In Nely Cab’s Creatura series, everything you thought you knew about dreams and love will be turned upside down and inside out with the turn of every page.
Fruit of Misfortune is the second book in the Creatura series and picks up immediately after one heck of a cliff hanger, one that, as a reader, took my breath away and left me incredibly grateful that I already had the next installment on hand. Isis has always been in control of her dreams, until one day her dreams reached out and took control of her. We now know that her dream world is a very real place filled with very real people, all of whom have become pivotal to her journey, some more intimately than others. Now that her dreams are her new reality and Isis seems to be heading toward a variation of happily ever after, her nightmares begin to seep in. With nowhere else to go, these terrors begin to soak deep into her ever changing world, infiltrating every facet of her life. What first begins as a slow trickle of misfortune soon blossoms into a growing and living force flooding everything that was, until it is no more.
Until she is no more.
Cab does an impeccable job of weaving multiple realms and realities into one seamless story. Worlds that should not exist in the same plane make perfect sense in the universe she creates, its brilliance begging as to why it has never been done before. The relationships between each of the characters and the ensemble as a whole also hold that same charm. They are all individually strong and independent in their own ways, but as they band together, even in their misfit ways, they create a force that has yet to be seen in full force. Everything is tested; everything is twisted, yet everything is found solid.
The relationships explored in this book especially made my heart do extraordinary things. It was made to stop, flutter and skip a beat all at once. The relationships in Creatura have always been of the complex variety, but in Fruit of Misfortune that complexity is increased ten-fold. I went from love to hate and back again more times that I can count, and as a result developed the most wonderfully confusing and intricate relationships with each one of the characters. It bonded my experiences as a reader to their experiences to the point where I felt it was happening to me, in my world. To me, that is the mark of a great book, one that welcomes you in and invites you to stay.
Fruit of Misfortune and the Creatura series as a whole is without a doubt a five star read. When the last page was turned, I felt that I had lost something much akin to a friend, but gained so much more imagination and insight. This is not only an incredible read, it is an important one. It challenges the reader and moves them in the direction of change. Cab’s message of triumph and perseverance fo not go unnoticed. Through her storytelling, her and her characters usher us out of misfortune and straight into hope.