Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: Creed by Trish Leaver and Lindsay Currie

First, thanks to Netgalley and Flux Publishing for allowing me to read an e-galley of this title.  This was a good read.  One that kept me turning page and after page as it flowed in a manner that kept me hanging on the edge of my seat that I had to know what was going to happen.  In the end it got a lot darker than I really thought it would.  Not in a bad way, but in a pretty realistic way honestly.  I'm not really happy with how it ended.  While the main gist of how it ended does again seem realistic, it kind of felt too, I don't know.  I've thought about it for awhile, but can't think of the exact way to describe it.  Let's just say I needed more at the end.  But clear up to the end?  Well that was a wild ride!

The main character is Dee.  Dee's life has been a hard one.  She came from an abusive family.  Only in the past few years has she lived with a wonderful adoptive family, the Hoopers, and elderly husband and wife.  And she also met a boyfriend who has been exactly what she's needed to come out of her shell and feel safe again with people.  Her boyfriend is Luke.  The story is about a trip she is taking with the two boys.  A trip with a surprise concert at the end for Luke.  It is a gift from Dee, and his brother Mike is in on the secret to help her get him out and away for the weekend trip without getting in trouble with either of their families.

Along the way they run out of gas.  It's a snowy night, and where they're stuck there doesn't seem to be much traffic. So they begin walking to the nearest town.  Only when they get there, emergency sirens are going off and the town is deserted.  They try to get gas at a gas station, but the pumps are shut off and without knowing the password, they can't get them turned back on. So they find a house to spend the night in.  All the houses are empty, and there's something creepy about them.  They all seem to be almost exactly the same. In the morning they decide to start walking again and see if there are any outbuildings around the town that might have fuel they can get for the car. But along the way they are met by a boy about their age named Joseph.  Joseph  needs their help to save his younger sister from their father. The leader of this town, which sounds to be like a cult.  This will not be as easy as hoped.  Dee will have to figure out how to escape Joseph's father, Elijah, who plans to marry her.  And Mike and Luke are being held and tortured in a way to try to keep Dee complacent and doing as Elijah says.  But how far will Elijah go to force Dee's hand?  He's already cut her several times in the way that they bleed their members to let the evil spirits.  And what is in the box that he gives her when he tells her they will be getting married, well that is just a preview of the darkness that he will inflict on Dee, her friends, as well as his own son and nephews.

A great read.  Like I said, the whole story is the kind that you can't put down because you just think, okay, I'll read until they get out of this mess and have a minute to rest. But every time one thing might seem to be fixed, something else happens that is more to deal with.  And each new thing seems to be heavier than the last. 

14 comments:

  1. Reading your review I don't think I'll pick up this book. I like a decent ending. Being stranded and walking for help is not something I'd do.

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    1. I am glad that my review helped you decide whether to read it. I think that is what I try to do with them. It was good, but I can see people not liking it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This sounds like a pretty creepy read! I hadn't heard of this one before now but I am intrigued. I hate when I'm left wanting at the end though. It always leaves the book feeling a bit unfinished for me. Thanks for the honest review!

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    1. It was definitely edge of the seat actions in the book. But like you, these kind of ending make me finish wanting more, but not in a good way. Thanks for visiting!

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  3. Wow, I have this for review but shocks, I am showing how shallow I am, the cover felt meh to me so I have been postponing getting to this one. But okay, I love page turners and dark realistic YA so I am all for this. I'll bump it up the TBR. Whew, thanks for saving this book from the forgotten, Lisa!

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    1. Yeah, the cover is kinda eh. I agree. But give it a chance it really did keep my attention really well! Glad I could pull it out of the slush pile for you. :-)

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  4. This is definitely a book I will have to check into reading. I love that you said it was one you didn't want to put down- (let's me know it kept your attention and wasn't boring).

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    1. Yep, there was nothing boring in it at all. Even the parts that gave the "background" info were done in a way that kept you fully invested in the story. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. It’s great that you were really taken with this book (sad about the ending though) because this one has been on my TBR for a while. I should really get to this one soon then– it does sound amazing! Great review :D

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    1. I know, I always hate when I'm so into the book and then the end lets me down. But it was still worth the read in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I think I would like to try reading this just to try the book out and see what you mean about the ending but it sounds like a fairly good read

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    1. It wasn't a horrible ending, I just felt like I wanted more. And it was a good read. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. I've been hearing so much about this book, it's hard not to want to read it :-) I appreciate your honest review!

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    1. I definitely think it was a good book. I would still recommend it even with the way it ended. It wasn't a bad ending, I just wish there'd been a little more. Thanks for stopping by!

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