Monday, November 26, 2012

"Scorch" by Gina Damico

Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher: Graphia
Pages: 322

From Goodreads: "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?"

This book was such a breath of fresh air- in a time when I was just feeling "meh" about everything that I was reading this book made me experience the roller coaster of emotions that I so desperately was looking for- from tearing up one minute when reading of Lex's guilt and her reunion with her sister to feeling bubbly the next with Driggs' and Lex's relationship.

As mentioned, Just when I thought that Driggs' and Lex's relationship couldn't get any more SQUEE-worthy I read this book and I was proven wrong. I love that they're not your perfect couple- they're flawed. To the max. And in being as such they are so totally relateable. An additional aspect of their relationship that I love is their snark- there were two standout scenes that happened in this book that I know will stay with me for a long time, mainly because whenever I think of them I cannot help but burst out in laughter:

"Here's the thing," he said, his face strained. "It's just that I've been treading carefully around you and this whole Cordy thing all day, just like Mort told me to. And I had to make sure you saw here and were okay with it and got home safe- again, just like Mort told me to. And as much as I'd love to continue exploring the existential implications of Damning roadkill, the truth is"- he plunged his hands into his hair until it stuck up even more than usual- "you'be been back here in my presence for two agonizing hours now, and if we don't properly make out soon, I'm going to hurl myself off of the roof" (pg. 36). 

'Driggs whispered out of the side of his mouth to Lex as they walked, "I never got grounded before you came here." 

"You never touched a boob before I came here either." 

"Touche." He flashed a goofy grin as Uncle Mort shoved him into his room and slammed the door. "Worth it!" (pg. 110).

That being said, there were a few aspects of the plot that grated on my nerves a bit, namely the time that the characters spent in DeMyse- I just found the city to be too gaudy, too flashy, too (insert your choice of word of your nature here) and as such, unlike the characters, I didn't find it to be relateable, not realistic in the slightest. Furthermore, I  felt as if the plot was suspended in time during their time spent here- that very little was accomplished and that it was almost thrown into the plot merely to add some excitement. Furthermore, I  felt that the villain was just a shadow of her former self- that as the plot progressed she became less and less villain-y, which was disappointing as I think that she could have really brought excitement to the story, rather than the vain attempt that DeMyse did.

All in all, despite my complaints this was still an extremely enjoyable read- in fact, I only do "funny" when it comes to Gina (because she does it so well, drawing me out of my comfort zone). Furthermore, despite my complaints I will be continuing on with this series to see not only how these characters continue to grow, but also to see how the ending of this novel will be resolved (let's just day that you might want Kleenex on hand when you read it)!

Rating: 3/5

I received this book from the publisher to read and review. I was not compensated in any way for said review.


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