Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review: Crushed (Soul Eaters #2) by Eliza Crewe

Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Source: A friend
Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter | Website

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.

Meda is back, and STILL a badass!

I loved Cracked so much that I doubt anything could've compared to it. And, yeah, this one was less...something. But not bad! Just not as good. Ugh. I'm botching this. What I'm trying (but failing) to say, is that while it wasn't quite as epic as the first book, it was still an excellent read.
My biggest fear was that Crushed was going to be a huge letdown. I mean, not only is Second Book Syndrome running rampant these days, but Meda was officially trying to be a good guy, so I wasn't sure if she was going to have some neutered version of her original personality on display.
Thank fuck that wasn't the case, and our girl still had her shit (mostly) together!

Ok, Meda is now living with the Crusaders, but the vast majority still either a) distrust her or b) outright hate her guts. Other than Jo & Chi nobody much wants her there.
Some of the adults prove to be extremely untrustworthy, but she manages to let them know that she's nobody's pawn...

And then, of course, there's the love interest in this one. Remember the half-demon cutie from the 1st book? Awwww, yeah! I was hoping he'd show up again.
However, I was a bit nervous that Meda + Boy = Stupidity.
Fortunately for all of us?

I just want to stop for a minute, and say Thank You to Eliza Crewe. Thank you, for writing a female character that doesn't follow in the footsteps of all those obnoxiously self-sacrificing Mary Sues that seem to dominate young adult literature. It's not that she doesn't have a heart, it's just that she isn't willing to blindly follow it off a cliff, like some vastly stupid Lemming.

And speaking of heart, Meda's doesn't beat for everyone. In fact, one of the few people who has won a place in it? Her best friend, Jo.
Yeah, for once we see a friendship between females that isn't catty or superficial. Even when she's angry, confused, and believes the worst about Jo, she still loves her too much to do anything to hurt her permanently. These two make a fantastic pair! Mainly, because they're both too prickly for anyone else to bother with. In fact, Jo may be the one person who's even harder to get along with  than Meda. It's a match made in...well, considering Meda's origins, probably not Heaven, but you know what I mean!

Anyway, the gist of the story is that sweet little soul eater is getting a bit sick of being looked down on by the Crusaders. And when she meets up with that cute little demon boy again, he offers her the opportunity to blow off some much needed steam. It looks like she might be able to have her cake and eat it too!
Then some things happen at the Crusader's compound that make Meda wonder if she's chosen wisely. It becomes apparent the Crusaders are willing to sink to new lows to win the war, and they don't seem to care if they hurt her in the process. And when it looks like Jo has betrayed their friendship, she starts to rethink her options. So, what side is Meda really on?
Well, what side do you think? HER OWN!

Crushed had more than I dared hope for in a second book, and I had a blast reading it!
If you're sick to death of reading about stupid heroines, and would like to find a girl worth reading about, you should give this series a try.


Sarah H said...

I didn't like Crushed as much as Cracked. Actually, I didn't like it much. I thought Meda acted way too angsty in this book. However, I'm still planning to read Crossed (the last book in the series). Even though I didn't enjoy Crushed that much, I have to admit the series as a whole has a lot positive points. Hopefully, in the future, we'll see more heroine like Meda:)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh. I've not heard of this book or series. How did I miss it? Sounds like a wonderful series. Thank you for sharing it!

Anne Hannah said...

Go get it, Melissa! This is going down as one of my favorite trilogies!

Anne Hannah said...

I agree that this one wasn't quite as good as Cracked, but (for a second book) I still enjoyed it. Psssst. I finished's excellent!

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