REVIEW: CRACKED by ELIZA CREWE (#1 Soul Eater Series)

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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

JADE’S REVIEW:

Let me say, this book was a very very pleasant surprise.

I mean I’d read the reviews which drew me to buying the book in the first place but I still expected the ‘romance’ element of the plot to be the typical Young Adult trope so that the protagonist could take the micky out of it –  but it was so much more than that.

This was the first “YA” I had decided to read as an adult. I hadn’t really read YA before (unless you count Harry Potter). I hated being a teenager, because I hated other teenagers. Still, I remember very precisely the rage and anxiety of not knowing who I was but still knowing I was better than what I was experiencing. I wanted to start reading the genre because I plan on writing a YA book about my experiences one day, and when I read the first page on the previews on Amazon, I knew I’d found the perfect book to start.

Meda herself is a very strong, cool character, the progression of her story arc throughout generating the right amount of tension and intrigue. I also enjoyed the paths of side cahracters Uri, Chi and Jo (all of which I went through various states of hatred and love).

One big big thing I loved, though – the characters were not merely vessels to carry the story. I could tell the author knew the characters inside out and their personalities weren’t sacrificed just because she wanted the story go ‘here’. They never acted out of character, they were always true to themselves and RE-acting to events, adjusting their viewpoints, accordingly. It wasn’t forced and it wasn’t fake.

That is what made the story for me. That, and Meda’s internal monologues.

I won’t spoil the book because I hate spoilers, but I will say that I chuckled, cried, got angry, laughed, and wanted to read the rest of the trilogy.

So thanks, Eliza Crewe, for rewarding my interest in YA with a very interesting book, and proving that my kinda story has a place in literature!

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