Book Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

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.

Rating:

A

Yes. Fuck yes. This was fucking awesome. How awesome, you ask? Well, the last YA book that gave me these kinds of feels was Angelfall.

THAT WAS OVER THREE YEARS AGO.

If you look at Crewe’s author page, you’ll learn that she’s an avid reader. It shows. Only a true devourer of literature would know how to avoid so many tropes and themes.

There were none in this book. At least none of the ones that piss me off. And if you know me even in the least, you know how rare that is.

This MC is an unapologetic sociopath. The cast of miscreants (who are supposed to be the good guys, BTW) that surround her are equally imperfect and yet equally lovable. The plot contains one twist after another. The world is richly imagined and flawlessly fleshed out. And the grand finale, my very favorite part of this book. Drum roll, please!

THIS IS NOT SOME CHEESY ROMANCE MASQUERADING AS ACTION/ADVENTURE. THIS IS THE REAL FUCKING DEAL, PEOPLE.

*cue applause*

In short, why the hell haven’t more of you read this?!


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