Cracked PDF/EPUB ✓ Paperback

  • Paperback
  • 327 pages
  • Cracked
  • Eliza Crewe
  • English
  • 03 September 2016
  • 9781908844675

10 thoughts on “Cracked

  1. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    5 ENTIRELY DESERVED AND BRIGHT STARS I’m going to be VERY honest with you guysI want to eat this book Nom nomI want to devour every word and every chapter slowly and taste its flavours because if it’s as amazing as the reading was it may be even better than pizza Or sushi Or ice cream Nom nomYes believe it or not it’s the truthCracked is the most entertaining book I’ve read so far in 2014 Even than Rebel Belle which I didn’t think possible because that book is so much funCracked is the kind of book you don’t want to let go because there is always something interesting and surprising in it and it has a hold on you There were so many things I was hoping to do yesterday such as watching Once Upon A Time Hit The Floor or clean dishes Oh and I was looking forward to seeing this movie called How to Train Your Dragon 2 at the cinema But no Eliza Crewe had to write a fantastic novel to keep me off doing all those enjoyable things I planned to Did you hear that? It’s called being sarcastic I’m warning you if you want to read this book and like it or love it you better get used to it winksMeda can I kiss you? Maybe shouldn’t have said that publicly sigh I feel so connected to that character It’s not because I have the same personality as her no but mostly because she’s so real She is honest with us readers even if yeah sometimes you may thing she isn’t Again she’s really sarcastic And I loved that so much about her It’s pretty rare that I actually laugh out loud while reading a book but Cracked simply succeeded to make me giggle and smile and bite my nails because yes it is not only rainbows and sunshine Let's not forget that there are demons envolved so don't expect this to be to die for funnyThe story wow The story is unpredictable and again WOW When I started reading this book I was expecting it to be good because of the rave reviews and the hype but I’m always a bit suspicious when I see a lot of 5 stars I’m not the kind to give 5 stars all the time and very easily so I’m as surprised as maybe you are There are so many twists and yes secrets but it was actually interesting and I always wondered if the characters would or not discover the truth Either way I was excited and couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen nextThere is some romance but not in fact including the main character a lot My GR friends know that I could read a book only if there is a little romance in it In Cracked there was some indeed and just the perfect amount to keep me hooked Plus I just love lovehate relationships Don’t you?I loveadore this book so much that yes I know I already have it in digital copy duh but I ordered Cracked in paperback so I could eat itI meanread it of courseHighly recommended series

  2. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

    I really really fucking hate it when a character in a book refers to a character in another book and exclaims She's just like me No beeyotch you are not Elizabeth Bennet snaps fingers No you are not Juliet Do you even realize how stupidly the characters in Romeo Juliet behaved? Nuh uh Don't you dare make that claimTherefore it is with the greatest amount of shame and hypocritical horror when I found myself laughing as I read this book MEDA IS JUST LIKE ME I don't know how Ms Eliza Crewe managed to capture my personality so well without ever having known me without having met me without knowing of my existence in any conceivable way but bravo Ms Crewe BRAVOFine There are some discrepancies between us ok? I can't fight and I'm inclined to run seriously I am a fast little mofo and I used to sleep with the blankets tucked up all around me particularly around my feet so that monsters wouldn't eat my toes while I cowered in bed And Meda while fantastically snarky sometimes never has a profanity laden vocabulary But it's all good Meda is a teenager I was a sueaky clean teenager once But I can see the potential in Meda as she grows up to be like me Ah Meda my dear You have much to learn as you grow into your twenties Your mind and mouth will no longer censor itself and Meda my lovethe fucks will fly ^^I should probably go back to the actual review and talk about stuff that's relevant to this book I will try to tone down my narcissism meanwhileIn short Interesting though imperfect plot Likeable main character Above all else the characters are fantastically conceptualized the dynamics within the group are absolutely brilliantSummary Meda Melange isn't exactly human She knows she's half humanbut the other half certainly ain't anything remotely angelic Why? Um one clue may be the fact that SHE EATS SOULS Here's where Meda and I differ I crave chocolate Meda craves souls She's not all bad though she only munches on a soul every say month or so Me on the other hand snortsMeda is pretty much indestructible to the average human Her skin is like fucking steel She almost cannot be hurt Until she runs into a group of demons and realizes thatwell fuck she's not so indestructible after all Well shit happens and Meda lucked out and gets her ass saved and eats a huge dose of humble pie in the process by a group of Crusaders No not the ones in the 12th century who traipse to the Holy Land These are oh so righteous people whose destiny is to protect humans with special destinies who will make a contribution to mankind called Beacons They think Meda is a Beacon Meda doesn't want to die Meda lies her ass off She pretends to be a Beacon in order to1 Infiltrate the Crusaders and figure out their super special secrets2 Survive she did almost get her ass handed to her after all girl's gotta liveOne thing leads to another and Meda and her very disorganized group of Crusaders find themselves on the run from a bunch of bloodthirsty demons who wants Meda's ass handed to them on a silver platter Meda seriously lucked out because these Crusaders are good hearted and are so convinced that she is a Beacon that they will risk their life to save herMeda also slowly uncovers the truth about her past There are secrets Lies A sexy half demon in a dungeon Another way Meda and I differ she ignores him whereas I would have kept him imprisoned in my bedroom It's understandable though Meda's not even legal yetNeedless to say this book is a lot of action and a lot of funThe Characters The best thing about this bookMeda Melange is one of the funniest most kick ass character in YA paranormal that I have read in a long time She is truly kick ass She can FIGHT man If Rose Hathaway and Charley Davidson were to have a daughter together I like to think she would turn out to be just like Meda Let's just conveniently ignore the fact that two females cannot have a child containing both their DNA Because as we all know scientific facts have no place in YA literature As a Soul Eater Meda has twice the kick assing potential of Rose Hathaway and half of Charley Davidson's snark and for many people that's a good thing Charley can be way too much sometimesNot everyone likes me Not everyone likes my sense of humor my snarkiness my personality That's fine As such not everyone will like Meda There is a fine fine line between humor and bitchiness and as it turns out Meda is a character I can relate to a character I understand a character whose personality I love If you don't like her if you hate her if she grates on your nerves it is completely within reason and I will not judge you for itMeda has a hilarious inner monologue The first few chapters are particularly brilliant examples of it We get to see her bad assedness firsthand as she ruthlessly kills a murderer and eats his soul Truthfully I would have liked to see her fight instead of suppressing her inner demon and pretending to be a normal human girlWe get to see her internal weakness and her guilt at what she's done We get to see her use her feminine charms and tears she is not beyond fake crying if it gets her out of a tough spot to manipulate a very naive starry eyed Crusader boy I consider the many tools at my disposal eyeing his large blood splattered frame and settle on my weapon of choice – one so infreuently used I need to dust it off firstMy eyes fill with tears “Wha–” I swallow hard “– what were those things?”“Demons” Thanks Einstein I got that part I let a tear trickle overHe hurries to reassure me “Don’t cry – I’ll protect you”Humiliating Absolutely humiliating snickersMeda uses whatever she needs to lie trick her way into the group to earn their trust It doesn't always work particularly when there's a fellow bad assed girl in the Crusader group who's just not into her crap Cue innocence My sweet lashes flutter against my helpless cheeks my useless hands wring the edge of my guiltless blood soaked nightgown My lovely lips uiver over my pearly white teethJo isn’t buyingDamn that gimp bitch is a hard sell Meda is not perfect She feels guilt She makes some discovery that blows her world apart Her trust has been betrayed her life has been a lie She has to come to terms with that as well as her own dark nature She kills out of necessity but she hates herself for it when her base nature isn't rejoicing in the darkness I’m ashamed of my wickedness – when I’m not reveling in it Certain books completely ignore the side characters this book does not The side characters namely Jo Chi Malachi and Uri are all eually well drawn The dynamics of their relationship are spectacular Jo and Meda and Jo and Chi in particularJo and Meda do not start off well Jo is a really really tough kick ass girl She is truly a match for Meda except for the fact that she has lost one leg in a fight years ago Meda and Jo start off on the wrong foot no pun intended I swear on my grandmother's grave I would not be so callous D They distrust each other Jo knows Meda isn't who she seems she knows Meda's just putting on an act of innocence In turn Meda looks down on Jo calls her a gimp because of her disability and hates her tough girl personality Slowly they learn to trust each other they learn that each has her strengths and her underlying weakness they come to trust each other they develop an odd sort of friendship The developing relationship between Meda and Jo is a beautifully written one Jo is such a complex character she hates herself she hates her disability she hates her helplessness “I just get so mad sometimes I’m never going to be a Crusader never get married never do anything But who do I get to be angry at? The demons? They’re constantly trying to destroy mankind and if at all possible Heaven too There’s enough reasons to be angry at them – my leg’s superfluous The other students the Crusaders for how they treat me? They’re not trying to be cruel I am damaged They’re so very kind so full of pity I’d rather they hate me than feel sorry for me” Meda never sees Jo as helpless and Jo appreciates her for that Their friendship builds on top of thatJo and Chiwow They were best friends until the incident where Jo lost her leg Chi feels guilty and they both pull away from each other “You don’t deserve to be a Crusader – and it isn’t because you don’t have the legs but because you don’t have the heart” Their hurt their anger their tense relationship is so intensely well doneThe Romance Um what romance? Throw away your expectations of romance of love There's no insta love there's no love triangle there's none of that shit here Can I get a Fuck yeah? FUCK YEAH The new attendee a man crouches in the doorway Well not really a man a human teenager One of God’s most misbegotten creatures – big like grown ups and yet dumb like children Selfish moody reckless with a tendency to sleep too much and complain too often This book is tremendously fun It is not without its faults There are elements in the book that I tend to frown upon death of a parent a special destiny etc but it is also wholly original in other It takes uite a few YA tropes and throws it out the window to a bloody death and I found it absolutely admirable The book is action driven plot driven I would have liked this book to be less fast paced It felt like some scenes were glossed over far too fast and I would have liked to know about Meda's past Not a perfect book but still uite enjoyable Because Meda is the main character And Meda is so me man

  3. Navessa Navessa says:

    Yes Fuck yes This was fucking awesome How awesome you ask? Well the last YA book that gave me these kinds of feels was Angelfall THAT WAS OVER THREE YEARS AGOIf you look at Crewe’s author page you’ll learn that she’s an avid reader It shows Only a true devourer of literature would know how to avoid so many tropes and themes There were none in this book At least none of the ones that piss me off And if you know me even in the least you know how rare that is This MC is an unapologetic sociopath The cast of miscreants who are supposed to be the good guys BTW that surround her are eually imperfect and yet eually lovable The plot contains one twist after another The world is richly imagined and flawlessly fleshed out And the grand finale my very favorite part of this book Drum roll pleaseTHIS IS NOT SOME CHEESY ROMANCE MASUERADING AS ACTIONADVENTURE THIS IS THE REAL FUCKING DEAL PEOPLEcue applauseIn short why the hell haven’t of you read this? Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest

  4. Anne Anne says:

    Fuck yeah Can I give the book 5 stars and give Meda 10? Is that possible?Love her JustMedaALL THE STARS Just take them you snarky little bitch She is hands down the best female protagonist I have ever had the privilege to read aboutIt's not that she's really evil per say I mean she does sort of eat people occasionally but most of them deserved it coughBut what really impressed me was her inner dialogue Crewe has created a young female character who thinks exactly the way I wish every young female character would think When I rolled my eyes at something the inspirational boy hero said so did Meda When I thought She should probably just eat that nice idiot and make a run for it wouldn't you know she was thinking the same thing? I mean sure he seemed nice and all but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do And yes I realize I'm overusing exclamation points I just can't help myself right now It's taken me forever to write this review and I still can't process the right words to say how much I loved this book I have nothing NOTHINGinsert mindless suealing hereOkMedais so AWESOMEWait Stop Come back I swear I'll think of something deep breathWhat I'm trying to say I guess is that it's not the journey you take with the plot so much as it is the journey inside Meda's mind that makes this one so much fun to readAlso there's no romance for our main character But there is a romance The one between the other two characters In fact those guys are the traditional hero heroine we're used to seeing in young adult novelsThe guy is handsome strong talented and good The ladies want him and the men want to be himHe isThe Golden Boy Or as Meda calls himThe IdiotThe girl is tough self sacrificing and smarter than everyone else in the room She has an injury that makes everyone else feel the need to protect her but she just wants to prove that she can fight alongside the other huntersShe isThe Wounded Warrior Or as Meda calls herThe GimpAnd these geeks are who Meda gets stuck with while she's trying to figure out who what she is and why she does the things she does How does she get stuck with them you ask?Well she ate the wrong bad guy got jumped by some demons rescued by Golden Boy interrogated by Wounded Warrior and sort of passes herself off as a victim to gain access to this group of demon hunters with all their knowledge about soul suckers like herself'Cause she's sorta in the dark about who she is and why she does the things she does Her mom was the only one who knew about her appetite and uite rightly kept her away from the other people But her mom died without explaining much of anything to her and she's been on her own for a while now And the only thing keeping her from going full on chompy is the conscience she borrowed from her motherM'kay There were SECRETS regarding her mother that I figured out fairly early on I think they were supposed to be revelations Alas no Did that lessen my enjoyment of the story you ask?Were you skimming this review? I mean did you not read the first bits where I was all screaming and fainting and flailing around?SheeshCome on people Keep up Again it's the trip within Meda's mind that's the real draw to Cracked The plot is almost a parody of all the other young adult books out there I mean it's not that it's uninteresting it's just wouldn't be anything special without Meda pointing out all the inconsistencies and plot holes in her headIn other words Meda is AWESOME Ok ok I'm doneAlso reviewed for

  5. Aj the Ravenous Reader Aj the Ravenous Reader says:

    Better to die for something you believe in than to live for nothing at all view spoiler Oh Uri cries hide spoiler

  6. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    Ok hang on a minute Now I'm backThis book Meda is a bad girlwell she sometimes is She is human souls Just the bad guys so relax I fricking loved her I think I liked most of the characters in this book All of them are fleshed out and are great on their own JO Put them all together and you have SHAZAM I wanted to uote this whole book but that would stop you from reading and you so want to read it Run don't walk to get itOh and yes this Everytime I smell or eat popcorn for the rest of my life I'm going to think about this book Psst get thismy cheapbroke ass actually bought this book I know huh?

  7. L A i N E Y L A i N E Y says:

    My morality is almost a contortionist It wasn't so much the plot as it was E V E R Y T H I N G It was the characters oh my god Meda and Jo the writing the humor the adventures the innocents and the evils It was basically every single thing that made up one hell of an awesomely pure entertainment of a book» if you want to write a story about the 'chosen one' this is the way you do it Otherwise I don't think you should bother» The writing was extremely refreshing it's extremely well clipped and precised You won't find long winded unnecessary sentences here The author had such solid authority she never got side tracked and her characters especially the downright fabulous Meda had extraordinary presence throughout the book What I loved loved loved was that this never weavered It held through to the last page They creep forward in smooth slithery steps That's fine I like my food delivered especially when I don't have to tip the driver » How I loved Meda She had this kind of snarky humor that was just so effing clever I absolutely adored it» I was so content with the dynamic of their little group Meda Jo Chi and little Uri They were teens who were real teens they were 'excellent' students but they were not capable of all things not like in your typical YA novels where teens can just about run the world by themselves and be way efficient than adults So because of that fact the suspence was real and I was so scared for their well beings the entire time» Meda and Jo's friendship Is there not a 'combine word' for that? Do we only have 'bromance'? Well ok then Joe turned towards me She doesn't want to die but she will for what she believes inI need new friends Eliza Crewe managed to ease the dynamic of these two from open animosity to best friends status with such realistic situations you can't do anything except root for this amazing female friendship Which I did I definitely doI'm so ready for book 2 to see what kind of havoc Meda and the gang will wreck nextPS I swear I hadn't teared up at all until that last paragraph

  8. Kelly (and the Book Boar) Kelly (and the Book Boar) says:

    Find all of my reviews at Stars I eat souls The packaging can be tricky but fortunately I am blessed with special skills to pry my meals from their pesky shells My teeth rip skin; my jaws snap bones I am fast lightning fast snuff oh was that your life? fast Holy f^ What did I just read????? Permission denied Keep your st together Mitchell This soooooooo should not have been a success for Kelly and the Book Boar YA fantasy is NOT our bag You're talking about a genre filled with a bunch of mamby pambies and terrible world building and overuseabuse of the same tired out themes over and over and over again What just happened?????To put it in a nutshell Meda happened Meda isn't your ordinary YA heroine She has a little something different hiding under her surface She's just a teensie bit demonic And it was AWESOME While other girls spend their time chasing after vampires and werewolves and falling into instalove with anyone who has a peen Meda goes around sucking the souls out of bad guys well mostly bad guys You see in addition to Meda being a soul eater she has another little secret and spends her free time nom nomming the bad guys on behalf of the ghosts who seek her help I suspect they never really feel guilt but I make sure they drown in regret Red sticky regret Not only did Meda totally kick ass but she did it with the absolute BEST voice of a YA female MC I've ever read and a most delicious dry wit And after all the butt kicking and being badly good were over Cracked went where no other paranormal book has been able to go Dear Meda please ignore the gaggle of screaming fangirls I’m fairly certain we’ll both be happiest if you choose me the middle aged chubbo with a collection of dead critters to be your bestie Anyone who can make this grumpy cat fart rainbows is the one I should split a BFF necklace with Blame Credit for this review goes to Liz Although I now see about a jillion of my GR friends have read thishave it on their TBR it was her review that made me finally break down

  9. Robin (Bridge Four) Robin (Bridge Four) says:

    I was just going to follow along the discussion thread at Buddies Books and Baubles but then I re read the first chapter and screw it I'm all in againBuddy Read with Vcky Catherine Jessica maybe? Kerry Sandra Liz Tanya Tandie Sh3lly and a few stalkers to be named later when I figure out who they are sneaky stalkers and their capesWas it as good as the first time I read it? Well not uite I noticed some of the silly high school stuff that a few others have mentionedDid I care? Not at all becauseMEDAMEDA ROCKS AND GETS ALL THE STARSOriginal review May 2014You’ve read how many different stories about the same nice girl who learns she is special and goes off on a journey to grow into her abilities This is not that story Meda is a monster she is not a good girl her sense of morality is borrowed from her mother and at times is very flexible 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 Meda led a very sheltered life up until the time her mother died Her mother did the best that she could with the monster Meda was and tried to teach her all the values a human should have but not everything stuck Meda’s sense of humor is dark and self deprecating but hilarious non the less I loved reading her inner dialogue in all situations as she tries to play nice with the humans Mom only wanted me to kill people who deserved it and my morality’s flexible enough to toss in self defense and everyone know the best defense is a good offensemy morality is almost a contortionist She doesn’t know a lot about herself or where she came from but through a few twists of fate she ends up with the people who are trying to kill her kind When she is discovered by a few members of the Knights Templar she decides to play along and see if she can’t find out any information from the enemy But as she is playing a dangerous game if they find out who she is they will probably just kill her Chi is the heroic boy who found Meda and is determined to save her he is also her best source of information Meda is not above using a few feminine wiles to separate him from Jo a girl that definitely likes him and hates her in order to get that information Chi likes all the attention but I can’t help notice his eyes sliding over to Jo when I do something particularly outrageous – like stroke his absYes I did and they are amazing I loved this book It was so nice to have a different kind of main character and see her transformation throughout the book as she discovers about her past Meda was so funny she was never pouty or fell apart and some of the best times are when she is disgusted with herself for playing the part of a weaker girl in need of saving because she is definitely not thatThe story was super fast paced It starts out fast and just keeps on going Fights with Demons discoveries about who Meda truly is and why she is here and the building of friendships and bonds There were so many great moments that I loved and the humor really carried throughout I can’t remember the last time I read a book this funIn all fairness there are some heavy moments but I totally loved the wrap up to the story and I can’t wait to see what happens next If like me you are tired of most of the YA books out there I recommend you give this one a try it is so refreshing to read something in YA without a love triangle or relationship angst that is just a great plot and a lot of action

  10. Liz* Fashionably Late Liz* Fashionably Late says:

    Don't be distracted by Tommy Hanks I'm the one in the yellow dressBR with my BBB's buddiesYep it's true Cracked lives up to its hype Even though it's not perfect Cracked kicks every YA book's ass out there that says We're YA we'll use the same formula we're cool enough Well shame on you because Eliza Crewe knows how to write an amazing book that will help you getting out of a damn reading slump if that's what it takes One star is for Meda the Ultimate Anti heroineMeda is a Soul Eater that means she kills bad guys to live and she's been doing it for almost eighteen years Far from perfect Meda will cheat lie fight and try to abandon you in the middle of the battle if it's what it takes to be alive Until she meets Chi the most enthusiastic and naive boy in YA literature Uri3 and Jo the Macarena “Death is my art form when I fight I'm a ballerina Graceful Chi lacks my grace but makes up for it in energy and enthusiasm His fighting style is like breakdancing strong and frenetic with some really sweet moves Jo's is the Macarena Ugly but gets the job done” But this is no fairytale Our MC can be mean selfish and it's been a while since I've read a snarkier or wittier girl in the genre However I really liked watching Meda fighting her inner demons with the help of her mother's voice as a conscience arguing with her every time she wanted to eat her friends I made that up she doesn't want to eat them Just kill them painlessly See? She's already changing One star is for JoMeda because if one badass female character wasn't enoughIt's no secret I'm a shipper And at first view spoilerI was ready to ship ChiMeda because this is YA Of course the MC is gonna fall in love with the guy who just saved her from bad demons hide spoiler

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Cracked Meet Meda She eats peopleWell 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 upThey 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’ isBe 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 herThe 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

About the Author: Eliza Crewe

My Ratings 5 stars If I weren't taken I'd marry this book and have its delightful little book babies4 stars goin' steady or whatever you crazy kids call it these days So good I'd read it again3 stars A great one time fling I enjoyed it but it probably won't be a reread2 stars and below The pretty thing didn't make it past the pick up line I don't rate these because I don't finis