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I Belong

Review: Creed by Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie


AuthorTrisha LeaverLindsay Currie

Genre: YA Thriller

Series: N/A

Publication Date: November 8, 2014

Format: Paperback, 264 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738740802 (Flux)

ISBN-13: 978-0738740805 (Flux)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin


Three went in. Three Came Out. None even a shadow of who they once were.

When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and Luke’s brother, Mike, seek help in the nearby town of Purity Springs. But as they walk the vacant streets, the teens make some disturbing discoveries. The seemingly deserted homes each contain a sinister book with violent instructions on disciplining children. The graveyard is full of unmarked crosses. Worst of all, there’s no way to contact the outside world.

When Purity Springs’ inhabitants suddenly appear, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of Elijah Hawkins, the town’s charismatic leader who has his own plans for the three of them. Their only hope for survival is Elijah’s enigmatic son, Joseph. And his game may be just as deadly as his father’s.

Quick & Dirty: A thriller that fell a little short for me, but was still enjoyable.

Opening Sentence: The car slowed to a stop on the side of the dirt road.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Dee comes from a family of abuse and a long time in foster care. Finally, she’s settled down with her boyfriend Luke, and has a foster family she adores. They’re taking off for a romantic evening for their anniversary when their car breaks down – they make a trek for gas and find a town, abandoned but obviously with recent inhabitants. Not only is there signs of strange behavior, in the morning the townspeople are back, and the leader, Elijah; he doesn’t intend to let them leave.

Dee has a troubled past. Not only was she sexually abused by her father, she was rotated through a consistent stream of foster homes and until meeting Mrs. Hooper, she never truly settled. Because of this, she’s undergone a large amount of trauma, and Purity Springs helped to trigger her past, making her cagy and desperate. I didn’t entirely feel that her character did the backstory justice. It felt like a very cookie-cutter example of one who has lived through what she had, and she was a walking talking cliche. She fulfilled all the stereotypes of a survivor of abuse, but not in a way that made me feel connected or empathetic. Maybe it was because the writing style was very basic that I felt this way.

The plot itself was very unique and had so much potential. Creepy empty town, check. Brainwashed townspeople, check. Maniac leader, check. There was a strong, atmospheric start that I enjoyed but after that it fell a little flat. I’ve never heard of anything with this plot before; reading the synopsis, I also expected some magic, so I was excited to see that it was set in a modern society and how that would pan out. I was left a tad underwhelmed.

I was hoping to hear more of Elijah, the leader of the town, and his past – I wanted to understand more of why he acted the way he acted. It felt that every scene with him was a long melodramatic speech about watching out, obeying or paying the price, yada yada yada. And he created so much gore and had so much power. I wish we could’ve seen more of how he was able to keep the townspeople under his thumb, because it felt so unrealistic that everyone would obey him without blinking. Without much motivation other than being insane, the story just didn’t reach the heights it could have.

Despite my complaints, it was still an interesting story. I wouldn’t entirely cross it off your list. If you’re in the market for a short, readable book that you can get through within a day, this is for you. If you enjoy creepy towns and don’t mind reading about a lot of gore and blood, than you should definitely consider this too. (If the idea of blood makes you antsy, avoid this.) The characters felt very cookie cutter and slightly boring to me, and the end was a bit anticlimactic. The twists were somewhat expected. But don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy reading this and it might be worth a look!

Notable Scene:

I stopped in the middle of the street and tugged Luke to a halt beside me. Other than the sirens blazing in my ears, it was still. Dead. No howling dogs, no crying children, no cars speeding away from impending danger.

I shuddered. The vacant street, the splatter of slush against concrete, the ancient looking buildings all hovered around us. It was seriously creepy, and I fumbled in my purse for the tiny canister of mace I always carried. Not that there was anyone to spray. This place was a ghost town.

“Where is everybody?” I wondered aloud.


FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of Creed. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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