[WTRO2] Cracked by Eliza Crewe

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This one I have Lola to thank for putting me on to. In my last post, I asked you guys which book or books bring the fan out of you when you see someone else reading them. This was one of hers, and after finding out more about it, I have to wholeheartedly agree.

Because, I mean, check out this incredible synopsis:

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.

Yeah. Soul-eaters. Definitely my kinda book. I pray that it pans out when I finally get to read it, especially since it’s the first in a series.

 

[Book Review] Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins

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This is an old review, though I still feel the same about it now as I did then.

*This book was also used in a booktalk for class.


Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins • 2007 • HarperTeen • 224 pages

“Jenkins works magic on readers. Warm, heartening message of hope coupled with a little rebellion.”

– Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Genre/Theme: An overworked fallen angel (since he doesn’t like being called ‘Demon’), Humorous, Satirical, Body possession, Young Adult, Paranormal, Supernatural, Afterlife, Heaven/Hell themes (but not in a bad way), Self Identity, Some philosophical questioning twinged in humor and wit

Brief Summary: Kiriel hasn’t had a vacation in… forever. And I mean, literally. Forever. He needs to take a break. He’s a Fallen Angel (as he doesn’t like the term “demon”; it’s politically incorrect) and he’s just stolen a body to vacation in. It’s not like anyone will miss him anyway.

Evaluation: 5 of 5 stars

1-2 things you liked:

  • Pfft–! Everything. It was quirky, funny, the voice of the character Kiriel was fun to get involved and engaged with, and also it was easy to be so sympathetic to how he felt and why he did the things he did.
  • The first person narrative in this book worked like a charm and really helped the reader understand and come into better recognition of the character.
  • I LOVE the cover. Now, I know it could possibly be a turn-off to some people (especially if they’re very religious) but the cover was just so captivating to me when it was pulled from the shelf and I saw it for the first time. I actually laughed. I wasn’t expecting that. (Y’see, I hadn’t googled or checked it out on Amazon first before finding the book at my local library.)
  • The last chapter was incredible. Probably one of my favorites. Also the first three chapters really got the reader hooked so you would wan to know what was going to happen next. Great way to get the reader addicted to a new read.
  • I honestly don’t have enough good to say about this book. Everyone should read it. Teens, adults… it’s just a great read.

1-2 things you didn’t like:

  • That it ended. XD I didn’t want this book to end. I was so mad when I got to the end. I kept saying “Nooo—! I can’t be over!” 😥

Would you recommend this book?: YES. 100 times YES. As a side note, since I was also asked specifically if this book would be good for a Catholic middle school as well… I’d have to say that I am unsure if I would recommend there. On one hand it talks about demons and angels and such, but it doesn’t promote religion or religious views (too expressedly) but I could see it possible being a problem since our narrator is a “fallen angel”.

Looking Back (Current Thoughts & Eval): I love this book. I really do. XD I’ll say it now, I’ll say it ten years from now. I LOVE this book. Kiriel is one hell of a character… and the VOICE! Wow! The humor was just right. The wittisicm was spot-on! Even the scenarios that befell him and the other characters was believable and memorable. I mean… he tries to win over the cat. THE FRIGGIN CAT MAN! Come on now! How great is that? XD (FYI – he’s inhabiting someone else’s body and no one figures it out except for the guy’s cat who, on sight hates his face, but eventually warms up to him a bit.) The only thing that I can remember bugging me about it was this tiny bit in the middle of it where everything went a little wonky for poor Kiriel.

Besides that, I can’t think of anything else! It’s a great, quick read. Not too deep in terms of storytelling, but that probably has a lot to do with the fact that Kiriel spent most of his time figuring out how to use his new human body (which I absolutely loved so I couldn’t care in the least 😈 ) I would suggest it to anyone who wants a fun, quick, engaging read, but doesn’t want to spend too much time getting to the good stuff, and love-love-LOVES dry humor.