Review: Crushed



Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

This second installment was a definite improvement on the first book, the humor was much more natural in this, and that made me really happy. There was also a ton of character growth with Meda. I didn’t get much of that in the first book, just a bit more humanity – albeit begrudgingly. In this we see her clearly acknowledge the darkness in her, but choose to be selfless and fight for humanity.

I really enjoyed the unconventional romance in this. There is only one tender moment, and seeing as they are both monsters, it’s not that tender. However, it’s a connection that makes sense, and it was really interesting to watch unravel as Meda fought to be a ‘good monster.’ I am interested to see if it goes further, like the ending suggested.

Overall, I appreciate that this series maintains that the relationship driving actions is that of Jo and Meda. They have such a strong friendship, and it’s messy and sometimes hurtful, but always honest and in the others best interest. Friendships like that are hard to come by, and it’s so refreshing to see it portrayed in YA.


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