Crushed by Eliza Crewe
Published by: Strange Chemistry
Genres: YA, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
For Fans of: Kick-ass heroines, and general awesomeness. I RECOMMEND THIS TO EVERYONE.
My rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
If you don’t like Meda Melange, I question your life choices.
In the course of two slap-in-everyone’s-face-good books, Meda has managed to claw her way to the top of my Favorite YA heroines list. She’s tough as nails, hilarious, and not afraid to kill when she has to – and I am completely in love with her. She has ripped a little hole into my heart and crawled inside, and she’s not going to be coming out anytime soon. Not that I want her to.
Remember when I said I loved Cruel Beauty‘s Nyx for her complexity and darkness? Well, Meda is three times as complex – and a thousand times darker. Which means that my love for Meda is immeasurable.
You see, Meda’s half-demon. She needs to eat souls to survive. And as such, she has absolutely no problems with killing someone if the situation calls for it. Will you find her paralyzed with uncertainty, unwilling to compromise her morals and kill a man in order to save her life? Hell no. Meda weighs the costs, she puts her survival first. And hey, in her defense, she tries to only eat bad men.
Since the first book, Meda, against all odds, has made friends – with Jo and Chi, the Crusaders she met in the first book. Her friendship with Jo has even grown to the point where Meda can actually call Jo her BFF without throwing up in her mouth a little bit. And for a half-demon who’s never known any kind of meaningful bond outside her relationship with her late mother, this is HUGE.
The sequel sees Meda in a strange position – She’s trying to be good. But things happen and her friendship with Jo is tested, and half-demon Bad Boy Armand shows up to tempt Meda with promises of freedom and… fun.
I love a lot of things about this book. I love its wonderfully refreshing protagonist (duh), I love the very real, very complex friendship between Meda and Jo (and how their issues weren’t trivial). I love how this book took insta-love, love-triangles, and heroines who did stupid things for stupid boys, gave them all the middle finger, and sent them hurtling in the other direction.
There was no insta-love here. Meda isn’t the type.
There were no love triangles. Like Meda would waste her time worrying over which boy she liked better. If she couldn’t choose, she’d ditch them both.
There were no heroines doing stupid things for stupid boys. This book did not warp Meda’s integrity just because she liked a boy. Any mistakes she made, she fixed. She figured things out for herself and put her foot down.
The romance was light and fun, though it may have felt a little intense at times. They had real friendship first, they understood one another, which I think made their relationship so much more special and interesting. I loved how they got each other – good parts and bad. I loved how they both understood each other’s darkness, acknowledged its existence without ever pretending it wasn’t there. They were not professing undying love for each other five minutes after their first meeting.
Even though he was a demon-boy she couldn’t trust, Meda and Armand’s romance was a lot healthier than a lot of YA romances out there.
Which is a little scary, when you think about it. I mean, guys. Dude’s a demon.
Well, half-demon, but you know what I mean.