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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Book Review of Fruit of Misfortune, Plus Interview w/ Author, Nely Cab

Fruit of Misfortune (Creatura #2) by Nely Cab
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal/Fantasy Romance/Greek Mythology)
Date Published: June 16, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing

Isis' goals for the future included things like attending and graduating college. However, becoming a monster wasn't part of the plan. Isis and her boyfriend, David, are on the brink of a horrible transformation and they are eager to stop it. Together, they set out on a quest to Greece to find Isis' biological father—the only person that may be able to help them. Their journey comes to an abrupt stop before it even begins when Isis falls ill, and Eros, David's best friend, arrives in Athens, unannounced and curious…with a plan of his own. 

The hunt for her father leads Isis on the turbulent path of deceit, death, and demons as she anticipates the dawning of the beast that stirs inside her..

Fruit of Misfortune is the second book in the Creatura series by by Nely Cab. Considering the way the last book ended, I expected a completely different  beginning to this book. That's not a bad thing though. This story certainly keeps things interesting. We do some traveling and meet some new characters, all of which were nice additions. I really like Eros. I probably shouldn't, but I can't help it. We get some much needed information. With this info, comes more questions. It's an entertaining trade off. I'm completely hooked, and I'm anxious for more!

Fruit of Misfortune by Nely Cab was kindly provided to me by Juniper Grove Book Solutions for review. The opinions are my own.

It wasn’t long before I saw the doctor walking toward the hospital bed where I was sitting, wearing white latex gloves and holding a tray of glass tubes. When he came closer to the table, I saw an extra instrument he was carrying and freaked.

“What’s that supposed to be for?” I stared in terror at a three-inch long needle in Gunn’s hand.

“I’m sorry. You weren’t supposed to see this.” He hid the needle behind his back.

“I need to gather some cerebral spinal fluid since we’re trying to rule out any neurological irregularities.”

“You may have worms.” Galen raised his brows and nodded. “In your head.” He tapped his temple with two fingers. “They make you crazy.”

I ignored him, and turned my attention back to the doctor. I bit what was left of my thumbnail.

“Does it hurt?” I asked.

“He’ll apply an anesthetic first. You won’t feel much,” David said.


“It won’t hurt,” Gunn said, blinking. Did he blink when he was lying?

“You can bite on my hand if you have any pain. It won’t hurt me.” David leaned in close to my ear. “I can’t sedate you because he’ll find the remnants of my anesthetic in your lab results.”

“Isis, you mustn’t bite too hard on his hand,” Galen said in a hushed voice.

“Creatura have rabies.”


“Shut up, Galen.” David frowned.

“It’s the truth,” Galen said.

“Stop it.”

Rabies, Galen mouthed, widening his eyes.

How long have you been writing?
About seven years.

What inspired you to write Creatura?
Since I was young, I had dreams about the same boy. I often wondered what would happen if someone could walk out your dreams. At the time I was writing short stories. My sister was seventeen and my only audience, so in order to keep her interested and get her feedback, I fashioned the main character after her.

When you first started writing Creatura, did you plan for it to be a series?
No. It was actually supposed to be a short story. Somehow it evolved into a whole elaborate plot.

After writing Creatura, was it more challenging to write the sequel, Fruit of Misfortune?
It was both easier and harder. It was easier because the second time around, I had a better understanding of what it was to write a full-length novel. But at the same time it was more challenging because I wanted it to be better than the first, so the pressure to do so made it harder still.

Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?
There’s a piece of me in each character, and I feel like I relate to each one on a different level. For example, like Isis’ mother, Claire, I’m the overprotective, offbeat mother. Much like Isis, I’m hardheaded and compulsive. David, like me, tries his best to please those he loves. Galilea takes on the role of a big sister to Isis and best friend, and I’m a both a sister and a friend to my own sister. So really, there’s no specific character I relate to the most. I have to relate to all of them if I’m my objective is to give them distinct personalities and make them as real as possible.

What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?
I have a really keen sense of smell. That’s probably why I have a perfume addiction.

If your real life as a teenager was a Young Adult book, what would you, the main character, be like?
Taller for one. LOL! And I’d be a combination of a princess and a kickass heroine. I think I just described Wonder Woman and Princess Leia, which I’m totally fine with.

What book have you read too many times to count?
Twilight and my all my own, for edits. Do mine  count?  What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?
Write for you.

If you could hop into the life of any fictional character, who would it be and why?
Are you kidding? None of them. They all have a million problems. My anxiety level would be at its peak. I mean, do I really need more things to worry about? No thanks. That’s a hard pass for me. I’m perfectly fine with my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That I could write, for one. And also that it takes a lot of discipline, focus, and commitment.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Chat, crafts, cook, bake, watch movies, read, and sleep.

Are any of the things in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
The way that David woos Isis with gifts, a serenade, poems, the chivalry, that’s real. I had very romantic admirers, as well as my share of stalkers. So yeah, there’s plenty in there that’s real. And the town of Los Fresnos and high school in the story, those are real places, as well. It’s where I grew up.
Check out my review of Creatura!

Nely Cab is a Writer of stuff, a Master Coffee Drinker, a Food Maker Eater, an Imaginary World Conqueror, and an Air Breather. She talks to herself—a lot—in her South Texas home while she plots stories about fantasy worlds and sips coffee from a pitcher. She’s known for cooking far too much food and has a tendency to overdo…well, everything. It is rumored that she is fabulous. Nely Cab is the best-selling author of the Creatura series.

To learn more about Nely Cab and her books, visit her website & blog.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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