Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Meet Meda. She eats people. Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she can't help being a bad guy. She knows she's different and the only person who could have told her about other 'soul-eaters' is now dead. 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 and why the Hunger within her for souls is growing. The problem? They want to kill her. Before they do 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 know what, exactly, her 'kind' is. The more she learns, the worse the Hunger gets. And when Meda uncovers a shocking secret about her mother she may finally give into it.
I’ve heard so many good things about Cracked, I don’t know what kept me from reading it for so long. Maybe I was afraid of being the only one not to like it again, but I should’ve known that wasn’t an issue. This was every bit as amazing as everyone said it would be.
Meda eats people. No, really. She eats souls, so I guess gingers are safe from her. But she only eats the bad guys – the ones the ghosts tell her to kill. She’s half-demon. Her mother told her she was special; a special snowflake, but it turns out there are more like her out there. Full demons, too. And they’re out to get her. Luckily, there are the Templars – people who are trained to kill demons. Meda pretends to be a helpless girl and finds herself in the Crusaders’ school. But should they ever find out what she truly is, they’d be out to get her, too. So basically, she’s fucked.
Let’s start with one of the best main characters of all time. Move over, whiny protagonists. Give me Meda any day. I feel kind of bad for saying I could relate to her because she’s supposed to be evil, but man, I relate to her. Her snark and sarcasm made me laugh out loud on several occasions. She was awesome, quick, and witty, and I loved seeing things from her twisted point of view. It’s also different because she starts out as the bad guy, which makes for an interesting perspective on things.
I could always just leave her behind. What is that old adage about outrunning a bear? You don’t have to run faster than the bear, just faster than the other people you’re running with.
She also knows what’s important:
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lied to me. The sewer is emphatically not somewhere you want to live, let alone eat pizza in.
Uri and I are stashed in a cheap motel with the important task of sleeping. It’s the kind of division of labor I can really get behind.
This girl knows her priorities. If she wasn’t a soul-eating monster, I would totally be down to have her as my best friend.
I also really liked the side characters – the Templars protecting Meda from the demons. I especially liked Jo. For some reason, I immediately pictured her as Leslie Winkle from The Big Bang Theory. She has a fake leg, but don’t let that fool you into thinking she can’t handle her own. Jo is badass and will take none of your shit.
Then there’s the sense of humour in this book. I will always appreciate a good, healthy dose of humour in books. Seeing things from Meda’s perspective, laced with an endless stream of sarcastic comments, is one of the best things ever. It immediately reminded me of the humour in Croak, which I also loved to bits. I think it’s time that we shove these angsty protagonists aside and make room for more awesome people, like Meda and Lex.
I recommend this book to any lover of Young Adult and Fantasy who wants something original and different. Cracked is a delicious mix of fantasy and humour, and I can’t wait to devour (haha, get it) Crushed.