Friday, 8 November 2013
Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: November 5th, 2013
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 was excited to start Cracked when I first heard about it and, for the most part, I did enjoy it. I ended up leaving it for a while and going back to it a couple of weeks later which isn't something I usually do, and which makes me think I wasn't in the right mood for it at the time. I'm intrigued enough to read any future sequels, and I'm a fan of Meda and her extreme sarcasm - she's my kind of girl! Even now I'm struggling to say anything bad about the book, either in terms of plot or characters, but I'm coming up blank. There's nothing wrong with it at all, it just didn't grab me as much as I was hoping it would.
As I mentioned earlier, Meda is a great character, full of attitude and sarcasm and a quick, acerbic tongue that you wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of. She's a bit lost, alone and trying to understand what she actually is and what it all means. I liked the whole soul eater thing; it's an interesting concept I haven't seen before and one I would like to know more about. When the Templars appear in the story, that's when things get REALLY interesting, not just to me but to Meda too, as she gradually understands her involvement. It added a whole other dimension to her as a soul eater and as a person, and the changes that accompany the Templar's entrance set a lot of events in motion.
Jo and Chi are part of the Templar group and eventually form a friendship with Meda; a Scooby Gang of sorts. They work together, they fight together and they look out for each other as much as they can, even when their lives are at stake and it's looking pretty bleak. The action scenes are brilliant, by the way, like something straight out of a Buffy episode. In fact, I'd be interested to know if author Eliza Crewe is a Whedon fan, as I spotted a few similarities when reading Cracked. All good, of course!
Cracked is a good debut novel, but sadly it didn't hook me in that obsessed, I-must-read-this-now way. Now that everything has been set up in this first instalment, I think a sequel will be better, because it can get straight to the action and not have to worry about setting the scene and introducing everyone. Also, Cracked ends on kind of a big cliffhanger that made even me gasp. I wasn't expecting it, that's for sure!