Creatura by Nely Cab
Series: Creatura #1
Source: Review By Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
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. Isis Martin’s journey is sure to leave any reader ravenous for more.
This was an amusing book for fans of Paranormal Young Adult/High School Romances. …taking a deep breath… However, I want to stand before you and admit that
I am not the target audience of this book
. Somehow I missed the YA warning signs in the book’s description before I picked it up. That is my fault, not the author’s, and I regret that it kept me from enjoying the book. And more importantly, I regret that it affected my rating of the book, but I feel compelled to write an honest review.
I’d like to start by saying that the description of this book provided by the publisher only addresses the first one or two chapters, and fails to describe the plot of this book.
It had a fun and original premise:
Isis is a lucid dreamer (able to control her dream-state) her control seems to be slipping because a dark figure is haunting her dreams. When she finally gains the courage to confront the intimidating specter, she states out loud (and to the creature) “you are not Real.”
The creature decides to prove that he is real by showing up at Isis’s high school and enrolling as a student. The plot improves from there – a creation story, ancient Gods, star-crossed lovers, jealous ex-boyfriends, etc.
If you are a teenage girl, sure, you should read this book. It’s romantic. It’s age appropriate. The male love interest is cute, sweet, and possessive without being eerily creepy. If you are an adult, perhaps you should consider skipping this little gem.
The heroine and her friends are 17 years old and seniors in high school, with all the trappings of the age group – school functions, clique-y teenagers, angst… absurd dialogue…
…taking another deep breath…
I am not the target audience of this book.
(repeating this as a mantra throughout the whole book)
Is anyone else weirded out by a 300ish year old God hitting on a 17 year old virgin high school student? Just me? Oh… One more reason I am obviously not the target audience.
I didn’t enjoy over-the-top cringe-worthy teenage poetry when I was a teenager… I assure you, I have not warmed to the medium over the years either. And there was A TON of it. That’s kind of the cherry on top of the sundae worth of reasons I was not the target audience for this book.
Every single little plot twist in this book was obvious.
With the exception of one: If I ever got a text from a dead guy who was threatening my friends with a gun the last time anyone had seen him alive…
I would NOT answer his pleas. Just saying.