Summary from Goodreads:
First I want to thank Doodle for sending me the book in Aprils' RAK!
I would like to say thank you to the cover designer. I love it! You can't see it here but it's made of foil or something because it's shiny! And there's a badass looking chick on the cover not wearing a dress that has nothing to do with the freaking story!
Plus my ex-history major heart explodes because Lex and her twin sister are named Lexington and Concord after the Revolutionary War battle.
Next I would like to say that I really connected with Lex. She was sarcastic, hilarious, and didn't give a shit. Much like myself.
Driggs and Uncle Mort.
I haven't read too many books where death is such an important role to the plot. That is besides The Book Thief, which I hated. I don't know how others have done it but Gina Damico tells the story beautifully. Her world building, or shall I say town building, is really good and I didn't question too much about it. I love all the deathy names that Damico used to construct the town. Her use of imagery is great and I can eally visualize Croak and all the people in it. Damico writes side shaking, gut busting humor that really kept me going for the first part of the book. Because let's be honest the action takes a while to start.
The books starts with Lex getting kicked out of school for another violent breakout. She is then whisked off to Uncle Mort's "farm" for the summer that's actually a town for Grim Reapers. Lex is a bit different than the other Grims' though. It's not that she's super violent and aggressive. No, all Grims' are. It's that when she touches someone to kill them, she feels pain. And she can't seem to shake the feeling that she should help the people that were wrongfully or horribly killed. Then it starts to happen. Bad people are mysteriously being killed and it's up to Lex, Driggs, and their friends to figure out who is doing it. Many people think it's Lex who starts the killings. But it's not. It gets kind of obvious who is doing it, but not in a bad way. More of a "I'm pretty sure X is doing it, but why?" And that is tragic and amazing aspect to the story. Plus X kidnaps Lex and when she escapes X gets away!
Ugh and then the ending!
I typically feel that when an author kills such a character they are doing it for shock value only. But it's not like that in Croak. There's a reason that this person dies and though it hurts Lex, it helps her too. It allows her to have that drive to find character X and to keep being a Grim and live with Uncle Mort.
Not a whole lot of bad things. I don't understand why the school let someone who beat up half the student body stay so long.
Plus there's a lot of buildup. The plot doesn't start for a while. But Damico pulls it off with her humor and writing style. It doesn't get boring like you think it would.
The fucking spiders. Why spiders? I'm with Ron on this one.
I need the next one now!
I think Sokka says it best.