Scorch by Gina Damico
* ARC read via Around the World Tours
* Spoilers highlighted like so :)
Wowsers, I don’t know how it’s possible but this book was even more intense than the first one. Let’s just say that the author is not afraid to kill off characters and if you’re a cryer, you’ll definitely shed some tears.
Lex’s life really went into a tailspin at the end of the first book, Croak, she now has a plethora of problems to solve and revenge is definitely on her mind.
The beginning of the book sees her returning to Croak uncertain of the welcome she’ll receive. She’s very different compared to just about any other Reapers and her differences and the end of the previous book mean that inadvertently or not she is one of the reasons they are all in danger.
There are some new Junior Reapers introduced and they are quite the interesting duo. Bang and Pip make an awesome team and I hope we learn even more about these new recruits in the next book. They both have some interesting skills and make a superb addition to the group.
The relationships in this book are surprising and a lot of fun. Lex and Driggs and all their interactions are always good for a laugh. You can tell how much they really care for each other. It gets rather interesting with them living in the same house and trying to find alone time where Mort won't catch them but they are nothing if not inventive.
There’s such a crazy good twist in this book, it so came out of nowhere but the clues are all there. Wrong versus right and doing the right thing and knowing when to break the rules are themes that are strong throughout the story. Most of the characters have their own shades of gray, I know some developments were truly surprising.
There is so much chaos in this book and the reader actually gets to see more than just the city of Croak. Many a tragic event occurs, prepare to be floored by some of these outcomes. Here are some things I may or may not have yelled while reading, "AHHH, no not Kloo, Driggs!!!!, and WTF just happened..."
Definitely a suspenseful sequel well worth reading. The ending looks to be setting up for one heck of a finale.
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“Everyone knows how impos-sible it is to get zestfully clean without assistance.” (pg. 109)
“To hell with chivalry. Your idea, you die first.”(pg. 124)