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Croak | [Gina Damico]

Croak

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.
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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?

©2012 Gina Damico (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Rosemary New York, NY, United States 07-18-15
    Rosemary New York, NY, United States 07-18-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very high school with some funny lines"

    The book had a good premise but was ruined by a plethora of teenage angst

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    Ann Portland, OR 07-18-15
    Ann Portland, OR 07-18-15 Member Since 2015

    I adore reading! and I doubly adore audio books they go everywhere with me!

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    "I recommend this Series!"

    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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    Amiesbookreviews 07-10-15 Member Since 2014

    I am an avid reader and an avid and enthusiastic reviewer of both books and audiobooks. Check out my blog amiesbookreviews.wordpress. com

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    "terrific Young Adult novel w/ suspense & mystery"

    CROAK

    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.

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    Sheena Khan 07-06-15
    Sheena Khan 07-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally something different!"

    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!

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    The Lone Mopper Brookfield, WI, United States 07-02-15
    The Lone Mopper Brookfield, WI, United States 07-02-15 Member Since 2014

    Ken Galo

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    "Entertained in Croak"
    If you could sum up Croak in three words, what would they be?

    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


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was fast paced, energetic and grabbed my attention from beginning to end


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Emrich 06-30-15
    Emrich 06-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I enjoyed the concept "

    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.

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    Gerald Lee Mcguffey VA 06-29-15 Member Since 2015

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    "There must be a sequel?"

    With this ending, there must be a sequel. Really enjoyed the story, though slightly overdone in regards to obnoxious teenaged behavior lol!

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    george pranckus 06-29-15

    I drive a lot of large landscaping equipment at work and have quite the abundance of listening time on my hands. Drowning out diesel engines

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    "Uniquely Brilliant"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought that the main character (Lex) being a 16 year old girl might make the story somehow less relevant or interesting to me. It did not. Excellent book. I will be picking up the sequel. Just read it.

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    Frode 06-28-15
    Frode 06-28-15 Member Since 2015

    Norwegian in a English world!

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    "Not BAD, just "MEH""
    Where does Croak rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    So in the middle that it is ALMOST sad, but not much over!


    Would you recommend Croak to your friends? Why or why not?

    MAYBE if i was 15 i would like this a BIT more, but i am 30++. So this i would recommend to my brother that is 16.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to the rest of the books, but they have a LOW, low , low priority! i would MAYBE ask for my money bac, if it did not interest me at all, but this is 2,75 book, so i want to hear the rest of the serie!

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    Jill Gosch 06-25-15
    Jill Gosch 06-25-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Good light listen"
    What did you love best about Croak?

    Engaging story. It's a young adult book, so it's not extremely complex. I enjoyed the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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