Creed

Creed

by Trisha Leaver, Lindsay Currie

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ISBN-13: 9780738740805
Publisher: North Star Editions
Publication date: 11/08/2014
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Trisha Leaver (Cape Cod, MA) is a freelance editor and member of SCBWI. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a degree in Social Work, which she used in the social service field as a child advocate.

Lindsay Currie (Chicago, IL) graduated from Knox College and is a member of SCBWI, The American Horror Writers Association, The YA Scream Queens, and OneFourKidLit, a community of authors with debuts in 2014.

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Creed 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Sensitivemuse 3 months ago
This one read out like a B movie. Entertaining for the most part, but then you’re left empty and at times it felt like you were cheated out of a potentially good story. It was over so quickly hence why you get the feeling you were cheated. Which is too bad. The plot had promise, but it fell short. It started off well. Just enough to get your attention, the creep factor was all set. A breadcrumb trail was set up and it was good enough to keep the plot going steady. Considering the length of the story, you don’t really have the time to connect with the characters, which is all right. I suppose the same would be said of characters in a horror movie. You’re just there to see their untimely end ;) Despite there being a shocking moment in the book, it wasn’t enough to redeem the plot. There were so many unanswered questions and a rather drab mediocre last third of the book. You wanted to know so much and yet nothing much was produced. I’m not sure if that was meant to be a teaser but it was disappointing. It was a quick read, this could be considered something to read in between books, or a light one to pass the time. Nothing eye opening or any wow factor will redeem this one. You’re not going to miss much if you pass this on.
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
When Dee decides to treat her boyfriend, Luke, to a weekend away for their anniversary, she has no choice but to drag Mike along. Lukes' brother is part of the cover up for their parents. Despite stopping for food, all three forget to fill up with gas. When the car fails, they decide to walk to the nearest town and get help because a storm is coming in.  When they arrive in Purity Springs, there are emergency sirens blaring and the place is deserted. Something doesn't feel right but all three continue on to see if anyone is still there. The place is feeling creepier by the second as they see row upon row of houses that are the exact same!! Everything is the same right down to the flower pots. Dee doesn't want to stay but with the snow coming down they have no choice but to stay in one of the houses and ride the storm out.  As they see more of the house they are staying in, they know that something isn't right. They find things that make them shudder and what looks like a death certificate but with no date of death on it yet!! They learn that all is not what it seems but will they make it out of there alive? The cover was the first thing to grab me when I saw it. It looks so creepy!!! Then when I read the blurb I knew I had to read this. I love a good creepy read, one that's not too gorey or scary but still gets your heart rate pumping!! Creed had just the right amount of everything to be that book. The action starts pretty much from the very first page. The three teens are heading to a concert, and kids being kids, forget to get gas. (I admit that I've done that a few times myself when i was younger). From the second they arrive at Purity Springs you can feel that the town isn't right. The authors created an extremely eerie and disturbing town!! I felt drawn into the story and could feel the fear of the characters. You just knew that things were wrong but I had no idea how wrong they were!! Character wise, we have Dee who has a dark history. She was abused by her father and went from foster care to foster care until landing with the couple that have her now. My heart broke for her as her story unfolds and then the poor girls lands in a town with a nutcase who wants her to bear him a son!! She was broken but with Lukes help she was starting to rebuild her life. She was such a strong character that its hard not to like her. Luke was such a sweetheart!! He is the only one that's knows the full extent of Dees childhood and does all he can to protect her. I loved their relationship. Mike is Lukes brother and just along for the ride. He is argumentative, tough and funny but he loves Luke and will do anything for him.  Then we have Joseph. He is weird but when we hear his story and see what he has been through, your heart just goes out to him. It was hard reading about what his life is like and the authors aren't afraid of making it bad with a capital b!!! It really cut through me :( We also have Elijah. He is one bad Bad Guy!! I hated him. He is the leader of Purity Springs and everyone loves him. He has the face of an angel but he is the devil. What he does is despicable but to him and his followers, he does no wrong. There were definitely colourful characters in Purity Springs!! I have one thing that I didn't like about Creed, which is why its 4 stars instead of 5, and it was the ending. It was so abrupt and infuriating!! I honestly thought I was missing pages but I wasn't. When I finished I was like, wait what!!! Nooooo. It cant end like that!!! Lol.  All in all though Creed is a disturbingly creepy, tense read but one that will hook you from the start. It had me shuddering and crying along with the characters. Its the first book in a long time that made me feel things so intensely. I felt fear, loathing, pity and heartache all in the space of a few pages. Creed is a must read but be prepared to have your emotions played with because the authors take no prisoners!!  
Jazzie More than 1 year ago
A YA Suspense/Horror Thriller that will give you goosebumps! Since the rating system doesn't have that half star option, my actual rating for Creed is 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. Note: This review contains NO spoilers For horror, suspense, and mystery, Creed definitely had it all. From the beginning to the end, Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie delivered a eerily disturbing thriller that gave me goosebumps. Told in Dee's point of view, given her past, only intensified the feeling of dread and apprehension they experienced with this horrifying ordeal. From the beginning, the setting was thoroughly delivered a chilling atmosphere that kept me at the "edge of my seat"; however, the characters were not well developed and fell flat. Moreover, the story itself was spine-chilling and horrifying. Creed is a hair-raising and chilling story of these teens enduring and surviving a horrifying ordeal that will haunt them, and readers, alike. Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie delivered a thrilling tale that horror genre lovers may enjoy.
Mary_Waibel More than 1 year ago
Leaver and Currie do an excellent job of creating tension in this thrilling read. You'll root for the characters as they face dangers and trials, dark and deadly. You'll cry, and in the end, you'll long for more. If you love thrillers and horror, you will love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Elijah Hawkins needs to die. Slowly. Painfully. Tortured until his pleads for mercy only serve to fuel my inner demon. Needless to say, I am not a fan of the man, which is why he was so perfectly written. When I started reading CREED by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie, I was expecting to hide under the covers – that it would be totally terrifying, but I didn’t find it scary. Instead I found it ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, RAGE-INDUCING! I burned through the novel in a matter of hours on a Sunday afternoon, unable to put the sucker down because I was begging, PLEADING, for Elijah to D-I-E. Now, I’m not going to say if the pervert meets his fork-tailed maker or not, BUT it was the driving force behind my reading obsession. I wanted justice and I wanted him stoned into mush. The story starts out with three friends (Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his younger brother, Mike) on the road to a concert in East-of-Nowhere New York when they run out of gas on an abandoned stretch of highway. They spot lights in the distance, and with ice coating the roads and hypothermia knocking on the windows, they decide to investigate the town. Bad idea – didn’t these kids see Cujo?? DON’T LEAVE THE DAMN CAR! It all turns into a real-life Hell, with cult leader Elijah Hawkins filling his role perfectly as the violence-in-the-name-of-god character. His horrifically abused son, Joseph, is also wandering the town with his own agenda. The characters in this book are what make the story. Hands down, Luke was my favorite (damn you Leaver and Currie!!). His brother Mike is a great, unlikely hero. I loved the brothers and fell for them both quickly. Joseph is brilliantly drawn as a survivor of his father’s wrath, but the reader never knows if he is actually a good guy or a player, and I love that. His broken but tough soul made me want to root for him, but then I questioned his motives constantly. Elijah – well, I covered my thoughts on him, but Dee, the voice of the story, really needed to die. She was a cool character until Elijah showed up and for some reason she didn't kick his butt. I kept screaming at her to fight back, beat the piss out of Elijah. Stab him, claw his face off – ANYTHING! I was hoping she would go after him and die in a way fitting of Pulp Fiction, taking Elijah down with her. Seriously . . . if I ever meet her on the street, I may push her out into traffic because she didn't go down "guns blazing." This book is like a train wreck in that you can’t peel your eyes from the carnage even though you know the outcome ain’t gonna be pretty. Which is why it works so flawlessly. Leaver and Currie did not set out to write a happily-ever-after. They set out to make you totally loathe a character and scream at the pages, which is precisely what this story does. CREED leaves you haunted . . . and in need of a punching bag. A big one. I dare you to put it down. A lethal five-stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read an ARC of this book. In two words, CREED is delightfully unsettling. I generally am not a big fan of horror (books, movies, anything), but I highly enjoyed CREED. Honestly, it seems wrong to say that about a book with so much messed-up-ness occurring. It's a story that's somehow hopeful, hands-down creepy, frustratingly sad, and very well-written. Pay close attention, because Leaver and Currie don't mention anything just for fun. Everything builds, everything intertwines, everything is slowly revealed. The story takes place in Purity Springs. The details surrounding the town, the people, the leader are eerily vivid. The main characters, especially Dee, are complex and well developed, leaving you to feel her pain. That tagline, "Three came in, three came out" is very true, but also very deceptive. I encourage you to see why for yourself.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I tried to remember the last time a book frustrated me this much - and I got nothing.  So many things about this book bothered me. First, the idea is great and, after the cover, the book description immediately caught my attention.  Three teenagers stranded, abandoned town, half eaten dinners still on the table, cars left at the gas station - a high creep factor right away.  This was the perfect eerie setting to drop the characters into.  I had high hopes for this book. Soon after that, I realized there was no way to connect with the characters.  None were really likeable and after the horrifying experience Dee had survived previously, I would have expected her to be a stronger person and grew tired of her being paralyzed by fear page after page.  She seemed incapable of dealing with anything on her own and I found that disappointing.  Not that it's uncommon in horror stories or movies, but none of the characters were able to make rational, adult decisions. The explanations for Joseph not trying to escape sooner (especially since he had 50 pounds and several inches on his father) just weren't credible to me.  I'm all for suspending disbelief in some stories, but the circumstances in this book shouldn't have required me to do that.  The ending wasn't plausible, leaving too much unfinished - I even wondered if I was missing some pages - and, as I mentioned earlier, leaving me frustrated. This novel started with a strong idea, ideal setting, some disturbing elements, and had a seriously deranged antagonist, but the characters couldn't close the deal for me.   This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.