“Creatura”, by Nely Cab

    The irony of life is to realize that you live only to die.

    Creatura, Nely CabcreaturaEvery day I discover new books. Some of them don’t spark any interest, while others cling to me until I read them. And among them there are those books that I would have wanted to read when I was a child or a teenager.

    Before reading Creatura written by Nely Cab, I heard many words of praise about it. I read comments, reviews from bloggers and discussions regarding Nely’s story. But none of them attracted me. I simply knew that I wasn’t in the book’s target. I wasn’t a teenager anymore. Later, I came in contact with the author (I really love Facebook!) who impressed me with her personality, her openness to her readers, and the way she was promoting her book. Not much time has passed and the book was on my desk. At that moment, I was reading another book. I looked at it, I criticized the cover* chosen by the publisher, and I opened the book. It drew me in from the first page.

    Isis Martin, a seventeen-year old teenager, is having trouble sleeping, as she says at the beginning of the book.  Every night she has nightmares. Actually, it’s the same nightmare. A horrific growling beast is haunting her. When she visits her doctor, he says that the nightmare is just a manifestation of anxiety and after a while it will pass. But those meetings with the beast are more intense every night. When Isis decides to confront the beast, the human-like creature reveals a face of raving beauty. And the story really begins when David, the beast from the dream, offers her assurance that he is not a figment of her imagination.

    I loved the story. It’s the kind of writing that keeps you trapped, and makes you read page after page without breathing. I would have had many more words of praise if I read this book about ten years ago (where were fantasy books back then?!). Now, I find it an easy read, relaxing, perfect for weekends or vacations. If you read it on the subway or other means of transport, pay attention to stops. This one time, I was so caught up in the story that I was just about to miss my destination.

    Creatura is a story of gods, a story drawn around the world that I discovered many years ago in the Legends of Olympus. And I liked the idea very much.

    In that far away land, night never came and day never broke. It was the place where tears did not fall and worries did not exist… until the nightmares began.

    Towards the end of the book (I will not disclose it, don’t worry!), I had the feeling that the story was slipping on a descending trend, that the magic was disappearing. I had to get to the last paragraph to say WOW! I was a bit messed up, to be honest. I was staring at those words and only saw… the creature.

    I recommend you this book. If you love fantasy books, if you are thinking nostalgically of high school, if you like love stories, you’ll be charmed. Though, I have one regret, I have not yet read the second book. Yes, Creatura is the first book of the series, and it continues with a second book that you’ll want to read as soon as possible. I certainly do! Fruit of Misfortune is on my wish list.

    *Later, I found out that the image from the cover was one of Nely Cab’s paintings and, at the end of the book, I realized that the cover was actually perfect.


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