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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  1,995 ratings  ·  195 reviews
As the sun's rays peeked above the horizon, lighting the abyss below her, she inhaled a deep breath, closed her eyes, and jumped. She didn't scream; she didn't look down. As much as she hated her life, she hoped it wouldn't end this way. She'd really like to see him one more time.

Her life didn't flash before her eyes as she'd always heard. Just an image of her mother cover
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Published August 26th 2013 by Carmen DeSousa
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DNFing at chapter 17. I cannot cope with one more page of eternal love saccharine bullshit. There's so much cheese I want to hurl.

The main characters are seriously deluded about the heroine's alcoholism (She's not a real alcoholic - she only drinks because she had a difficult childhood. She only wants a drink to steady her nerves. Never mind that many addicts speak like this AND she experienced delirium tremens) and this is really poorly handled.

The heroine acts like a petulant child when she
Christine Steendam
Sep 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm not normally a paranormal romance person. I'm not a fan of vampires, unless it's Dracula, and frankly I find the Paranormal genre to be over-saturated and over-sexualized.

So, when I picked up Creatus it was because Carmen's name was on it... and it sounded interesting. 'The reason we believe in fairy tales--and monsters" is the tagline on the book and it drew me in instantly because, let's face it, fairy tales are interesting.

What I liked about Creatus is that the creatures are new. Yes, the
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Another Carmen DeSousa book I couldn't put down. The characters are flawed and wonderful, even the secondary characters. The plot was exciting and kept me guessing. The romance was sweet and you can still feel the heat between the characters, even with the love scenes behind closed doors. There are new supernatural creatures that I found very intriguing. I am so excited that this is the first of a series because I can't wait to read more! I highly recommend this, even if you're not ...more
Aug 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
He saved Kris when she was young, but couldn't save her mother. Kris lived a tough life, through it all she always remembered Him. Derrick never reveals himself to Kris, he's always in the background watching out for her. That's what his kind do, or is it. We all know different people live among us, watching us. In this superbly written book you will find such people. Download your copy today. I totally recommend this book. I couldn't put this book down till I was done, my eyes got tired that's ...more
Darcia Helle
There is so much to love about this book! First, and most important, Carmen DeSousa is a gifted storyteller. She gets out of the way and lets the characters lead. Nothing feels contrived or forced, which allows us as readers to get completely lost in the story.

No offense to those who love it, but I'd grown tired of and disillusioned with 'paranormal romances'. The genre is now saturated with what I call vampire erotica, which has become generic and is more about the sex than the story. But Carme
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, paranormal
Creatus is the 1st book in a paranormal romance series. I LOVE the cover! Once I started it, I read it in 2 days...

The heroine is Kris. Kris has led a hard life. She witnessed the violent death of her mother when she was very young. This is when she meets Derrick, her hero, as he jumps from a building roof to save her from meeting the same end as her Mom.

Kris grows up in multiple uncaring foster homes. She sees Derrick again... and again. He seems to appear only when she is in danger. She long
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Frist, judge this book by it's cover, please. Absolutely stunning. Creatus' cover truly sets the mood for the book.

I was initially drawn to this book because Carmen DeSousa and I have a favorable author/reader relationship, and because the premise of this book was dark and romantic. Just what I like. I was initially expecting a "divinity" of sorts to come into play. But I was wrong. This book is about taking bold chances and Creatus (vampires, more or less), strength and relationships - but whil
Sep 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
This book had an uphill battle with me, I'm kinda over the instant romance with the mysterious non-human, but I have to admit, the book pulled it off. I enjoyed the story, I enjoyed the romance, it moved along quickly and I'll probably read the sequel when it's released.
Peggy Holloway
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful light fantasy that I enjoyed immensely. The characters were well developed and the plot moved along at a good clip. It's not the type novel I usually read, but it was a great change of pace. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Francais Parker
World Building: A+
Mythology: A-
Plot-Twists: A
Villains: A-
Girl Power: B-
Guy-Hero: A
Love-Interests: A
Suspense: A+
Feels: A

For you clean-readers: this book DOES have mature content. You'll need to do some self-editing or scene-skipping to read this one.
Kimberly Hanks
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I read it in just a couple of days. It's a great story. I would definitely recommend it.
Judy Lewis
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: Creatus
Series: Creatus
Author: Carmen DeSousa
Designation: Book One of Series, NOT a Standalone
Reading Platform: Kindle Unlimited
Loved, loved, loved it! The Creatus Series is my first time reading the work of Carmen DeSousa but it certainly won't be my last. I began my adventure with DeSousa after downloading Creatus, the first book of the series, when it was offered as a free download on Amazon. I enjoy discovering ne
Ann Pratley
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
This is a substantial read that I believe could appeal to people of a wide range of ages.

A mixture of paranormal, romance and the test of family bonds, this story holds something for everyone. There is no adult content in it (sexual or violent) and I would have no issue with handing it to a teenager to read.

This version of the story comprises two books (I believe) - the prequel and the first book. In addition, there is a fair sized chunk of the following book added in at the end as well.

For m
Sandra Casile
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the story.

It's great that there are some that want to protect humans. Loved the whole story and can't wait to read the whole series.
Feb 09, 2018 marked it as never-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ugh how creepy. The hero was in love with / lusted after the woman the heroine considered her mother! Yuck yuck yuck yuck. I don't want to know what the author was thinking. I should have read the reviews on goodreads before reading the book.
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please DO NOT confuse this book with Creatus 0.5 by this same author. There are major changes the author has made that renders that story obsolete.

This book was a Very creative take on where some of our myths and legends that had their basis in fact (like Superman, werewolves, Batman and Spiderman).

The very first thing you have to believe is that "Love at First Sight" is possible. I do because it happened to me 44 years ago - and counting.

Four thousand years ago, Creatus. were brought to earth a
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
I am glad I read the prequel to the Creatus series, becasue book2 is all over the place. The story between Kristina and Derrick was BLAH!! and Boring. I am not sure how the PR element really fits into the story. Creatus are normal human beings who have existed in for 4 thousand years. Nothing special about that. Most of the human races have been around for four thousands of years. They are 4 thousand years old they live too about 150 yrs they age slower, hear and see better and are stronger then ...more
Elizabeth Jane
I only pushed through about 26%. I couldn't connect with the characters AT ALL. I felt like his "falling" for Kris was too scripted and explained MUCH too quickly. She starts out as this degenerate, drug/alcohol abusing loser but he loves her "spirit"? I don't get it either! Sure, when people are feeling lost or alone they make mistakes, but this girl Kris starts out the book in some random guy's house because she wanted free drugs. Too gross for me. I couldn't like her after that. The whole pre ...more
Jaime Rush
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the start to a new and creative series about a secret race of superhumans. It's a neat turn on where our legendary superheroes come from, with a sweet romance and a lurking threat to the two leads' newly found happiness.
May 01, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Alicia Huxtable
This is a fantastic start to this series. A very enjoyable read, even if for the first few chapters I was confused about what he was. Well written with great characters
Nicki Markus
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-paranormal
On the whole I liked Creatus. It's a typical PNR in many ways, and you get what you'd expect from the genre, but the prose was readable and the story moved along at a good pace. My edition included the prequel, and I definitely found it helpful to know that background information. There were some downsides. I didn't think her alcohol problem was always handled as well as it could have been, and there's a slightly dubious aspect to their romance, seeing as he's been 'stalking' her since she was a ...more
DNF @ 50%

So sorry, I gave it a go to the prequel, but now couldnt even finish book one. This just sounded like an "adult" version of Twilight, with all the secrecy, fake myths, family gathering, nomads and insta/forever love with no sex. I already have my sparkling vampires for that. At least when Stephanie Meyer wrote her stories, they were original at the time.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was really good I found it hard to start as I have my favourites, so glad I chose to read it brilliant I then went on to read the series
Christina Miles
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Creatus was amazing. I love how the author built up the love story of the hero and heroine. It has a real feel to it. The book was well written and she did an amazing job luring you into the story!
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well written but I just couldn't buy what the author was selling. Kudos to not having spelling and grammar errors every other line.
Tricia (McAllister) Houseman
Personally, I would not be sure exactly how I would react if I found out that I was being “watched for my own safety” for the majority of my life.
n this story, you have a young woman, Kris, who was saved by her “dark angel” but her mother (or the only mother she knew) was violent murdered. This young child refuses to believe that she made up the man who saved her, and she holds on to that for years. Being rescued by him more than she actually knows, but only remember a few times.
Letting the hars
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What really attracted me to this book is the tag-line to the series - "The reason we believe in fairy tales - and monsters".

At first glance, the Creatus may appear to be vampires, but as it turns out, that's far from the case. My memory is hazy - comes of writing a review long after I've read the book - but if I recall, the Creatus crash-landed on Earth four thousand years ago (okay, so I got that from the blurb) and have worked to integrate into human society - as well as hide from it - over th
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with some of the other books I have read this year, Creatus was a free book from Bookbub that I downloaded recently as I was curious by the creatus race the author created with this series. I was intrigued because DeSousa's series wasn't about vampires, werewolves and other familiar creatures that stalk the night. Instead, the creatus race is human in appearance, but superior strength and length of life (around 150 years).

There are a number aspects of this book that I enjoyed. I do not often
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“Need some help?” He reached for the books in her arms before she could object. “Hey ...” She looked like a viper ready to strike, but then her pupils dilated as she stared up at him. “I’m sorry ... do I know you?” “No.” He offered her a smile, hoping to settle her nerves. He didn’t speak to many women, but when he did, he always got that same staggered expression. “But you looked as though you needed a third hand.” “I don’t think I could manage if I were an octopus.” He laughed. Beautiful and a sense of humor. Most of the women he knew were too serious. “Funny. Are you off to another lecture?” “No ... I’m late for work. I keep telling my boss not to schedule me on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but he doesn’t listen, and then — sorry. TMI. I tend to ramble on, something the professors keep fussing at me about. Thanks. I sent the message, so I can carry my books now. I’m not up on all these new gadgets.” She waved her phone. “This is my first cell phone. I can’t afford it, but I really needed it. ” She smacked her hand over her mouth and reached for her books. “See ... I never shut up.” Derrick couldn’t help but smile. She was so cute. “I’ll walk you to your car. That way if your boss replies, you can respond quickly.” Her eyes narrowed this time, a look he wasn’t accustomed to; the few women he talked to trusted him completely. Even the female professors said he had a wonderful bedside manner. “Umm ... it’s okay. I take the T.” “Would you like a lift, then, so you aren’t late?” She shook her head. “No. Thank you. I appreciate it ... but I don’t even know you.” “Derrick Ashton.” He offered her his hand. The young woman hesitantly extended her slender, creamy-skinned hand. Her hand looked so small and delicate in his larger, olive-skinned hand. “Nice to meet you, Derrick. I’m Janelle Heskin. But still ... ” Derrick released her after a second and lifted his hands in front of him. “I’m harmless, I swear. They wouldn’t have accepted me into medical school if I had a record, and I’m here because I want to help people, and you looked like you needed help.” She” 0 likes
“So, what time do you get off work? Would you like to grab something to eat afterward?” She released a soft exhale. “Derrick, you seem like a really nice guy, but didn’t you notice that I’m a lot older than you? How are you even in medical school? I know what you are ... you’re one of those young princes from overseas, aren’t you? From Romania maybe? You have such dark hair and eyes, like a gypsy.” He laughed. “I’m not so sure if that was a compliment or if I should be offended, but you’re not even close.” He continued to chuckle as he pulled out his wallet. “I was born in Massachusetts, I assure you, and I’m older than you think.” He was also ten years older than his driver’s license indicated, but he couldn’t share that with her. She peeked at his date of birth. “Twenty-five? I’m twenty-five! You barely look eighteen, while I probably look thirty,” she groaned. He furrowed his brow. “Most people say I look at least nineteen, so I’m above the legal age to date. That’s why I showed you my license, though. No one ever believes me,” he said through a laugh, attempting to set her at ease. “And you don’t look thirty. Twenty-nine tops,” he said, grinning. She smacked his arm. “Hey, that’s just mean to kick a girl when she’s already feeling inferior.” “Maybe that’s why I can’t get a pretty young woman to have dinner with me.” “I’m sure you get turned down all the time. Not!” He chuckled softly. “Actually, you’re the first woman I’ve asked out in a year.” She released a non-believing puff of air. “I’m flattered. But honestly, I really don’t have time to date. And ...” She paused, reaching into her backpack and pulling out her wallet too. She flipped it open and held it out for his inspection. “I have an eight-year-old daughter.” He stole a peek into the rearview mirror, then glanced at the picture of Janelle and her daughter. It appeared to be one of those shots taken at a cheap photo box booth in the mall. Her daughter had the same color hair, identical features, same smile. Even with the seventeen-year difference, they looked more like sisters than mother and daughter. “Nice try, but you failed to deter me. How about we study together at a coffee shop.” She released a long sigh. “You’re sweet —” “Oh, no ...” He laughed harder than before. He felt so natural with her. “Not sweet, anything but sweet.” She” 0 likes
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