Author: Nely Cab
Publication Date: June 15th, 2011
Synopsis: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.
My Thoughts: Creatura is an amazing book. Nely Cab is an amazing writer. It's a 308 page story and I laughed, cried and became incredibly emotionally attached to the characters. Isis had a boyfriend, he went to college, and then broke up with her by text with no explanation. Gabriel had been her friend since they were little, so she was incredibly hurt by this. I felt like I could completely relate to Isis and her feelings toward Gabriel, having had something similar happen to me, though not exactly the same circumstances. So Isis tries to get on with her life and stumbles across a place in her dreams that she can't stop dreaming about, but is being haunted by a beast.
When David, the human-like beast that was haunting her dreams, comes to Isis' town, she falls hard for him, but tries not to, but it's pretty inevitable. He happens to be a god, so what chance does she have, even though they are forbidden from being together. There are no physical relationships allowed between the gods and humans because it results in monstrous abominations, called Creatura. David and Isis still try to find a way to be together and Isis is finally starting to accept the relationship (she really struggles against it since it's forbidden) and who shows up but Gabriel. Except not the Gabriel everyone knows, this Gabriel is high and waving around a gun, and wanting Isis to take him back. Isis has no intentions on doing this because she has finally moved on after 3 months of struggling with getting over him. So of course, Gabriel is jealous of David, and keeps harassing Isis, but she still cares for him as a friend and doesn't want to see him hurt himself.
Anyways, that's all I'm going to say about the story, I don't want to give it all away. I really enjoyed Creatura, and am looking forward to the next book. As I said, I really connected to the characters, especially Isis, so when something happened to upset her, I was upset with her. I found this book very hard to put down (although I did have to put it down for a few days to nurse my sick baby back to health). I like Nely Cab's take on the gods, I'm always good for a little mythology. The first half of the book was a little slow for me, but only because there were a lot of distractions from my reading. The second half flew by, and I couldn't stop reading, and when I had to, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Then when I got to the last page I literally let out a small cry of dismay, the cliffhanger was just too good, I can't wait to see what happens next. I'm hoping it doesn't take too long for the next part of the story. At least I'm really hoping there is more story. All in all, this is a great read, if you have time to sit down and read it, it's quite fast paced, I would definitely recommend this book.