Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on Sept 25, 2012
Genres: Humour, Paranormal, YA
Format: ARC from BEA 2012
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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?
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This is a dark story that still manages to be humourous at times, and entertaining all the time. Darker than the first book in the series, there is less humour and more serious moments, but it is still as engrossing.
The best and worse thing about this book is the fact that the author is not afraid to kill the characters. For a book about death, it hurts to watch beloved characters die. It makes the threat of danger much more meaningful because, as the reader, you know that something could actually happen to the main characters.
The ending is a killer. It’s not quite a cliffhanger, but it is dramatic and traumatic. I can’t wait for the next book to see what the consquences are, and how everyone deals with what happens in this book. There is definitely no “second book curse” here, this book is almost as good as the first, although it does have a slightly more sombre feel.