Series: Soul Eaters #2
Published by Strange Chemistry on August 5, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
My Reviews in this series: Cracked
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
Meda’s back. This time, she has a friend.
The battle is over; the choice has been made. Meda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she’s willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead.
The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she’s trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how’s a girl supposed to say “no?”
After all, everyone knows a good girl’s greatest weakness is a bad boy.
I’m a little torn on what to rate Crushed based on that ending. For originality, I just have to give it a high rating. This story is so unique and twisty-turney that I couldn’t help but be a little surprised (especially toward the end).
Meda is still the same badass as before. The romance (even though may seem heavy) is actually pretty light. They come off as flirty friends, that’s all. I’ve learned to not expect so much from a sequel in case I get disappointed, but here are a list of “Dos” and “Don’ts” to shed some clarity:
DON’T: Change the writing style. The people liked it in the first book, so why the heck would you want to change it up on them?
DO: Keep the writing pace and style like the first one…only this time, make it so the reader has no idea what the hell is going to happen. So that they go, “AH! What side are these people on anyway?” and be just as confused as the main character. Or be like Meda whose fine being independent.
DON’T: Make it all about the love or make the heroine go dumbass for a hot boy. Please, we’ve seen this crap way too many times.
DO: Show the relationship grow into something and let the MC figure it out on her own. I loved their dialogue!! There were so many conversations I HAD to highlight!
“But he turns long-lashed eyes on me, full of entreaty, as if he were saying: please, please let me come murder the molester with you. How do you say ‘no’ to eyes like those? They are a magical combination of sex and puppy.
Better than it sounds, I promise”
DON’T: Cause useless stupid problems between friendships for no reason at all but to cause some drama in the story (or in some cases fill the whole story with drama between friends).
DO: Show the MC struggling between friends and drama that isn’t useless but entails a person’s survival. Then, show the power and growth of friendship…something more interesting and meaningful than just “Omigerd, look at that hot guy.” “He’s mine” “No, I saw him first!” “Eff you” “We can’t be friends anymore” *goes to compete to see who gets the guy first*
DON’T: Keep the story peachy, light, and filled with love.
DO: Keep the story bitter, dark, and filled with humor.
Who cares about love? I just want to see Meda tear up some assholes.
“I am Meda Melange, demon-saint monster girl. I make full-grown men scream in terror. I break bones and drain blood. I turn nightmares into reality.”
DON’T: Make the girl weaker than the boy and more inclined to save him over the world.
DO: Make the girl a strong-badass-bitch who’s more inclined to save her own life and show her thought process on whether or not other people are worth saving.
Just read it. If you loved the first, you’ll love the second and it is in NO WAY a letdown.
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