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Isis can control her dreams. Or she coulduntil 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?
About the Author
Nely Cab is a Writer of stuff, a Master Coffee Drinker, a Food Maker & Eater, an Imaginary World Conqueror, and an Air Breather. She talks to herself—a lot—in her South Texas home while she plots stories about fantasy worlds and sips coffee from a pitcher. She's known for cooking far too much food and has a tendency to overdo…well, everything. It is rumored that she is fabulous. Nely Cab is the best-selling author of the Creatura series.
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By Nely Cab
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Chapter OneI had always been able to control my dreams. I don't know how, I just could. I would take myself to beautiful far off places. I could relax by a pond or lay surrounded by buttercup shaped flowers.
My favorite was the poppy field. The golden sun was always warm and perfect on the crimson horizon. I felt at one with nature. That ended the day a stalker took over my dreams.
Nowadays, I hardly sleep.
Today I didn't have the energy to doll myself up so much. I lined my green eyes with black eye liner, followed by black mascara. My long light brown hair was ironed and ready to go.
It was hot and muggy this March morning as I made my way to school by foot. I started walking to school shortly after the dreams started, so I could be alert—coffee in hand, Green Day's Boulevard of Broken Dreams blaring on my IPod.
As I crossed the intersection of the main street, I was tempted to stop for a refill of coffee at the gasoline station, but decided against it. My five-foot frame could only hold so much caffeine before my leg started shaking frantically.
Los Fresnos, Texas is your typical small town with a scant population of roughly 5000 inhabitants. It's the type of town where everyone knows everyone. It's located at the southernmost tip of Texas, bordering Mexico. The weather is humid, hot and sunny practically all year round. I wasn't a fan of either the heat or the humidity, but I had forcefully grown accustomed to it, having lived here my whole life.
The town is peaceful, reserved and only a few miles from several small surrounding cities—that's where the town's people do their shopping. All in all, it's a pretty monotonous place. It's a safe little town to walk around in, even at night.
My best friend, Andy, waits for me at our usual table in the cafeteria with her boyfriend, Bill. I don't have one of those anymore.
My memory recalled a three-year high school relationship with the guy I thought was destined to be my husband. His name was Gabriel Betancourt. Gabriel was now a freshman at Florida State University. He graduated early from high school, having been in an advanced program, and left immediately after his prerequisites were met. With an academic scholarship, he jumped right into the spring semester. I was so proud of him.
Gabriel's older brother, also in college, had a place of his own in Florida. It was not a surprise that he would consider leaving right after high school.
"Isis," he had said to me before he left, "I'll be back every chance I get, I promise. You won't even miss me. We'll talk on the phone every day—we'll chat, we'll text. It'll be like I never left!"
I was completely and moronically blinded by what lay ahead.
I remember looking into his brown eyes, believing every word he said.
"Whatever!" I said to myself, remembering the day of his departure.
I felt the tears start to slowly emit from my eyes and onto my round cheeks, but I quickly wiped them away. I wondered exactly how important I had really been to him. I was dumped via text message, mind you. What a cruel way to have broken up with me. The insomnia had already started.
He hadn't visited once after leaving to Florida State. He had made excuses to evade conversations with me. I had attributed his distancing to his heavy load of classes.
I was dumbfounded. I examined every detail of the last three years wondering the reasons behind this sudden change. I guess things happened for a reason, as my mother always told me.
My mother had warned me not to get too serious and persuaded me to continue having friends. Gabriel consumed all my time and my friends slowly started to dissipate from my life at one point.
"You need time for girly things," she had said, "and friends will always be there when boyfriends aren't."
Mom was knowledgeable in this area. My Dad had cheated on her so many times, that I don't know how she had the strength to endure the humility in this town. Everyone knew about his little adventures, but no one commented—at least, not to her face.
The day of their separation was hard for both of us. She told me that she was filing for divorce. I was twelve.
"My heart is done breaking", she had told me, "it's time to begin renovation on it."
She never mentioned my father's infidelity, but I always knew and I'm sure she knew that I did. I believe she hung in there for my sake. She believed strongly in family unity and fought to keep hers together. I was grateful that she sacrificed so many years of a failed marriage to let me have a somewhat normal family environment.
I was glad I listened to her now. I had at least one shoulder to cry on. Her name was Andrea "Andy" Jameson. She had been my very best friend since we were five. That's when I saved her from the frog that little Billy Nesbit had put down the back of her shirt in kindergarten. I stuck the frog in Billy's mouth to teach him a lesson, and I was suspended for a day. I would trade a lost day of school for a best friend like that anytime. We were practically inseparable, until Gabriel came along. Ironically, little Billy Nesbit was now Andy's boyfriend. He prefers to be called "Bill" now.
"Sup, guys?" I tried to sound awake and full of energy.
"How'd you sleep?" Andy asked, pulling a tube of makeup concealer out of her cosmetics bag.
"Close to three hours, I estimate," I answered, setting my book bag on the table and taking a seat, awaiting Andy to begin her daily ritual with me.
"Sleepy?" she asked.
"Mhh hmm," I moaned.
Andy took a cosmetics sponge and dabbed the makeup on it. She started covering the dark parts around my eyes that I had neglected this morning.
Bill shook his head from side to side and sighed. "Just take the pills, Isis. You look a little more like crap each passing day."
"Nice," I scoffed as Andy continued to dab, "You use that same poetic charm on Andy?"
"He's right, you know," Andy agreed as she twisted the cap back on the concealer tube.
"I'm considering it," I sighed. "I'm so exhausted of being ..." I paused to think of the right word, "exhausted." I took a deep breath and lay my chin on my arm over the table.
"So is it fear of sleep or insomnia?" Bill inquired for the third time this month.
"It makes no difference if the end result is sleepless nights," Andy answered before I could. "My dad says you only have to try the pills for a few days to see how you react to them."
"Your dad's been talking to you about me?" I wondered.
"Of course not! You know how he feels about doctor and patient confidentiality." Andy bit the right side of her bottom lip and peered at the floor. "I kinda overheard him on the phone with your mom." She bit her nail for a second. "Well, okay, I might have been eavesdropping, but with just cause. I'm worried about you." She shrugged her shoulders.
"Can we please start off the day with another topic for a change?" Bill complained. "We're young. We're supposed to be talking about music or movies, not illnesses. This isn't a normal topic of conversation to be having when you're a teenager."
"She's gotta talk about it. I don't want her to go deeper into depression," Andy snapped at Bill.
"I'm NOT depressed!" I countered in an offended tone. "Did your dad say that too?" I frowned.
Andy paused briefly before she answered.
"No," she said in almost a whisper.
"Stop trying to diagnose me. You're not a doctor, okay?" I sounded upset. "I'm just tired."
There was an awkward silence amongst the three of us for several minutes. The lull was broken by a loud shrill of laughter coming from the cheerleaders' table.
"What the hell is Jean Murphy so happy about today?" My tone was harsh.
"Well," Andy started, "you used to laugh too, remember?" She turned to view Jean, the captain of the cheerleading squad.
"Her voice just gets under your skin. Make her stop," I grinded my teeth and held my head with both hands leaning over the table.
Bill stood from the table and grabbed his notebook.
"Nope, she's not depressed," he said addressing Andy but referring to me. "She's aging prematurely and at a rapid rate. She's a grumpy old woman. That's what she is."
Bill managed to make me smile. Andy giggled and smacked him a kiss on the cheek.
"Let's get to class before the student stampede starts," Andy urged me.
School dragged on as usual. Lunch was dull and after a long day of assignments, classes finally ended.
After school Bill and Andy drove me to Dr. Jameson's office where I would meet my mother. Before walking into the office, I watched them drive down Ocean Boulevard, the town's main street. Bill's red '67 Ford Mustang revved. He was so proud of his car.
My mother, Claire, was already seated in the waiting room. She worked half a block away at the county courthouse as an administrative assistant to the judge.
Claire was thirty-five years old. She had put herself through night school after the divorce and obtained an associated degree as a paralegal. Shortly after the divorce, my dad passed away of a sudden heart attack. He was thirty-one years old at the time.
My mom was hot. She had beautiful brown hair, huge copper brown eyes and a body to kill for. I didn't understand why in the world she was single. She was jovial and fun to be with. She always told me Mr. Right hadn't shown up on her doorstep yet.
"Hey, mom," I greeted her.
"Hi hon. How're ya holding up today?"
"I'm okay," I lied.
The doctor's assistant called me in to Dr. Jameson's office before my mother had a chance to bombard me with a list of questions about symptoms of depression. She'd been making mental notes from the T.V. commercials she watched and I'm almost positive I saw her Googling several times. Suddenly everyone I trusted wanted to play doctor.
Dr. Jameson was seated behind his desk when I walked into the consult room. He was the only one allowed to bombard me with depression questions as far as I was concerned.
"Am I asymptomatic of depression, Dr. Jameson?"
"Isis, I can't diagnose you with depression or any other illness other than insomnia. The only thing I can suggest is to take the medication I prescribed so you can sleep. It's obvious that the fear of this recurring dream has the upper hand in your case.
"You need to let the dream play out. I'm certain that you'll see that there is, in fact, nothing to fear and, therefore, ease the anxiety."
I told the doctor I had started writing the journal he suggested, hoping he'd veer away from the medication issue. Unfortunately, I was not victorious. He insisted on having me take the medication he prescribed that night.
After twenty minutes or so of trying to sway me, I politely refused. This resulted in his calling my mother into his office after he was done with me.
As we walked to the car I noticed my mother's brow line was deeply creased. She was either very upset, very deep in thought, or both.
"You're taking that pill tonight, Isis," she sternly advised me as soon as we were in the car.
"Absolutely not, mother," I said trying to keep my calm.
"I'm not asking you. I'm telling you, Isis," her voice sounded threatening. She put the key in the ignition but did not turn it.
"Don't you think I deserve a little compassion? I work all day, I feed you, I do your laundry, I do all the house chores and I haven't had a sound night's sleep in two months because I keep getting up to check on you. I need to rest too, Isis. We don't have the luxury of having a man in our lives to care for us. We have to take care of each other."
My mother's eyes started to redden. Claire was a strong woman—not prone to tears very often, but, recently, she had become more emotional for some reason. I felt so guilty.
"Mom, c'mon don't cry," I reached over to her.
"I'm concerned, Isis. You don't sleep, you hardly eat ... are you on drugs? Tell me what it is and I promise I won't get mad. I promise," she sniffled.
"Mom, I am not on drugs and I'm not doing this to you on purpose." I had been so preoccupied with myself that I didn't bother to think of her and what she was going through. I took in a deep breath and exhaled before uttering the words: "I'll take the pill, mom. I'll take it tonight, okay?"
I glanced at the clock; it was nearing ten. My mother reached across the kitchen table, handing me a glass of water and the infamous sleeping pill. I sighed, setting the pill on the table and stared at it.
Truthfully, I was scared to take the pill. I was afraid of not being able to wake from my slumber, afraid of having to see that hideous grey figure.
"You promised me," Claire set her hand on her waist.
I glanced at my mother and grimly smiled.
"I know," I said taking the little white pill in one hand and the glass of water in the other.
"It tastes disgusting." I gagged as the pill started dissolving on my tongue. I quickly took a drink and flushed it down.
"You're such a baby," Claire mumbled, walking out of the kitchen.
I found my mother lying next to me at 3:30 A.M. as I woke from that lucid nightmare once more. I must have slept at least five hours. Though physically I felt a little better, emotionally, I was a mess.
The medication was still at large inside my body. I felt drowsy but had enough energy to fight it. I wouldn't let myself dream horribly, twice in one night.
Claire felt me creep out of bed and followed me downstairs to the living room.
"Go back to bed, Mom," I whispered.
She shook her head, slurred something inaudible and fell asleep on the couch. I watched her sleep for a few minutes thinking about how long she had tolerated all those sleepless nights.
I didn't tell her I wasn't able to sleep until a month passed, for fear that she might do just this-stay up with me. And to think she'd have to work tomorrow while I could slack off at school.
My mom didn't want me to work while I was still in high school. She said it was okay to be sheltered when you were a kid, and that I would appreciate having been able to enjoy my youth when I was older.
Mom began to work at the age of fourteen as a waitress at the only sit down restaurant that existed in town at that time. I don't know if that was legal back then. Not that she was that old. She had me at the tender age of eighteen, having married my dad fresh out of high school.
Mom and Dad had been high school sweethearts, and she had gotten pregnant two months before their high school graduation. I guess, unconsciously she always worried that I would end up with her same fate, but she needn't fret over that anymore. I grabbed a quilt from the coat closet and softly placed it over my poor, tired mother.
As it was still fresh in my mind, I started jotting my dream down in my journal on the kitchen table.
Journal Entry 4, 4:03 A.M.
The sleeping aid did its job. I fell asleep within half an hour of taking it. I wish it hadn't worked at all.
I saw you with a little more detail this time. You're a muscular human etch with a darkness about you. My heart raced as I watched you in the distance walking toward me, snarling. I slept a full five hours before you ran toward me menacingly and I woke in a cold sweat.
The doctor wasn't right about letting my dream play out. I'm more afraid than I had been in our previous encounters.
I fear you, but I won't live like this anymore. I'm going to confront you tonight. Tear me apart if you want, but you will haunt me no more!
* * *
Writing down my thoughts didn't take very long, and I still had two hours to go before I started getting ready for school. Time goes by slowly when there's nothing good on T.V., there's no one to talk to, or nothing to do. Waiting for the sun's rays must be a virtue.
Claire opened my bedroom door as I curled the ends of my hair with my flat iron. Her hair was pulled back in a bun, and she looked rested and beautiful in her pantsuit.
"Hun, I left you some pancakes on the table. Call Dr. Jameson to tell him how you felt after taking the pill. Keep the caffeine intake to a minimum today and please, please remember to lock the front door—you've been so absent minded lately." She said it all in one breath.
"Will do," I said, twisting the flat iron on the last strand of hair that needed curling.
Claire walked over to me and kissed my head, "Thanks for taking the medication, baby. You have no idea how relieved I am." She took one last look at me before she closed the door and smiled.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read Creatura in a couple of sittings, because I had to know what was about to happen...lol It IS every bit as good as the Twilight series--PLUS it is also unique. I couldn't explain just how multi-dimensional these characters are if I tried! So....READ IT :)
I heard about this book through a book blogger. What interested me at first was that the author is from a city that is only 15 minutes away from my hometown. Therefore, I wanted to support local authors and purchased the book. After receiving it, the blurb on the back of the book left me intrigued and with the need to want to understand how one can be both more than human and less than human. So I started reading. The plot is interesting and unique. Seventeen year old Isis Martin is unable to sleep due to the nightmares she experiences. While sleeping, she dares the boy from her dreams, David Chios, to prove that he is real. Little does she know that the boy from her dreams eventually becomes the boy every girl, including herself, dreams of. Eventually, they fall in love, but it is forbidden due to her being a mortal and David being an immortal. However, David is willing to sacrifice anything to be with Isis, and he does. Because of their unique circumstances, life-threatening complications arise and questions are raised. After Isis's mother, Claire, finally reveals a secret that will help her discover the truth about her father, they embark on a new journey to discover the truth. This book kind of reminded me of the movie, City of Angels. The only resemblance being that an angel sacrifices immortality to be with his love, a human being. Since I am a sucker for romance, I loved this story. I especially loved David. Oh, does he make hearts swoon. Mrs. Cab did an excellent job portraying this character. David is a perfectly nice gentleman who takes into consideration Claire's feelings and wishes. His love letters and poems to Isis made my heart melt. Oh how I wish my husband was that romantic! David is definitely a keeper, and Isis is a lucky girl to have him. Overall, my favorite part of the whole book is the storyline and its love elements. The theme "love conquers all" is prevalent throughout this book. You must read it if you enjoy paranormal romance novels. The only thing I disliked about the book is that I have to wait until next year for the sequel. I already want to know more about Isis' lineage and whether or not David and Isis will transform. Ugh, I am so impatient. All in all, I highly recommend this book. You will fall in love with it. Ceaselessly Yours, Marisol
I became interested in Creatura because of the setting. I was curious as to what the outcome of the book would be. To my surprise, I truly loved the book and can't wait for the next one to come out. I found that it was a beautifully written, the characters are so real and easy to identify with, beautiful love letters/poems, and a young couple's romance that sweeps you off your feet. This book combined my favorite elements which led me to finish the book in no time. I would give more detail as to what the elements were, but that would give it away. You're just going to have to buy the book. I highly recommend Creatura if you're the type of reader that appreciates a good literary work.
I've never read a book that touched me so deeply. It's simply amazing. I cannot find other words that describe how beautifully this book was written and how connected I became with the characters. The predominant love story is so sensual and so real and you connect with both the human and Gods side of the main characters, Isis and David. No other book or story of characters will ever touch me so deeply. I firmly believe this. I won't discuss the plot - you just have to read it yourself. All I can say is do buy the book and read it, no matter what your age. The words are powerful, the emotions that Isis and David display through their eyes are extraordinary, and you'll be tortured to have to wait for the sequel to come out..!! I literally could not put this down once I started reading (I finished reading it in a day & a half) what an amazing writer Ms Cab is, and I can't WAIT for part two! Incredible book!
I must say that I'm not much of a reader..but this book has got me back to reading. I just love the discriptiion that makes you feel & see everything like you are there living it... A+ ;)
excellent book, if you like twilight, you will love this one w/o the vampires....
The novel is a very good read. The story keeps the reader wanting to continue reading & not let go of the book. I love the way the author has written it to keep the reader involved in the story. Awesome novel.
5 Triple Goddess Moons Wow. Just wow... where do I start? Creatura grabbed my attention immediately and held it hostage till the last word. And, that's a very hard feat! This story is new and fresh. In a market saturated with Angels, Vampires, and Wulven- Creatura has made its mark on the young adult community. Nely Cab's writing style is unique. She opens up her YA audience to a large vocabulary, something that greatly pleases me. The characters are very well thought out and developed, the plot offers intricate twists and turns to leave the reader panting for more. David Chios is by far my favorite fictional male character. I just love him! Great job, Nely! Anxiously awaiting book 2.
Seventeen Isis Martin is having problems with insomnia. Everytime she falls asleep she dreams of a growling beast that wakes her and leaves her shaken and awake the rest of the night. She sees a doctor that perscribes her some sleeping pills. She takes them with the vow of facing the beast and reclaiming her sleep. What she comes to find is that it is actually a deity David, guarding his lands of Somnium, that no human is supposed to be able to enter. He attempts to explain this to her, but she is certain that it is her dream world and he is just a player in said world. He assures her that he is real and she offers the challenge for him to prove it. Which David, gladly accepts. This book kind of reminded me of the movie, City of Angels. The only resemblance being that an angel sacrifices immortality to be with his love, a human being. Since I am a sucker for romance, I loved this story. I especially loved David. Oh, does he make hearts swoon. Mrs. Cab did an excellent job portraying this character. David is a perfectly nice gentleman who takes into consideration Claire's feelings and wishes. His love letters and poems to Isis made my heart melt. This book will make you wanting more.You will not be able to put it down. A must read and a must have.
It's no secret that I am in love with novels that have a mythology basis. And Creatura did not disappoint! Nely Cab used a very unique, very intriguing spin on mythology by mixing and re-imagining multiple cultures deities and demigods to create a new, overarching mythology. This is a great story! Up until a few months before this story begins, Isis has led a pretty normal life. I mean, she's a normal girl, going through her senior year of high school, was broken up with via text message after her boyfriend left for college before her...but Isis is about realize her life is anything BUT normal. Enter David. :) What can I say about David? Well, other than, "Please, order me up one of him!" He's passionate, old-fashioned (in the best way!), considerate, protective...oh, and did I mention that he's pretty much, quite literally, an ANCIENT DEITY?! Isis is pretty kick-ass in her own right, but when her ex-boyfriend shows up in town, let's just say she's going to need all the help and protection she can get. The secondary characters in this story are fantastic as well. They have depth, and individuality, and they help to make this story whole. I wish I could get into all the fantastic details, but I want YOUR experience with this story to be just as organic as mine! There's love, friendship, family, betrayal, suspense, and surprises around every corner. You will laugh, and you just might cry! I should probably warn you right now though...talk about a cliffhanger!!! I can't wait to get my hands on the next book!
Haunting dreams and even more perturbing daily events have the main character on edge throughout the book. Not only does she have to discover who she is as a teenager, but she also has to figure out what she is. I love the tale that the author has weaved throughout this book. The details are amazing, leaving you wishing you were in the story. The characters are very well portrayed. Some were easy to love and some were easy to hate. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book! I would recommend this book to all who love a great paranormal romance :)
book review by Brandi, i read this book on my nook i got this book for review from the Author, 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 thana menacing entity. The 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. I really enjoyed this book alot, it was very very good & very enjoyable, it was a very good story, if you like paranormal romance books than you will like this book alot, the storyline is very interesting and very good, i really like David alot, Isis is very very lucky to have David, this book is a must read, i highly Recommend this book to everyone, there was not 1 part in this book that i did not like i liked every part of this book, i can not wait to read the next book and see what happens next, i really liked all of the sweet notes and poems that David wrote to Isis, i really hope there is a 3rd book 4th book 5thbook etc, this book is a must buy, i give this book 5 stars, David is the perfect gentleman,
Impressive!! I am awestruck with this book. Ms. Cab has blown me away with her story. Isis is having nightmares and has to see a counselor to try and help her get sleep. The man in her dreams is David. David has come into her life and now her nightmares have stopped. He can still visit her in dreams and she isn’t scared anymore. He is infatuated with her. Because of who he is, he isn’t suppose to be able to fall in love with her but he can’t control himself. Most of his family has come to earth to be there for him if he decides to take things further with Isis. Isis doesn’t want to take any chances that harm will come to David as it isn’t allowed for him. But can she control the growing feelings she has for David? Her old boyfriend, Gabriel has returned after breaking her heart thru a text message. He’s determined that he is going to have her back, but she isn’t. Something is wrong with Gabriel and Isis doesn’t know what it is but knows he isn’t the same person she saw last time. Is Gabriel going to ruin things for David? Can Isis get over her fear and allow a relationship to form with David? He’s everything a young woman can dream of but she doesn’t want him harmed. Isis isn’t who she thought she was. David’s family knows there is something about her but they don’t have all the answers. Is she as well a danger to herself and those around her? I didn’t want this book to end. It won’t be soon enough for the next in this series to come out.
This world of Creatura Nely has created is so realistic and the characters are very well written. I found the plot interesting, unique and captivating. When 17 year old Isis Martin can’t sleep because she is having nightmares of a growling beast, she finally gets fed up with not being able to sleep though the night and confronts her fear. Isis is amazed that what was causing her nightmares was not a beast but an immortal named David Chios (he’s every girls dream *Swoon.*) guarding his lands of Somnium. David tells her she must go and never come back because humans are not allowed. She tells him over and over he’s not real she’s just dreaming she dares him to prove it. When he shows up at her school and tells are who he is she has no choice but to believe that he really is real and not just a dream. Eventually, they fall in love, but it is forbidden due to her being a mortal and David being an immortal. However, David is willing to sacrifice anything to be with Isis, and he does. After Isis's mother, Claire finally reveals a secret that will help her discover the truth about her father, they go off on a journey to find the truth.
This is probably not the best way to start a review, but I can sum up my impression of “Creatura” in one word – WOW!! I kept envisioning what a blockbuster movie this book will make! Since I received this book for review, I’ve been looking forward to reading it. I had such high expectations for it, and I can tell you now I wasn’t disappointed in the least bit. “Creatura” surpassed all my expectations, delighted and pleasantly surprised me. It is so delectably different and unique. No vampires, werewolves, demons, angels, faeries, or any of the usual suspects, but something entirely different which stretches the imagination beyond its limits. An imaginative, engaging plotline; loveable, down-to-earth characters (and tons of hot guys); catchy dialogue and charming, witty banter between the characters are only a few of the elements which make this book such an unforgettable read. Unexpected twists and turns throughout the story keeps the reader captivated, but best of all? The author gets her point across without the use of profanity or having the characters boink the daylights out of each other. The romance between the main characters, Isis and David, is what fairytales are made of, but instead of Isis throwing herself into David’s arms in the first few chapters of the book, the author cleverly prolongs and builds up the reader’s expectations for a love between these two characters that is worth the wait. It was refreshing to read a book with a strong female lead for a change; one who makes the object of her affection work for her love instead of just giving it to him from the get go (as is the tendency with most young adult books). Excerpt: “He needs to learn to fight a battle without weapons. The struggle will teach him to value and respect you. That is a lesson that must be learned on one’s own.” Another exceptional and enjoyable element of this book is reading the poetry and love letters written by David to Isis, which is, to say the least, swoon-worthy! It was pleasantly surprising to find that the author also has a knack for writing verse that plasters a grin on your face. It’s just so sweet – and I don’t even like poetry. “Creatura” is an easy-reading, enjoyable young adult novel suitable for readers of all ages. It’s an overall feel-good book. It’s the sort of book you’ll proudly display on your bookshelf as a constant reminder to be read again within the next six months. Fellow bookworms, keep an eye on Nely Cab. She’s heading straight to the top of the bestseller’s list!
I finally broke down and read Creatura by Nely Cab over the weekend. I was very pleasantly surprised. So much that I had to read it twice! Is there anything else by this Author?
I was up all night trying to finish, couldn't put it down
* This book is currently perma-free on most ebook sites for purchase! * This was my first book by author Nely Cab and I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to start them!! This book grabbed my attention right from the very start and never let it go! I was instantly hooked and became immersed in the dream world as well as the waking world that was Isis Martin! The author does an amazing job of transporting us into her world and I never wanted to leave! She takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions and every loop, curve and twist is unexpected. There is no way for the reader to predict what was going to happen next!! Isis thought that her nightmares were never ending and that there was someone or something out to get her - it wasn't until she confronted her fears that she realized that her nightmare may actually be her dream guy....or is it? Enter David and his family who are a bit overwhelming but at the same time amazing, but at the same time enter Gabriel, her ex-boyfriend who is a bit crazy and may be trying to harm both Isis and David. This is an amazing read that will have you one-clicking the next book in the series as soon as you complete this one! You will need to know what is going to happen to your new best friends - be prepared to accomplish nothing because this series will completely take over your life!! Sit back, enjoy and spend some time in this amazing world!!
Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite Creatura is the first book in The Creatura Series written by Nely Cab. Seventeen-year-old Isis Martin has forgotten what a good night's sleep is. For three months, the constant nightmares of a man trying to kill her had forced Isis awake, leaving her too afraid to go back to sleep. After passing out at school due to sleep deprivation, Isis awakens in the nurse’s office. To her horror, the man Isis had seen so often in her dreams walks into the nurse’s office and takes her from school. David Chios is no killer, however, and has come into Isis’ life in order to ascertain the reason that Isis keeps travelling to his realm at night when she sleeps, regardless of his fruitless attempts to deter her. David worries about Isis’ well-being and safety, as there are many in his world that would rejoice in harming her. Fate has its own plans, however, as Isis and David are drawn to each other by an unknown force. With loved ones trying to forcibly prevent their romance from blossoming and Isis’ mother, Claire, suddenly acting like a love-sick teenager, Isis does her best to keep a level head, knowing that a union between her and David can never be. Little does Isis realize that David carries a deep burden; he knows that Isis is not who she believes herself to be and, should the secret of her true identity be discovered, Isis would never be safe again. I wish I could be honest and say that I am speechless, but that would result in an overly-short book review, so I will simply say how incredible this reading journey was. Firstly, I loved seeing the Goddess’ name used as that of a cherished beauty again, just as it was originally intended. Nely Cab has presented the reader with the story of a girl who, at first, is plagued by a PTSD-like sleeping disorder, but that theory is turned on its head when the man from her dreams appears in real life. The back story of each character, including what they are and why they are there, is delivered in great detail, giving them depth and a real presence in the tale. Creatura delves into different worlds, different beings, different times and the resultant offspring of different species which are good or evil. The romantic aspect of the story set my heart aflame, regardless that their love was forbidden. Isis’ former boyfriend is mentioned in passing now and again, but returns as a vital character in the scheme of things. I cannot stress enough how much I enjoyed Creatura and how delighted I am that it is the first in a series of books, which I will be sure to add to my personal collection. I recommend Creatura to readers who enjoy humor, mystery, tragedy, action, thrill and romance combined in an incredible paranormal adventure.
I saw this book on Instagram, someone posted a picture of it, telling everyone that it was free on digital. And I was scared at first, because I thought that maybe it was an horrible book if it was free. But as soon as I started reading it and as soon as David appeared I felt in love, not only with this David(Dahveed) character, but with the book!! It is an awesome book about Greeks gods and humans. It's beautiful and entertaining! So go ahead and read it!
Creatura is the first book in the Creatura series by Nely Cab. The story has some mythology, action, suspense, and of course romance. This book gave me just a taste of what I think will be some pretty big things to come. Especially that ending! Holy cow! I mean seriously. ..what the heck? I have to read more! Creatura by Nely Cab was kindly provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*** 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.
First thoughts after… Holy Freakin' CRAP!!! I need to grab the next book AND SOON! How distracted did I get? Creatura is an addictive, fun and nerve wracking Fantasy Romance. From the beginning Creatura was a whirlwind story and I couldn't put it down. Isis is intelligent, strong, innocent and at times naive. I felt for her as she experienced her dreams. She stood up to the creature though things took a turn for her once she discovered it was a guy. LOL David, oh David. Come sweep me off my feet! Wait...he already has! He's a gentleman, sweet and a hottie mctottie! I loved the interactions with his brothers and mother. However, Galen I wanted to knock upside the head a few times. If you're looking for a great read that will have you sucked in and riding a roller coaster of emotions with a fun romance I highly recommend Creatura!
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! Follow me on WordPress @ LivreIt2M
We meet Isis who is having trouble sleeping or rather she refuses to sleep after having terrible nightmares. She is under a psychiatrist. Who also happens to be her friend Andy's dad. He advises Isis to take sleeping pills to make her sleep as its now affecting her health. After promising her mum she will take them. She goes to sleep and sees the beast that is plaguing her nightmares, only its not a beast he's a man- he's beautiful like a god. After talking to this man Isis tells David he's not real so they make a wager if he can prove he's real she will stop coming to the somnium. David does prove to Isis that he is real by turning up at her high school. The danger in seeing a book and reading the excepts that were out there thinking you wanted to read it because it looks good. Then getting the Book and reading it. and it not meeting up to your expectations. This is so not the case with this book, I loved it. I loved everything about it. What can I say without giving anything away. The pace and flow of this book is right, there was not any part that made me uncomfortable or that I was disappointed. I loved Isis and David's characters. I really can't say anything other than you need to buy this book. I am going to give this 5/5 Stars. And 3/5 for movie moments.