*I received a free ARC of Creatura in exchange of an honest review.
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?
Welcome to my stop on the Creatura Blog Tour! Below is my review of the book and a tour-wide giveaway (follow the link). I loved this book and couldn’t put it down until I got to the last page. Even then, I was ready for the next one Fruit of Misfortune. This is always a good sign. Read on to find out why this book was so great.
The Final Countdown
Characterization – 3.5/5 Stars
Isis is not your typical high school student. (But when are they?) She’s well-developed and interesting from page one. We start with a journal entry that Isis has written about her dreams and move forward into the story. She’s having nightmares and isn’t sleeping, so the reader gets to see the struggle and is thrown right into the mess. I found Isis to be a realistically motivated character who makes some very poor life choices at times. What teenager hasn’t? Nely Cab does a great job intertwining Isis’ interactions with other characters with Isis as a solitary figure. Another great product of Creatura are the male characters. There’s also something to be said about cocky, holier-than-thou men who sometimes need to be put in their place and get with the times.
Dialogue – 4.5/5 Stars
There were quite a few moments that had me laughing out loud on my train home from work. That doesn’t happen often when I read. Occasionally, a book can get a smile from me or maybe a small chuckle, but I was quite amused during certain bits of dialogue and internal monologue. Nely Cab makes great use of sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek humor to drive this story at times. She does a great balance of modern speech patterns with old school poetic, even verbose, styles. Cab’s use of dialogue in this story doesn’t just move the story along, it is a driving force that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Plot – 3.5/5 Stars
I am partial to paranormal/fantasy books, so I’ve read quite a few and see a lot of repetitive storylines. This was a very refreshing idea that I found myself having trouble seeing what was coming next. This is a plus. Keep me guessing and excited to see what happens next, and I really fall for the story very quickly. Cab’s Creatura does just that. I loved the mix of mythology, folklore, and modern age.
Visual Imagery – 3/5 Stars
There were moments, like in Isis’ sleeping state, that I found myself engrossed in the visuals. I wanted to know more, to see what Isis was seeing. Of all of the areas that I rate, this would probably be the one that I wanted more of. More details would only elevate an already great book.
Ending 3.5/5 Stars
The minute I finished this book, I hopped right on the next one. That says a lot. There was a hint of “Oh my god!” mixed with “Holy sh**!” mixed with “Really? I wanted a few more pages!” I got enough story to tide me over, but the desire to know what happened next was perfect.
Total: 18/25 Stars
Why read this book?
If you enjoy Young Adult Paranormal books, Creatura hits all of the right notes. There’s suspense, mystery, mythology, romance, and snap/crackle/pop. This is definitely one not to be missed!
Nely Cab has lived and resided in a small, quiet South Texas town most of her life. She worked in banking for several years, before she relocated to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico in 2001, where she dedicated time to the study of culinary arts and the art of oil painting. After her return to the U.S., Nely resumed her employment in banking and later transitioned to the field of Social Work.