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Literature / Croak

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A Young Adult Literature series by Gina Damico about a juvenile delinquent who gets sent to stay with her uncle in an effort to rehabilitate her. Unbeknownst to her parents, however, her uncle is actually a Grim Reaper and the town of Croak is actually a town housing and regulating their jobs. Lex goes on to make friends and enemies, Kill people, and stand at the center of the most chaos the Grimsphere has faced in centuries.

For more of Damico's work, see Wax.

This series contains examples of the following:

  • Conveniently an Orphan: The Grims who didn't come from abusive households tend not to have had parents at all.
  • Cool Car: The Stiff. Part hearse, part Batmobile. All awesome.
  • Descriptiveville: Croak, DeMyse, Necropolis...
  • Easy Amnesia: The Grimsphere keeps up The Masquerade using this. A concoction distilled from spider venom wipes out a period of the victim's retrograde memory, which they then fill in with, shall we say, 'friendly suggestions'.
  • Enemy to All Living Things: While Grims aren't technically enemies, animals avoid their towns like the plague because they can sense the death.
  • Everyone Can See It: When Driggs and Lex get together, Pandora announces to the entire diner that it's about time.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The majority of the in-world terminology falls under this.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Damning, where a person's soul is sent to Fire and Brimstone Hell for an eternity of burning torture. Though, there's also a Fate Worse Than a Fate Worse Than Death, which is Annihilation, which is when a person's soul is sent to The Nothing After Death.
  • Fingore: The Wrong Book can only be read right by Grotton—specifically, when he waves his hand over it or holds it. Since he refuses to let them read it freely, Pip and Bang decide to cut off his finger and put it in a jar so they can hold it by the book whenever they need to read it.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: See Delinquents. For some reason the Grim powers make the teenagers misanthropes until they move to one of the Grimsphere towns.
  • Healing Hands: As of Scorch, Driggs is a combination of this and Power Limiter for Lex.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Every single location in Croak, including the town itself, with the exception of the library.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Lex, who used to have a Hair-Trigger Temper and beat people up, but only as a result of being a Grim. She's still rather snarky but has become much nicer.
  • Power Incontinence: Crosses with Addictive Magic; Lex Damns Corpp on accident. She was aiming for Zara.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Driggs. His parents were incredibly abusive, and his father intended to kill him after Driggs fought back by breaking his nose, but he managed to grab the gun out of his father's hands and knock him down. He killed his mother first, one right between the eyes. And then his father, one in the head and four elsewhere on his body.
  • Significant Anagram: "Bone the sick scythe bandit" can be rearranged to spell "the cabin beyond the sticks".
  • Team Dad: Ferbus calls Corpp their "collective grandpa."
  • Theme Twin Naming: Mrs. Bartleby named her daughters after the first two battles of the Revolutionary War.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Lex was a model child before her teenage years.