Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday Reads: ARC Review of Cracked by Eliza Crewe!!

For the next entry of this week's Friday Reads there's another ARC review, even though I have failed my intended target of my NetGalley November challenge, I will try to improve my ratio through December to start 2014 better!

Cracked (Soul Eater, #1)Cracked by Eliza Crewe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cracked was one of the first books I got after being auto-approved by Strange Chemistry on NetGalley and I'm so thankful they did. Seems that Strange Chemistry is an inprint that like taking risks with the stories they publish.

Cracked is the story of Meda Melange, a girl that isn't sure what she is except that she is one of the things that go bump in the night. Our first encounter with her is at an assylum and she ends up eating up a man's soul. The guy was a bad guy but still, it is quite a shocking beginning to present your main character like that. And it just simply work perfectly for Meda's character.

The story is very original from the way demons are presented, to how they use Templar knights as the good guys and how they present them updated as bikers! But the best thing about this book is the characters, and not only Meda!

Presenting a character that considers herself evil and that acts selfishly and does quite a lot of reprehensible things and making you simply love her and get to care about her path so much is quite a wonder, and it's something that Eliza Crewe does flawlessly! I started rooting for Meda since page 1 and I love how she kept on growing and changing throughout the book. Her inner dialogue and voice was so much fun to read!

If you had some very interesting secondary characters with distinctive voices and a few twists here and there, you get a very fun read and quite different from everything that's out there in YA. I was also very glad that the romance there was didn't really take the front stage and also wasn't the focus for Meda at all, and even happier that there was no love triangle!

The book ends with enough openings to want to read a sequel but not in such a way to have you weeping with another heartbreaking cliffhanger, for which I am very grateful, I think I've had enough cliffhangers for the year!

A book I'd really recommend for anyone looking for a fun, different read and very much deserving of 4 stars!

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  1. Huh this sounds really cool I love how it seems to take a really different direction on evil. I also like that even the side characters seem fleshed out I find often they're kind of just there for fillers if you know what I mean. Great review I hadn't heard much about this one before but it sounds right up my alley and so unique! :)

    1. I do hope you'll check it out, Giselle. It was quite refreshing to read and a lot of fun!

  2. Great review, I like how the main character is evil and selfish but you actually care about her and everything. Kind of reminds me of the Georgina Kincaid series. Lovely review, you've put this book on my radar Pili!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    1. Thanks a lot, Jeann! I do hope you'll give it a go and like it!


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