Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Review: Croak by Gina Damico

Croak by Gina Damico

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 byreapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. But Lex can’t stop her desire forjustice—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?

When I first came across Croak, I was immediately drawn to it. I wanted to read it ASAP. However, I expected to get the normal “girl learns she’s the grim reaper and then you know, reaps and stuff” and I would’ve been happy with that! However, I got A LOT more than I expected!

Let’s start with Lex. She’s a wild child. For the past year or so she’s gotten into tons of fights – and she doesn’t even know why she has such rage. Her parents are at a loss and finally decide that it’d be best to give her a quiet summer in the country with her Uncle Mort.

Little does Lex know she’s in for more than just kicking around cow pies. Her uncle is anything but what she expects and she soon learns that Croak is not your everyday small town. Lex adjusts quicker than she thinks and soon finds herself at home among the other reapers.

I have to say the world of Croak is fascinating and genius. I don’t say that lightly. Gina Damico BLEW ME AWAY. The world building had me re-reading passages just to make sure I understood how things work. I loved every minute of it and I loved how we got to explore and experience everything from Lex’s perspective, because she’s an interesting character herself her wormed her way into my heart from nearly the first page. I want to go into detail about everything I loved about Croak, but I don’t want to spoil that adventure for any readers either! I will say one of my favorite parts is the “atrium of the after life” where Alecia (one of Croak’s residents) keeps tabs on who checks in every day, and also keeps her eye on characters like Edgar Allan Poe and his raven (who he likes to sic on other people) and Teddy Roosevelt among other well known people. The interactions they have with each other had me laughing out loud.

Really, for a book whose main focus is death and the job and responsibilities it entails – Croak was very funny. I think I could easily move to Croak and enjoy my days there.

One thing I loved about Croak is that there was a little something for nearly everyone. There was mystery (I’m a big mystery fan of course) because people are turning up dead in mysterious ways – and reapers are suppose to be able to detect how people died without fail. There’s also the suspense and tension with Lex. She sees the victims of crime and abuse and she wants to go outside the bounds of her job and seek justice. There’s also the tension between Lex and her family – who are expecting her to come home after the summer but if Lex wants to be a reaper, she’s got to keep everything secret and stay in Croak.

There was one huge twist that I totally didn’t expect. It gave the book a more serious tone than it had had previously and I think that was good (even though the event itself made me sad.) It gave the book a little more depth, and I’m already pining for the next book!

I can’t really recommend Croak any less than this – GO OUT AND GRAB A COPY ASAP. It’s creeptastic; it’s magical and will leave you wanting more.


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*Review Copy provided free of charge by the publisher in exchange for a fair review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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  1. creeptastic…i love it, i want it. This has been on my wishlist and you bumped it to the top..sweet review!
    kimba88 recently posted..The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

    • Woohoo! I can’t wait for you to read it, I’m still in awe of all the detailed workings of Croak! It’s great when you get MORE than what you expect from a book! 😀

  2. I had no idea what this book about, it’s not what I thought (I also thought a boy was on the front cover). I love good world-building so I will have to check this one out.

    I like a book that can take a dark situation and still have some humor

    Jess @ Books and Sensibility recently posted..Book Review : Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

    • Yes, I was pleased the main character was a female, her perspective rocked. The world building is what shocked me the most I think, totally unexpected and just awesome! I agree, I love that Croak had a reverence for the act of death, and the act of transferring souls to the afterlife, but also was able to keep it humorous and from getting too dark.

      Thanks for dropping in! 😀

  3. Thanks for the review. This book sounds so awesome, I can’t wait to read it!
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  4. Wow, I’m so glad you liked it that much! It looked interesting to me, but I hate reading a book and it turning out not as awesome as I had hoped. This give me hope though! I’ll for sure have to rangle myself a copy. Great review!
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  5. I loved this book too! I also found myself re-reading passages but it was because they were so funny. I really enjoyed how jellyfish were used in Croak. This is definitely my favorite book of 2012!
    Nicole@ The More the Merrier recently posted..Teaser Tuesday (6)

  6. Great review! You just made me want this more! I really do wish this book will be available on our local bookstore soon. 🙂

  7. I want to read this book so bad! Great review. You made me want to read it even more!
    Amber @ Fall Into Books recently posted..UNTIL I DIE by Amy Plum

  8. I’m about 40 pages from the end right now. I’m not loving it. It’s a decent read (3 out of 5), but I’m not finding it particularly funny, though I did laugh once. I am interested in the mystery, but it’s a small component in the book so far, they’re not spending much effort getting to the bottom of it.

    I’m just not that invested in the characters. I think there needs to be some more development there. So far, they’re set up as a particular type and nothing new is added or expanded upon.

    I am interested enough to read a sequel. Would recommend getting Croak from the library.

  9. I really liked this book too! I wasn’t sure what to expect but I ended up loving it and being really excited for the second part of the story with Lex responding to that twist.
    Bookworm1858 recently posted..Mr. Churchill’s Secretary

  10. Aaaah! April! I’ve had this saved in my feed for what seems like WEEKS, waiting until I really had time to give it proper attention, and, just… WOW. It sounds amazing. Like so much fun, and it has so much more than just nrmal YA paranormal shenanigans. GREAT review.
    Sarah (saz101) recently posted..STORM BLOG TOUR: The People of Storm Fantasy Casting with Brigid Kemmerer!

    • Awww you totally made my day that you saved my Croak review in your feed to give it proper attention! MWUAH! It definitely IS amazingtastic! And yes, it exceeded my expectations SO much, I think you’ll just LOVE IT, the Croak world just blew my mind is so many ways! 😀


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