Crushed (Soul Eater #2 ) by Eliza Crewe
Now Meda Melange is officially a Crusader-in-training.
Crusaders are at war with deamons and a half-deamon is not exactly easy to trust.
She is also a Beacon and people expect great things from her.
Being more cheerful and “beacon-like”.
What if she’s fighting on the wrong side of this war?
She IS a half-demon afterall…
The dark side, hand in hand with a certain french bad boy named Armand, might be what she actually wants instead.
I’m still excited about this series but I enjoyed this book considerably less than the previous one.
A war is coming and I felt stuck right along with the characters in “school mode” for 60% of the book.
Also the pace was slow and being in Meda’s mind wasn’t as “fun”.
I enjoyed the fact she still gives us the same awesome “snarky, unapologetic, sarcastic, badass package”…
Stupid Crusaders with their stupid rules. For a homicidal group, they’re appallingly restrictive.
No, Meda, you can’t leave campus.
No, Meda, you know we have a curfew.
No, Meda, you can’t eat that guy.
…her journey trying to figure out if she can change and make people like her…
“I’ve always thought you’d look good in yellow. A bright, sunshiny yellow.”
At the thought, I turn faintly green. “Yellow, Jo?” My voice is a tiny thing.
“Everyone looks happy and harmless in bright yellow.”
…and the realization she can’t change the core of who she is, not even for her best friend:
Jo wants me to be someone else. Someone who kisses ass and follows rules – a tamed tiger who sits and purrs until she shouts “attack” at her enemies. But I am not a pet.
And I won’t be locked in a cage
Even so, I had issues with Meda in this book:
In the first book her lack of empathy and compassion bothered me a bit but I loved her character as a whole and it made sense.
In my opinion, here it becomes even more evident and her attitude towards every other human being is always annoying and hard to accept.
Again, lots of people die in the war against demons and I didn’t feel the remaing characters grieving those lives because:
– Meda truly doesn’t care
– all the other characters, being God’s knights, have the “God has a plan” attitude.
It bothered me. Lots.
That said, I really like Eliza Crewe’s vision.
Overall I’m still enjoying this story, and I really want to know what is going to happen next.
The author did a great job with Meda & Armand’s relationship…
I have the strong feeling he’ll be pivotal for world’s salvation…I hope I’m right ;D
⭐ 3 Stars >⭐
~ My Ratings ~
Writing: 4 /5
Plot: 2 /5
Hero: 4 /5
Heroine: 3 /5
Secondary Characters: 4 /5
MC’s chemistry: 3 /5
Triggers: Violence, Death.
Recommended to: Urban Fantasy / Young Adult Readers that are comfortable with triggers mentioned above.
~ Quotes ~
A real monster is too clever for that. A real monster shakes the hands of elderly couples as he invests their life’s savings in his Ponzi scheme; she kisses babies and runs for political office; he waits until she’s in love.
A real monster knows that an attack hurts; but a betrayal scars.
I am not sick, or crazy, or broken.
I am Meda Melange, demon-saint monster girl. I make full-grown men scream in terror. I break bones and drain blood. I turn nightmares into reality.
I am the most powerful creature on earth.
I stand, near-giggling over the destroyed corpse, surrounded by the sweet scent of blood and revenge.
I am what I am and I am not ashamed.
You can love a monster, it can even love you back, but that doesn’t change its nature. This isn’t Beauty and the Beast where my kiss would transform the monster to a prince. If anything, it’s Shrek, and his kiss brings out the ogre in me.
I’m at a crossroads. One path is a slow, painful, righteous trudge uphill to a place where my nemeses see the light. The other is easy and fun, downhill and dark. Armand takes my hand.
I won’t walk this path alone.
The grin that dances across his face finds a partner on mine.
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