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BOOK REVIEW: Crossed by Eliza Crewe

| 1 August 2015 | Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Crossed by Eliza Crewe

August 2015
Amazon
eBook, £2.56
Reviewed by Aly Locatelli

9.5/10

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A demon’s soul doesn’t satisfy me the way a human’s does. It’s sweet-and-low to a living human’s sugar. Still, a creeping satisfaction bubbles under my skin, the soul-drunk buzz that always accompanies the devouring of a soul.

Meda Melange is a back in a kick-ass, take-no-prisoners finale that will have you biting your nails in anticipation.

The demons have declared war on the Crusaders and it’s not going well for the Crusaders. Meda is ready to run away and leave the war behind, but Chi and Jo have other ideas — they want to fight, and they want Meda to fight, too.

But the Crusaders are losing, drastically, and suddenly Meda finds herself being the voice of reason and the only person her friends can depend on. It’s a book about friendship and fighting for what you believe in, even when the odds are against you.

“Dammit, Jo, just stop it. Can’t you just let any damn thing go? Meet a sacrifice you don’t have to make? You really think throwing your life away is going to make a damn bit of difference? We’re losing and this isn’t going to fix that.”

The friendships are still going strong in this instalment: Chi, the naïve believer in all things good; Jo, the hardcore, sensible thinker; and Meda, our soul-thirsty demon main character who, when the odds are against her, won’t think twice about sacrificing herself for the greater good. But the time comes when Meda has to face her mistakes, and it doesn’t go well.

My (Almost) Boyfriend Tried to Sell My Soul to the Devil and All I Got Was This Lousy Amulet — they should put that on a T-shirt.

Armand convinces the Crusaders that there is only one way to defeat the demons once and for all:  sneak into hell and release the thousands of demon souls. Not only will hell lose a vast majority of its army, but the demons who are released will choose life over war. Meda is dead-set against it; there is no way she will let thousands of demons back onto Earth, to prance around as they will.

He takes another breath. “If they are released… hundreds… maybe thousands… of demons might be redeemed.”
“Redeemed?”
A pain takes Armand, and he can’t answer so the Sarge does. Her excitement is such that even she can’t hide it. “Thousands of demons would just disappear from the war. Become human. We might have a chance–”
I can barely make sense of this news. It swirls in my head, raising me to giddy heights. I feel dizzy with it.

Needless to say, there are a lot of internal conflicts, snarky attitude and arguments between the four. Even Chi, ever the optimist, has to admit that everything is going to hell (excuse the pun), which scares the others. If Chi can’t remain positive that things will be okay, what real hope is there?

The humour is always present in Crossed, which makes a dark, depressing situation that much lighter to handle.

“Don’t confuse your desperate need to know everything with a regular human’s mere ‘curiosity.'”
“Since when are you a regular human?”
I make a tsking noise. “Flattery will get you nowhere.”
“Look, I know it’s got to be hard to see him.”
“No one likes running into an ex unexpectedly,” I say lightly.
“‘Running into an ex’?” Jo and her damn air-quotes. She jabs a finger back towards the room. ”
He tried to sell your soul to the devil; you chained him up and left him to die.”
“All relationships are complicated.”

In Crossed, everything is tested: friendships, relationships and even the human psyche. It is dark, it is a race against time and it is an edge-of-your-seat book that you won’t be able to put down. Eliza Crewe weaves a tale of war, friendship and love and offers a finale that will take your breath away.

 

Crossed is Book 3 in the Soul Eater trilogy.

Steph’s review of Cracked – Book 1
Aly’s review of Crushed – Book 2

 

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21. A reader, a writer, a reviewer and a full-time sloth lover. I am addicted to coffee and my laptop, and love reading especially when it's rainy outside.

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