Friday, March 13, 2015

Book Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Cracked (Soul Eaters #1)

Eliza Crewe
Genre: Young-adult, Fantasy, Romance
Meet Meda. She eats people.

Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she totally promises to only go for people who deserve it. She’s special. It’s not her fault she enjoys it. She can’t help being a bad guy. Besides, what else can she do? Her mother was killed and it’s not like there are any other “soul-eaters” around to show her how to be different. That is, until the three men in suits show up.

They can do what she can do. They’re like her. Meda might finally have a chance to figure out what she is. The problem? They kind of want to kill her. Before they get the chance Meda is rescued by crusaders, members of an elite group dedicated to wiping out Meda’s kind. This is her chance! Play along with the “good guys” and she’ll finally figure out what, exactly, her ‘kind’ is.

Be careful what you wish for. Playing capture the flag with her mortal enemies, babysitting a teenage boy with a hero complex, and trying to keep one step ahead of a too-clever girl are bad enough. But the Hunger is gaining on her.

The more she learns, the worse it gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother, her past, and her destiny… she may finally give into it.


I am a sucker for fantasy, action YA book with a kick ass heroine, so this book was definitely on my TBR list. I am so glad I came across this book and met Meda and pretty much every character in this book. Every freaking character was amazing, no one was cast aside just so the main character can have the lime light, everyone get to have their own moment.

This is the story of Meda who eats people soul to survive. That is her nature. The fact the she eats souls for a living, and that she's strong for an average human she knows she's only half human, or so she believes, but the other half is unknown, which she desperately want to know. You see, its not like you meet someone like you who enjoys munching on a human soul.

Meda is strong, arrogant, confident and special (That was what her mom always tell her), that until she met the people on black suit turns out she's only mom-special . It was too late when she realized that those people are like her, strong and unhuman. Shit happened and those men handed her sorry ass back to her painfully. She was saved then by a boy who turned out to be a Crusaders. They were a group of people who are dedicated on saving good people who will have a special impact to the world, or shortly known as Beacons. Unaware of her own nature and curiosity drives her into playing like a good guy and joining the Crusades.

Things happened so fast, she appeared to be someone who is wanted by the whole demon community. Good thing the Crusaders where a group of people who will never ever turn her over for their own safety.

There are a lot of action and hilarious scene from Meda's point of view that will make you giggle. And believe me there are a lot of those.

"I let a tear trickle over.
He hurries to reassure me. "Don't cry-I'll protect you."
Humiliating. Absolutely humiliating."

Characters.Meda's not the typical heroine who always whine when some people volunteer to be sacrificed.That was one of the things I really really liked about Meda. It's really tiring when a character gets all just-sacrifice-me-I-don't-want-anyone-get-hurt-because-of-me, while that is heroic, I don't think that would have fit Meda's character. She's half demon anyway. In fact, she doesn't think anyone else aside from herself.

"You don't have to run faster than the bear, just faster than other pople you're running with. I cast a look at jo - seems to be having a cripple along could be advantageous "


She grew up with the company of her mother alone. She was home schooled so she didn't have any friends at all. She doesn't know compassion, however, there were times she did care, she just didn't realize it right away.

"Suddenly I'm glad they came with me, even Uri, because it means I know they're alive. "


Jo's relationship with Meda is Hate-sarcasm-hate. She didn't trust Meda, she knows that there something she's hiding from her. She's tough and kick ass just like Meda, so they get to clash most of the time. She's also, cripple so she kind of have the tendency to have a self-pity-party. People always think she's weak, but Meda never thought of her as weak, if anything it would be the opposite.

"I've seen her fight and she's pretty good even with her leg. Part-girl, part-machine-all ninja"

And that, my friend is when good friendship start.

Romance. While I don't mind reading a romance in some part of the books I read, there was nothing like that for our evil Meda. I can see some potential love interest, but the fact that he was in a jail and her life kind of suck, made it difficult to elaborate. Meda thinks so too.

"He's good-looking in a bad-boy kind of way - downright hot, really, not that I'm in a position to care. Impending death has a way of focusing your priorities"

Very well said Meda. Way to go! Jo and Chi on the other hand just got lucky! and I am not saying anything.

Overall, this was a very good read. It was action packed and unique in someway. Everyone who like a fantasy, paranormal with kick ass heroine themed book will surely loved this. I actually felt sad that I only just discovered this book now, on the brighter side though, I didn't have to wait for a year for the sequel to come out. At least I was spare with the agonizing waiting.

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Eliza Crewe always thought she’d be a lawyer, and even went so far as to complete law school. But as they say, you are what you eat, and considering the number of books Eliza has devoured since childhood, it was inevitable she’d end up in the literary world. She abandoned the lawyer-plan to instead become a librarian and now a writer.

While she’s been filling notebooks with random scenes for years, Eliza didn’t seriously commit to writing an entire novel until the spring of 2011, when she and her husband bought a house. With that house came a half-hour commute, during which Eliza decided she needed something to think about other than her road-rage. Is it any surprise she wrote a book about a blood-thirsty, people-eating monster?

Eliza has lived in Illinois, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas, and now lives in North Carolina with her husband, her hens, her angry, talking, stuffed dwarf giraffe, and a sweet, mute, pantomiming bear. She likes to partially-complete craft projects, free-range her hens, and take long walks. Cracked is her first novel.

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