Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Blog Tour Novella Review: Prelude (Creatura 0.5)

Release Date: February 3, 2014
Author: Nely Cab
Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Length: 116 pages

It’s not easy creating life, but that’s what Deus was meant to do. And as amazing as his new creations may be, Deus finds that there’s nothing wonderful about being the only person in existence. Using his power, he molds a companion to keep him company; only, something goes awry and Starr soon proves to be as wild as the animals he’s crafted.

What do you do when the only other person in the universe hates you? You fall in love, of course…because that’s how forever begins.



Protagonists: This story begins with the creation of the world and with it, it's creator Deus. Deus comes into the world in a human like body and because of that he experiences human emotions and sometimes needs to be guided by his voice of reason. Now, I don't really have a problem with this except I never really got an almighty creator vibe from Deus and at times that really hurt his character. I get that in order to relate to his character he needs to experience human emotions and such, but it was really heavy handed and lead to me forgetting he was an almighty being at times. Then there's Starr. Starr is the woman Deus created from himself and in his image. She's probably the best part about this story. Starr isn't as powerful as Deus and because of that her outbursts and uninformed choices seemed normal and blended in well with the story. Overall both of these characters would be great if they were human or even only as powerful as Starr, but Deus' excessive power and Creator responsibility really only took away from the story.

Romance: So yes, this book is a romance. In fact I would say that the romance takes up a very large part of the overall plot. In truth I really enjoyed the romance. It didn't happen to fast and it didn't happen too slow, and it was reminiscent of a love story I've heard before but can't quite remember the name of. My only real problem with the romance is that since these two people are virtually the only characters in the story there isn't anything keeping them apart but themselves and because of that it leads them to do some pretty stupid things. The biggest thing causes a huge wave of consequences and may or may not have led me to shout incessantly at my iPad and these two characters.

World-Building: So I haven't yet read Creatura, though I will read and review it for next week, but this book still offers a good amount of world-building, and sometimes literally. This tale, as far as I can tell is the creation myth for this world and the Creator's own love story. It also holds a, at least from my perspective, tie to the main novel, Creatura. As an avid mythology lover I was really excited to read about this world. The mythology while barely scratching the surface was fun, interesting, and fairly in depth for such a short novella.

Predictability: With this not only being such a short novella and the story being a very straight forward one there wasn't all that much to predict, but there were a few choice moments that were very surprising. These moments, while not too great of shocks added a richness to the story and made this novella feel full of life and precious moments.

Ending: This novella ends with an epilogue of sorts which really helped tie this story together. I was sort of hoping for a bit more of a preview as to what may happen in Creatura, and granted, since I haven't read it, this novella may have very well contained many links between this story and that. In the end, no pun intended, this ending was really great and I cannot wait to explore more of this world with Creatura.


I really loved this story and my introduction into this world. It mixes mythology and romance into an unforgettable tale. Unfortunately, however there were a couple of things that I didn't like, such as Deus' uneven character and the lack of external drama in the romance.

About the Author:

Nely Cab was born on December 9, 1974, in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. She has lived and resided in South Texas most of her life. In 2001, the author relocated to Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where she dedicated time to the study of culinary arts and the art of oil painting.

After her return to the U.S., she resumed her employment in banking and in the following year transitioned to the field of Social Work. Later, Nely took up writing as a hobby and produced her first novel entitled "Creatura".

The rights to "Creatura" were sold to a leading Young Adult publisher in a foreign country in May 2012 and was published in June 2013.

Today, Nely Cab writes from the comfort of her home in South Texas, where she lives with her husband and son. Her life goal is to check-off Bucket List Item No. 95,623,351: To Conquer the World. While she aspires world domination, Nely continues to work on her debut series Creatura.

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