Author: Eliza Crewe
Series: The Soul Eater (Book One)
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? Meda is a monster. She’s not sure of specifics beyond the fact she kills people and eats their souls. Her mum died two years ago and since then, Meda’s been living off the souls of murderers, brought to her attention by the ghosts of the people they killed. But when 3 men in suits attempt to kill her, with powers the same as her own, Meda is inadvertently drawn into the war between good and evil.
What’s good about it? This book is amazing. Hands down, no foolin’, no lies amazing.
I had plans for my day when I started reading this. Plans that went straight out of the window as soon as I started reading this because I could not put it down. I had to keep reading – I had to know.
Alright, I’ll stop gushing and give specifics. I’ll start with Meda. Meda is the best kind of anti-hero. She is unashamedly self-serving in the beginning and knows exactly how to play people. She’s smart and sarcastic. It’s genuinely refreshing to have a main character who only cares about herself and really doesn’t give a damn about the people around her beyond whether or not they’ll keep her alive. It’s the growth she goes through, the friendships that she unwillingly develops, and the choices she makes that make her one of my favourite characters in all the books I’ve read this year.
That’s not to say the rest of the characters don’t stand out too. Jo, Chi, Uri, all of them are fantastic and real and flawed… lets put it this way: for people fighting on the side of good they do a lot of breaking and entering and consideration of mugging people. I loved each and every one of them. Jo, with her fierce, stubborn pride; Chi, with his bravery and naive stupidity; and Uri, surprisingly deep behind the initial façade of hero worship.
The plot is exciting, well paced and really well written. The world building is fantastic, with just the right amount of information given without a sniff of info-dumping. It’s a war of Good versus Evil, but the point is that it’s never just that simple, and everyone is capable of both. I loved all the twists and turns, alright, I predicted a few from the start, but there was stuff I didn’t see coming.
And some things I didn’t really believe would happen.
What’s bad about it? I have no complaints, no gripes, no niggles.
The verdict? I was sent an early copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So I’ll be honest: in case it wasn’t immediately apparent from the gushing above, I loved this. I loved it’s stupid, flawed characters, it’s romantic subplot that didn’t actually involve the main character, it’s beautifully realised plot line. I laughed, I cried (thinking about one specific moment still has me tearing up, it still hurts actually), and I very nearly broke my kindle I was gripping it so hard during one part.
I really do highly recommend this. Seriously. If you love books with action, flawed characters, and a plot that doesn’t ever flinch away from the truth then you will love this. On the other hand it is worth noting that it’s dark. If you’re not into books where people are ripped limb from limb (with the main character taking a not so small amount of pleasure from the act either) then you might want to avoid this. As for me, I will definitely be getting the sequel to this one.