Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Posted November 4, 2013 by lockhartbecca in Uncategorized / 2 Comments


Author: Eliza Crewe
Series: Soul Eater #1
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Genre: YA Paranormal
Format: Ebook
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Source: Received eARC from publisher via Netgalley
Rating: 5 Stars
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***I received a free copy of this book through the publisher. This
has in no way changed my opinion of the book. The review below is my
open and honest opinion.***
from Goodreads:
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

I was so surprised at how much I liked this. No,
liked isn’t the right word. LOVED. I freaking loved this book. Meda is a demon. She must eat souls to survive.
But her mother taught her to only eat the bad souls. Her mother is a constant
companion to Meda, serving as her internal conscience.
Meda was by far the funniest character I have ever
had the pleasure of meeting. Her snarky internal dialogue had me laughing out
loud every other sentence. I marked so many places in this book because the
lines were too funny to just pass over. Meda really struggles with morality in
this book. Her mother taught her to be good, but her primal instincts urge her
to rip apart any human she comes across.
What Meda doesn’t know is that there are others out
there just like her. When she meets them, she’s eager to learn more about
exactly what she is. Her mother didn’t
give her much information. Unfortunately, the other demons want to kill her.
Lucky for her she meets another group who knows almost as much about her kind.
Because they hunt and kill them. But they don’t know what Meda is, so she lies
and tags along with them.
The book was packed with lots of intense action and
some crazy twists and turns. So many things shocked me and I had to pick my jaw
up off the floor several times. It got pretty gruesome at times so prepare
yourself for some blood and gory scenes.
The secondary characters were just as awesome as
Meda was. The only one I was kind of indifferent about was Chi. His character
was just kind of meh for me. Jo is the one who really stole the show. She’s
sarcastic, mean, and abrasive, but I instantly liked her. She’s strong and
logical despite her physical weaknesses. Jo deals with her own struggles along
the way and it was interesting and fun to watch her grow right along with Meda.
Then there’s Uri, a younger kid only 12 or 13 who
has the heart of a lion. This kid was great. He practically worships the ground
Chi walks on, but is surprisingly insightful for a kid his age. Uri plays
a huge role in helping Meda develop and I loved every scene he was in. 
There was no romance for Meda which was unusual and
I kept waiting for it to happen, but it never did. I decided that I was okay
with it. I didn’t miss it at all. Meda was a great character on her own and it
was kind of refreshing to read a YA novel about a strong female character that
didn’t seem to need a man to complete her. There was a romance going on with the secondary characters though which I
The plot moves quickly and the world-building was
pretty good. I didn’t find myself questioning very many things and the
information is weaved in effortlessly. I couldn’t turn the pages of this one
fast enough. There were a few things that I would like to know more about, but
I’m sure that will come in subsequent books. The ending definitely tied up
enough where it could be a standalone, but according to Goodreads it’s the
first in a series and for that I am eternally grateful. I can’t wait to read
more about Meda and hear her witty banter, both with herself and her friends. I
wish this girl could be my best friend, you know, as long as she promises not
to eat me. If you love paranormal books like The Mortal Instruments, you won’t want to miss this awesome new
series. Happy reading all!

Have you read this book? Heard of it? What did you think of Meda? Are there any other really funny main characters out there I should meet?

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2 responses to “Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

  1. Meda sounds like a great character, I love snarky. That is unusual that there was no romance (I usually like some romance), but I guess I can live without it. 🙂 Great review, I'll have to try this one! ~Pam

    • I normally like some romance too and normally if there's not a romance I won't like a book, but this one was just so good! And there was a pretty adorable romance between the secondary characters. Definitely give it a try! I loved it!

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