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Book review: Scorch by Gina Damico

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Due to the first book being a mystery-thriller, I don’t want to spoil the ‘who dunnit’ at the end of Croak. There will be no summary, only my response to the book. 

For information on the first book in this series: CLICK HERE.

My thoughts:


Love, love, love, love, love, love, love!!!!!!

You know that feeling when you’re reading Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins? Well, that is exactly how I felt when reading this action packed, high speed sequel! 

Damico doesn’t hold back and there are brilliant new settings and shocking events that will make you wonder if you just read that chapter right. I poured over this book in two days and I can’t wait for the third and final book to come out next month! I’m dying (!!!) to know what happens next! 

Picking up where she left off, Damico does an amazing job of continuing this amazing story and keeping her readers on their toes. I’ve fallen in love with this series and I hope my expectations of the last book aren’t to high, but I’m pretty confident that Damico can finish her series in style! 

If you haven’t read either book, go do so (RIGHT NOW!)! We’ll have long chats over tea until the third book, Rogue comes out September 10th! 

Book Review: Rogue by Gina Damico

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Please note this is the third and final book in the Croak series. My review does not contain any spoilers but this does follow the series. 

Read my review of Croak (Book 1)

Read my review of Scorch (Book 2)

In reality, there is so much to this series. I don’t want to give away any crucial information.  This jaw dropping finale made me feel things I never expected, nor saw coming. I feel it’s best to also show how I felt about this book:


Pretty much sums up everything. I mourn the end of this series. It came during a period of my life when death was ever prevalent and somehow, this series helped with the tragic transition. 

There aren’t enough YA books out there that help push the envelope on how teens can think and feel. I hope to read a lot more from Dimaco in the future. 

Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Hi everyone! Another super quick post about some of the YA authors (a literary one slipped in too!) that were brand new to me this year courtesy of the fantastic lists by The Broke and the Bookish:

1. Kasie West – Pivot Point

2. Marissa Burt – Storybound and Story’s End

3. Gina Damico – Croak, Scorch and Rogue

4. Kiera Cass – The Selection, The Elite and The One

5. Randsom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

6. Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl

7. Lynn Cullen – Mrs. Poe

8. Elizabeth George – The Edge of Nowhere

9. A. G. Howard – Splintered

10. Amanda Sun – Ink

The week’s been pretty busy with my job, internship and making sure all gifts are ready to go for friends and family. I’m hoping to get to some more diverse content in the new year, but for now, the authors above have given me such reading pleasure through this tortuous year!

Book Review: Croak by Gina Damico

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Lex (short for Lexington) Bartleby is one troubled teenage girl. Her twin sister Cordy (short for Concord) is sweet as sugar and works hard at her part time job. When Lex puts another fellow student in hospital, the girl’s parents ship her off to her forgotten Uncle Mort’s farm in upstate New York.

Stuck in the middle of nowhere, Lex attempts to prepare for one long summer of suck. Instead her scarred Uncle on a motorcycle picks her up, with no farms in sight. He’s also the Mayor of Croak, a town full of Grim Reapers. Lex is also a Grim Reaper; gifted with talents of guiding souls to the afterlife. Her summer makes a complete 180.

That is until uncharted deaths start happening around the US. Lex finds herself public enemy number one for reasons she doesn’t understand. As she begins to lose what little comfort fitting in a society of her own kind, she’ll have to make a choice of either joining this masked Killer or ending him or her, herself.

This book is seriously amazing. So worth the wait. (It hasn’t been published in the UK yet.) Finally a YA seriously where the focus isn’t on falling in love, with some real bite to it! Croak is fabulous at dealing with the moral obligations of life and death. Everyone who lives must also die and I love how Damico uses this sad life event to bring comfort to readers, as well as cover the natural order.

When that balance is disrupted all hell breaks loose in the book and you’ll turn every page wondering who’s around the corner! The language of the story is also fantastic. Riddled with new age teenage slang. You’ll be laughing and crying through this brilliant 300 page ride. Talk about using the post-apocalyptic theme in a modern way, Croak is absolutely worth reading. As long as you’re not uberally disturbed by death, I highly suggest checking out this beginning of the Croak series as soon as possible!

The finale book in this series will be published in September, and this review is kicking off to the release date. Next month I’ll include my review on the sequel, Scorch


Here’s an index of the book reviews I’ve written. Reviews are alphabetised according to the surname of the author.


Anastasiu, Heather Glitch – Glitch #1 

Angler, Evan Swipe

Angler, Evan Sneak

Albin, Gennifer Crewel


Black, Yelena Dance of Shadows – Dance of Shadows #1

Blake, Kendare Anna Dressed in Blood

Blake, Kendare Girl of Nightmares

Brennan, Allie Of Silk and Fire

Brunt, Carol Rifka Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Bryer, J Cranwood

Burt, Marissa, Storybound – Storybound #1

Burt, Marissa Story’s End – Storybound #2


Chadda, Sarat Ash Mistry and the Savage Fortress

Chilton, Calire, Demonic Dora – Demonic Dora #1

Condie, Ally Crossed – Matched #2

Condie, Ally Matched – Matched #1

Condie, Ally Reached – Matched #3

Crossan, Sarah Breathe


Damico, Gina Croak – Croak #1

Damico, Gina Rogue – Croak #3

Damico, Gina Scorch – Croak #2

de la Cruz, Melissa Gates of Paradise

Diffenbaugh, Vanessa The Language of Flowers

Driza, Debra Mila 2.0


Ee, Susan Angelfall

Epstein, Robin God is in the Pancakes


Ferguson, Patricia The Midwife’s Daughter

Fitzpatrick, Becca Crescendo – Hush, Hush #2

Fitzpatrick, Becca Finale – Hush, Hush #4

Fitzpatrick, Becca Hush, Hush – Hush, Hush #1

Fitzpatrick, Becca Silence – Hush, Hush #3

French, Katie The Breeders – The Breeders #1


Gaiman, Neil The Graveyard Book

Gray, Claudia Fateful 

Goodwin, Harriet The Hex Factor


Habel, Lia Dearly Departed Gone with the Respiration #1

Hampton-Jones, Hollis Comes the Night

Hocking, Amanda Switched

Hoffman, Mary David

Hooper, Mary Velvet



Jefford, Nikki Engtangled

Johansson, J.R. Insomnia


Kate, Lauren Fallen

Kincaid, S. J. Insignia – Insignia #1

Kincaid, S. J. Vortex – Insignia #2

Kinde, Christa The Blue Door

Klein, Alina Rape Girl


Lane, Soraya Change

Lange, Erin Butter

Light, Evans Black Door

Leigh, KaSonnda When Copper Suns Fall


Marion, Isaac Warm Bodies

Marks, Daniel Velveteen

McGarry, Katie Dare You To – Pushing the Limits #2

McGarry, Katie Pushing the Limits – Pushing the Limits #1

McGreevy, Brian Hemlock Grove

Meyer, Marissa Cinder – Lunar Chronicles #1

Meyer, Marissa Scarlett – Lunar Chronicles #2

Minkman, Jen The Island

Mitchard, Jacquelyn Cage of Stars

Morphew, Chris Arrival – Book #1 The Phoenix Files

Morphew, Chris Contact – Book #2 The Phoenix Files

Moskowitz, Hannah Teeth


Napoli, Donna Jo Skin

Ness, Patrick A Monster Calls

Noel, Alyson Evermore


O’Brien, Caragh Birthmarked – Birthmarked #1

O’Brien, Caragh Prized – Birthmarked #2

O’Brien, Caragh Promised – Birthmarked #3

O’Brien, Robert C Z is for Zachariah 

Oliver, Lauren Before I Fall

Oliver, Lauren Delirium – Delirium #1

Oliver, Lauren Pandemonium – Delirium #2

Oliver, Lauren Requiem – Delirium #3


Pitcairn, Johanna Death By Chocolate

Pitcher, Chelsea The S-Word



Rossetti, Rinsai The Girl with Borrowed Wings

Rought, A.E. Broken

Rowe, Brian Happy Birthday to Me – Happy Birthday to Me #1

Rummage, Carole Refuge

Russo, Jessa Ever

Ryan, Carrie The Forest of Hands and Teeth

Ryan, Carrie The Dead Tossed Waves

Ryan, Carrie The Dark and Hollow Places


Sedgwick, Marcus Midwinterblood

Shantz-Hilkes, Chloe Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home

Stine, R. L. A Midsummer’s Night Scream

Sun, Amanda Ink – Paper Gods #1


Taylor, Laini Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1

Taylor, Laini Days of Blood and Starlight – Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2

Terry, Teri Slated




Wallenfels, Stephen POD 

West, Kasie Pivot Point

Westerfeld, Scott Uglies – Uglies #1

Westerfeld, Scott Pretties – Uglies #2

Westerfeld, Scott Specials – Uglies #3

Williams, Avery The Alchemy of Forever – Incarnations #1

Williams, Avery The Impossibility of Tomorrow – Incarnations #2

Wynne-Jones, Tim The Uninvited



Young, Moria Blood Red Road


Zappitello, M. C. Ascent