Author: Eliza Crewe
Publisher: Strange Chemistry, 327 pages
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Meet Meda. She eats people.
Well, 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 up.
They 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’ is.
Be 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 her.
The more 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.
Fresh and original, the main character is basically the bad person. She's darkly funny and I appreciated her sense of humor and her snark even when she was thinking about killing the good guys.
“They fight with a bloodthirstiness I wouldn't expect outside a maximum-security prison or suburban PTA meeting.”
The book definitely doesn't follow the typical YA paranormal, with the normal girl who finds out she's somehow special and then two hot guys are in love with her (and must protect her). Instead, there's no romance for Meda. I knew that, but I kept expecting it anyway. I am curious about whether that will stay the case in the next book.
I loved the dynamics of the group of Crusaders and I especially loved Chi and Jo. They were both so different, with Chi completely trusting while Jo was constantly suspicious of Meda. There's a lot of action, and I was quite riveted and surprised by a number of things that happened in the book. Kick-ass main character...this book was just so much fun and such a breath of fresh air. Loved it. Thank you Rebecca at The Library Canary for recommending it!
Posted by: Pam