Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Posted January 16, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 8 Comments

Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Croak


by Gina Damico
Series: Croak #1
Published on March 20th 2012
by HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Hellhole

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?

5 Stars

What just happened? Seriously. I literally have no words right now. I don’t even know where to start. I’m just rambling here so bear with me okay? Okay. Great. So this was bloody fantastic, to say the least.

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When her parents are sick of her wild behavior, sixteen-year-old Lex is shipped off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer. Hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will do her some good. But Uncle Mort is not a farmer. His true job is much dirtier than that. He’s a Grim Reaper and he’s going to teach Lex the family business. Lex quickly gets used to life in Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But then they start finding people dying of unknown causes and the murderer seems to be from Croak.

So… Yeah. First off, a huge thank you to Melanie and Celine from YA Midnight Reads, without whom I would have never found this book. So thanks you two for introducing me to the fabulous Gina Damico! Now that that’s out of the way… I don’t really know where to start. This turned out to be exactly what I needed. It’s fun, hilarious, original, filled with great characters and it hooked me right from the start. I read it in one sitting. Well mostly anyway.

I loved these characters! So much! Mort was awesome, Driggs was fantastic, all the other side characters were marvelous and Lex, oh my god, Lex is all of those things and more. I loved her spunk, her sarcasm, her badassery but also her loyalty and love for her sister and family. There’s a bit of a romance here, but it doesn’t take over the plot in any way and I really liked it! I hope it develops more in the next two books. Also, the ending just about broke my heart. Thanks Gina.

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Croak is an absolute page-turner. It’s original, funny and highly entertaining. I recommend it to everyone because it’s just that great to be honest. So go read it. Now!

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Bee

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