Scorch (Croak, #2)
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Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home.

To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. T...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Wendy Darling
Ideally, sequels not only expand upon the stories and themes introduced in their preceding books, but they also improve upon them. Scorch does a great job of upping the stakes for a group of young grim reapers in an entertaining way, in both the action and character development departments. This sequel features tighter plotting, is faster and funnier, and makes you enjoy your time with its likable protagonists even more than you might've the first time around.

I really liked: Uncle Mort's hilario...more
Reut
Originally reviewed on reutreads, a young adult book blog.

The follow up to March's first installment in the Croak series,CROAK, is that rare second book that is like most middle-books in trilogies, a bridge from setup to finale, but also manages to improve on the first book. I can now safely say thatCROAKandSCORCHare two of my favorite books from 2012.


While the synopsis makes it seem like most of the book takes place in DeMyse, this is pretty misleading, since it's to DeMyse that the characters...more
Booknut
Holy reaper scythes covered in BBQ sauce - Gina Damico has done it again!

Gotta love them reapers! Especially Lex and her Damning abilities which are all like:



And I have to give a special mention to the best relationship EVER...Lex and Driggs! Seriously, every single time I spotted the word "Driggs" I was like:


Sad...but true.

:D
~Tina~
I'm not sure why, but I'm having the hardest time trying to figure out what to say about this one.
Scorch is an amazing sequel, much better then the first. I admit, I read the first book so fast that it got dulled down by all the morbidness. There is only so much death I can stomach. So learning from my mistake, I took my time with this book and enjoyed it for everything it gave us.
The plot line steps up a notch. Zara is still on the lose with her new found damning powers that Lex kindagaveher....more
Trudi
Silly, sweet and lots of fun, yet with a pleasing underbelly of bite. Newly minted grim reaper Lex returns in this sequel to Croak. Like most sequels worth reading, the stakes have become higher, and the world-building a little more fleshed out and fully realized.

Things I liked:

The Junior Grims of Croak actually act like normal teenagers. They don't know everything and can be impulsive and smart-mouthed. The chemistry between Lex and Driggs continues to be made of win. And while the copious mak...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Scorch was a really disappointing read. I was pretty excited about it, to tell you the truth. I loved Croak, I found it entertaining and rather funny. The characters were cool and the whole grim theme that was going around suited me just fine.

But this! This is simply horrible! I mean the story takes either a completely idiotic path, or a too serious one. I liked the too serious one though, I guess this was the only thing that saved Scorch from a one star rating. My main problem is with the idioc...more
Bookphile
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Heidi
“Three and half stars: The stakes are higher in this darker toned sequel.

It has been three weeks since the traumatic revelation of the Croak traitor and murderer. Lex and Uncle Mort are on a cross country road trip to retrieve some new junior recruits. Lex is not okay and her anger simmers inside. She is determined to track down the killer. Once she arrives back in Croak, Lex is relieved to find that Driggs and her friends are still on her side. Unfortunately, the rest of the town seems to be be...more
Wart Hill
3.5 Stars

I did enjoy this, but it was a bit shaky in spots. Most notably, Sofi. WTF? Everything with her felt like it came out of left field. I realize she had a crush on Driggs, but in book one she never seemed all that upset about the prospect of Lex and Driggs winding up together, so everything there just had me rolling my eyes.

On top of that, the villains kind of turned caricature-y, especially Norwood and Heloise, which was frustrating.

But overall I did enjoy it and I'm looking forward to r...more
Rose
I AM SORRY BUT I AM KIND OF MAD ABOUT THE FUCKERY THAT WENT DOWN AT THE END. WHAT WAS THAT!?!?!?!?!? THIS JUST CAN'T BE. LIKE. I MEAN.

I AM NOT FUCKING OKAY WITH THIS.

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Nevertheless, I love these characters so, so much and no matter what kind of pain Damico puts me through, I'm here for it.

BRB, forever sobbing because Driggs is everything.
Bonnie
Really, really good.
Reading book 3 immediately.
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Thank you to Around The World ARC Tours for allowing me to read this ARC. I read Croak and I liked it. I was not really sure a second book was needed but hey I am not an author I am a reader. So I decided to give Scorch a go. I'm glad I did because Croak is action packed and full of surprises.

Lex is a teenage grim reaper who can damn souls. She has a unique quality to her and all she wants to do is blend in with her fellow students. See after accidentally giving away her ability to Zara Lex beco...more
Jenni Arndt
My hopes were really high going into Scorch after having loved Croak immensely and I was not let down at all. Sure this one didn’t feel like it packed quite the same punch as Croak did, but I think that can be said about any middle book. They start out with a bang, keep you entertained in the second book and then in the third they go out with the bang that you remember from the first.

Once again we are met with an extremely lovable cast of characters. Lex is back and snarky as ever and her relat...more
Natalie
Have you ever read a book that you cant help but love? A book thats characters are smart mouthed and damaged and strong and so perfectly un-perfect you cant help but fall in love with them over and over again (yes, even the bad guys). A book thats plot is so well thought out, and intricatly woven that it has you biting you nails even though you are wearing nail polish and has you mad at youself that you didnt see "it" coming sooner. A book, so funny that you find yourself smiling stupidly in the...more
Jessica
4.5 stars

Holy.Shit. Remember when I said that book one had a juvenile feel to it? Well, this certainly doesn't apply to the sequel. Things just got a whole lot more serious all of the sudden. After the happy (almost fluffy) and fun read that Croak was I never in a million years expected to find myself perched at the edge of my seat, heart beating wildly and full out sobbing while reading the sequel Scorch. I'm amazed at how attached I got to all of these wonderful characters; Mort, Lex and Drigg...more
Kate
3.5 stars. I didn't love it EXCEPT for this THAT WAS VERY BEST GAME NIGHT EVER. I swear the off-hand description of the game--with no particularly comprehensible rules, a hilarious hodgepodge of every board game you can think of--was fantastic. I was listening to this as an audiobook and backed up to listen again.

I do like the fact that we truly understand why the bad person behaved that way and isn't total cackling evil. Crazy scary yes, but there's still an ounce of sympathy for them. And I a...more
Hanka
what the f was that ending? i can't believe what i just read. you better fix it all, Gina Damico or else... damn, damn, damn... one hell of a ride, this book, one hell of a ride, indeed.
D
Gina Damico continues to deliver a great world, great characters, and high stakes. In this novel, we got to visit Demise, another Grim city like Croak. It was interesting to compare and contrast the two cities as one was in the boonies and the other was a mix of Las Vegas and New Orleans. While the plot is ongoing from the last book, I felt there were a lot less hints as to "whodunnit" in terms of who had been helping Zara out with her damnings. The reveal is more confusing than causing a revela...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted on A Reader of Fictions.

Gina Damico's Croak ranks as one of the funniest books I've ever read. She has this great, dark, absurdist sense of humor that I cannot get enough of. She has a way of making even the weirdest things sound believable. As such, Scorch was one of my most anticipated books and I was lucky enough to get an ARC at BEA. While, I didn't fall quite as in love with Scorch, though I cannot put my finger on quite why, it's still a wonderful sequel, hilarious and sa...more
Ferdy
3.5 stars — spoilers

Lex returns to Croak determined to find and stop Zara - the rogue Grim that murdered her sister.

-Lex wasn't the easiest heroine to relate to — she was aggressive, selfish and reckless but I've actually grown to like her, she made a change from the regular old Mary Sue heroines. Compared to the first book, Lex's attitude was more toned down, so she was a lot more tolerable for me this time around. Her tendencies to act reckless did get a bit annoying but if she acted any other...more
Stephanie
My Summary: A few weeks after attending her twin sister's funeral, Lex is feeling a little off. After getting her Damning ability Culled by Zara, she's a bit of a pariah around Croak - the last place she thought she'd feel like an outsider. But things are getting crazy in Croak, and no matter what Lex seems to do, she can't seem to catch a break with the townspeople.

When things start to go south, Uncle Mort gathers all the Junior Grims and gets them to safety - away from Croak. But Zara is on th...more
Hylary Locsin
Originally posted on my blog: http://libraryladyhylary.blogspot.com ! Check it out for more reviews!

After Zara stole her power to Damn souls to an eternity of torment, Lex has become an outcast in Croak. The townspeople don’t seem to understand that Zara killed Lex’s sister, Cordy, to get to her and that she never meant for her power to transfer to Zara; they only know that Zara is on a murderous rampage and that Lex is responsible. Determined to put a stop to Zara’s killing spree, Lex, her frie...more
Elizabeth
Lex's life has completely changed. Not only is she a Grim that helps bring souls to the Afterlife, but her life has turned upside down with the betrayal of Zara, the Culling of her power to Damn, and the death of her twin sister Cordy. When she returns to Croak, her welcome is less than warm. Most of the Seniors and residents hate the Juniors and especially Lex, blaming her for Zara's crimes and the following mayhem. As Zara's attacks get more frequent and the inhabitants of Croak get more hosti...more
Michelle
I'm in the really awkward position of having to go back a bit on what I have said earlier...I stand by my rating, but I think I may have been a little hard on Croak in my review. Part of my strategy for savoring the new books I received over the holidays (and making them last a bit longer) was to first reread the earlier books in the series. Maybe it was that I already knew Lex at this point, but I didn't have the same feelings of disconnect from her that I did the first time I read Croak. I als...more
Merin
As someone who absolutely adored every single word of Croak, I couldn't wait to dive into its sequel, Scorch, and was so excited when the book finally came in at my library. And while Scorch turned out to be quite a bit darker than Croak, and took the plot in a direction I wasn't expecting, it wound up being just as good - and in some ways better - than its predecessor.

The thing I really adored in Croak was the absolutely laugh-out-loud funny humor that Damico inserted throughout the book. And w...more
Helen
I honestly don't understand why this series is more popular. It hits Twilight and other sappy, lame books like that right out of the park! (Sorry for the offence, Twi-Hards. But that's how I feel.)

The characters are very lovable, the plot and world-building has an surprising amount of complexity and the writing is fluffy but is not afraid to get dirty and bloody.

Lex has changed a bit since Croak (book #1). Some of her sassy snark is gone, and she's gotten a bit more serious about stuff. Her twin...more
Tarra
4 solid stars

After looking at my review for Croak I have decided this is a whole star better even though while I still liked the writing and descriptions and ALLLLLL of that, Lexi was still a bit of an A-hole. But after some thought I've decided that I can't damn a character for staying constant. Not when I'm so appalled when characters are flimsy.

She wouldn't listen to reason and continued to try and fight, against Mort's advice. Just as she has always done. She is impulsive. Just as she's alw...more
Sašenka
Skvelé... opäť... Začiatok bol trošku suchší ako som čakala, ale potom sa to rozbehlo... A keď hovorím rozbehlo tak myslím tým naozaj rozbehlo.
Veľa druhých dielov je nemastná neslaná, sú len prechodom medzi prvým a tretím dielom. Scorch do tohto stereotypu nezapadá. Je tam veľa akcie a zvratov. Vždy keď si myslíte, že ste pripravený na všetko a že už žiadne prekvapenie nepríde tak dostanete takú facku, že vám da stena druhú.
Pri tejto knihe som sa rehotala jak blázon (aj v autobuse) a revala so...more
Rancelli
Well... At first, it was a bit of slow.. I think it's because I've read the 1st book a year ago and its kind of hard to reminisce on what happened before :)))
After a while, I finally remembered what happened before and took me a while to get the excitement I was once had because it was kind of slow and there was a lot of talking and stuff....But after it got to the climax, I was like alright here we go... ;)

Overall, I think the story is good but when it comes to being mysterious and finding the...more
Jun Kun Kanashii
Lex has finally found where she belongs. That is, in a town of grim reapers. She's made a place for herself there over the summer, befriending the other Junior Grims.

But when Lex's twin sister is murdered by the insidious Lara, things take a turn for the worst. Lara goes on a killing spree using her ability to Damn--which she stole from Lex--and the Juniors get a lot of side looks from the seniors.

As notorious Norwood and his wife Heloise take control of the town and manage to steal the positi...more
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I grew up under four feet of snow in Syracuse, New York. I received a degree in theater and sociology from Boston College, where I was active with the Committee for Creative Enactments, a murder mystery improv comedy troupe that may or may not have sparked my interest in wildly improbably bloodshed. I have since worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie...more
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“Fine!" he relented, giving her a dirty look. "But only if you stay in front."
She rolled her eyes. "My, what chivalry."
"To hell with chivalry. Your idea, you die first.”
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“Driggs whispered to Lex out of the side of his mouth as they walked, "I never got grounded before you came here."
"You never touched a boob before I came here either."
"Touché." He flashed a goofy grin as Uncle Mort shoved him into his room and slammed the door. "Worth it!”
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