ARC Review & Giveaway: Creatura-Nely Cab

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TITLE: Creatura

AUTHOR: Nely Cab
RELEASED: August 6, 2013
LANGUAGE: English
PAGES: 346
“I was so stupid to think she would have me. I loathed her with a passion, yet my heart yearned for her a million times more. Her wicked emerald stare bewitched me every time; I held no cure to her curse. She was the most incomprehensible human being I had ever met. I didn’t understand her quick to change moods, or why she gazed at me in a way that made me think she held feelings for me.
She must see me as a fool, and a fool I must certainly be to continue with this obsession. I can’t endure her apathy for me any longer. A dying leper would be more likely than me to receive pity from her. And yet, with all of her coldness, she pulses through my veins like wildfire.”

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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?
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                        Isis is suffering from severe insomnia, the kind that is an all-consuming battle waged between sickness and health. Isis would kill to sleep but it haunted by the shadowed creature that plagues her nightmares, growing ever closer, eager to devour her. She’s so sick and extremely tired of what the insomnia is doing to her life, she decides to confront the demon lurking in the shadows and conquer her fears. What she finds there is not at all what she expected. In place of what she could only assume was a snarling monster is a beautiful, winged creature that appears to be about her age. The creature insists that Isis has done something nefarious, that she has crossed the line in her dreams to a forbidden realm and threatens her life is she refuses to leave. Isis can’t believe the boy, that would be crazy so they strike a wager. If the boy can prove to Isis that he’s real, she will never return to that magical place in her dreamworld, the one that sparks her insomnia. With that, the deal is sealed and Isis can only hope that her sleepless nights are over.
                      Isis finds that her dreams are far more real than she ever could have imagined when the boy from her nightmares enrolls in her school. Unsettled and scared out of her mind, Isis is forced to accept the truth, the boy, David, is real and he doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon. Isis is swept up into a world of myth and magic as she and David grow closer and secrets are revealed. A crazy ex-boyfriend, ill-fated love, and a mystery you’ll never see coming, Creatura is a mythological adventure. 
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3.5/5 Stars
PROS:
  • The mythology is beautifully written, almost like a whimsical bedtime story. Full of wonder, love, enchantment, and breathtaking imagery.  The story of the star and Deus is sigh-out-loud, giddy romantic and so passionate. ❤
  • Galen and Eryk are hilarious troublemakers. They are feisty, composed of so much life and vivacity that they’re irresistible. They’re complex and completely different despite their role as inseparable twins. My only critique is that  I would have loved to see more of them.
  • The violence is terrifying, superbly written, and the sort of heart-racing hysteria and uncertainty that accompanies a great suspense. 
  • David and Isis are adorable together. As much Isis tries to push David away, his persistence counters it ten-fold. They fit so well together, they compliment and calm each other but their emotions are so volatile that everything is in big gestures of heat and longing or vehement resistance. 
  • The overall storyline is wickedly creative and well beyond simply reimagining mythology. Little tidbits and magical powers about each character brings them to life in a very real, contemporary way that almost transports them through time. 
  • What really struck me about Creatura is that there was not a single perfect character, every one had their faults and made mistakes that brough the godly down a notch. 
  • Isis’ journal entries are compelling and a powerful insight into her emotions, ones that she doesn’t want to admit even to herself.
  • A twist you won’t see coming and a mystery that will have you yearning for the next book in the series. 
CONS:
  • David’s poetry is sickly sweet and so cheesy. All of his little notes to Isis, while romantic are a bit much and detract from David’s overall mystique. On one hand, David is possessive, courteous, an absolute gentleman, but on the other he’s overwhelmed by emotion to the point that he’s reckless and says things that will make even the sappy cringe. 
  • The secondary plot shifted the focus from the main story, the mythological aspect to something that really didn’t seem to fit except in regards to much later in the story. 
  • Isis makes some of the stupidest decisions EVER. For a girl who is so smart, she seems to forget all the drama that happened and makes idiotic choices that result in devastating consequences. 
  • There were a couple typos here and there. 
 
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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.

Today, Nely Cab writes from the comfort of her home, where she lives with her husband and son. Her life goal is to check-off Bucket List Item No. 95,623,351: To Conquer the World. While she aspires world domination, Nely can be found lost in other fantasy worlds in front of her computer, sipping coffee.

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