I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. The beginning is, at least for me, a little sluggish, but it is needed to help establish the characters a...moreI wasn't sure I was going to like this book. The beginning is, at least for me, a little sluggish, but it is needed to help establish the characters and the situation that Socko and his mother find themselves in. The book does eventually take off and it is well worth the wait.
I think this would be an excellent read for middle school students. There are many reasons for this. The first would have to be Fogelin's tight writing style. Every scene, every paragraph serves a purpose to establish characters, establish relationships and set up situations. The second, and something I really appreciated, is that the vernacular she uses doesn't seem forced. I can't tell you how many books I've read where you know, like the author is totally like trying to get the reader to know their tight with what's cool, you get me dawg? (Ugh, it is one of my greatest pet peeves.)The relationships that are established in the book are genuine and believable.
Overall this book is a really great read and is on par with Diane Gonzales Bertrand's Trino's Choice.(less)
Was kinda underwhelmed by this book. I trudged through it because I love the characters- namely Nick, Ash and Kyrian- and am a fan of the world Kenyon...moreWas kinda underwhelmed by this book. I trudged through it because I love the characters- namely Nick, Ash and Kyrian- and am a fan of the world Kenyon has created in her previous books. If it weren't for those two factors I would have stopped a third of the way in.(less)
This review must begin with a tip of the hat to all the authors that are able to capture the worlds that exist in their heads and share it with us. Wi...moreThis review must begin with a tip of the hat to all the authors that are able to capture the worlds that exist in their heads and share it with us. Without these creative, imaginative people my world would be a dull one indeed. As one might deduce, I respect authors and therefore really hate giving out bad reviews. I am compelled however to give an honest (and probably brutal one) for Creatura. I was really looking forward to reading this story and judging by all the positive reviews I thought I was in for a wonderful read. (I wasn't)
I really struggled through this book- truly, considered putting it down after Chapter 3. The concept, although not original, is something I thoroughly enjoy re-reading time and time again. I truly wanted to adore this book. Because: 1. I'm a sucker for a Beauty and the Beast storyline. 2. I enjoy the reimagining of Creation stories, especially when there is a love story and a Pantheon involved. But probably, the most compeling reason I went into this story with high hopes, is that, 3. Ms. Cab is from my neck of the woods and is a representative of my Latina community, which-in my not so humble opinion- is sorely underrepresented in the publishing world. Sadly, even with all of these factors in play, the book fell short of even being a mediocre read.
I think that the problem was that the concept was a little bit too big for a novice writer. While reading it, you get the sense that there this really wonderful story underneath the rubbish dialogue, but it never emerges. And the dialogue, I think, might be what kills the story. The author tries to weave vernacular language with $5 words and phrases. It doesn’t work. The author needs to stick with one, and run with it. Are you cool and like, totally able to relate to a YA audience or are you a high-browed elitist who prefers to use words like matriculate.
Then there's the characters. :-(
Isis, the main character is the proverbial flip-flopper. "OMG, I <3 him." "Ugh, he's so not the one for me." "He's going to be the perfect husband,sigh. "Get married?!?! I'm 17 I can't get married! I need to live my life."
David, the lead male, is too perfect for words. Except when he's kidnapping our heroine, squeezing the life out of her- "Oops, I forgot what a delicate thing you are, my mortal love." Otherwise he’s the perfect tween hero, who writes sappy poetry that sets hearts a flutter.
The parents, the brothers, the friends…ugh, I don't think I can go on, but I think my point has been made.
I don't like to tell people not to read a book, because tastes differ BUT I will tell you not to spend any money on this book. Borrow it from your public library, borrow it from a friend, you and your wallet will surely thank me in the long run. (less)
Another reader wrote that this was a 100% action packed read and she was spot on. I really enjoyed the book and the characters. Is this Pulitzer grade...moreAnother reader wrote that this was a 100% action packed read and she was spot on. I really enjoyed the book and the characters. Is this Pulitzer grade material? Uh NO. But it is a read that will keep tweens, teens, reluctant readers and adults like me entertained and clamoring for the next book in the series.(less)
The entire book is great: the idea, the relationships established, the new world that is created, but in the end- at least for me-...moreI LOVED this book.
The entire book is great: the idea, the relationships established, the new world that is created, but in the end- at least for me- Elisa is what really makes this book shine. To put it simply she real, likeable and easy to relate too. Although she suffers from lack of self-confidence she does not wallow in it. She admits her faults and weaknesses, in a non-eyerolling manner. She overcomes these weaknesses and matures into a strong and believable heroine.