“I love it! If you liked CROAK, you WILL like this. Also, recommended to any one who likes mystery, drama, or has a peculiar interest in death... Dark, messy, deaths.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Started well, but ended up an obvious middle novel that struggles.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I love it! If you liked CROAK, you WILL like this. Also, recommended to any one who likes mystery, drama, or has a peculiar interest in death... Dark, messy, deaths.”Mnmluv wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I thought that Croak was much better but I had to continue to read the series because I want to see what happens to Lex. She is a strong and sassy character and I like the different plot. ”Mrs. Doyle wrote this review Friday, May 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was the first sequel I have read in some time that actually lives up to the interest that was built up in the previous book (Croak). Lex is back living in the Grim town with her Uncle Mort after the death of her sister at the hands of Zara. All of the Grims are panicking as Zara has gone on a rampage, killing and damning indiscriminately. No one seems to be safe, and they all have to find a way to stop her.
Besides this danger that was hidden within, many of the Grims in town are starting to doubt the leadership of their mayor, Uncle Mort. Zara is not only attacking regular humans, but she has been getting past the defenses of the town and killing Grims. As a result, a movement is on to have Mort removed.
Lex is at the core of the group hoping to solve both problems, but that doesn't stop her from falling deeper into love with her new boyfriend Driggs. They seem to want to use every spare moment they can find to makeout, despite all attempts by Mort to prevent it.
The book is full of the fun punnery that made the first book had. Just look at Uncle Mort's name and combine it with the fact that everyone in town is dedicated to the reaping of the souls of people who had died in order to help them make it to the Afterlife, and you get a sense of the black humor that is sprinkled throughout. T he kids read really realistic in their tones and perspectives, though I found myself becoming more and more disappointed with Lex and her decisions as the book progresses. Like Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, she is seriously skirting with the dark side. Only time (and future books) will prove whether she will be able to continue as a hero are become one of those people all the Grims are fearing.
This is definitely worth a read. I know I am looking forward to the third book in the series.”
“Started well, but ended up an obvious middle novel that struggles.”graphicstudent wrote this review Monday, March 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A solid follow-up to the first in the series (Croak), Scorch takes us back to the town of Croak where Lex and her new friends are desperately seeking Zara - the rogue Junior that has started Damning both criminals and innocents. Danger and adventure abounds, though towards the middle/end it starts to drag, then all of a sudden everything happens in the last few pages and BOOM! Now you have to wait for the next book.
I lost my steam and enthusiasm towards the end, but still really enjoyed the characters. Little things some of them say started to sound odd ... such as when Driggs tells Lex that she has great "gams". What 17 year old guy says that? Seriously? Other than a few quirks though, a good read. ”
“This was just as exciting as the first, but darker. I hope Broomie is still alive!”Zombie Katie wrote this review Friday, December 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“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 while Scorch has its fair share - particularly the lines courtesy of Uncle Mort when referring to Lex and Driggs' relationship - the plot of this one was so much darker than the first that I kind of felt that humor was sort of tempered a bit. There is a lot of danger and intrigue in this book - Zara is on the loose, people are turning up Damned all over the country, and the once-safe town of Croak is no longer safe for anyone, let alone the Junior Grims. Considering that the characters work as Grim Reapers, I was a bit surprised by all the death and destruction! This is not to say that it wasn't well done, of course - this book was, in some ways, more tightly constructed and plotted out than the first, even if it had a much different tone to it - but, again, it was quite a switch from book one and sort of threw me for a loop.
The one person I really came to love in this installment was Elysia, who is, quite simply, an absolutely fabulous character and a wonderful friend to Lex and the others. I feel like we really got to see more of her in this book, and I definitely hope that continues in the third one, because she is a character that really sparkles and shines. I loved her line to Lex about being "exceptionally sticky" (meaning she'll stick to Lex no matter what); she was truly a star in this book, and I adored her to pieces.
Scorch is a wonderful continuation of Lex's story, and definitely sets the series up for one bang of a finale. I can't wait to see what the plot twist at the end means for everyone, and how things will be resolved. There seems to be quite a bit going on that's going to have to be tied up in the final book, and while I can sort of see how things are coming together, I've no doubt that Damico will throw us a few more curves before its all said and done. Needless to say, I can't wait to read Rogue, and shall be waiting impatiently for its release!”
“Book 2 in the series. Lex is dealing with the aftermath of her sister's death, her role in it and the fact that she is public enemy number one in Croak. In fact, because of her, all the Juniors are in the doghouse. There is plenty of humor and action here, but "Scorch" is a lot darker than "Croak". On the plus side, we get to visit the glitzy city of DeMyse, spend plenty of time with the quirky characters we've come to love and meet some new ones. On the minus side, they are dropping like flies. Okay, that's an overstatement. But, Damico certainly doesn't have any trouble killing off her characters--which I don't have a problem with necessarily, but too much leaves the reader feeling a bit numb. And the big kill at the end of the book--that's starting to annoy me.”Dolores S wrote this review Thursday, November 1, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Although Damico leaves the ending of this novel with more questions that she answered, "Scorched" follows the same style of narrative and humor that made her first novel "Croak" awesome. While the reader finally gets a sense of what is happening in the rest of the Grimsphere, you've only scratched the surface of this complex world.”Jenn D wrote this review Saturday, October 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“So I am sure all of you remember what I said about Croak, how I hated the first 50% of the book but loved the last 50%. I was downright scared I would have the same reaction to Scorch, so I put off reading it for a while. Luckily, it has all the sass of the last 50% of Croak and none of that whiny, angsty stuff from the beginning 50%. Scorch is an awesome second book from Damico. When I wasn't laughing to myself, I was biting my nails as I flipped pages. This book kept you on edge and kept you waiting for more. Unfortunately, I did end up disappointed with the final 10%. It seems like with all the action in Scorch’s conclusion, everything happens far too rapidly. The end happens to fast and the reader does not have any time to digest any of the giant game-changers. The book was stellar up until the last couple chapters which just didn't fit the pace of the rest of the novel.
On the other hand, I have to give congrats to Damico for doing something few authors are successful at. In the first couple chapters of Scorch she adds two new important characters to the gang. Normally I hate it when authors add characters because they rarely meet the quality of the original characters and they essentially waste space. However, Damico’s new characters are filled with the same funny, unique aspects of the rest of Lex’s gang. I couldn't help but like them. This book was a score from Damico, proving she can write an awesome story and keep it up over a series.