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review 2016-02-07 02:52
a GREAT (saccharine free) ending to an extremely entertaining, uniquely premised, all around awesome series! It contains one of the best kick ass now, ask no questions later type of heroines I've read to date
Crossed (Soul Eater) (Volume 3) by Eliza Crewe (2015-08-13) - Eliza Crewe;

"The Hunger seethes under my skin, and my chest swells with joy—no, more than joy. It’s a fierce, violent desire that obliterates the other, weaker, emotions. My world focuses to a needle-sharp point: her. Ending her."

Okay, truth be told it took me nearly half a year to get around to this book and I finished it almost 5 days ago and still no review. Usually I try to review a book as soon as I clap that cover shut...or hit the power button on my e-reader (whichever applies) but here I am struggling. So what's the delay you might ask? I couldn't figure out how I felt about this one. So after a whole lot of serious face thinking and a half a box of ice cream sandwiches I came up with this:

As a whole this series is a snarky, well written, uniquely depicted version of Good (depending on the character and circumstance) vs Evil (ditto) YA Urban Paranormal (ever so slight) Romance (there are itty bitty bits of Romance but it's there nonetheless). There are lots of quote worthy material. The characters are so yummy, predicable but yummy, that they are 98% of what makes the book/series worthwhile. The other 2% being their time in Hell and Armand and Jo...did I mention Armand?? {{{semi-swoon}}}...BUT...I did find myself counting pages in the middle. This usually is the kiss of death or maybe a sign that a whole slew of books I have been waiting for patiently (mostly) had just come out and I was itching to drop everything and lock myself in the bedroom with a new one and some Jasmine Dragon Fruit tea and get lost... But I digress..the short of it is that there was a serious lag in the middle that almost caused me to skim. SKIM I say!! It would have been a shame because when it picked up it got good, really good. Anyway, I won't regurgitate the synopsis, but I will tell you a little about the good stuff... the characters and their development.

First there's Jo. She has really grown as a character in this last installment. She finally is complex, fun, snarky, a bit silky shady and I don't want to B!tch slap her...finally! So that's good. I really like her more slippery and dual natured and less conflicted, stuck up and tight assed.

"Our monsters’ souls have whispered secrets to each other all along, and now, for the first time, they can shout; the thin veneer of “good” and “should” has been thoroughly shattered by her descent to the dark side."

She is even giving Meda a run for her deliciously dark(ish) antics.

"She’s insane. I’ve always known it, and I can’t defeat it. My argument fits strict parameters; it’s constrained by logic and reason. Her insanity is boundless."

That's Meda speaking. Meda F'ing Melange being the voice of reason?? Scary right?

Secondly there is Armand. Sweet(ish), beautiful (at times), doting (always lately) while being deviously self serving, minor love interest. You heard right, I said minor..booooo hisssss. Imo there wasn't enough Armand loving (or Chi loving for that matter) but then again Meda isn't known for her capacity for forgiveness...or is she??

Meda is another character that grew in maturity and complexity. Whether she did so out of circumstance or an inevitable natural progression I can't tell but grow she did and it worked really well within the storyline.

Chi didn't change much. He's still the poster boy for of all that is Good and Right and Just in the world. He's loyal and completely, blindly, faithful to his causes and beliefs. He's too moral and good and trusting and thus absolutely impossible for me to relate with. Chi's character is such an impetus for Good he is an obvious necessity in this world where Hell is taking over and both the "good guys" and "bad guys" are playing double/triple agents.

"The world is coming down around our ears and we find humor in the fact that I once (okay, three times) tried to kill one of my best friends. That and the sudden existence of a tiny, glimmering slip of hope. The kind of hope that can save the world."

Yes they are Humanity's last hope. Yes there are TONS of obstacles that must be traversed. There are both inner and regular old outer demons to overcome/slay but in the end they are also the most conflicted, human(ish)ly flawed, best chances the world's got. In the end Meda dishes out some insightful advice, one of them being:

“Jo, you can’t spend your life apologizing for the terrible things you almost did. If I did that, I’d never have time to do anything else.”

So true Meda, so true! I will take that nugget of advice and apply it to my life liberally.

Overall this was a GREAT (saccharine free) ending to an extremely entertaining, uniquely premised, all around awesome series! It contains one of the best kick ass now, no questions later type of heroines I've read to date. The series is definitely worth the time, especially if you can get through the slogging middle bit in this third book.

 

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review 2015-10-15 22:11
"The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles lied to me. The sewer is emphatically not somewhere you want to live, let alone eat pizza in."
Cracked (Soul Eater #1) - Eliza Crewe

Book Title: Cracked

Author: Eliza Crewe

Series: Cracked #1

Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy

Publisher:  Strange Chemistry

Source: Own on Kindle

 

☠☠☠☠☠☠Why I picked that quote☠☠☠☠☠☠

It captures the essence of what this book is for me...an outrageously snarky and deceptively clever heroine with a good helping of pop culture references in her repertoire and some oddly relatable issues that befall her along the way. 

☠☠☠☠☠☠☠☠This book rocks!☠☠☠☠☠☠☠☠

 

Overall Rating:  4.7/5 Stars

 

Breakdown of Rating

 

  • Plot: 4.7/5 
  • Characters: 5+ for Meda, one of the coolest chic's I have the privilege of being inside her head.  The rest of them maybe  a collective 4 out of 5.
  • Theme: 5/5  It has that the whole good vs. evil thing...I mean she does eat only the "bad" guys.
  • Flow:  4.5/5
  • Originality: 5/5  Meda is the OG soul eater.
  • Book Cover: 5/5  Love it.
  • The Feels: 4.5/5  Not much in the romance department for this book, which was an oddly refreshing change. 
  • Sex Factor: none
  • Ending:   4.8/5. Cliffhanger: no

 

Will I continue the series: Yes, I already have book #2 Crushed

 

Synopsis:

 

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.

 

While they were some elements to this story that would have made it super boring I was kept interested by the interesting way the author

 

My Thoughts:

 

While there were elements to this story that could have been really boring, It held my interest throughout because of the authors engaging style of storytelling.  Her use of adjectives was astounding, even to me.  I am looking forward to seeing where this story is going.  Hopefully, Meda stays true to herself.

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review 2015-09-30 20:26
Crossed ( Soul Eaters #3) by Eliza Crewe
Crossed - Eliza Crewe

Meda, my favourite Soul Eater... person is back! :D

And with her comes the usual array of cockiness, self-preservation and humility... *snort*, just seeing if you were paying attention, that are her known trademarks.

 

Now, what can I say about this story?

First of, I have to start by saying that this book surprised the hell out of me! And in a most positive way.
It went "places" I never thought it could go. Both physically and morally.

There was so much depth to the characters as I'm not used in reading in the YA (or basically anywhere) genre, that a couple weeks later, I'm wondering why didn't I gave this five stars. o_O
Meda continues to be her own self, which Is great. There's nothing I hate more than multiple personality issues in a series that I'm following.

She's arrogant, borderline psychopath, except when it comes to her friends. And in this one, her friends are going be her Achilles heel. Ahaha, payback is a bitch.
I loved that so much! Seeing her trying to behave as the voice of reason was just... unbelievable.
Her friendship with Jo... well what can I say?
So many feels. I loved it. Finally, a friendship well done: even if most of us don't go literally into Hell because of our friends.

Then there's the other relationship with... I am not going to give you any spoilers on this, because that for me, was half the fun.
Suffice to say that I wasn't expecting it, and that probably made me love it even more.
So yes, I definitely recommend this book, and this series. One of the best I've read.

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review 2015-09-23 20:53
Crushed - Eliza Crewe

I love love love this series! Eliza Crewe has a writing style that is equal parts flippant, Real, sarcastic and all around awesome! The characters are so unforgettable that I find myself thinking about them (especially Meda and newly introduced, yet highly swoon worthy, Armand) throughout my day.

#1- Drop off the wee one at kindergarten --- me absent mindedly navigating traffic while amazing over things like the dichotomy of Meda "the evil monster" choosing Good over her extremely  seductive, physically empowering, soul sucking Demonic nature (even though she only eats the Muck of Humanity) while being tamed/chained and maintained by the Good Guys being impossible to be lost on the reader...damn I LOVE her character" #2-- I wonder if I packed a snack for my little monster -- brain is actually mulling over whether or not two Evil entities, violently sucked into one another's gravitational pull, should not only come crashing together but belong there as well...damn I LOVE these characters!!" So on and so forth throughout the day, never fully focusing on my tasks for more than minutes at a time. Need it be said??? The characters are RICH, TANGIBLE, RELATABLE, LOVEABLE/LOATHSOME, and FLAWED in the best kind of ways. The writing is excellent, the pace is fierce from start to finish, the twists and turns are not too easily predictable, the dilemmas are poignant, did I mention the characters?? They're multidimensional, unforgettable and AWESOME! If you're into a female MC that is unapologetically Demonic, soul sucking, kick a$$, and loyal along with a slew of other adjectives that slip my blown mind... This series is a MUST READ!

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review 2015-09-01 20:05
Ah, she did it again!
Crossed - Eliza Crewe

Worthy finale!

 

I have to say I did have my doubts halfway through, but, oh my, was this goooood.

 

Oh, and it DID have some VERY MINOR romanace part:

"He tried to sell your soul to the devil; you chained him up and left him to die."

"All relationships are complicated."

 

 

Now I have to wait for any other book this author will write...

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