Meda is a typical teen … looking for where she belongs and fits in. But Meda is not typical … she eats souls.
She tries to only eat the souls of the people who deserve it – or at least that’s what she tells herself – but the truth is, she enjoys it. Her mother told her that the two of them were the only soul-eaters, and when her mother died Meda assumed she was the only soul eater in the world. …Until she faced three boys who were a lot like herself. In fact, she likely would have died if not for the rescue by a teenage crusader who is trying to prove to his ability to fight in the crusade against evil.
Meda feels a little caught in the middle – she’d like to learn more about who she is, and the boys who attacked her may hold the truth about her ability, but she can’t ignore the rescue and the friendly nature of the young crusader.
Meda is taken into confidence by the ‘good guys’ and since she’s pretty sure she’s actually one of the bad guys she plans to use the time to gather as much information about herself, her past, and the battle that is apparently going on around her. But the more she learns, the more her life is turned upside down and the line between the bad guys and the good guys becomes increasingly blurred.
Cracked is outstanding YA fiction.
Meda fits the stereotype of a YA character – she thinks no one understands her (and she’s probably right, in this case) and she’s a bit lost, trying to find her path in life. But she stands out in a plethora of YA literature because she’s not simpering or morose. She is cautious but at the same time a little reckless (when she needs to feed on souls).
The supporting characters are equally interesting and unique. Typically we have a male supporting character who is so handsome the female lead just can’t help herself from falling in love, or he is too good to be true – sacrificing himself for our lead. But here our male supporting character is a bit goofy and geeky, but puts forth a good effort. The female supporting character does have the somewhat expected combative attitude toward Meda, which creates some nice conflict, but she also has some depth to her character rather than just being a foil for Meda.
I haven’t enjoyed a YA fantasy as much as this in a very long time. Author Eliza Crewe gives us a well-written, interesting, exciting story with refreshing characters. It’s a fun read.
Looking for a good book? Cracked, by Eliza Crewe is worth looking for if you like strong YA characters in an exciting story.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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author: Eliza Crewe
series: Soul Eaters #1
publisher: Strange Chemistry
paperback, 327 pages