Series: Croak #1
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on March 20, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, YA
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?
What I Thought…
• Croak is one of those books that I’m kicking myself for not reading earlier. It was funny with a twist. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy.
• Lex is getting in some serious trouble at school and at home, which is why her parents decide a summer with Uncle Mort might be just the trick to snap her out of this phase. When she arrives she finds out that she’s going to be a reaper rather than work on a farm. Lex isn’t exactly pleased to be “killing” people. It takes her some time to come to grips with the fact that they are already dead, she’s just helping to collect their souls. Lex was such an awesome character. She was snarky, funny and generally pissed off. She has a twin sister that stayed home and she struggles with being apart from her and keeping secrets.
• Driggs is Lex’s partner. He’s been doing his job for awhile so he knows the ropes and helps steer Lex away from problems, until they come across one that they just can’t leave alone. Driggs is also a bit snarky and him and Lex make a good pair. There are also a few other teenagers working in Croak and they kind of form a Scooby-Doo like gang, but instead of ghosts they are looking for a bad reaper.
• I absolutely loved Croak, the town. This is where the reapers live and work and where the souls come to reside. It was so well written that I could see it, and that doesn’t happen often for me. All of the names of business were very tongue in cheek as well. My favorite part was the after life. It is so cool that the reapers are allowed to go in there and see what it’s like (and also manage it).
• Edgar Allan Poe is a prominent character in their visits to the after life and never failed to make me laugh. There are some other recognizable names as well, but he’s the best.
• Lex, Driggs and the gang are trying to find out who the reaper is that is killing people they aren’t supposed to. They mystery wasn’t too extravagant, but wasn’t too simple either. Once you learn the person responsible it all fits together. The person responsible is also going to be someone you are going to want to punch in the face because what they did at the end was totally unforgivable.
Overall I absolutely loved Croak and would recommend it to anyone that loves paranormal and/or snarky fun books!