Author: Gina Damico
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Lex is a teenage Grim Reaper with the power to Damn souls, and it’s getting out of control. 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.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
My Summary: Lex and her rag-tag group of friends-turned-fugitives are on the run again.
After accidentally Damning the mayor's crazy murderous wife and releasing the ghost of the most powerful Grim ever to walk the Earth, they've got more than their fair share of problems to deal with. The best idea would be to lay low, right? But apparently fate has other plans for the Juniors, and after discovering that the actions of the Grims are causing the shutdown of the Afterlife, Lex and her friends know they can't rest until they close the Portals forever.
Can they do it if it means the end of being a Grim for everyone, or will the Afterlife be lost forever?
My Thoughts: Having read and adored both of the previous installments of Gina Damico's Croak trilogy, I was prepared to be blown away by Rogue -- and I was. Everything I'd loved about Croak and Scorch was present and accounted for: the witty humour, hilarious dialogue, and of course the extremely relatable characters. Lex was just as snarky and clever as ever, and her interactions with Driggs and everyone else brightened up the darker moments of this last installment. I really liked that we got to know Driggs a little better in this one - he's been one of my favourites since the beginning.
I'm trying to refrain from spoilers, but let me just say this: I thought the ending fit perfectly with the story. It wasn't the ending I wanted, but it was - in my opinion, at least - the only ending that could happen and remain faithful to the characters and their motivations. It was perfect and I shed a few tears and just... you guys need to read these books, okay?
Final Thoughts: I recommend this series to anyone looking for a unique paranormal YA read with a ton of humour.