Author: Eliza Crewe
Series: The Soul Eaters #1
Publication date: November 5th, 2013
Synopsis (according to 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 it.
I received a physical copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I am all for debut authors and when I got the e-mail from the publishers with the opportunity to read Eliza Crewe's new book, I jumped at the chance. I hadn't heard of any book that featured the power to eat souls until this little gem. I was intrigued. Not to mention the absolutely gorgeous cover. As I have been in sort of a romance novel bubble recently I wanted to get into something that didn't have a whole lot of that aspect. This one book was just the ticket.
Meda struggles with her moral compass her entire life. She is forced to eat souls to stay alive, but her choice in victims is all her own. Meda took from her mother's teachings that if she had to eat, might as well eat the souls of bad people instead of good. So that is exactly what Meda does. While tracking down the murderer of a ghost she has come in contact with, she comes face-to-face with something she never imagined possible. Men who were the same as her. Soul-eaters. And they called themselves demons.
With the assistance of a heroic crusader, Chi, Meda starts to piece together her existence as a half demon. Chi, of course, is not privy to Meda's family heritage and thinks her to be a supremely good person that the demons want to kill because she has a path in life to do good. How far from the truth could the boy be? Meda seizes the opportunity and convinces Chi and his friends Uri and Jo to take her back to their crusader homestead. Her idea is to gather intelligence on her enemies and escape before anyone is the wiser. Little does she know that her story is deeper than that and just because she is part demon does not mean she is heartless.
I enjoyed Cracked. It was an interesting world and an even more enthralling character base. We have all seen the battle between good and evil in numerous books, some of those are even between humans and demons such as in this one. What we don't normally see is what would come of the pinnacle of evil producing a child with a soldier of good. Where would the child's loyalties lie? In evil or good? If raised good will the child become good or is their nature too ingrained in them to even bother? I have always loved the nature vs. nurture theories and this book took it to a whole new level.
Cracked is a page turning read of good versus evil where good AND the bad are both in the shape of a clueless half-demon.