Thursday, September 15, 2011

Croak by Gina Damico

Croak (Croak, #1)Good Reads Summary

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 that of 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’s forced to kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. Will she ditch Croak and go rogue with her reaper skills?

My Thoughts

Take a girl with criminal tendencies then plunk her in the middle of nowhere afterthat see what happens. CROAK happens. I think I enjoyed one (notice my uncertainty). Frankly, there were plenty of modifiers in this one (too many at times,) but there was also a lot of snark. Does the second cancel the first one out?

It's incredibly descriptive given all those modifiers, so while bit long winded, things were eventually clear. It's also very contemporary. The writing, the people speak was all very relatable and at times simply hilarious:

Lex. She isn't a very likeable girl. As said, she's got criminal tendencies and this precisely what necessitates her move to Croak. I liked that she spoke her mind, I didnt like her not thinking before she acted... it was all punch now, deal with consequence later.

Uncle Mort. Their initial meeting was a bit strange. But thinking back, he did in fact behave exactly as she did: acting first then explaining, this might explain why I was leery of him. But after a while, he comes across as less creepy... but just more involved in his own thing. And where all the other adults were weary and mistrustful of her, I was surprised by how freely he let her act (to an extent.)

Then there's Driggs who was obviously from the get going to be the love interest. He also doubled as her tail (sort of.) They didn't hit it off when they meet at first, this aspect was a little typical, but I enjoyed how their relationship progressed from being a major irritation for both to being a minor one coupled with kissing. And the snark, I think this that was the best thing about the two of them, with one throwing an insult at the other and the other not hesitating to throw one back, they indeed gave as good as the other: verbally and... physically. As to that last thing, while it wasn't a good thing, it most definitely was surprising.

Another aspect I enjoyed was Ferbus in relation to Driggs (take the descriptive: heterosexual life partners) in relation to Lex. There was understanding. As such each each knew where they stood, each knew what their roles were.

While the people themselves were OK, I think getting to know them became a bit of a chore. Like I said, the dialogue was accessible, humorous and snark-filled, things just got a bit muddled with all the descriptions thrown in. After picking my way through all that, I still did enjoyed aspects of CROAK.

3/5 Thanks Netgalley! 
*** I couldn't find an image of the cover, but shall rectify that ASAP

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