Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Crushed by Eliza Crewe [ARC REVIEW]

TITLE: Crushed
(The Soul Eaters #2)

AUTHOR: Eliza Crewe
PUB DATE: July 2014

Meda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she’s willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead.

The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she’s trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how’s a girl supposed to say “no?”

After all, everyone knows a good girl’s greatest weakness is a bad boy.

- Source: Goodreads


“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 ahave 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.

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