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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I'm 37 and found this book very entertaining. It's a cute young adult book. The narrator was pretty spot on. The reason that I'm not giving it 5 stars is because the "who did it" was VERY predictable. Also, the surprising death at the end should have been more tragic. The main character should have been more upset about it. Be advised that the story doesn't end. You have to purchase book 2. I've already started book 2 and am about to finish it. It looks like 2 will also be like 1, and require a purchase of book 3 to get any closure.
So, if you purchase this book, be prepared to spend more money to get the ending. (I always like to be warned that the story will end up costing more to get to the actual ending.)
I probably wouldn't listen again, but I think this book is pretty good for the targeted young adult audience. Interesting story, those that like it will look forward to the sequel.
The book had a good premise but was ruined by a plethora of teenage angst
I adore reading! and I doubly adore audio books they go everywhere with me!
Gina Damico's dark imagination is terrific and narrator Jessica Almasy nails the narration and is a perfect fit for this Series!
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Author: Gina Damico
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Narrator: Jessica Almasy
Length: 8 hours, 16 minutes
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction
Release Date: February 28, 2013
Publisher: Audible Studios
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook from AudioBookBlast in exchange for an honest review.
Lexington Bartleby's parents are at their wits end. For the past two years she has become increasingly belligerent and violent. Now, at the age of sixteen, Lex's behavior has her just one chance away from being expelled from high school. Fortunately, summer vacation is about to begin.
Her parents send her away to Northern New York to spend the summer with her Uncle Mort.
Spending a summer working on a farm is not how Lex would have chosen to spend her summer, but she has no choice but to go where her parents send her. She spends the entire five hour bus ride grumbling internally about the injustice of it all and wondering why she seems helpless to change her bad behavior.
Upon arrival in the very strange town of Croak, Lex quickly begins to realize that her summer is going to turn out to be MUCH more interesting than she had anticipated.
Uncle Mort is a Grim Reaper and so is Lex. Well, she isn't a Grim yet. She has the innate potential to become a fully-fledged Grim once she completes her training.
As Lex begins her job of reaping souls, she finds herself getting angry when she sees murderers getting away with their crimes. But, it is not a Grim's job to dole out justice. She is just supposed to reap the soul of the victim and move on.
Lex must decide if she is willing to follow the rules and thus stay in Croak or if she is going to go rogue and use the reaping skills she has learned to take down murderers and end up banished forever.
The author of this series has a flair for character development. Despite the fact that Lex's parents are only briefly involved in the storyline, listeners still feel that they know quite a bit about them. As for the main characters, listeners will find themselves invested in their lives.
The descriptions of the town of Croak are impressively vivid, making it easy for the listener to picture exactly what it looks like.
This audiobook is also full of humor. I love that the town full of Grim Reapers is called "Croak." The inhabitants have names like "Helloise," "Killda" and "Pandora". The restaurant is called "The Morgue," the bar is "The Corpse" and their newspaper is called "The Obituary."
The story is riveting and the narrator, Jessica Almasy, is the perfect voice for this book. She has the ability to infuse every word with the appropriate emotion and her pacing is excellent.
I rate this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I noticed on Audible that the second and third book in this series are now available in audiobook format as well and I am excited about listening to those books as well.
I love YA Fantasy and I have read so much that they seem to blur together after a while. But this one made me actually Laugh out loud so often I had to share it with my teen aged son and his girlfriend who also cracked up! It has everything I've been needing, a different storyline read by a super talented narrator who brings the laughter, sarcasm, whit, sadness, and thirst for vengeance to life! Two thumbs way up!
Outstanding story about a ton of stuff, I don't give away plots in reviews. Let me just say that their is a great story here
It was fast paced, energetic and grabbed my attention from beginning to end
It was an interesting concept and the main character is likable. To many other good titles to spend anymore time on this series, nothing special here. Well priced for the 5 dollar sale. Wonder how this could have evolved if it was written for adults.
With this ending, there must be a sequel. Really enjoyed the story, though slightly overdone in regards to obnoxious teenaged behavior lol!
Lex is angry, she's gone from a grade A student to beating up anyone and everyone in her way. Her parents. twin sister and school are at their wits end and bundle her off to stay with her Uncle Mort.
What follows is an entertaining romp, with no let up, an escapist listen if you like romance, an outcast teen with extraordinary paranormal powers who shakes things up in sleepy supernatural Croak.
Lex has attitude she made me laugh, I especially fell in love with Uncle Mort and how he handles her wayward behavior. It has just the right amount of light humor and dark edginess that kept me listening.
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