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Publication Date: 20 Mar 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
Format: Paperback (ARC)
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
First Line: Lex wondered for a fleeting moment what her principle’s head might look like if it were stabbed atop a giant wooden spear.
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Croak Series Order
Book 1 – Croak
Book 2 – Scorch (25 Sept 2012)
To say that Lex has an attitude problem is an understatement and at the start of the book she is under threat of expulsion form her school. So her parents do what any parents would, they send her off to her Uncle who supposedly lives on a farm in Upstate New York. Only things aren’t what they seem with Uncle Mort and Lex quickly figures out that there is a reason for her mood swings and that she might just have a greater purpose in life…or…um…maybe death would be the right word? Because as it turns out, Lex is an ideal candidate to be a Grim Reaper in Training.
The set up of this book reminded me a lot of the show Dead Like Me but it lacks some of the snark and sass that the tv show had. I think that, based on comments on the book itself, that I was expecting much more humor than I got. Yes there were some humorous moments and even lots of snark…but many times it came across as forced and never left me chuckling a loud as some other books have. There is also a slightly sinister tone to this story and that too also takes away from something that is supposed to be funny.
Don’t get me wrong…I really enjoyed the sinister…I liked the mystery to this book and that things weren’t always what they seemed. I enjoyed the eclectic mix of characters that inhabit the town of Grim. And I really enjoyed scenes between Lex and Driggs. But there was just something missing and I can’t quite put my finger on it. Maybe it was the odd narration style. Croak is told in the third person, which I’ve read lot of, but there was just something distant and formal about it and as such I really found it hard to connect with Lex. Even though she was always the main focal point of the narration. I think that this one might have been better served if it had been told in first person from Lex’s POV.
Croak is a quick read and I am a bit excited to learn that that sequel, Scorch, will be out later on this year. Because even though I didn’t find this book to be ZOMG amazing I did like it and I am curious about where things might be going after that ending. If you are looking for a book that is different from other YA Paranormals out there then be sure to check this one out.