Series: The Creatura Series #2
Author: Nely Cab
Published: June 16th, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YAm Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age: 13+
Synopsis: Isis’ goals for the future included things like attending and graduating college. However, becoming a monster wasn’t part of the plan. Isis and her boyfriend, David, are on the brink of a horrible transformation and they are eager to stop it. Together, they set out on a quest to Greece to find Isis’ biological father—the only person that may be able to help them. Their journey comes to an abrupt stop before it even begins when Isis falls ill, and Eros, David’s best friend, arrives in Athens, unannounced and curious…with a plan of his own.
The hunt for her father leads Isis on the turbulent path of deceit, death, and demons as she anticipates the dawning of the beast that stirs inside her.
The car door slammed shut, and I heard a horrible shriek, similar to that of a dying swine. The Turpis’ severed hand and wrist tumbled onto my legs. I scrambled to get away from its still mobile fingers, but it clung to the fabric on my knee. I felt its claws ripping into my jeans, but then suddenly, the hand stopped stirring. I slapped it off my leg, and I watched as it rolled on the car floor. The stench of ammonia and sulfur penetrated the interior of the car, causing us to cough and gag. I put my arm over my nose and mouth and wiped the moisture from my eyes. Filled with horror, I scanned all the windows searching for the demon.
Outside, I saw Eros and the handless Turpis battling to the death. Eros had the Turpis in a headlock, but it managed to peel away from his grip. The Turpis gave Eros a blow to the head, and Eros went down cold. The demon hurled Eros in the air into the bushes. Then it turned its head and looked at me.
The Platypires' Reviews for Fruit of Misfortune
There is so much I want to say and so much that I CAN'T! When it came to reading the end of the book, I had some colorful words for Nely, because how could she just leave us hanging like that?! I want, no, NEED the third book of this series, like now! But, I have to admit I'm enjoying this feeling of anticipation that cliffhangers always give me.
Now that you know the ending made me upset (in a good way, haha), let's get on with what the rest of the book had to offer. We see a character that introduced in Creatura play a bigger part in this book. And let me just say I absolutely hate his guts. Who? Eros. He is a fricking creep who doesn't understand no means NO. N-to-the-O. He constantly harrasses Isis, even when she tells him to get away from her. This isn't okay with me, because it reminds me too much of rape culture. Just because you think a girl may be into you doesn't give you the right to force your unwanted attentions on them. So yeah. I hate Eros.
A lot happens to Isis and David as they start their journey in search of Isis' biological father. They both are changing and it's hard not to reveal all the things they undergo without giving out spoilers. But just know that their relationship takes a very different path than the one I thought they would be on. I have to say I missed Claire (Isis' mom) in this book because is quite a quirky character. Hopefully we see more of her in the third book.
Apart from the pest that is Eros, this book had me reading until I got to 98% and read Acknowledgements. That's when I realized there was no more story to read and I went on a verbal rampage. And because this book evoked such a strong reaction from me, I give it all 5 Platypires!
While I still like Isis as a character, in this book, she frustrated me a little in what I would consider to be the stupid choices she made, but now, I think I can attribute her age to that to some degree. I think she was sincere, but as a reader, I found myself shaking my head. And Eros? In the most diplomatic way I can think to say it, he's a monumental manipulative jerk, and I wanted to slap him numerous times just for the principle of it all. Galilea, on the other hand, was a character I liked immediately. Throughout everything that's going on, from the moment she was introduced, she came across as the voice of reason and sanity, something I thought was very much needed. I really hope she's in the third book.
I know I definitely want to read the next book in this series, and I'll give Fruit of Misfortune a 5/5 platypire rating.
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