CreaturaAuthor: Nely Cab
Length: 308 Pages
Method of Acquisition: Amazon.com
Rating: 4.75 Brownies
When seventeen year-old Isis Martin is having trouble sleeping due to perturbing dreams of a horrific growling beast, she decides to confront her fear. But what Isis discovers is something other than a menacing entity.The human-like creature offers Isis assurance that he is not a figment of her imagination. Unwilling to accept his avowal, Isis sets his words to contest by asking the entity to prove himself - a dare, he readily welcomes.It is in her dreams that Isis innocently stumbles upon the silent existence of the divine lineage of those that man has long forgotten.In a quaint town, deep in south Texas, this story leads Isis onto the path of impermissible love and captivating life-changing truths. Ultimately, Isis discovers that this chapter in her life is only the beginning.
Prior to reading Creatura, I knew little to nothing about the book. The GoodReads description, as well as the back-cover of the novel itself, offered little insight into about what the novel was truly about. Upon reading, "perturbing dreams" and, "horrific growling beast," I assumed that the basic premise involved beasts in a dreams world that so-called Isis Martin somehow gets entangled with. I wasn't entirely sure how to feel about that concept; it felt like such a hit or miss.
I was completely and entirely mistaken.
I've just put the book down after having read it none stop, all day long. Looking back, there was not a moment that I didn't want to know what would happen next-- and that includes the moments in between major events. I'd been dragging my feet all week trying to get myself to sit down and read it, worried that I wouldn't be able fully immerse myself in the story. I can say with strong certainty, however, that I was hooked after the first chapter alone.
One of the wonderful assets of the novel, (among many, mind you), was the character development. Each and every one of the characters is distinct in their own way, including those that were... well, not human. I'd also like to note that I fell in love with David almost instantly --who wouldn't?-- despite my aversion to sappy-corny-old-timey-romantic gestures and language. I found that I was smiling despite myself many times, happy to hold witness to such passion.
Characters aside, the writing itself was marvelous to read. You never once have to worry about not being able to envision any character or event; they are all described so perfectly and eloquently that all that reader must do is gaze at the words. The rest is done masterfully by Ms. Cab.
I suppose this is less of a full review and more half review, half a thank you to GoodReads. Had I not stumbled upon Creatura and read the countless raving reviews, I may have never made the impulsive decision to buy the book. I recommend it to anyone and everyone that enjoys mythology, romance, young adult novels, gripping language or even just a nice read.
I've literally spent the last 10 hours reading this book, and I wouldn't dream of asking for that time back. Perhaps this review may do for you what others did for me-- that is, persuade you, wholeheartedly, to pick up Creatura. :)
(Seen first on GoodReads.com)