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3.62  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Category Five is a new supernatural YA thriller from Ann Dávila Cardinal, set against the backdrop of a post-hurricane Puerto Rico.

After the hurricane, some see destruction and some smell blood.

The tiny island of Vieques, located just off the northeastern coast of the main island of Puerto Rico, is trying to recover after hurricane Maria, but the already battered island i
ebook, 240 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Tor Teen
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Claude's Bookzone
Jan 22, 2021 marked it as dnf
DNF 13%

Gerardine  Betancourt
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm from Puerto Rico and I lived like many Puerto Ricans the disasters that Hurricane Maria left on the island. Many of us suffer months with no power, no running water, no communication, or food. At that time getting gasoline or ice was an odyssey, we had to get up very early and make a line for hours until late at night just to fill the tank of the car.
In Category Five Ann Dàvila created a tremendous atmosphere that anyone who reads this book feels what we Puerto Ricans suffered during those h
Jessica {Litnoob}
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

First and foremost I wanted this to be longer because I had an amazing time on this ride.

Category five picks up a full year after the events of Five Midnights and really shows us a different island living through all the same problems and then some. While our cast of characters are trying to cope with the aftermath of insurmountable loss they are also fighting on the build anew and that’s the backdrop we start with for better or worse. The face of colonialism in the book is front and ce
Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)

I haven't read the author's previous book which is supposed to be like a companion novel to this, and I definitely agree that it wasn't necessary. While there were references to the previous book, they told me enough that I didn't feel lost or like I was missing anything.

I listen to the audiobook of this and it took me only 3 hours to finish it, so it felt like a very quick and entertaining read. I felt like the characters were very complex and layered, which I really enjoyed, and the different
Jennifer Winters
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Category Five by Ann Dávila Cardinal is a follow-up to her YA novel, Five Midnights, and continues the supernatural sleuthing adventures of Lupe, Javier, and Marisol during Lupe’s first time back to the island after Hurricane Maria. Lupe finds not only the island ravaged by the storm, but soon discovers that people are being gruesomely murdered by (possibly) supernatural beings. She also faces a shift in the dynamics in her relationship with long-distance boyfriend Javier, which suffers both fro ...more
Meagan Cahuasqui
The most succinct way to summarize this is Scooby Doo on zombie island x PR, where the ghosts are there to get rid of colonizers. A fun romp with an intriguing mystery. Though I will say the protagonist Lupe was especially frustrating with her reckless behavior lol. But that's teenagers I guess. I did appreciate the history lessons I learned about my mother's home island weaved throughout the narrative. I also liked that the relationships between the characters were treated with care in regards ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review coming soon! Spoiler alert; I really liked this one. Dávila made a great job 💜
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Review coming soon
Lindley Valcarcel
I got an arc at ALA Midwinter and was absolutely thrilled. I loved this one just as much as the first! The whole thing made my heart happy and I love how cleverly the supernatural elements are used in this one. Such a great sequel and it was great to catch back up with the characters again. I loved the way everyone developed from the first book and the things they learned throughout this one. They really are the heart of the story (heh) and I'm so happy with this book! ...more
Jul 05, 2020 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
DNF @ 25%

Okay, so, I didn’t realize that Five Midnights was actually book one of this series, so that’s partly me bad and partly the author/publisher, because it’s not marked on Goodreads as being part of a series. This book does a pretty good job of summing up what happened in Five Midnights, but it definitely feels like a sequel, where the reader is expected to have some amount of cursory knowledge going in.

This book started out with a bang, and I thought I was going to love it because I was
Elysian Fields
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Category Five is a YA supernatural thriller and a story on love, devotion and protection. It starts the summer after Five Midnights; after the devastating category five hurricane Maria with Esteban, Lupe, Javier and Marisol (as well as Carlos and a new character Sam) recovering from El Cuco and helping to rebuild the island. The characters relationships have changed since last summer and they are all trying to find their way in this new reality. However, these characters cannot seem to have a "n ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Set in post-Maria Puerto Rico, this supernatural YA thriller explores a community that is rebuilding after the category five hurricane and grappling with investors sweeping in to take advantage of the natural disaster that has left destruction across their land.

What I loved:

Category Five kept me on the edge of my seat. It has a great eerie atmosphere with lots of ghosts. I usually hate split perspectives, but it works really well here since the story is linear and each character is handed off w
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen, abandoned
diverse teen fiction - supernatural monsters/angry spirits/mystery/suspense in a Puerto Rico recovering from a devastating storm
This can be read as a stand-alone, but it does continue the adventures of the characters from Five Midnights and I think it might help to have read the first book first (which according to the bookjacket garnered some terrific reviews from the likes of Book Riot, Bustle, and Kirkus), so that the reader is more invested in the characters and their stories.
I stopped readi
Gerardo Delgadillo
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CATEGORY FIVE is an excellent YA mystery paranormal novel so engaging, I found myself lost in the prose, not a boring moment. The story’s twists took me by surprise. There’s so much to like, but the main aspect is mixing genres–paranormal and mystery. And the folklore!

The book is set in a luscious tiny island in Puerto Rico, one that has just suffered the wrath of category five hurricane María. Dead, unemployment, and a feeling of frustration reign the island. All of this is portrayed in such a
YA supernatural, mystery/thriller - I didn’t realize this was the second in a series, but you don’t need to read the other one to enjoy this one.

A series or murders occurring in post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico are plaguing the small island of Vieques. The police chief and his niece set out to solve them. They stumble onto a supernatural haunting, zombies from the 1928 hurricane, sketchy land grabs from the 1940s US naval installation and a more recent hotel investment.

This one read a bit young
Matt Bliss
Feb 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2021
A YA supernatural thriller set in post-hurricane Puerto Rico. Sign me up!

Let me start off by saying that the setting, is by far the best part of the book. There is something both heartfelt and fun about a story taking place In post-hurricane Puerto Rico, and It immediately sucked me in. I really loved it! Outside of that, It just needed… more. The supernatural aspect of the story was good, but it needed a bit more to push it over the top. The same could be said about the mystery being investigat
John Clark
Interesting premise, but there were logical holes in the plot, coupled with a need for better copy editing that made me drop this to a three star rating. Here are two examples. You have a female protagonist who has spent some amount of time working with her uncle who is an experienced policeman. When she finds a heart in her backpack, instead of alerting him so he could check for fingerprints, she ditches it. Then there's the incident at the grand opening where he sends her to retrieve his backu ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-kindle
man, i wanted to like this. first of all, goodreads doesn't have this listed as the second book in a series. i didn't realize it was a sequel to five midnights and kept waiting for the author to explain all the references to the events of the previous summer, but the explanation never came. secondly, the switching of narratives was pretty unnecessary, especially because the characters were together a lot of the time. lastly, neither the serial killer plotline nor the supernatural plotline seemed ...more
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle, own, arc
That took some time to finish.

Thanks net galley for the arc read for a review.
Full review on my blog shortly.

I just could not sit and read this. It was nicely written for the most part. Lupe acting like she does, didn’t cut it for me. Her BF is even worse, that was an awful lot of controlling. I also had to look up some phrases that were in Spanish because I learned French in high school, not Spanish.

I really wanted to give this 4 stars. I will leave it at 3.5.

Mrs. Pava
Here's what I liked - setting post Hurricane Maria, some celebration of Puerto Rican customs, exploration of family & friend relationships when people are full time on the island versus only part of the year. Here's what I didn't like - everything else. The story was convoluted, big leaps of plausibility, bizarrely casual reactions to paranormal activities, and (sorry) awful resolution. I loved the premise but the execution was lacking. ...more
Mauro Meleca
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Category Five wasn’t the best. There was so much going on at the end I didn’t know how to process it and in the beginning it was pretty slow moving. There also wasn’t any real suspense, things just happened and you were like “oh, ok, lets continue...” The story as a whole was decent I just think there could have been more action spread throughout the book instead of focused in one place and add a more suspenseful undertone to the story, like something is always lurking.
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This didn't hit me as powerfully as the first - something about the childhood trauma and the unknowability of the horror in that one really did it for me - whereas this is more light-of-day and we know what is facing them closer to the beginning. But still very compelling and enjoyable and ultimately joyous as well. We see more hope for our characters at the end this time around. ...more
Linda Naquin
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really fun, fast paced, and full of mystery and thrills. I loved Five Midnights, and Category Five was a really awesome companion novel. FM highlighted the culture and beauty of Puerto Rico, CF went deeper and more serious, touching upon Hurricane Maria's effects on the island, and focusing more on the author's deep love of the country and people. Definitely a great October read. ...more
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book arrived in my box from this year’s ALAN conference, and I had the pleasure of hearing the author speak. Part thriller, part mystery, part horror story, this book will keep reluctant readers engaged. Sprinkled liberally with Spanish words and phrases and providing a good historical context, this book is a strong background knowledge builder.
Aug 06, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
I liked the characters and the plot, but every now and then the book felt a bit young, almost like this was supposed to be middle grate originally. It took me out of the story now and then. Not a lot, but enough to leave me wanting more.
I would absolutely read more from Ann Dávila.
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I chose this book of the blurb. I have been to PR twice and will always carry a piece of it in my heart. I thought this would be a great book but I didn't realize that it was a sequel and about the supernatural. I finished the book but will not recommend. ...more
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fast paced thriller. This book was so fun and engaging. I love the Puerto Rican lore, the sassy characters, and the “heart” of the story.
Shannon Martina
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please please please write a third! I love the characters and I have to keep following them on their journey! ❤️❤️❤️
Katie Young
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Short book . I need like it but however, I think I would of like it better if I read the first one.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing!! Will keep you interested from start to finish
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Ann is a novelist and Director of Recruitment for Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). She has a B.A. in Latino Studies from Norwich University, an M.A. in sociology from UI&U and an MFA in Writing from VCFA. She also helped create VCFA’s winter Writing residency in Puerto Rico.

Ann’s first novel, Sister Chicas was released from New American Library in 2006. Her next novel, a horror YA work titled

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