Monday, June 2, 2014

Book Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

17345314Title: Cracked
Author: Eliza Crewe
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Source: Publisher for Review
Edition: ARC (327 pages)
Genre: YA Fantasy
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 bow 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.

Thank you Strange Chemistry for sending me an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review!

 Meda is a soul eater. She doesn't know if there are others of her kind up until the day when she is at an asylum eating a murderer's soul. Her entire life her mother just kept telling her that she was special, though Meda never exactly understood why she was the way she was. All she could do was accept it. Meda does the best that she can though. She doesn't like to kill innocent people... plus, she can see ghosts of murderer's victims. These victims tell her who killed them, and Meda eats their souls, which ultimately kills them in the end.

When a group of soul-eaters come and find Meda, a bunch of Crusaders come as well and take Meda with them. Meda pretends to not know anything, claiming to be nothing more than a human, because these Crusaders seem to know a lot about her kind, while Meda, on the other hand, knows absolutely anything. Being brought up by a mother who was not like her, Meda wants to know everything she possibly can. These Crusaders decide that Meda is a Beacon, which is a special person who will do something really significant in their lives. Crusaders are assigned a Beacon to guard with their life, so they take it upon themselves to keep Meda safe through the entire book, which is filled with lots of adventure.

First things first, I absolutely LOVED Meda. She is super smart and clever; she knows exactly how to portray herself so that she can control how people will see her. When Meda ends up with the Crusaders, she automatically tries to act stupider because of Chi, one of the guys who instantly takes a liking to Meda and her situation at hand.. well, what he knows about it, anyway. Another member of the Crusader pack that found Meda is Jo, who just so happened to be Chi's past lover, though they broke up. It's really clear that there is unfinished business between the two. They are still friends and all, though it's easy to see that they definitely still have partial feelings for each other. Jo got injured at one point though, so she's not allowed to go on all the Crusader missions anymore. She has to stay back all the time.

Right from the start, Jo hated Meda, which was pretty funny. Jo is really humorous and is a lot like Meda, though she really hated her. It's probably because of the fact that Chi showed interest in Meda when Jo was willing to just leave Meda behind, believing that there's no need to risk their life if they weren't even sure that Meda was a Beacon in the first place.

I found the whole rivalry between the soul-eaters and the Crusaders really awesome. The Crusaders' jobs were basically to get rid of the soul-eaters, because they were ruthless killers, while the Crusaders were protectors. The whole Beacon idea was really interesting as well; the fact that the Crusaders knew ahead of time which people were really special, which people would make discoveries towards the invention of a cure for cancer or something as small as saving an old woman's cat from a tree.

Meda was an excellent main character. She was really funny and witty, which I loved. I definitely can't wait to read the sequel and find out what happens next, especially after this ending!

Recommended for fans of:
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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Have you read this novel? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

3 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a unique series and a different take on some paranormal stuff. Sounds good and I love the covers!

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  2. I enjoyed this one too. I loved Meda, she was so snarky and not your typical main character at all. I'm excited to read the sequel. Great review! ~Pam

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  3. As for relationships, my favorite one was honestly Meda and Jo. They worked really well as friends and their relationship really did save them both in the end.

    All-in-all totally worth the read. I'll buy the other two in the series real soon.

    Penelope
    Seattle Bicycle Accident Lawyer

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Hello there! (: Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I read each and every one!