Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe

January 27, 2014 3.5 stars, Book Review 25 ★★★½

Review: Cracked by Eliza CreweCracked by Eliza Crewe
Series: Soul Eaters #1
Published by Strange Chemistry on November 5, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 327
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
My Reviews in this series: Crushed

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

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.



Cracked fooled me a bit I have to say. It starts off with one hell of an opener – literally just freaking cool. A girl that is a demon essentially, raised by a parent that wanted her to fight her nature. She does, or at least she tries to fight it, of course you know it wouldn’t be any fun if she succeeded. So instead she finds ways to indulge and still feel like she’s sticking to what her mother wanted, but that doesn’t mean that she doesn’t enjoy what she does, or what she can do. These creative ways to  indulge her instincts? – you’ll love this: feeding off of those evil rotten people you wished didn’t exist. Rapists, killers, child molesters – the dregs of human society. You go girl, bon appetite I say. Thus this is where we enter – she literally devours and tears limb from limb a child molesting, abusing nasty mental hospital steward by posing as a patient.

Fantastic – I was pulled right in. But then things cooled off for me considerably and for some reason I just disconnected from Meda. I think it was the introduction of the new characters and the change from what I initially liked in the beginning and it went in another direction than I started to anticipate. That and well – I’m pretty tired of the gosh damn Knights Templar. I feel like they are in so many books. At that point I ended up setting the book aside. Meda was so kick ass and conniving though that I didn’t stop thinking about her. She just had one of those personalities that stays with you.

Plus, I had a few friends who really really enjoyed Cracked and I thought – you know why not pick it up and finish it. After I let my disgruntlement settle I went back in with no expectations getting in my way and I really enjoyed it.

The author leads you in and instead of giving you exactly what you think you will get she has a way of turning the story in another direction. So rather than your typical teenage angst, romance laden young adult novel you get something just a touch enough different but still fitting with the genre. So yeah, there is still angst…they are teenagers what do you expect? But its more like personality angst rather than ‘they are growing up and dealing with hormones’ angst.

There were a few areas I felt could have used more polish. The direction of the plot needed a bit of focus for me. Oh and I just think the Knights Templar thing bugged me. I’m not a big fan of of commonly used organizations like that popping up in fiction. There also could have been a bit more of a presence from the villains. I think this slowed things down for me and might have been part of why I set the book aside originally but who knows it could have been my mood.

On a positive note, the teens in this book have great personality and balance each other out while clashing in a fun way. Did my statement even make sense? Oh well moving on. I like Meda, she’s conniving, sneaky, kick butt and honest with herself. I have the feeling that any second installment would be even better than the first.


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25 Responses to “Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe”

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Probably not – I’m likely mixing my entertainment media. I did read them in Dan Brown, Charming, this one …can’t remember what else. But I know they are common in tv/movie entertainment aren’t they?

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Just read your Hang Wire review – I agree with you on many points (still can’t comment for some reason) but glad I enjoyed it more than you did. Its all chancey.

      • Pamela D

        Ugg. This is so frustrating that you can’t comment! Did you check if it is a plugin or Avast? I had to let Avast let me see social media stuff on pages, otherwise I didn’t I never saw disqus. If you can’t see disqus, I think I am going to have to move to a different commenting system.

        I really struggled with how to rate Hang Wire. I wanted to give it a 3, but the world building was too problematic. I still want to read his other books. There were just some weird editing choices done in this book.
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        • Tabitha the Pabkins

          i DO have Avast! And there was a big update the other day maybe perhaps around the time this started happening? That would make sense – where did you change that setting – this could be what fixes the problem tell meeeee! lol

          • Pamela D

            Avast is probably causing the problem. It doesn’t like disqus or social networks in general.

            Click the Avast icon in your browser and allow “social networks allowed.” If this doesn’t work, try also allowing “web analytics allowed.” You can just do this for my blog or just this one page on my blog. Avast can be very stringent, and it hides Disqus, Google+ commenting, and social media buttons on sites for me. I was so annoyed that I could never find a Twitter button to share things until I changed this setting in Avast.

            How do you like intense debate? I think I might use that instead.
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  1. Christy

    You got me all excited with that intro, dang it. lol. This does sound interesting, and I totally get what you mean about the characters balancing each other out but still clashing. I might possible consider reading this at some point. I’ll wait to see how the next book goes first. 😀
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  2. Wendy Darling

    Oh, TABITHA. I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages and your review has me even more excited! It sounds amazing.

    I’m ashamed to admit the author emailed me about a review copy before the holidays, and I was so busy and then so sick for so long that I never emailed her back. I should try to get to this soon, though, it sounds so different from everything else that’s out there. I’m glad to see you liked it!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

    Btw, I am usually able to leave a comment, but if I try to leave a second on another post, for some reason it ALWAYS freezes up and kicks me off. And sometimes I get an Unknown Error issue with the first comment, too, so I’m hoping this goes through. Just an FYI.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      I’ll be interested to see what you end up thinking about it if you get to it this year. It did have some unique elements. You devour so much more YA than I do that I would be anxious to know what you think.

      As for the commenting OH NO!!! I’ll let April know – she’s knows way more about that sort of thing than I would. If you see the error again could you copy the text of it for me so we can research it with the verbiage/code or whatever pops up. Only if you happen to see it again of course. Which I hope you don’t!!

  3. Wendy Darling

    I actually did have trouble leaving the comment (I cut and pasted to save it ahead of time so I didn’t lose it, that’s how prepared I was), so let’s see if this goes through? It happens to me all the time here, though. I will definitely take a screenshot and pay extra attention to what happens so I can let you know. I don’t know if anyone else is having the same issue, but every time I visit it happens to me. 🙁 Boo hiss!
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