Author: Gina Damico
5 out of 5 stars
Disclosure: I received a complimentary galley of this book from the Amazon.com Vine program in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her 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 that of shoveling manure.
He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.
Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer.
Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?
My Thoughts: A really amazing book, and one I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a series arising from. Lex is a great character and watching her change and grow is amazing. She is surrounded by wonderfully quirky characters in Croak! and I loved the unique and interesting culture surrounding the Grims in this universe. I’m not certain this would be the best book for younger readers, as it deals with death and dying and is very grim in places, but there are plenty of laugh-out-loud funny moments, too. Highly recommended!