Saturday, March 17

Croak by Gina Damico

Croak by Gina Damico
Release Date: March 20, 2012
Publisher: Graphia
Age Group: Young Adult

Pages: 320

Summary: Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her 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 that of shoveling manure.

He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.

Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer.

Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?

My Thoughts: When I started reading Croak, I wasn’t too sure about it. Sure, it has an interesting plot line (reminds me of Dead Like Me tv show) and it sounds like it could have a little bit of romance on top of the interesting plot line.

To sum it up, Lex gets shipped off to her uncle’s house thinking it’s going to be a boring uneventful summer. Boy, is she wrong! Not what she was expecting at all.

First, lets talk a little about the characters. First, there is Lex. Lex is going through a rebellious stage, always getting into trouble unlike her perfect sister. Lex is just going through a bit of a stage where she doesn’t really care about much anymore.

Next, there is her uncle Mort. Mort kind of came off as creepy at first. I wasn’t sure what to think about him, but after a while he’s easy to warm up too. He has a bit of the same personality as Lex.

Than there is Driggs. Driggs was such a fun character. Between his constant bickering with Lex, he sure is a riot to have around. He was probably my favorite out of the whole book. There are also a lot of other characters throughout the book including all of the other Junior Grim Reapers. Each one has his/her own story and contributes to the novel in some way.

Croak was a different kind of story for me. It was such an interesting concept, I knew I had to at least give it a try. I would have liked to see more romance between Driggs and Lex but I always knew deep down there was something special there, even if it wasn’t always on the outside.

Overall: I really enjoyed Croak. I didn’t love it as much as a 5 cupcake book but it was definitely interesting and kept my interest. It was such a weird plot that it was hard to resist reading it. I’m sure a lot of people will put this on their 2012 TBR pile! It’s fun, snarky, and has some cool characters.

Cover: I’ve seen a few different variations of this cover and I like each one the same. I love how she has the big knife looking thing behind her. Also love how her hood is up on her head.

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Kate @Midnight Book Girl said...

I really want to read this book! I was a huge fan of Dead Like Me and have felt that grim reapers have been sadly lacking in YA fiction. ;)

The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

I really enjoyed the humor in this book-that helped it to stand out in the crowded YA field. Definitely one to recommend!

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

I must admit that I - first - thought it was a boy on the cover :p

This book sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the review!

Mandy said...

This sounds interesting. I'm starting to get into books with grim reapers in it (Soul Screamers!) so I'm really curious about it.

I think if I see it at the library when I'm there, I may pick it up. =)

Thanks for the honest review, I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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