Scorch (Croak #2)

The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Scorch by Gina Damico
Pub­lisher: Graphia
Pages: Paperback, 332 pages
Series: Croak
Pub­li­ca­tion date: September 25th 2012

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?

Scorch was a really disappointing read. I was pretty excited about it, to tell you the truth. I loved Croak, I found it entertaining and rather funny. The characters were cool and the whole grim theme that was going around suited me just fine.

But this! This is simply horrible! I mean the story takes either a completely idiotic path, or a too serious one. I liked the too serious one though, I guess this was the only thing that saved Scorch from a one star rating. My main problem is with the idiocy, which lasted for about 70% of the book.

Now this idiocy is mostly related to Lex and Driggs' so called relationship. Yes, I don't know what kind of relationship these guys have, but the sloppy make out sessions only managed to disgust me. Kissing is more than shoving one's tongue as far as one can go down another one's throat. I think the sloppy kissing was supposed to be funny. How is that even funny? It's not. It's extremely idiotic.

Anyhow, the first half of Scorch is also very slow. The first chapter is serious, and then BAM! Lex is back in town, so everything revolves around sloppy kissing, failed attempts to get laid, useless rants and running around in circles. Where’s the fun in that?

And the ending!

Oh that dreadful facepalm-worthy ending! Horrible!

I’m not sure whether I'll go on with the series or not. We'll see.

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