May 7, 2012

"Croak" by Gina Damico (ARC)

Title: Croak

Series: Croak #1

Author: Gina Damico

 Publication date: March 20th, 2012

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Imprint: Graphia
ISBN: 9780547608327

Pages: 311

(read from April 25th-26th, 2012, from e-copy acquired through NetGalley)

My rating: 4 of 5


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 on the Book:

I loved this book! I didn't expect to be so funny, but I'm glad it was. I loved the reaper world - so interesting & imaginative & yeah, hilarious, the storyline was also interesting, and although I wasn't really surprised by how it ended, I won't say that it's predictable & I enjoyed the journey. But the best thing about this book were the great & lovable characters. I loved Mort - he cracked me up every time, I would've liked an uncle like that ;) I really liked Lex & she & Driggs also cracked me up & their romance was sweet & I loved Driggs from the beginning I met him ;) Great character! All the other secondary characters were great, too. I will admit that at one scene near the end (although I saw it coming) I got tears in my eyes, so I loved that I found myself totally wrapped up in the story & not able to stop reading & when I finished it, I wanted more, so I recommend Croak to anyone who loves hilarious books that has mystery, lovable characters & a touch of romance. Do I want to read it again & to read the sequel? Definitely for both. Will I buy it? Probably. So, yeah, I recommend this book a lot!          


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