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Rogue (Croak Series Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Gina Damico
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Book Description

Lex, a teenage Grim Reaper, has the power to Damn souls, and it’s getting out of control. Her boyfriend, Driggs, is dead . . . sort of. She’s a fugitive, on the run from the maniacal new mayor of Croak and the townspeople who want to see her pay the price for her misdeeds. Uncle Mort rounds up the Junior Grims to flee Croak once again, but this time they’re joined by Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time. Their new mission is clear: Fix his mistakes, or the Afterlife will cease to exist, along with all the souls in it.
     The gang heads for Necropolis, the labyrinth-like capital city of the Grimsphere. There, they discover that the Grimsphere needs a reboot. To do that, the portals to the Afterlife must be destroyed . . . but even that may not be enough to fix the damage. Things go from bad to worse, and when at last the fate of the Afterlife and all the souls of the Damned hang in the balance, it falls to Lex and her friends to make one final, impossible choice.


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    PRAISE FOR ROGUE

    "A gut-wrenching, laugh-out-loud, gritty, honest and brave ending to an appealing trilogy."
    Kirkus

    "Fans of Croak and Scorch will be dying to get their hands on this third and final book about Lex and her teenage grim-reaper friends and relations."
    VOYA, 3Q 4P J S

     

    "The final installment of Damico's morbid and humorous 'Croak' trilogy . . . snarky comments between characters, humorous pop culture references, and quirky Afterlife denizens keep the story from being too heavy."
    School Library Journal

    PRAISE FOR CROAK

    "Go ahead and die laughing, knowing that the safe transport of your mortal soul will be the summer job of a sweetheart teen with godlike power and discipline problems. A lot of books make me wish I could live within their pages, but I wouldn't mind dying in this one."
    —Adam Rex, author of Fat Vampire

    "Creepy and hilarious."
    VOYA, 4Q, 5P

    PRAISE FOR SCORCH

    "An amusing blend of whimsy and humor with serious drama and blood."
    Kirkus Reviews

    "Characters are always as clever as we wish we were. . . . An irresistible blend of impending doom, irreverent humor, hormone-fueled make-out sessions, and creative world-building make this sequel stronger than its predecessor and will leave readers dying for the next book."
    School Library Journal

    About the Author

    Gina Damico is the author of Hellhole, as well as the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy. She has also dabbled as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. A native of Syracuse, New York, she now lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband, two cats, one dog, and an obscene amount of weird things purchased from yard sales. Visit her website at www.ginadami.co.


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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected, But Appreciated November 3, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    "Croak", the first book in this series, was one of those books that completely took me by surprise, I had expected it to go one way, but it went in the complete opposite direction. However, I wouldn't have had it any other way- I think that it is extremely refreshing for the world of paranormal YA, especially for what we've seen from Grim Reapers stories thus far. That being said, I do think that a lot of magic from the first book was lost on the second, "Scorch". I thought that it was a bit too "out there" for my liking, making it extremely unrealistic and unrelateable. Though that didn't deter me from picking up this book, thinking that I was just suffering from a small bout of 'second book syndrome'. However, while a bit of magic was restored from the first book in the series, it wasn't as much as I would have liked.

    My biggest complaint about this book was, again, how much was going on, especially within the first couple of chapters. Despite not having read the second book all that long ago, I, for the life of me, couldn't recall anything that had happened in the previous (because, again, so much occurred in it). It took me a LONG time to finally situate myself in this, being disoriented/ struggling to regain my bearing for much of it. It isn't often that I think that the first chapter of a book should recap what happened in the previous, however, I think that this series is the poster child for that.

    That being said, the character growth in this series (especially this book) and the ending redeemed the book in my eyes more than I would have ever thought possible. While I had never expected this book to end the way that it did, I do think that it is perfect (plus, I love how there was a spark, no pun intended, of hopefulness).
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The End is Nigh September 11, 2013
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    Rogue is the third book in Gina Damico's Croak series and I definitely recommend reading the first two before embarking on this crazy journey. In Croak Lex finds out about her heritage, in Scorch, she must grow stronger and suffers a loss, in Rogue everything comes together and the twists were ones that I thought couldn't possible be true... and were (no spoilers I promise).

    The small band of survivors/rogues now consists of Uncle Mort, Lex, her now dead boyfriend and the ghost/phantom of the worst Grim, Grotton. They must fix his mistakes and travel to Necropolis. Lex of course is full of snark and jabs and sometimes the book is truly full of black humor, but I loved it. At times it could be a bit much, but for a fun read that has a dark side this is the perfect blend. I wouldn't recommend this for light and breezy... Gina kills characters, she gives impossible situations and poor Lex must learn to live with her consequences. Saying that I adored this series, my mother adores this series and I am looking forward to seeing what comes from Gina next.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Chapter by Chapter's review of Rogue September 14, 2013
    By MaryAnn
    Format:Paperback
    Rogue by Gina Damico was an action packed finale to this amazing series. Lots of edge of your seat action that was impossible to tear my eyes away from.

    Book three in the Croak series picks up pretty much where book two left off. Lex and the gang are fighting for their lives. With Driggs as a ghost, and those that they thought were allies now turned enemies, Lex, Uncle Mort, and the rest of the crew now have a mission that seems impossible.

    They must not travel to Necropolis and seal off the portal to the Afterlife. But getting there is half the battle. With Norwood and his henchmen only mere steps behind them, these rogue grims must make their way to the Grim capital, undetected if possible, and carry out their mission.

    With help from those that many least expected, the twists and turns come full force and an ending that is both emotional and unbelievable, Rogue by Gina Damico is a series finale that will have readers wishing that the ride wasn't over all too soon.

    I found Rogue by Gina Damico chalk full of laugh out loud moments. It was, by far, the most entertaining book of this series, and author, Gina Damico, held no stops when it came to the hilarity. I feel like I was laughing/giggling throughout the entire read.

    But the humor isn't the only thing that had me loving this book. The twists that are thrown at you were ones that left my mouth open, and my eyes watery. I was shaking my head willing for this awful outcome to not come true. I literally had to put the book down and take a breather and collect my thoughts. WHY GINA DAMICO! WHYYYY!!! (You evil genius, you...
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    5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Series Conclusions Ever September 10, 2013
    Format:Paperback
    This review will be spoiler-free for the series.

    Today I shall exhort you to begin reading Gina Damico's Croak series, assuming you haven't already. If you stop by here often, then you probably know that I'm pretty stingy with my 5 star ratings, giving them out only in cases where a book has made me an emotional mess, sucked me in so much I forget the real world, AND been, from my limited perspective, unimpeachable in quality. Most series go out with more of a whimper than a bang, but, in this case, the finale is the strongest book in the series, which is why I am going to fangirl as hard as I can, and encourage all of you with good senses of humor to read this as soon as possible.

    From Croak onward, Gina Damico has excelled at humor and narrative voice. She writes a mixture of black comedy and straight up silliness that I find positively enchanting. The sort of people who enjoy television shows like Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies simply MUST read this series. Her style has a really unique flair. She chooses really weird terms or phrasing at times, but somehow they're completely perfect for the moment. A good example is her creativity in coming up with swear words. Ordinarily, I find invented swear words in novels irritating, rather than amusing or clever, but Damico's are perfection and likely to enter my actual vocabulary. Here are some examples: "everdeathing" and several I cannot share because of Amazon's filter. While probably not to everyone's tastes, if such things make you giggle, it's a sign that Damico's writing is meant for you.

    However, there's more than just humor in this series.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars You can close your book feeling satisfied!
    This was a fantastic conclusion to this series! The story maintained it's delicious mix of adventure, comedy, drama, and snark. Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Linda A. Naquin
    3.0 out of 5 stars good series disappointing ending
    great series but I didn't really like the ending.
    Published 25 days ago by Eanderson
    4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
    Fun, snazzy...reminiscent of Christopher Moore, if Chris Moore was a malevolent girl child on adderal and crack lusting after vengeful destruction
    Published 1 month ago by B. Ryan-Cabot
    5.0 out of 5 stars * Great series with a different twist! *
    * Great series with a different twist * Really enjoyed the humor and different directions that this took *
    Published 2 months ago by Pat
    5.0 out of 5 stars Rogue
    Smart, fast paced, funny with a hint of tragedy. You couldn't hope for better entertainment but definitely read books one and two first.
    Published 2 months ago by wendy harris
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Such an incredible end to a fantastic trilogy. Gave me the book hangover from hell.
    Published 2 months ago by Ashley Collins
    1.0 out of 5 stars bummed because thr first book was great.
    Story line stopped making sense, bummed because thr first book was great.
    Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
    4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional and riveting
    I didn't love this book as much as the first two, and it has nothing at all to do with the quality of the writing or the tightness of the plot - those were as good as ever. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Tara S.
    3.0 out of 5 stars This one wasn’t my favorite in the series
    This one wasn’t my favorite in the series. It was just so depressing. It seems like these kids have to constantly run for their lives. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Bookish Things
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    I love the book and it was in good condition
    Published 4 months ago by thalia
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    I grew up under four feet of snow in Syracuse, New York. I received a degree in theater and sociology from Boston College, and I have since worked as a tour guide, transcriptionist, theater house manager, scenic artist, movie extra, office troll, retail monkey, yarn hawker and breadmonger. I am the author of the grim-reapers-gone-wild books of the Croak trilogy (Croak, Scorch, and Rogue), published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the upcoming Hellhole (January 2015). I live in Western Massachusetts with my husband, two cats, one dog, and while I have never visited hell in person, I have spent countless waking hours at the Albany Regional Bus Terminal, which is pretty darn close.

    Check out my website at www.ginadami.co

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