By Nely Cab
June 15, 2011
Reviewed: e-book (Kindle)

When seventeen year-old Isis Martin is having trouble sleeping due to perturbing dreams of a horrific growling beast, she decidesto 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 figmentof her imagination. Unwilling to accept his avowal, Isis sets his wordsto 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.


The premise of this book can be summed into one mathematical equation and it goes as follows: Greek mythology + the movie, Inception = CREATURA by Nely Cab. Creatura is a book I would describe as a small nugget of gold hidden amongst a vast ocean of other novels. Creatura tells the story of Isis, who for the past few months has been plagued by a reoccurring nightmare involving a terrifying, shadowy beast. After suffering from insomnia long enough, Isis decides to confront her mental attacker. What Isis discovers will change the course of her life forever. Isis learns that things are not always what they seem, nor is she who she appears to be.

The plot is broken up into two sections. The first half is all about the dramatic relationship between Isis and David. No, I won’t tell you who David is but let me just say this; I have a mental tally of my most favorite literary male characters: Ren from Colleen Houck’s Tiger’s Curse, Ian from Stephenie Meyer’s The Host, and David from Nely Cab’s Creatura. Enough said. Those who are hopeless romantics, like myself, and love to read extremely fluffy, clean content then you will die! Brace yourself because once the tummy butterflies emerge and the giggling commences it will not stop until the very last word on the very last page is read. The second half of the book dives deep into the mysterious world and strange beings Isis never imagined could exist. We also learn about the lies and deceit that have encompassed Isis’ life and the dangers that will soon follow now that she knows who she really is.

The cast of characters fulfill every role you hope to see in a good story. We’ve got the female lead who is strong and independent but battles insecurities and inner demons just like the rest of us. We’ve got the knight in shining armor who is the epitome of perfection. We’ve got the wise and caring mother and the comical relief in the form of two obnoxious twin brothers.

Nely Cab is very in tune to what her readers want and as such the pacing was wonderful. I didn’t find any dull or slow moments because Cab was able to suck me in from page one and keep my attention throughout the whole book. Although the setting isn’t anything miraculous in this book in the sequel we’re heading somewhere wonderful! You’ll just have to read and find out where we’re going! A word of caution to my fellow grammar Nazis, since Nely Cab is a self-published author obviously she doesn’t have an editor so go easy on any grammatical errors you may come across. In the end, Creatura is a wonderful book that deserves so much more attention than it has. Spread the word! This is a story you will not want to pass up!

Plot: 9
Characters: 9
Pacing: 9
Setting: 8
Style: 9

Grade: 94