Friday, December 24, 2021

Book Review: Creatures Most Vile by Chelsea Lauren

Title: Creatures Most Vile
Author: Chelsea Lauren
Genre: Fantasy; Young Adult
Publication Date: October 12th, 2021
Publisher: Zenith Publishing

Stalked by monsters in the woods and her past, Anora finds safety in the quiet comforts of her small town life.

It’s another ordinary day when she's sent to a Guardian assessment designed to unleash rare supernatural abilities, until she blasts a tunnel of water across the room. Her coach calls her gift a blessing, but Anora knows it’s a death sentence. Now she must train as a Guardian and battle the very monsters that have tormented her entire life.

After being thrown into the arena with a clawed and cackling creature, Anora refuses to accept this new life. She appeals to the Commander and begs her trainers to let her go home. The more they refuse, the more Anora realizes this isn’t a training camp—it’s a prison and they will never let her leave. Now she must escape the camp before the Commander catches on, for if he does, he may turn out to be worse than the monsters lurking in the woods.


*A Thank you to the publisher and author for allowing me to read this, This is my honest and unbiased review*

Hello Fellow Readers,

The premise for this book is what really caught my eye as I was interested in seeing what the world of Creatures Most Vile contains. I really love world building Lauren has done and I was very interested in the fact that you couldn't make noise or else it would attract the creatures, yet everyone still had to go about their day to day life, like attend school and shop for groceries. 

I got to say that Anora was very realistic, here is a girl who just wants to live a quiet normal life, but is suddenly has powers that forces her to change her life's direction and become a Guardian. She is now torn away (and I mean that literally) from her life to start training, which combined with childhood trauma would drive anyone to their knees. I did sometimes get frustrated with Anora with some of the things she did and choices she made but I had to keep reminding myself that she is just a teenager thrust into something that is very, very unpleasant. I didn't really like the romance or the love triangle this book was trying to have, but I am not a big fan of love triangles in general.

I do wish I knew why these creatures are here and where they came from, but I am hoping there is a second book that we can find out more, because Lauren has so much potential with this world. Another reason I hope there is a second book is because the ending really felt too open ended and felt like a cliff hanger with no real resolution.

Overall, a YA fantasy book whose world has a lot of potential.

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