Friday, July 26, 2013

Review: Rogue

Rogue by Gina Damico

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Book Info: Genre: Fantasy
Reading Level: Young Adult (the publisher rates this as MG, but I disagree)
Recommended for: fans of the series, dark YA fiction
Book Available: September 10, 2013 in paperback and Kindle format
Trigger Warnings: death, murder, violence, sexual situations

My Thoughts: This series has been becoming increasingly dark as it moves forward. And what a long, strange journey this has been. This was the final book in the trilogy, and it was heartbreaking and hilarious in turn. I'll admit that I laughed a lot during this book, but was quite weepy by the end. I especially loved Driggs's gallows humor, and Lex's as well.

I don't want to go too much into details, as I don't want to spoil the book, but I have absolutely loved this entire series, and I think a lot of other people will as well. Keep in mind that there is a great deal of violence, and some sexual situations and mild swearing, so I would monitor younger and more sensitive readers, but overall? Just a really enjoyable trilogy. If you've been looking for a slightly different take on the afterlife, if you enjoy dark humor and darker fantasy, then check out this excellent trilogy. The characters are great and quirky, and while it isn't always an easy read, it is always an enjoyable one. Check it out.

Series Information: Croak trilogy
Book 1: Croak, read and reviewed March, 2012, review linked here where formatting allowed
Book 2: Scorch, read and reviewed August 2012, review linked here where formatting allowed
Book 3: Rogue, available September 10, 2013

Disclosure: I received a galley paperback from Amazon Vine in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Synopsis: Lex is a teenage Grim Reaper with the power to Damn souls, and it’s getting out of control. She’s a fugitive, on the run from the maniacal new mayor of Croak and the townspeople who want to see her pay the price for her misdeeds. Uncle Mort rounds up the Junior Grims to flee Croak once again, but this time they’re joined by Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time. Their new mission is clear: Fix his mistakes, or the Afterlife will cease to exist, along with all the souls in it. 

The gang heads for Necropolis, the labyrinth-like capital city of the Grimsphere. There, they discover that the Grimsphere needs a reboot. To do that, the portals to the Afterlife must be destroyed… but even that may not be enough to fix the damage. Things go from bad to worse, and when at last the fate of the Afterlife and all the souls of the Damned hang in the balance, it falls to Lex and her friends to make one final, impossible choice.

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