten up the mood. Luckily, Gina Damico does that brilliantly.
The only thing that I didn’t really like about this story was that it kind of drifted at some point when some of the characters go to DeMyse. While it was still an interesting part to read, I felt like the focus of the story was a bit muddled there and lost a bit of its drive.
I am so looking forward to the next book in this series as this one kind of finished off on a bit of a cliffhanger — MAJOR things happened and I need to know what will happen next!