Friday, September 26, 2014

Blog Tour Book Review: Crushed by Eliza Crewe

Crushed (Soul Eaters #2)
Author: Eliza Crewe
India Print- & E-Release Date: July 2014
Everywhere but India e-Release Date: September 22, 2014
Everywhere but India Print Release Date: November, 2014 (tentative)

*ARC received via NetGalley

Meda's back. This time, she has a friend.

The battle is over; the choice has been made. 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 really enjoyed this book and here's why:

1.  Snarky and sarcastic Meda.  She's hilarious.  She's now living with the Crusaders and she's trying to be good, but at the same time, it's difficult to deny the fact that she's a monster.  And she LOVES killing people.  Well, bad people.  She limits herself and that's about the best she can do.  There are so many laugh out loud moments in this book because of Meda and her inner monologue.  What a unique main character, a half-demon girl who revels in blood.  It just works.

2.  Unpredictable plot.  Just when I thought I knew where the plot was going, I didn't.  At all.  I found myself surprised by different elements of this book, especially when it came to Armand, the half-demon guy.  Sick of insta-love?  Love triangles?  A girl who swoons over a  hot guy?  A bad boy who really isn't that bad?  You will find NONE of that in this book.  Instead, you have a bad boy who is truly bad. He's unapologetic about killing.  And you have the girl not trusting the guy, knowing that they stand on opposite sides of the upcoming battle.  A girl who puts friendship first.  I loved Meda and Jo's relationship, that's true friendship.

An amazing sequel, the book is filled with action, humor, and surprising twists and turns.  Definitely recommend!

Author Bio:

Eliza Crewe always thought she’d be a lawyer, and even went so far as to complete law school. But as they say, you are what you eat, and considering the number of books Eliza has devoured since childhood, it was inevitable she’d end up in the literary world. She abandoned the lawyer-plan to instead become a librarian and now a writer.

While she’s been filling notebooks with random scenes for years, Eliza didn’t seriously commit to writing an entire novel until the spring of 2011, when she and her husband bought a house. With that house came a half-hour commute, during which Eliza decided she needed something to think about other than her road-rage. Is it any surprise she wrote a book about a blood-thirsty, people-eating monster?

Eliza has lived in Illinois, Edinburgh, and Las Vegas, and now lives in North Carolina with her husband, her hens, her angry, talking, stuffed dwarf giraffe, and a sweet, mute, pantomiming bear. She likes to partially-complete craft projects, free-range her hens, and take long walks.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. Sounds like a great read. Adding to my TBR!

  2. I've been tempted to start this series for quite some time now. Meda sounds like a character that I would love, especially since she's snarky and sarcastic.

  3. Perfection. This perfectly captures all the things I love about this book. I love how different it feels and how it breaks free of all the usual tropes.

  4. I searched your blog for a review of the first book but there isn't one. Was it really good also? Is this series scary because that cover makes me think so and I hesitate to read it. But I like the sound of Meda a lot - snarky, smart, friends first! My kind of MC.