Series: The Creatura Series #1
Author: Nely Cab
Published: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YAm Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age: 13+
Isis can control her dreams. Or she could—until recently. The creature in her nightmares has been haunting her for months. As if being dumped wasn’t bad enough, now she dreads going to sleep. She decides to confront the creature and win back some of her peace; only, she finds that he’s not a monster and he’s not a dream. A sacrifice for love, a shocking discovery and a jealous ex-boyfriend blur the lines between reality and dreams, making it hard to tell who the real monsters are. Who would’ve known…that sometimes love is lethal?
“Why can’t you believe that I am real?” he asked. “Because you’re not. Look at you with your golden skin and wings, wearing a skirt. How can I believe you’re real?” “I can prove it.”
“Oh, yeah? I dare you.”
“Do you, now?” David raised his brow.
“Double dare. And you should wear a skirt that looks more like pants for the occasion.”
“Your clever quips are very delightful, my lovely. Are you positively sure about this?”
“I’ve been waiting for this for three months.” I crossed my arms over my chest. “Bring it on.”
“Very well. But I have to warn you, I’m quite the competitor.”
“Then there should be a prize for the winner to make it more interesting.”
“You’re proposing a wager?” I nodded.
“If I win, you’ll leave my dreams forever,” I said. He gazed at me for a moment. Maybe it was just my imagination, but I thought I saw a trace of a grin on his face.
“If I should win, you will believe me when I say I’m not a dream,” David said.
“If you say so,” I snickered. “I guess this is goodbye since I’ll be winning.” “And...” he said
“And...you will never again come here.”
“Okay,” I said. “Fair enough.”
“And...” he said again.
“That’s too many ‘ands’.”
“And...” he continued, “I bid you not farewell, but good morrow.”
David tipped his head as he disappeared, leaving behind a cloud of golden dust.
When I first received a copy of this book I had no motivation to read it. Even though I requested it. I have no idea why I was in this kind of mood, but I went on google and found some teasers to give myself motivation. What I found was good and worked. And once I started reading, well, let's just say it was another sleepless night because I stayed up all night to read it. And now I can't wait to get my hands on Fruit of Misfortune.
I have to say that Isis has a certain spark. She's independent and goal-driven, but she's more than that. She seeks approval from her mom and wants to make her proud. I could certainly connect to her in that aspect. When she and David come face to face at school I just about choked on my laughter. Her reaction was hilarious, as was the way he presented himself.
The story itself had some surprises as well. Some scenes shocked me, especially when David's father is presented. Another scene had me saying, "No *bleep*. This cannot be happening." And that cliffhanger...I can't express how much I NEED the second book right now. The last 15% of the book was certainly exciting and suspenseful and confirmed a couple of the theories I came up with when Gabriel first was introduced.
There was a moment 62% into the book where I went into complete fangirl mode when an Italian artist I follow is mentioned. He also sings in Spanish and I just love listening to some of his songs. I could connect to Isis because of this and because the book isn't focused on her ethnicity. She's just a normal girl trying to live her life, and no stereotypes of any kind were followed in regards to her cultural background.
Creatura flowed well and was a twist on mythology, which was another driving point that kept me reading. The story behind creation was different and I enjoyed reading about it. Nely Cab might be one of my favorite authors now. Creatura gets 5/5 Platypires from me.
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