Series: Soul Eaters #1
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, young adult
Release Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Purchase at: Amazon
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.
“So we can’t let them have her.”
YES! YES! YES! I almost dance.
Jo cuts in, alarmed, “But the children…”
Shut up, Jo! There’s more where those came from.
This story is told from the perspective of Meda who is a demon halfling, but with her other half being a templar (demon killer). She is a self-centered, selfish, sarcastic being who is truly concerned for herself and her well being. I love the inner monologue in this story because it is truly what a person only concerned with their own welfare would think. It is so refreshingly honest that it endears me to Meda.
Meda is used to being alone and she is just fine with that, until one night things get a little off track and Meda is confronted by some demons. After getting her butt kicked she is rescued by none other than a Templar trainee (high school kid being taught to be a demon killer) and finds herself in a position of having to dispose of the evidence (trainee) before he realizes what she is. Beyond being a soul eater even Meda does not know what she is.
Chi (the trainee) reads the situation incorrectly and feels that the demons must have been attacking Meda because she is a beacon (demons want to kill) and before Meda can kill him and eat his soul his friends show up. Meda is out numbered and decides that she will not kill Chi but that she will use him as a way to maybe find out the answers to who or what she is. Goes with the saying, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
Against his friends advice Chi brings Meda to the local chapter high school under the ruse that Meda is really Emma a cousin who had recently turned her back on being inducted as a templar-in-training. Hmmm, remember those demons that Chi “saved” Meda from? Well they know who Meda is and they did not forget to mention that fact to her daddy…..duhn duhn duuuhhhnn…and well daddy really wants to find his little princess.
His eyes laugh at me. “You’re a captive of Hell. They’re not big on justice here.” “So, what happens?” I am not sure I want to know. “If you’re lucky, they’ll let you sell your soul and become one of us.” “I’m not easy to boss around.” He shrugs. “That’s only if you’re lucky anyway. If you aren’t….well it’s safer for them to just eliminate the problem.” Maybe I’m easier to boss around then I thought.
I love that quote, we all can talk tough from time to time and our inner voice says “hmmm, maybe not” but we strive to stay tough. I do love this character. The story itself was well written but just really not for me. I thought it was going to be about one thing, a sort of vigilante justice against bad guys, but it turned into a mini-drama “lets find out the answers to who I am” type of storyline. I just felt like it was tied together but I just was not a fan of the bow the author was using.
I did find the inner monologue hilarious and worth the read but I am also a huge sucker for sarcasm. It’s like she was speaking my crack-lacking language and how can I just not love that??