Scorch by Gina Damico
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you love "Dead Like Me" you'll probably enjoy this series - it mixes the Reaper idea (here called Grims) with the Vladimir Tod humor vibe, and adds a little something. Problem is there's not enough of everything to work.
My feeling about series are that books should lead from one to another, but that they should also be able to stand alone; not having read Book One, I came to the Grimsphere with no expectations and a lot of questions. The first chapter or so was mostly showing What Came Before, with a little Moving Forward: who Lex is, what happened to Cordy, why Lex is persona non grata in Croak, and setting the relationships between Lex, Mort, Driggs, Pandora, Norwood, Sophia and everyone. There's some discussion of why Lex's Damning talent could be transferred, and how dangerous Zara is and then Bam! We're into the action with Zara infiltrating Croak and killing Grims, not just people.
There's an escape to DeMyse, Crashing across country, glass sythes and traitors and lots of excitement, all leading to an unsatisfying ending. Clearly we're supposed to feel that this is a cliffhanger that will keep us on tenterhooks until Book 3 comes out, but it was a little too rushed. More time with the Book 2 plot and perhaps developing Grotton more would have led to that "can't wait" feeling, but as it was? Maybe. Maybe not.
ARC provided by publisher.