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Cracked (The Soul Eaters) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 5, 2013
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Meda eats souls. It’s messy work, and she kills only when necessary, but limiting herself to evildoers makes the situation much more palatable. Raised in isolation and alone since her mother’s death two years earlier, Meda knows little about herself—and even less about the three demons that attack her one night. Saved by Chi, a holy Crusader whose sole mission is to destroy creatures like her, Meda tries to pass as human long enough to get some answers. Instead, she finds that she is the central figure in an ancient war she did not know existed until now. The first volume of the Soul Eaters series takes readers on a wild and rather bloody ride through classic good-versus-evil territory with a razor-sharp narrative and surprisingly likable protagonist. Multiple plot twists heighten the tension of this tightly written novel, while spot-on sardonic dialogue brings necessary comic relief. Meda’s developing friendships with the Crusaders, especially the caustic Jo, allow ample room for exploration of what it really means to be human. Grades 9-12. --Summer Hayes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A whirlwind adventure that left me laughing, crying, and cheering all at once - definitely worth the read and I recommend it to anyone who wants a fantastic fantasy adventure!" - The Thousand Lives --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In terms of a protagonist, she is truly one of a kind really. Meda is calculating, confident, strong, self-aware, unapologetic, caring and loyal. She is survivor and at the start that's all she cares about, her own survival. But things change slowly for her after she meets Chi, Jo and Uri. Despite her efforts otherwise, she grows to care them and treat them as her friends rather than expendable chess pieces. I also love that we get hear her sarcastic comments/thoughts on all the things going on around her. At times her reactions are the same as my reactions and its funny to see her frank comments on paper.
The book is great. Pacing is good, writing is good, the story in some instances is a tad predictable but hey with so many books out there, there are bound to be similarities somewhere. One thing I did really like was that this wasn't really a love story, which is weird because I usually like some romance in the stories I read. Sure there were romantic instances, but Meda never really loved Chi or fought her best friend for him. Obviously there is Chi and Jo's somewhat romance but it really isn't a front and center storyline, though Meda does help play a role in those two finally admitting their feelings.
As for relationships, my favorite one was honestly Meda and Jo. They worked really well as friends and their relationship really did save them both in the end.
All-in-all totally worth the read. I'll buy the other two in the series real soon.
YES! YES! YES! I almost dance.
Jo cuts in, alarmed, “But the children…”
Shut up, Jo! There’s more where those came from.
This story is told from the perspective of Meda who is a demon halfling, but with her other half being a templar (demon killer). She is a self-centered, selfish, sarcastic being who is truly concerned for herself and her well being. I love the inner monologue in this story because it is truly what a person only concerned with their own welfare would think. It is so refreshingly honest that it endears me to Meda.
Meda is used to being alone and she is just fine with that, until one night things get a little off track and Meda is confronted by some demons. After getting her butt kicked she is rescued by none other than a Templar trainee (high school kid being taught to be a demon killer) and finds herself in a position of having to dispose of the evidence (trainee) before he realizes what she is. Beyond being a soul eater even Meda does not know what she is.
Chi (the trainee) reads the situation incorrectly and feels that the demons must have been attacking Meda because she is a beacon (demons want to kill) and before Meda can kill him and eat his soul his friends show up. Meda is out numbered and decides that she will not kill Chi but that she will use him as a way to maybe find out the answers to who or what she is. Goes with the saying, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Against his friends advice Chi brings Meda to the local chapter high school under the ruse that Meda is really Emma a cousin who had recently turned her back on being inducted as a templar-in-training. Hmmm, remember those demons that Chi “saved” Meda from? Well they know who Meda is and they did not forget to mention that fact to her daddy…..duhn duhn duuuhhhnn…and well daddy really wants to find his little princess.
"His eyes laugh at me. “You’re a captive of Hell. They’re not big on justice here.” “So, what happens?” I am not sure I want to know. “If you’re lucky, they’ll let you sell your soul and become one of us.” “I’m not easy to boss around.” He shrugs. “That’s only if you’re lucky anyway. If you aren’t….well it’s safer for them to just eliminate the problem.” Maybe I’m easier to boss around then I thought."
I love that quote, we all can talk tough from time to time and our inner voice says “hmmm, maybe not” but we strive to stay tough. I do love this character. The story itself was well written but just really not for me. I thought it was going to be about one thing, a sort of vigilante justice against bad guys, but it turned into a mini-drama “lets find out the answers to who I am” type of storyline. I just felt like it was tied together but I just was not a fan of the bow the author was using.
I did find the inner monologue hilarious and worth the read but I am also a huge sucker for sarcasm. It’s like she was speaking my crack-lacking language and how can I just not love that??
Rating 5 stars
Normally the Main Character in a book is the good person but not in Cracked. Meda is bad, a monster, but a hilarious monster. I don’t think I have ever laughed so much throughout a book. Meda’s inner dialogue was brilliant and I loved her struggle between being good and bad.
Here are a few parts I took from book:
I consider the many tools at my disposal, eyeing his large blood-splattered frame, and settle on my weapon of choice – one so infrequently used I need to dust it off first.
My eyes fill with tears. “Wha–” I swallow hard “– what were those things?”
“Demons.” Thanks, Einstein. I got that part. I let a tear trickle over.
He hurries to reassure me. “Don’t cry – I’ll protect you.”
Humiliating. Absolutely humiliating.
❝ A small girl, still young enough to suffer the indignity of pigtails, holds out a dead goldfish in her cupped hand.
Thanks, but I just ate.
"My fish died," she lisps around missing teeth. She looks at me expectantly.
Ah - catastrophe has struck and she's in search of an adult to handle it. (...) Fortunately, I know just how to handle this one.
"Flush it down the toilet."
What? It's a fish. ❞
"There are some people you know you shouldn’t anger because it isn’t right. Like your mom – if she’s the nice sort.
There are other people you know you shouldn’t anger because they have the authority to punish you. Police officers, politicians, insane asylum wardens, your mom – if she’s the bad sort.
But there are some people you shouldn’t anger that you don’t know about, because no one ever survived to warn you.
I’m the third kind.
I eat souls.
The Secondary Characters where just as valuable to the story. My favourite been Jo, she was so angry at the world that it gave Meda so much ammunition for hilarious smart commentary (That went on inside her head) it had me laughing so hard. Uri was sweet, he was a kid who got to hang out with superman - superman being Chi. It was cute.
Overall the story captured me not for its plot or world building but because of Meda and her inability to feel compassion for others. Just hilarious. If you want a fun read that will make you laugh and smile then cracked is the one for you.
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