Book: Cracked (Soul Eater #1)
Author: Eliza Crewe
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.
As soon as I read the blurb, I knew I was going to have a ‘bad’ protagonist with tons of sass and attitude. Have I mentioned that they are my favourite type of books? I usually love books with angels and demons…especially when they don’t get too religious. So, it kind of felt like Eliza Crewe wrote the book with me in mind.
I enjoyed the new take on the Crusaders;instead of ancient knights searching for the holy grail to protect it, they search and protect something just as rare- noble individuals. When Meda accidently runs into a group of full demons and is saved by the crusaders, who mistake her for a Beacon (a noble individual) she goes along with it in the interests of self preservation and for information. Hilarity ensues as Meda tries to keep her cover (yep, unfortunately that means no soul-sucking) and her life and figure out what the hell Hell wants with her.
Meda is the reason that this book works. She’s so bad that she’s great. We meet her as she’s in the middle of a meal. For her, that means the soul of some depraved individual. At times, she can be sadistic, manipulative and annoyingly egocentric. She is always shamelesy self-centred, downright rude, and all kinds of dark and witty. She is the body-ripping, soul-eating main character that I never knew I wanted.
Death is my art form–when I fight, I’m a ballerina. Graceful. Chi lacks my grace, but makes up for it in energy and enthusiasm. His fighting style is like breakdancing–strong and frenetic with some really sweet moves. Jo’s is . . .the Macarena. Ugly but gets the job done.
Jo and Meda have a rocky relationship at first.This may or may not be due to the fact that Jo distrusts Meda. Of course Meda purposely tries to antogonize Jo by flirting with her not-yet-a-boyfriend.With her snarls and threats, it’s impossible not to love Jo. Even though Jo is as thoroughly good as Meda is bad, both are equally cynical and jaded. She (and everyone else around her) sees herself as an invalid but despite her disability she is still one tough chick. After reading this book, the world Doctor will have a whole new meaning for you.
“I’m pretty sure Jo couldn’t talk about the weather without somehow including a threat. Forecast today: cloudy with a chance I’ll kick your ass
Chi is not-Jo’s-boyfriend. He has a great sense of humor and loves playing the knight in shining armor role. Meda finds it very easy to manipulate his desire to protect the weak by portraying herself as weak. But despite his naivete where Meda is concerened, he is a genuinely likable and three-dimensional character.
I consider the many tools at my disposal, eyeing his large blood-splattered frame, and settle on my weapon of choice – one so infrequently used I need to dust it off first.
My eyes fill with tears. “Wha–” I swallow hard “– what were those things?”
“Demons.” Thanks, Einstein. I got that part. I let a tear trickle over.
He hurries to reassure me. “Don’t cry – I’ll protect you.”
Humiliating. Absolutely humiliating.
Um… no romance. Not really. Sure, Meda flirts with Chi but that’s more to annoy Jo than anything else. And of course there’s the hot half-demon, half-human demon spawn but he makes an appearance for,like, eight pages. But this book is so good it doesn’t need romance. Or maybe it’s good because of the lack of romance. I think I’d lose a lot of respect for Meda if she started following some guy around like a good little puppy. Ew, no i can’t even imagine that.
Cliffhangers and Death. If you somehow missed the message that Eliza Crewe was an evil genius, you’d get it as soon as you finished the book. You have no idea how desperate to read the next book, Crushed.
I’m still a bit surpirsed that Meda managed to keep her cover for that long ( I mean hello, her attitude was way obvious) but the balance between good and evil was perfect in this book (unlike most other books about demons). And the world built was mega-interesting. There were plot twists but they actually made sense. So 4.5/5 for the Plotholes in this book.
Consider me awed. By the world, by the characters, by the plot and by Eliza Crewe. I am surprised this book isn’t more famous. So go ahead and read it and help this book become a little more famous. But yeah there’s quite a bit of cussing in this book. If you aren’t fine with that, I wouldn’t recommend this book to you.