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Cracked by Eliza Crewe (2 stars)

When I first read the synopsis for Cracked, I was intrigued but wary of the writing style. It seemed a little too "stream of consciousness." After reading several reviews raving about its snark and originality, I grabbed it with a gift card. Unfortunately, my first impression was accurate. :(

Cracked by Eliza Crewe
Series: Soul Eater #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published on November 5, 2013
Published by Strange Chemistry
Final Rating: 2 stars

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.

What I liked:

  • The idea of modern-day Templar knights (with motorcycles and trailer parks) waging a neverending war against demons and their evil spawn was semi-interesting.
  • There are a couple spots of really fun and funny dialogue. In these moments, the first person narrator moves to the background and/or provides very short bites of commentary or additives in between lines.
  • The secondary characters are amusing, although just about everyone in the book is a stereotype or caricature of some sort.

What I didn't like:

  • Meda is another supposedly "tough" girl who never DOES anything. Stop telling me how awesome and powerful you are while you're busy standing in a corner.
  • The narrator, Meda, is a little too pleased with her own snark/wit/one-liners/the sound of her voice. It gets annoying and hinders the story and pacing at times, and it's first person, so you can't escape it. If the editorialization were toned down just a tad, the first person narration would work better. As it is, Meda says every thought that enters her mind, sometimes forgetting description/plot/etc. in the process.
  • The climax and ending are let downs, and the big reveals aren't that surprising.

Final Thoughts:
If you love first person paranormal/fantasy and like the rhythm of the synopsis, you'll probably like Cracked more than I did. However, I must mention that its publisher, Strange Chemistry, was recently closed down. According to this Goodreads post from the author, that means no Book 2 from the publisher in August as planned, but...


  1. First quasi negitive review I have seen of this one. As someone who is constantly on the wrong side of the internet with books, it is nice to see the occasional different opinions. Still wanna try this one out through.

    1. I really wanted to like Cracked, but it just turned out to be an "okay" read for me. But you should definitely give it a try if it sounds interesting to you! :)

  2. Not really digging the synopsis. And this is the first time I've heard of this book, so unless a read a really convincing review I will pass. I'm so bummed about the authors who had signed on with Strange Chemistry though :(

    1. Probably best to skip for now. With a few exceptions (and barring horrendously inaccurate marketing), my first instinct is usually pretty dead on. I think that's how it works for most people. It's definitely a bummer for the Strange Chemistry authors, especially the ones who were mid-series. :(