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review 2014-12-01 18:52
Locked Within
Locked Within - Paul Anthony Shortt

What is locked within is our other selves, our memories of our past lives.


Nathan, the hero of this story, is haunted by dreams in which he half remembers, sometimes fully remembers, dramatic events that occurred during previous lives, but is unaware when the book opens of an organised group called the Reborn who remember clearly, and benefit from the experience gained during, their past lives. These Reborn are in a war against another, very different, group whose aim is to prolong this one life (as they see it) indefinitely, as vampires or whatever, and who will do anything to achieve that goal.


Needless to say, Nathan gets caught up in the battle which takes place in his home-town of New York, a battle which is just one small part of the on-going war between Good and Evil. And like all reluctant heroes, he has to make painful choices regarding his personal life.


Being a great believer in reincarnation, I loved this particular urban fantasy world with its reborns and its horrifying “soul-eaters”, and would welcome a sequel, preferably featuring Nathan and the witch Candace as partners. In Locked Within, Nathan works alone, and I always have difficulty identifying with male protagonists, even one as sympathetic as Nathan, though I must say in this case I was certainly helped by the fact that the earlier self Nathan most closely identifies with is a woman, a warrior named Marjorie. We are even there with him while he as her is being gang-raped – and I mean gang literally: she is captured and raped by a group of ruthless professional thugs.

Reincarnation in action - male to female to male

Reincarnation in action – female to male to female to male …


Candace, who has only a very minor role in this book, but on the other hand is still very much alive, is just my cup of tea.

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review 2014-09-02 09:54
Crushed - Eliza Crewe
“Aww, but that just makes it better. Fun is so much better when it’s stolen.”

Eliza Crewe’s Crushed is just as easy to read as the first book, Cracked, from The Soul Eaters Series.

While most books have a mushy tandem of a boy and a girl working side by side against all odds, we have Meda with an unlikely ally going all homicidal, and being every bit of a monster she thought she ought to be. Although it seemed disturbing, I may have grasped and understood the idea that Meda’s has tendencies of morbid satisfactions, but finding myself enthralled over her schemes… what the heck does that say about me?!

I really appreciated the kind of friendship Meda and Jo have in this book, in spite of the fact that they started off differently during the beginning of the series. I was about to be pissed at Jo for all the times she didn’t take Meda’s side during conflicting moments, then BOOM! It’s enriching and inspiring to see how far a friend would go to save the other.

Crushed still had it’s fair share of predictability, the betrayal brought about in the story wasn’t exactly surprising. But it plays well with the idea that although it was suspected, I was still kind of hoping it didn’t go that far. Still, the web of events that conveyed after was absolutely exciting.

I can’t really say that this second installment was better than its predecessor, but I admit it did shake up the story to more comprehensive plotline. It is safe to say that readers will be up for more surprises during the next installment.

*Thank you, Angry Robot and Netgalley for granting my request to view Crushed.

For more of my reviews, please visit my blog:
The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com
Source: theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/2014/09/crushed-by-eliza-crewe-arc-review.html
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review 2013-11-15 12:59
New Release Review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe
Cracked (Strange Chemistry) - Eliza Crewe

The girls at Badass Book Reviews discuss our thoughts about this book. Check it out! My review: Cracked by Eliza Crewe literally cracked me up. (Sorry, I just couldn't resist). I adored the main character Meda whose observations of humans and their yappy pets made me chuckle. Picture the voice of an evil genius coming from a pretty young girl and you have Meda. Meda is unique - she is the only one of her kind and her proclivities as a soul eater has led her to have an isolated childhood. Like, it probably wouldn't be a good idea to eat the soul of your best friend, right? Anyhow, all Meda knows is that she eats souls and that she prefers the souls of bad guys:

"I eat what leaves with the soul at the kill. The life. The demons get it from hell, I get it from assholes.

Meda befriends some kids who think that they need to save her. They take her to a Templar school where along with the entire faculty, she battles an army of demons. The battle scenes are intense and action packed. This is a strong start to Ms. Crewe's Soul Eater series. While it is not perfect, the book is well written and will keep you chuckling throughout. I can't wait to read more books by this author.

Once again, another hit from publisher Strange Chemistry who keep on sending me some fantastic books to read.

Thank you to Strange Chemistry for a review copy of this book.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/721982183
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review 2013-10-25 03:52
4 stars to Cracked by Eliza Crewe
Cracked (Soul Eater #1) - Eliza Crewe

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Strange Chemistry!


This book was such a delightful little read, I was very surprised by it. I really have only a handful of complaints and even those are hardly worth mentioning. Cracked is written in the first person, from Meda's perspective. Sometimes first person can be a problem if the narrating character is not very likeable, so I was a bit apprehensive for a few minutes. But it quickly became apparent to me that this was not going to be the case here. Meda was delightful. Funny, quirky, sarcastic, and wonderfully evil. Her inner dialogue made me laugh so often. For example, narrating an argument between two other characters as a tennis match. It shouldn't have been as funny as it was but I couldn't help it.


The plot was intriguing although admittedly it started off a bit thin. I started to get a little bit worried that there wouldn't be much to it, but about halfway through it started to really pick up. The last part was both slightly surprising but also exactly how the book should have gone. I was a bit surprised that we got a happily ever after with a bit of a bitter aftertaste. To be honest, I figured it would just be a happily ever after,so it was a nice change that it wasn't entirely so.


Although Meda was fantastic, the other characters started off badly. They seemed a bit unimportant and I had a hard time connecting with them. This resolved itself by the end and so I have to say it was a marginal problem at worst.


My one biggest complaint was this line, "I released a breath I hadn't known I was holding."  Ugh, can authors PLEASE stop using that phrase1 Never once in my life have I been holding my breath and thought "well by God, I didn't realize I was holding that breath!". It just doesn't happen so please stop using it. However, at least there were no color changing eyes in this one. And since the rest of the book was so great I have to just overlook that small annoyance.

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text 2013-10-23 02:09
Progress Update: Page 165 of 215
Cracked (Soul Eater #1) - Eliza Crewe

"I let out a breath I hadn't realized I was holding."


*facepalm* Oh God, not another one with that horrific line!


Well, alright, the next part is so great I will overlook it. But just this once.

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