Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: Crushed by Eliza Crewe

Title: Crushed
Author: Eliza Crewe
Series: Book Two in the Soul Eaters Series
Published By: Strange Chemistry (August 5, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!

Book Description:
Meda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she’s willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead.

The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she’s trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how’s a girl supposed to say “no?”

After all, everyone knows a good girl’s greatest weakness is a bad boy.









I freaking love Meda.

This is one of those rare series were you go into it knowing the heroine is no hero. She isn't good, she is downright evil and she doesn't make excuses for it. She doesn't try to hide it. It is who she is and she owns it.

Crewe has created something that while not original has been made that way. Meda is a one of a kind girl, or rather demon and you can't help but like her. 

“Colton suspects we're not just children, that we are, in fact, the terrifying things that go bump in the ngiht. But, no, that's wrong. Not things that bump. Bumps are clumsy and inelegant. They are sounds made by creatures not at home in the darkness. I don't bump. I crunch in the night. I crack; I splatter; I splash. But I never, ever bump.”

This was so much more than the first and what I mean by that is that we really get the knitty gritty on Meda. Her personality and feelings (and sometimes lack of) really shine and show. We really get that little extra something that wasn't in the first book and we can't help but love her all the more for it.

I don't want to go into too much detail but Crewe reminded us all over again that sometimes the one who is considered the real hero of the story, isn't always so cut and dry, it isn't always about good versus evil and there is in fact, a whole lot of gray mixed in with the black and white of it.

Armand was a fabulous addition (well a bigger addition than last time) to the story and even with the ending, I couldn't help but love him almost as much as I loved Meda.

I am so excited with where this story and Meda's character is going. So much growth is happening and so much is being revealed and uncovered. I can't wait for more. 





*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

42 comments:

  1. I cannot wait for my book to arrive! I need more of Meda and I'm so glad you enjoyed this one. I cannot wait to see more of Armand too! Great review, Ali :)

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    1. I know you love this series too Tanja and you won't be disappointed!

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  2. This sounds like such an awesome read, I wanna give it a try for sure! Adding to my wishlist!

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  3. Oh I keep hearing amazing things about the author and I really want to try the series. It's so great to see that book 2 is that good too. Great review!

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    1. Oh gosh, you need to try it Melliane!

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  4. Meda sounds like a fab character, and I absolutely can not wait to meet her! I love me a good anti-heroine. Happy Friday!

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    1. Thanks Carmel! You won't be disappointed in Meda then. ;)

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  5. I NEED to meet Meda Ali! I love that she's an anti-hero to the extreme, but yet you still love her. I find that fascinating and love characters who turn everything on it's head and have me rooting for someone who in reality is a monster:) That sounds weird, but you know what I mean!

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  6. I've been hearing so much about this series and how unique Meda is. She sounds so unique and a character. I love your enthusiasm and love for her. :)
    It's such a shame about Strange Chemistry stopping publication. Hopefully, another publisher picks this up so I can buy a copy.
    Lovely review!

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    1. Yay! I hope you love her as much as I do Nick!

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  7. Great review Kindlemom I LOVE the non-hero/heroine types too!!
    What a fab premise

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    1. You will really like this one then Debbie!

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  8. I am so curious about these books. I love that the MC isn't the "good girl" of the story; it's very exciting. Need to check out the first soon.

    -Lauren

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    1. I hope you do Lauren, they really are a fun read.

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  9. You have pretty much convinced me that I need to hurry up and start this series! I heard Strange Chemistry is no more though, what does this mean for the next book in the series? Scared to start if I won't be able to continue it.

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    1. I know! I am so sad about this and I have no idea what it means for the next book. I really hope it gets picked up by someone else or she self publishes...something.

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  10. Oooh, you immediately caught my attention with Meda being a (Demon) Crusader-in-training! This sounds like a heroine I would like given the fact the author mixes her in shades of gray and imperfect. Thanks for sharing, Ali :)

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    1. Thanks Kim for stopping by. I think this is one that a lot of people will really like. :)

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  11. I must meet Meda!! This series sounds wonderful ... or I'm just eager to meet Meda. I'll have to read these.

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    1. I am surprised you haven't Christy. Meda is your kind of girl.

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  12. I have heard of this before! I'm glad that you liked it. I want to read this one, and your review has helped convince me that I do need to read it!

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  13. I have had this one my TBR list for a while. Dang, now I am even more excited to read it....My TBR pile is getting way out of control...hehehe!

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    1. Oh yes, I know exactly how that is Becca. :)

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  14. So this was a book I skipped requesting because I hadn't started the series and I'm trying to cut down on my ARC's, but I'm obviously going to have to read this series at some point since you are enjoying it so much. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Oh you really should, you don't want to miss out on this one and even with all the gore it really is a good (and even clean) read.

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  15. I FREAKING LOVE MEDA TOO!
    The first book was extremely entertaining. I loved every minute of my reading. So glad this one was great as well but, huh, sucks for the publishing company and especially the author. :( Great review!

    Lola@Seeing Night Reviews

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    1. I know! I am so sad. I really hope it doesn't affect book three at all. :(

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  16. I skimmed your review because I have this as an ARC, and I still need to read Book 1 so I don't want to spoil myself ;P But I'm happy to know you received this SO WELL. Look at that rating! 4.5! Even Khanh was so satisfied with this.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  17. Wow, Ali this sounds like something I would enjoy. Why haven't I read book one? I need to check if I have picked up book one yet..LOL Great review and so glad you enjoyed it!

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  18. This sounds like a series I really need to read!

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  19. I'm glad you liked this one, and I'm excited to read it. :)

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  20. Great review. This sounds good and I like the cover it is kind of "creepy/cool."

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  21. Ahhhh why haven't I read book one yet?! Darn TBR pile! I remember you and Maja and a ton of other fab bloggers singing Meda's praises and I wanted to read Cracked but just got sidetracked with other commitments. I'm definitely putting my copy on my nightstand now so I can catch up! Lovely review :-)

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