Author: Gina Damico
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: Jessica Almasy
Length: 8 hours, 16 minutes
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Fiction
Release Date: February 28, 2013
Publisher: Audible Studios
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook from AudioBookBlast in exchange for an honest review.
Lexington Bartleby’s parents are at their wits end. For the past two years she has become increasingly belligerent and violent. Now, at the age of sixteen, Lex’s behavior has her just one chance away from being expelled from high school. Fortunately, summer vacation is about to begin.
Her parents send her away to Northern New York to spend the summer with her Uncle Mort.
Spending a summer working on a farm is not how Lex would have chosen to spend her summer, but she has no choice but to go where her parents send her. She spends the entire five hour bus ride grumbling internally about the injustice of it all and wondering why she seems helpless to change her bad behavior.
Upon arrival in the very strange town of Croak, Lex quickly begins to realize that her summer is going to turn out to be MUCH more interesting than she had anticipated.
Uncle Mort is a Grim Reaper and so is Lex. Well, she isn’t a Grim yet. She has the innate potential to become a fully-fledged Grim once she completes her training.
As Lex begins her job of reaping souls, she finds herself getting angry when she sees murderers getting away with their crimes. But, it is not a Grim’s job to dole out justice. She is just supposed to reap the soul of the victim and move on.
Lex must decide if she is willing to follow the rules and thus stay in Croak or if she is going to go rogue and use the reaping skills she has learned to take down murderers and end up banished forever.
The author of this series has a flair for character development. Despite the fact that Lex’s parents are only briefly involved in the storyline, listeners still feel that they know quite a bit about them. As for the main characters, listeners will find themselves invested in their lives.
The descriptions of the town of Croak are impressively vivid, making it easy for the listener to picture exactly what it looks like.
This audiobook is also full of humor. I love that the town full of Grim Reapers is called “Croak.” The inhabitants have names like “Helloise,” “Killda” and “Pandora”. The restaurant is called “The Morgue,” the bar is “The Corpse” and their newspaper is called “The Obituary.”
The story is riveting and the narrator, Jessica Almasy, is the perfect voice for this book. She has the ability to infuse every word with the appropriate emotion and her pacing is excellent.
I rate this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I noticed on Audible that the second and third book in this series are now available in audiobook format as well and I am excited about listening to those books as well.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Biography Info Copied from her website:
“I grew up under four feet of snow in Syracuse, New York. I received a degree in theater and sociology from Boston College, and I have since worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. I am the author of the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy (Croak, Scorch, and Rogue), and Hellhole, all published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I live in Western Massachusetts with my husband, two cats, one dog, and while I have never visited hell in person, I have spent countless waking hours at the Albany Regional Bus Terminal, which is pretty darn close.”
To find out more about her visit http://www.ginadami.co
ABOUT THE NARRATOR:
Jessica Almasy is an audiobook narrator, a theatre teacher, and a founding member of the New York based theatre group called TEAM.
To read more about her visit http://www.audiofilemagazine.com/narrators/jessica-almasy/