“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.”
Meda is a demon halfing. She eats peoples souls. Brought up by her human mother who tried her hardest to ensure Meda didn’t turn into the demon that was nestled in her blood, she has always struggled with right and wrong. Since her mum died she has been on the run trying only to eat the souls of bad people as her mum told her to do. She has never met anyone like her, she doesn’t even really know what she is, that is until three men in suits turn up just after one of her kills. They might have the answers to the questions her mum never got to answer… but they want to kill her so now may not be the best time to ask. Thankfully a Crusader turns up and the men flee; Chi is a demon killer but due to her halting blood he cannot tell that Meda isn’t one of the good guys like him. Meda has a choice; kill Chi or play along and discover what she is from inside the enemies nest.
I have one word to say about this book; AWESOME!
The story is great, its all bad guy, good guy with the blurred lines of reality and the danger of people wanted to murder you. There are no holds barred and you get graphic scenes in which Meda eats the souls of people and squishes the heads of demons but you also get a story of true companionship, I absolutely loved it. Following Meda as she wrestles her demons (quite literally) you start to realise that there really isn’t such a thing of just good or just bad with people… demons are different and Meda’s half human side allows her to still have a conscience. There is a romance storyline in the book and usually I tend to ignore these in fantasy as much as possible and concentrate on the rest of the story but in Cracked I thought it was done so well that it deserved a shout out. YA Fantasies have a terrible habit of getting the protagonist who is usually the good guy to fall in love with the warewolf/vampire/demon/ghost (delete as appropriate) but that wasn’t the case for Cracked and I was so, so glad it didn’t conform to the norm because what did happen was amazing.
Good character development is a must in books and Cracked had it all. The main characters are Meda, Chi, Jo and Uri and I won’t go into great depth about any of them because I don’t want to ruin the story. I will say that the chemistry they all have with each other was fantastic and that both Meda and Jo were quite possibly one of the best female characters I have seen. They didn’t fit any stereotypes, they were hard and badass without going too far (except in Jo’s case and that was warranted) and to be honest I wouldn’t pick a fight with either of them. Meda was not adverse to kicking demons asses and she could obviously think for herself and didn’t need anyone to do anything for her to a certain extent, but she also had a heart and wasn’t just strong for the sake of it.
The writing was incredible with great pacing and it flowed so well, during fighting scenes it was a bit crazy and you could just sense everything getting faster as all the action was happening, I could envision the whole scene unfolding before my eyes and then things would slow down and calm themselves. Theres a fantastic bit where you are with Meda and Uri in a motel room and all they can do is wait and that slows right down so you feel like you are waiting along with them - but not in a bad way, you won’t want to stop reading it because of it!
Like you can tell, I really loved this book and think it makes for a great read. There were definite dangers early on about the direction it could take and it could have easily spiralled into just another YA fantasy, but there is something different about Cracked and I think a lot of people will enjoy it. I thought there were some bits that were a little sketchy, especially when it came to Meda’s father but I’m hoping there is more about that in one of the later books as Cracked is the first in a series, but other than that It wraps everything up brilliantly and is well worth a read!
Cracked will be published on November 5th by Strange Chemistry. My copy was sent from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. If you missed my guest post from Eliza Crewe please click here and read about her influences when writing Cracked.
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