I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this novel, but I had a feeling I’d enjoy it based on the fact that I love YA paranormal romance, and my instincts were right. Plagued with nightmares about a beautiful monster who watched her in her dreams, Isis Martin’s life takes a sudden turn when the monster turns out to be David Chios, a god who discovered that Isis had been unintentionally traveling to his dimension through her dreams. When David arrives at Isis’ high school to learn more about her, Isis learns more than she could’ve ever imagined. With his arrival, her life won’t ever be the same.
The story was beautifully written, woven with poetry and some great details, and it was a quick read for me. I thought Isis Martin’s character was well-written, and she came to life for me on the page. I had some trouble with David, as his character was left underdeveloped, and I never really got a sense of him. But apart from that, I liked the budding love story between them, even if it did feel like love at first sight.
I love stories about family and friendship, and this novel had both. The relationship between Isis and her mother was sweet, and reminded me of the Gilmore Girls. It’s the kind of relationship many people wish to have with their mothers. I also enjoyed the family dynamics of the Chios’. Even as gods, they were relatable. I think it was the family relationships that moved the story forward, even more so than the star-crossed love between Isis and David.
While I loved the premise of the story, I found a few things lacking. The beginning drew me in, but the middle slowed down so much in some areas that I found my mind wandering. I think it had to do with the inclusion of a lot of unnecessary daily activities. It felt like filler details at times. I craved for action, but it didn’t come until the end. Another thing I disliked was the sudden change of viewpoint halfway through, which only lasted a chapter, and didn’t really add to the story. It threw me off, and I had a hard time not skipping it. I wish a few things had been explained sooner, to help pace the story better, and the ending, while exciting, felt rushed. Lastly, I wish that Isis’ dream controlling ability was featured more, since that’s what I expected from reading the blurb.
All in all, I enjoyed Creatura and look forward to what is to come. I hope to see more world building in the next novel as well. I recommend this book to those who like mythology, instant love, and paranormal romance. Also, if you are a fan of the Twilight series, this book would be right up your alley.
About Nely Cab (from Amazon):
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.