Friday, January 17, 2014

Cracked by Eliza Crewe

Author: Eliza Crewe
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
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Cracked started off really interesting. Meda is a female paranormal version of Dexter. She kills people and eats their souls, but she only eats the souls of people who are murderers. She does this to please her deceased mother who instilled these values in her. See? Very similar to Dexter, Meda even talks to her dead mother when she is feeling extra “killer-y”.

So what went wrong? Honestly, I’m not really sure. It wasn’t that I hated Meda. I thought she was an interesting and different kind of main character. I liked that her thoughts weren’t boy-centric, and that they occasionally went a little morbid.

So why did this book end up falling flat for me? I think it was the plot itself. There was a lot going on; Meda’s past and what she is, a battle between good and evil, a secret society/boarding school. Because there were so many things going on none of the individual elements of the story were really done well, everything was just kind of mediocre. I couldn’t find anything that really stood out and made me love, or care about, the story.

I also wasn’t very keen on the supporting characters. Jo was, I think, supposed to be sympathetic because of her injury and crush on Chi. But I just found her annoying. Chi had a complete hero-complex and, much like Superman (who’s my least favorite superhero), I found him boring. Chi even had his own sort of kryptonite, Jo. Then there was Uri, the token young kid tag-along.

Cracked also lacked a romance element to the story. At least not for Meda. Jo and Chi had their own situation that I won’t even begin to delve in to. While it was refreshing for a female protagonist to not be focused on a swoony boy, for me, the story felt like it was missing something.

Overall, Cracked had an interesting premise but it just didn’t live up to my expectations. There was nothing in the story that made me love it and so it became a middle of the road read.

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm...I'll probably be passing on this book even though the premise does intrigue me. I actually really enjoy some romance in every book no matter what so I'm sure I would feel like something was missing too. Thanks for the honest review! ~Pam