Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-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?
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Gina Damico has truly created a world that I never once thought could exist. A world where people souls are dependent upon humans that have been selected to play the role of a "Grim Reaper" that deliver the souls to the afterlife. Yes, I said humans, you could think of them as mutants in a way, as these people have special abilities that us normal people don't have. These people live in a real town called Croak, there happen to many similar towns throughout the world, where they go to work helping people get to the afterlife. But then the reapers start being attacked by an inconceivable killer, another reaper. Croak is really a young adult urban fantasy murder mystery that was quite entertaining by the great character and story building abilities of Damico. At times it did kind of feel like a super-natural Scooby Doo and the Gang mystery but that was just the young adult aspect shining through.
I've just finished all 3 books. Overall a nice little series. Most certainly YA (even though it glorifies some behaviors that it should avoid). Good way to spend a few hours.
I love that the story is completely unique. Normally this would be a dark and gloomy sort of topic, but this book had me wondering if I was rooting for the stereotypical "hero" or "villain". It was a fun and easy "read".
I loved Jessica's work!!!! It's such a turn off for me when a female narrator has a wimpy man voice for male characters, or a male narrator has a shrill woman voice for female characters. Jessica was fantastic. They were unique enough for different characters without any of them sounding false, or obviously from the same narrator. Because of her, I was able to just enjoy the book.
I read the reviews of all three books beforehand and was worried about what I would find with the last two. The reviews all seemed to say that Scorch & most particularly Rogue were big flops. I do feel like in the end some of the characters acted out of line with the type of people they were made out to be in the first 80% of the series. The end of the series was slightly disappointing and didn't seem very well "wrapped up". However, it was an entertaining ride.
the story is the right blend of fun and funny, dark and silly, and the narrator is perfect for the story.
I loved it, and the resident 13yo is eating it up....
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Good fast paced dark story. Good young adult offering, some questionable material for younger kids.
This is very close to the "Dead Like Me" TV series that ran around 2003. It is about a young girl recruited to be a reaper, collecting the souls of the dead.
I got this during a 2-1 credit deal and didn't really know much about it. Its clever, snarky, and light listening. Has some good humor. Not bad, but intended more for the YA crowd.
Its a fairly complete story, although it is set up to be a series. It is fine as a stand-along book.
The Croak Series is great, and the first book starts off really strong.
I love the characters in this series, and I'm constantly laughing at and with them. Damico has done an amazing job of crafting a rich fantasy world of Grims. So many authors build off of worlds that others have started, but Damico's world is unique and original.
I also think that Damico does a great job discussing the moral dilemmas that Lex goes through as she is introduced to the Grim Sphere and learns just who she is and what she has to do.
I strongly recommend this series.
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