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?
©2011, 2013 Nely Cab (P)2014 Nely Cab
I preferred the print version, because the narration left something to be desired.
The most memorable part is when Isis and David first meet. In her dream and in person.
I feel she could have done better. At times it was hard to distinguish one character's voice from another. I found her reading to be a bit slow and without much emotion. I changed the speed to 1.25x and it made a lot of difference to me.
Creatura is an absolutely amazing book. Nely Cab kept me guessing the whole way through with unexpected twist and turns. Her writing style is so easy to follow that I get lost in her world along the way. This story is put together seamlessly and has great character diversity. I found I could connect easily with the characters on this emotional roller coaster ride, with an unbelievable cliffhanger at the end.
Yes, the story was great and the narration showed the variety of emotions that was expected based on the story line.
When Isis and David fall in love.
This is the first I have listened to Helen Cricco
When Isis and David first meets and she confronts him about haunting her dreams
I usually read the books myself, however, after listening to Creatura, I intend to get more audio books as I can listen in the car or while doing housework.
The writing is solid. Isis starts out with her sleep problem, but soon has additional discoveries and conflicts in her life. She’s navigating a current romance, dealing with an ex, finding out about her birthright and secrets her mother may have kept from her. The author did a good job of interweaving these so that the novel felt like it was going forward to a critical point. Isis shows strength at times, and doubt at others. There’s a nice blend.
I don't like to give away spoilers about the story in a review. Can't think of a way to describe the memorable moment without doing that.
The narrator, Helen Cricco, decided to give David an accent. I couldn’t tell if she was going for vampire, or Russian. He’s not from Russia. Clair, Isis’s mother, and Gabriel’s voices came off as childish sounding.
There is a lot resolved near the end, but there is a cliffhanger that will draw you into the second novel in the series. I would recommend the book version of this novel to anyone who enjoys young adult paranormal with a dash of drama.
I was given a code to enable me to download, listen to and write an honest review of this audiobook.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
The story is actually creative, teenager Isis has an encounter with the paranormal in her dreams that come to life only to discover that she is paranormal herself. I would recommend getting this book in print, because the narration bought the book down several pegs! This is hands down by far the worse narrator I have ever encountered on audio, that is saying something because I have a vast audio library. One of the first rules in performance is if you are not trained in language accents then don't do it! Her male voices sounded like slow witted giants, it was just awful and painful to listen to. I would pass on the audio book and get it on kindle or paper and spare your ears.
"A Fantastic Read!"
I originally read and reviewed this book in 2011. However, since then, it has been re-edited and also turned into an audio book. Since I loved the original story, I wanted to see what the audio book sounded like.
Helen Cricco's narration was excellent. She managed to bring the characters to life. Her interpretation of Isis's voice was spot on. Her speaking voice is pleasant to listen to and the cadence smooth.
Isis Martin is a wonderful character, though her angst did get on my nerves at times. She is a typical teen, who is having nightmares and is unable to sleep properly due to the fear created by a growling beast. She decides to confront her fear and finds herself facing a human-like creature. He assures her he is real and she challenges him to prove it; he does. When Isis meets David, sparks fly!
I LOVED this book! From the first line I was hooked all over again! This story has an originality to it that most Young Adult authors try to bring to their books, but fail to. I couldn't stop listening to it. I felt for Isis as she tried to cope with the lack of sleep due to the nightmares. Then she meets David. Oh, David! I just love this character! He's a bit of an enigma at first, but he has a romantic side which made me swoon! However, he also has a jealous streak, which made him seem quite controlling at times. Listening to the story instead of reading it, let me follow my imagination a bit more. I loved meeting the Chios family again. The twins were just as likable and David's mom just as lovable as the first time I met them. The story swept me through various emotions and left me an emotional wreck. The ending has a magnificent twist, which I originally didn't see coming, but even knowing now that it was coming still didn't stop the impact of it; it was that powerful. The first time I read the book, my first original thought was "WOW!!!!" and I had to read it again to make sure I had read it correctly. My reaction this time was still the same. The surprise and shock of that last scene has stayed with me since the first time. Now I can't wait to find out what's going to happen in this trilogy!
This is Nely Cab's debut novel and I am amazed and in awe of her talent. I fell in love with her writing style, which is fast paced and exciting. The flow is also wonderful. I am a firm fan of this author and will read any books that she writes.
I highly recommend this YA paranormal romance to teens aged 16 upwards, and to adults who love to read Young Adult novels. - Lynn Worton
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