Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cracked (Soul Eaters #1) by Eliza Crewe - Ashley's Pre-Reading

*I received this book as an ARC from Strange Chemistry/Angry Robot  in exchange for an honest review*

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Title: Cracked
Author: Eliza Crewe
Year Published: 2013

Synopsis: 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.

Why?: Well apart from the fact that I love all of Strange Chemistry's book, this one sounds so interesting. I love that it's about a soul eater because I haven't read any books about creatures who eat peoples' souls. I'm excited to dive into something new, and I can't wait to learn more about Meda's life and secrets.

Expectations: I expect a pretty dark, gritty, fast-paced story. I'm interested to see if we're led to sympathize with a bad guy by having badder bad guys, or if they're actually the good guys. Definitely mystery surrounding Meda's mother. And I'm really hoping for more mythological creatures! 

Judging a book by its cover: I kind of love this cover. I love the colors and the symbol and the simplicity of the title. It doesn't give anything away, and it isn't a stereotypical YA cover. I would totally pick it up off a shelf or click on it online. I'm so excited to have a copy on my bookshelf! 


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