Review: Croak (Croak #1) by Gina Damico

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Croak (Croak #1) by Gina Damico

Paperback, 311 pages
Published March 20th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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? – Goodreads

My Opinion:Even though this books topic is death, sort of, this book keeps you reading. Lex was an interesting character. I loved how suspicious she was in the beginning, because I would be like that also. I also really loved that she was different right from the start from other juniors. I really loved the twist at the end, even though, you can figure it out as you read the book, just because of the actions of a certain person. I really liked the town, Croak, as well. It was really peaceful and I liked that.
The plot kept me going back and forth a little on who was killing all the people and how because all the death became “Unknown”s and that was fun figuring it out with Lex and Driggs and the other juniors, I also really liked the way that led to her figuring out what she can do, I think that without it, she wouldn’t have really known what it was called because Uncle Mort kept trying to rationalize what it was without telling her the conclusions of what he was thinking. Anyways, I was left with some big questions at the end and I hope that I get the answers in the next book.
The cover is gorgeous. I love how the images pop out of the silver background.
Overall: 5 out of 5
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