Author: Eliza Crewe.
Published: November 5th 2013 by Strange Chemistry
Sort: Part one of ‘Soul eater’
Source: I received an eARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Like the blurb says: Meda is a soul-eater, because her father was a demon and that makes her a halfling. Her mother turned that into something ‘good’ by letting her feed on bad people. Meda can hunt these people down by making a connection with spirits who haunt the earth looking for closure.
When Meda is on a mission in an asylum, she comes across three demons who want to bring her with them. She is rescued by a dashing boy: a Crusader whose mission on earth is to protect Beacons (people capable of doing something really good) from demons. The Crusader, Chi, wants to bring her inside his circles. Meda is more than happy to play the part, because she is desperate for answer. Her mother always told her she was the only one and now, a whole world with demons and crusades have appeared to her. Chi, is joined by a girl with a cripple leg called Jo and a cutiepie called Uri.
It’s fun to be in Meda's head. She is tough and blunt, but it wasn’t difficult to connect with her. It was realistic for a half demon and I appreciated her a lot. Jo doesn’t trust Meda at all. I loved this girl from the moment we met her. She is broken and hurt, but tries to hide that by sarcastic and harsh replies. She is not easy to be around with, but there was something about her that clicked with me. That is the great thing about these characters: they are all flawed and therefor, realistic. And credits for the lack of romance, because that wouldn’t fit in this book. It’s there, but it’s on the background.
I also liked where the story was going to. Demons are terrorizing their hiding place and they want to claim Meda. This gives much action and Crewe knows how to write those scenes. I liked how we slowly unravel what is going on along side Meda (although I guessed some parts) and the ending is how I like it. Everything is wrapped-up, but there are still a lot of things to discover.
Overall, a fun book and I’m looking forward to more!