2015 has been a banner year for me creatively, professionally, and personally. So in the spirit of the winter holidays, I thought it a good time to “give back” and share my success with others. And, more importantly, highlight some of the best books that I read this year. The Twelve Days of Indie-Mas will feature twelve independently published books/series that spoke to me this year, and ones that I think should be added to your holiday gift list. These are listed in no particular order of greatness, because I loved them all.
On the first day of Indie-Mas, my author gave to me…
A soul-eating demon named Meda
For my first pick of Indie-Mas, Eliza Crewe (Good God, are you sick of me yet, girl?) and her lovely completed urban fantasy series about a girl named Meda who eats souls. But only bad souls. She’s like Batman, except with a dark, witty sense of humor.
Why I loved it
You guys know that I’m a sucker for a sassy broad. I love a girl who can turn a quip as quick as she can pull a weapon. And Meda is all that and a bag of chips. The entire first book is screen-cappable and quotable. Beyond that, there’s serious tension about Meda doing The Right Thing. Sometimes Meda is the only one doing The Right Thing, and she’s like “WTF am I doing this for?” But in the end, she’s got a good heart, and you are always rooting for her.
Read my review of the first book here
Who would I gift this to?
Teens, and fans of YA urban fantasy. My friend Jessa who is the snarkiest snark snark I know. Anyone who wants to binge read an entire series in a weekend. Folks who are looking for the opposite of romance.
About the Book
(From Book 1)
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.