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Croak by Gina Damico
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Sep 13, 14

bookshelves: ghosties, ya, arcs, owned-book, first-in-series, funny-ha-ha
Read from February 09 to 12, 2012

Expected Publication Date: March 20th 2012

Croak was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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When sixteen year-old Lex starts to become a problem child, her parents decide to send her away for the Summer in hopes that her behavior will be changed while spending time with her Uncle Mort on his farm.

"I know it's a rather odd decision, but we think that a few months of fresh air could do you some good. You can get in touch with nature, lend a hand on Uncle Mort's farm, maybe even learn something! You could milk a cow!"
Cordy let out a snort. "She'd probably punch the cow."


So Lex is sent to Croak, which turns out to be a bit more than just your typical small town (and her Uncle Mort doesn’t live on a farm). Croak is actually a portal between this world and the next and all its inhabitants, otherwise known as Grims (including Lex now) are in charge of helping souls after death get to that other world. Lex ends up enjoying her new responsibilities far more than she had anticipated, and her Uncle Mort and new partner Driggs are both shocked at how strong her abilities are.

I loved the intricacies of their world: Killers, Cullers, Crashers, deathflash, the ether, the Ether Traffic Controllers (the Etceteras), Gamma Removal and Immigration Managers (Grims) the jellyfish, the Terms of Execution.... it was all very fun and extremely well done. I loved the originality of the whole world Gina Damico built. To me, Lex was a snarkier version of George from the Showtime show 'Dead Like Me' and I was all on board for that. 'Dead Like Me' is one of my favorite shows ever.

With an incredibly fun storyline and a great build-up (and not even a cliff-hanger OR a love triangle! Yay!) I’m really looking forward to how this series continues to progress.
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Reading Progress

02/09/2012 page 55
18.0% "Chapter 6 - yay! I actually like this. (seemingly rare in my netgalley selections these days)." 2 comments
02/09/2012 page 100
32.0% "Chapter 9"
02/10/2012 page 121
39.0% "Chapter 11"
02/11/2012 page 190
61.0% "Chapter 16"

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