Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Book Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Title: Croak
Author: Gina Damico
Reading Level: Young Adult
Publisher: Graphia (HMH)
Paperback, 311 pages
Date Published: March 20, 2012
Source: Bought
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
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?
Croak is a town out in the middle of nowhere in upstate New York. It also happens to be a town full of Grims – people who literally cultivate the dead. Lexington Bartleby happens to be Croak’s newest resident (the population number even changes when she crosses the town line) and wacky mayor Mort’s niece. Lex is quite the spitfire, with her attitude, stubbornness, and penchant for fighting; she’s also unabashedly sarcastic and acts a bit childish at times.

Despite that, I loved Lex. She rarely thinks before she acts and mouths off far too much, but she’s easy to relate to and her actions make sense in the grand scheme of things. Not to mention the entire nature of the Grims is interesting and takes a whole new spin on grim reapers. The Killers, the Cullers, and all other Grim people live in this bubble that no one else knows about. They’re isolated, but have found a way to live fulfilling and fun lives. The town of Grim is as much a character as Lex.

Speaking of characters though, there are a good number of them. Lex feels very real. She has her issues and I loved her for them. Her frustratingly wonderful partner, Driggs, is the level head when Lex wants to go off half-cocked. He attempts to keep her grounded, but she’s hard one to rein in. Their relationship has just the right amount of spark and tension to keep their scenes nice and interesting.

Croak is an intelligent and witty read, full of dark ends and clever interactions. Gina Damico has shown up with a truly unique and amusing read. I devoured Croak, flew through its pages, and cannot wait to see where Lex goes from here and if she can learn to rein in her attitude enough to do what must be done.

Opening line: Lex wondered, for a fleeting moment, what her principal’s head might look like if it were stabbed atop a giant wooden spear. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines/passages: “Well, you did just shiv your own uncle with a stick.” ~ pg. 40
And another one:
“Oh my God,” she said, rolling her eyes. “This is so high school. I’m gonna go cry into my locker.”
“Forget it. We’ll talk later.”
“Good idea. That’ll give me time to consult my cootie catcher.” ~ pg. 258
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Candace said...

I've seen some other rave reviews of this one and it sounds great! I'm going to have to add it to my wishlist!

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