Lex is out of control. For the past several years, she has beaten up most of her school and isolated herself from everybody else. Her desperate parents send her to stay on her Uncle Mort’s farm. However, Uncle Mort is no farmer–far from it. He lives in the town of Croak, home to several Grims, or those who dispatch dead souls. Lex discovers that she is a Grim, and, for the first time, Lex has a purpose and a place to belong. Then everything changes when people really start dying.
I had mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I really liked the setting and overall concepts. The interpretation of the Grim Reaper concept was really cool and thought out: I liked the idea of the town and the abilities assigned to the Grims. I liked Damico’s interpretation of the afterlife–it was clever and cute, and really suited my own beliefs.
Otherwise, I was lackluster about the rest of the book. Lex was the only character that seemed solid to me, and some of the dialogue was funny, but oftentimes seemed to happen just to be witty without really serving any real purpose. To me, the dialogue and lack of clear character definition really hurt the plot’s execution. The plot didn’t feel tight or smooth until the very end, when I started to learn more about the others, and the story came together. Of course, the ending now makes me want to read the second book, so we’ll see that goes.
I’d be hesitant to recommend this one, but I’ll let you draw your own conclusions. I’ll let you all know what I think of the sequel.