Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby is a teenage grim reaper with the bizarre ability to damn souls. That makes her pretty scary, even to fellow Grims. But after inadvertently transferring her ability to Zara, a murderous outlaw, Lex is a pariah in Croak, the little town she calls home.
To escape the townspeople’s wrath, she and her friends embark on a wild road trip to DeMyse. Though this sparkling desert oasis is full of luxuries and amusements, it feels like a prison to Lex. Her best chance at escape would be to stop Zara once and for all—but how can she do that from DeMyse, where the Grims seem mysteriously oblivious to Zara’s killing spree?
Last year I fell in love with Damico's wonky characters, amusing spin on death and all the colourful elements that make her Grimesphere unique. I could hardly wait to read more of Lex, Driggs, her uncle and the rest of the crew, and it was an extra long wait since I read it in October and it didn't release until March. I know, you're crying me a river aren't you? I'm just saying, sometimes ARC's are an evil, evil curse. Especially when you don't get them all early.
Scorch starts off in slightly bummer territory. Numerous unpleasant things happened in the end of Croak, so Scorch has to start by dealing with a lot of the fallout. Remember the whole Umbridge phase at Hogwarts? Yes, that kind of fallout, frustrating and infuriating, but with an excellent story arc that's worth the hair tearing.
One of the great things the drama leads to is a relocation to the famed DeMyse, the Vegas of the grimesphere. Bright lights, swanky Grims, clubs and a whole new level of intrigue, DeMyse was everything you could hope for and more. After spending so much time in Croak it was fun to experience another one of Damico's Grim cities, lets hope Necropolis is full of it's own devious adventures.
Despite a much more serious tone, Damico kept up the same brand of quick, sharp-edged humour that made Croak so endearing.
"Here we are," Said Driggs in a chipper voice. "Off you go, special superpowery second-generation Grim."Lex bit her lip and stared at the scary path. "Okay.""Okay then.""I'm going.""Bon voyage."He wasn't letting her back out of this one, not when she'd been so cocky. Tentatively, she tiptoed through the opening and into the trees, her sneakers kicking up leaves left and right.One minute and seven seconds later she burst back out onto the path, panting and clutching her stomach."Ready to move in?" Driggs asked wryly. Lex was so grateful he didn't say "I told you so," she fell in love with him all over again. "I don't think Ikea delivers to creepy enchanted forests," she choked out."Pity. I so love the neighbourhood."As well, she added two very entertaining new recruits to the ranks of the juniors, the non-stop chatter Pip and his silent side-kick Bang. These two were full of surprises and kept things from getting too dreary in the moments when it looks like things are going to hell in a hand-basket with no relief in site.
With YA hitting so many of the usual paranormal suspects, Damico's world is fun an fresh. So if you haven't tried her Grim Reaper series then I highly suggest you rectify that soon. And if you've read Croak but haven't caught up to Lex and the gang in Scorch yet then why don't you enter my Spooktacular Giveaway for your chance at a copy of Scorch? See? This is why you tolerate my whining about ARC's. I knew there was a reason.
Scorch, by Gina Damico