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Author: Eliza Crewe Series: Soul Eater #1) Published: November 5th...

17910836Author: Eliza Crewe
Series: Soul Eater #1)
Published: November 5th 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Categories: Fantasy,Paranormal, Young Adult
External Links: Book Depository • Goodreads

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: This book and I, we had an unusual start. Under normal circumstances my interest is piqued by the gorgeous cover, perhaps the catchy title or sometimes the interesting blurb. But none of those interest me; it was the series title that grabbed me to Cracked by Eliza Crewe. She’s a soul eater, you say? I know someone who has an appetite for souls, too. Although that one is different from this book. And so with my interest piqued and with the concept that rang bells loudly in my head, I have got to read it to subside the ruckus inside.

Initially, I thought this book was something like this:

And while yes, there’s that but in different, and kinda messy way. And really, is not all about that, I think the very gem of this book is the protagonist herself, Meda. She is a confused girl, which really works strategically with the plot and for the readers. I liked that she was picking up information as she went. Knowing about her and how she developed as the story progressed worked for me, especially that I found her predicament (and her half specie for that matter) unusual (but not really that original). Like I’ve said, I’ve seen/read something kind of like this before. But Meda brought a whole lot of riot to the book (and to me as well). I found her really amusing; she’s quite different from the normal heroines I’ve read before. Sometimes I don’t know where is up or down when it comes to her. She is unpredictable which I think comes to her dilemma on who she really is (and not just the other unknown half) and what she stands for.

It’s really a rare find when you stumbled across a book, particularly a YA book that truly concentrates on the personal journey of the main character rather than her affiliation (when I say affiliation, I meant relationship and when I say relationship, I meant romantic ones).  I guess what made it apart is not only it ingenuity but the sincerity of the story to showcase the development of her character. And that is one thing I really liked about it. I did come across some problems and admittedly there were minor gripes as well, but I’m not going to dwell on it anymore. If you want something different and enjoyable then you should be reading this book. If you’re in for something funny, gory and bit confusing but overall entertaining then Cracked is for you!

I received an advance copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

Preview Quote: “Am I her friend with the tin necklace, or am I an irredeemable demon? I don’t blame her for having trouble believing the choice I just made. I’m having trouble believing it myself.”