Scorch (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Scorch (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)


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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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780606266277
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gina Damico is the author of Croak and Scorch. She received a degree in theater and sociology from Boston College, where she was active with the Committee for Creative Enactments, the country’s only collegiate murder mystery improv comedy troupe. She has since worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, and movie extra. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, two cats, and a closet full of black hoodies. Visit her website at

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Scorch 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
I finished Croak, which is book one in the middle of the night and immediately started Scorch. The combination of death, and humor makes this a series I am putting in my favorites list. SPOILER ALERTS FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T READ BOOK 1 This book picks up right after Lex see's the death of her twin sister. Zara, a rogue reaper who has a serious vendetta against Lex. Things start to get really rough with explosions hitting Croak, so they head to DeMyse where they hope they will be accepted with friendliness, since they're leaving Croak on bad terms. Even as mayor, Uncle Mort only has so much power in town, but he's hoping his deep roots and connections with the other mayors will be enough to keep them out of danger. I find Gina Damico to be be an amazing writer, with a great sense of humor that had me chuckling from the late at night to the early hours of the morning. I highly recommend this to young readers, as it is a young adult book. Definitely a 5/5 from me.
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Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We pick up shortly after Croak left off. Lex is still dealing with the loss that took place in the previous book. She’s not the same old snarky Lex that we’re used to. She’s reserved, quite and a bit sulky. However, it doesn’t take long for her to start to return to her old self, but she will never be the same. Not to mention she still has a killer she has to catch and the townsfolk of Croak have turned not only against her, but her uncle (who’s mayor) as well. The way the synopsis reads I thought that they would be on an adventure from the get go but that’s not the case. In fact they don’t actually head off to DeMyse until the last quarter of the book. The whole beginning of the book is the fallout of what took place in the last book as well as developing a little bit more of the story and mystery. Again, Gina is amazing when it comes to creating interesting characters. We get two new characters added to the ranks of reaper, Bang and Pip. Bang doesn’t talk, instead she signs in her own way (not ASL) and Pip… well he’s a motor mouth. He talks a mile a minute and doesn’t have an off switch. The two new characters definitely added a little something to the table. Plus, we get King Tut! I mean… how many books have you read where King Tut is in it? I bet you didn’t know that he could bench press a camel named Lumpy? HAH! See that right there is why you must read the book. Gina is one crazy chick and her awesomeness shows in her writing. Again, she leaves us with another cliffhanger. However, it works because it ends this chapter in their lives and starts a new journey in the next one. However, there are a lot of questions left unanswered and I for one will be tuning in to Rogue to see what happens next. Gina has skyrocketed to one of my top fave authors with the two books that she’s wrote. I love the way she creates a story, doesn’t get bogged down with mundane details and give her characters so many various personalities that you wish they were real so that you could try to befriend them. Seriously, I want a psychotic Lex as my friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is awesome! 264 pages. Keeps you reading. Recommend highly!
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crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Janessa, Age 15 for Citybook Review Poor Lex is a Grim Reaper, as if being a teenager isn’t hard enough, and  has already made a major no-no when she accidentally gives her power of damning souls to Zara and then lets her get away. Lex quickly finds herself on the outs socially and only worsening as Zara goes on a damning rampage, leaving no one safe in the small town of Grims. Will she find the book in time that could save more innocent lives before it is too late? “…show the way to the cabin, or I swear to God I’ll feed you to the first bear that inevitably shows up to eat us.” This is a hilarious book that, excluding the grim reaper part, most teens can relate too. What puzzled me is how could no one see that Zara is blatantly killing people? At some point (sooner than later) you would think someone would figure it out. It is still a splendid read with quirky characters, teenage mishaps, and a wild adventure. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*   *You can view the original review at City Book Review & Musing with Crayolakym
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book I've read in awhile, and at the everything unraveled. Not gonna spoil anything, but Ms.Damico definitely pulled out all the stops with this. It was certainly an unexpected turn of events, and A LOT of plot twists! Cant wait for the next book! :3
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TheTwinsRead More than 1 year ago
Scorch is the sequel to Croak, and for those of you who haven't read Croak yet you should probably get to that first. I'll try my best not to spoil the first book. I'm not making any promises, but I guarantee that this book's a winner. First off, let me just say something about Lex and Driggs. I adored them both so much better in this book, they were so freaking cute, adorable and sweet and had quite a number of scenes that had me grinning, then laughing, then wanting more. Let's just say that I particularly liked this shower scene of theirs. It was hilarious. I wanted to hug them both. Damico's characters are just as dysfunctional and entertaining as ever and I think I fell in love with each and every one of them all over again-especially Ferbus, I really liked him. Anyway, Lex is back! And she's just as badass as she was in the first book, but you know, better. The story starts with our lovely Lex returning to Croak where, after the events that transpired in the first book, she was not received well. The townspeople treat her like she's a blight on their existence and basically shun Lex and her Junior friends and blame every little bad thing that happens to Croak on them. Norwood and Heloise were the worst of the lot and I wanted to reach into the book and slap them silly and do other nasty, violent things to them for picking on the Juniors and Mort, too (although, I can't imagine Mort getting picked on). In Scorch, Lex is still looking for ways to hunt down Zara and is following clues that lead her to this super secret book that holds well, secrets, obviously. But then things go horribly wrong and Lex, her Uncle and her Junior friends all flee to DeMyse to escape the chaos that is Croak. This is where everything takes a turn for the worse and Scorch took me on a roller coaster ride of suspense and heartbreak. When it ended, I really had to stop myself from slapping someone (I know, I know, I'm violent). Just when I thought it would all be okay, BAM, everything goes up in flames. It was intense and I loved every minute of it. Well, except Zara, I didn't like her, she's so consumed by revenge and power that she'll do anything to get what she wants, even to the point of Damning innocents and was really, incredibly frustrating at the end. Scorch is the utterly thrilling sequel to Croak, it's intense, it's heart-breaking and it's strangely funny, even if I did want to bash my head in when I read the ending. You definitely need this book in your life. - Nicole of The Twins Read duo
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shayrp76 More than 1 year ago
5 Stars *This is an advanced reader’s copy* *This is the second book in a series. If you have not read Croak you may want to skip this review.* I am not going to give a detailed synopsis of this novel for the simple fact that it is a sequel. Being a teenager is hard enough for Lex, but being a teenaged Grim Reaper adds more to the challenge. After Uncle Mort introduces her to Croak and all things reaper events start to play out that are beyond her control but that she must face. Along with her uncle and fellow junior Grims she must figure out how to stop the damning of innocents while on the run trying to prove her innocence. This one is as much (maybe more) fun as Croak! There is action, adventure, humor, romance and sadness all rolled up into one big ball. These characters, even the antagonists, have so much depth and texture. I want to hang out with these Grims. I could also be happy visiting those who reside in the Afterlife. These books really do have a little something for everyone and I don’t have a single complaint except that I am ready for the next one now! I will shout recommendations from the rooftop!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So this book legitly is the best book ever no spoilers here tho :p ill let u no now though.... this book will keep u on ur toes... u just wont b able to put it down- Enjoy!