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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Nick Bemidji, MN, United States 07-24-13
    Nick Bemidji, MN, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a fan of distopia and just can't seem to get my fill.

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    "Smarta** Reapers"

    This book has some great banter between characters keeps you laughing and during this you forgive the learning curves of the world that can slow down other first books in a series. What the author lacks in mature characters she makes up for in fast and funny coming joke i recommend this for a car ride with kids.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Marjorie 07-19-13
    Marjorie 07-19-13 Member Since 2012

    Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!

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    "Love. Love. Love. Love."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Because it's one of the smartest books ever! SOOOOOO funny, witty, clever, great story, unique characters, can't beat it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the board game scene. Funny and very telling. The chemistry between Driggs and Lex. The bond between Mort and Lex. Good stuff!


    What does Jessica Almasy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's one of my favorite voice actors. She has charm and diversity in all her voices. I enjoy all her work.


    Any additional comments?

    I would give this book 6 stars if I could. Can't wait for book 2!

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Amarillo, TX, United States 05-22-13
    Jessica Amarillo, TX, United States 05-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, distracting reader"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read this book first and then decided to listen to it. I love the story, The main character is a teen girl who up until lately has been a model student and daughter. no spoilers here, but suffice it to say there is a reason she went weird, and it makes for an interesting story!

    Downside: While the reader definitely has the teenage voice down she kind of distracted me from the story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lex's partner, he really brought out the best in her.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Like I said, it was distracting.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end, I'm not giving any spoilers!


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Everett, MA, United States 03-07-13
    Diane Everett, MA, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Smart and Funny"

    In Croak, we first meet Lex, a troubled teen who doesn't fit in...until she discovers her calling as a reaper. This is a great series start. I can't wait to see if Lex seeks revenge or redemption in Scorch.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Katana Rogue Studio City, CA United States 10-31-13
    Katana Rogue Studio City, CA United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but...."

    Make no mistake: this is definitely a YA book. I've listened to quite a few YA books that were well crafted and enjoyable ("Firelight" by Sophie Jordan comes to mind), but between the attitude and the angst and unsophisticated storyline of "Croak", I probably will not be continuing with the series (unless it goes on sale maybe). It's not bad, just not engaging enough for my adult mind to latch on to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Faine HUNTSVILLE, AL, US 09-23-13
    Mark Faine HUNTSVILLE, AL, US 09-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Juvenile"

    Yes, I know it is YA, but this is juvenile even for YA. It isn't so much fantasy about being a Grimm Reaper but a different kind of fantasy, the kind preteen and teens have about life as an adult: having a boyfriend, having cool friends that really make them feel like they belong to an exclusive group, and doing it all without parental supervision.

    This book had so much potential, the premise is great if not entirely original, the plot itself is actually okay, but it is ruined by the fact that nearly every character is is an obnoxious child. They never stop bickering and wise cracking and it really isn't ever cute or funny, just annoying.

    I really kept thinking they would all just suddenly grow out of it when things got serious, but no, they never did. This was a bad buy on my part and that's on me, but maybe I can save someone else the disappointment.

    I liked the narrator, some of the voices were irritating but I think that is because they were accurate representations of the characters.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 10-04-13
    deedeeg gilbert, AZ, United States 10-04-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Glad I survived"

    This was difficult to listen to for me. The main character is a very angry person and the narration of the book is done in a sort of angry way which is hard to take hour after hour. Makes the main character feel very one dimensional and it made me feel a bit tense. Although I imagine that a younger audience might like this quite a bit (and I'm by no means old). In terms of narration and tone, it was a bit similar to Divergent which I also was not a big fan of. The premise was unique and some of the other characters were pretty likable, namely, Uncle Mort. However, that's not enough to make me want to continue with this series. Does not help matters that I predicted the ending long before I reached it.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Kristin Battle Creek, MI, United States 10-02-13
    Kristin Battle Creek, MI, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2009

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    "I usually pick bad books, but did alright on this!"
    What made the experience of listening to Croak the most enjoyable?

    It was a fun story that didn't take a lot of concentration. I worked and listened to it and made the day fly by.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I think Lex was my favorite character. Even though some of her antics were far fetched in the beginning of the book she turned funnier and more likeable by the end.


    What does Jessica Almasy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm almost a couple decades removed from being a teen so having the teen voice in my ear made it all the more real.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A customer 06-04-14
    A customer 06-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "NOT appropriate for its intended audience"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This book is aimed at teens and young adults. I had hoped it would be interesting for an adult (mid 40's) as Hunger Games was. It's not, so I would not recommend it to another adult. But sadly, this book does glorify and condone underage drinking; so not only would I not recommend it to a teen, but I will actively let all my friends who are parents know this book glorifies and condones underage drinking.


    What was most disappointing about Gina Damico’s story?

    That it glorifies and condones underage drinking. I was aghast at how the adults in town seem to ENCOURAGE the teenagers to drink. I was aghast at the description of the first drink - how it tasted so amazing, how it made her whole body feel tingly and warm, etc. I was horrified at how carefully it's spelled out that because of the "magic" of the town they live in, she won't suffer a hangover and therefore she can indulge to the point of active intoxication. I was ESPECIALLY DISTURBED by the fact that the main character almost has a sexual encouter as a result of having lowered inhabitions due to the alcohol!!!


    What three words best describe Jessica Almasy’s performance?

    Irresponsible, irresponsible, irresponsible. I understand the narrator did not write the book, but I feel the narrator should have respectfully declined this reading assignment due to the glorification of underagae drinking.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not on your life.


    Any additional comments?

    I can only be happy for the author that she has apparently never suffered a personal loss due to alcohol. Any person who has lost a mother, father, sibling or, most horribly, a child, to alcohol can attest that there is nothing "cool" about underage drinking. For this author to have been so cavelier and celebratory in writing about is just plain disgusting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 09-29-13
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 09-29-13 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "Something Completely Different"

    I found this book unexpected but fun. What do you do with your completely defiant teen. You tell them you're sending them to the family farm and then make them into a reaper. It's got some weak spots in the story, but it's a lot of fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Teenage Grim...."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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