Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Croak by Gina Damico (3/5 stars).
I have to be honest, I didn't like the cover - the model posed with her hands in the pockets of her hoodie making it obvious that the scythe was digitally added, it's not even how Lex's scythe looks like, I don't know what her expression is supposed to convey and she looks like a boy, but I guess it's a matter of taste. That aside, I did like the blurb and a friend sent me an e-book copy so I read Croak.
What I liked the most in CROAK is the fanciful imagery of the quaint little town and its inhabitants that is like candy to the imagination! Like the town pub called Corpp's, I can just imagine the gigantic ether mural on the ceiling and the different splotches of art on the walls! The teens in town don't need an ID because why get beer when you can get a Yorick, a drink that could make you feel elated without the hangover the next day because of a few drops of Elixir, cloud matter from the Afterlife that melts into liquid when you take it back to the living world.
That said, details of the mythology are also very well done from the jellyfish that seems to be everywhere, to the ether, and how souls are reaped, Damico explains in a manner that the reader easily understands.
However, while I know that the concept that in the Afterlife there is no hell or eternal punishment is needed for Lex as well as the mystery antagonist to feel so strongly against letting the criminal go free when they could do something about it, that premise just doesn't sit well with me.
Moving on, Lex is rebellious, angsty, and full of anger, even if she grew up in a family full of love, she just sucker punched another classmate which led her parents to decide that she should spend some time in her uncle Mort's farm, they hilariously tell her over family dinner while she's tied up in jumping ropes! Lex doesn't change much when she gets to Croak, she still has a temper and acts before thinking except that she's only punched someone once, and I just can't get myself to like her character.
Overall, CROAK's dark humor and unique reaper world made for a good read, something I would recommend for those looking for a different kind of Supernatural story.