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Melissa Martin was not prepared for what she experienced when a new student walked into her English class, how she felt the first time they spoke; she did not believe in love at first sight. At seventeen years old, she envisioned love but never dreamed it possible. That was before she met Gabriel James. Gabriel was different from other boys. With otherworldly attractiveness, Melissa Martin was not prepared for what she experienced when a new student walked into her English class, how she felt the first time they spoke; she did not believe in love at first sight. At seventeen years old, she envisioned love but never dreamed it possible. That was before she met Gabriel James. Gabriel was different from other boys. With otherworldly attractiveness, gallantry, charm, and intelligence, Gabriel was everything boys her age were not. As her relationship with Gabriel grew, she realized his kindness and generosity matched his extraordinary physical appearance. Melissa found her feelings for him growing stronger with their every encounter. But Gabriel had a secret, a dark secret. Gabriel was no ordinary teenage boy. His exceptional attributes were not random inheritances from his ancestry. His origins were far different. Gabriel James was not born of man and woman. His DNA was hand-picked and refined by Dr. Franklin Terzini and grown in a clandestine facility in the Russian Far East. Dr. Terzini created Gabriel to be the future of the human species, a perfected version. The crucial difference between Gabriel and the rest of humanity, however, was his inability to experience emotions. His lack of emotion was not by accident, but by design. Dr. Terzini believed that humankind would best be served without sentimentality, that feelings were the root of every ill within society. Gabriel supposed Terzini’s theory to be true; until he met Melissa. Despite Terzini’s intention, Melissa Martin awakens feelings within Gabriel, offers him life beyond his maker’s confines. Gabriel realizes emotionality is not what is wrong with the world, but what gives life meaning. He realizes he must risk everything to be with her, to conceal his relationship with her from Terzini. Elsewhere, in a far corner of the Earth, Dr. Franklin Terzini’s earliest creation spirals out of control, no longer contented by his meditative state, propelled by an insatiable bloodlust. A creature more powerful and hideous than any that roam the planet, his first creation journeys to the United States leaving a trail of victims in his wake, as hatred for Gabriel fuels his voyage. Dr. Terzini’s discovery of Gabriel’s feelings and his connection with Melissa, along with the arrival of his first creation, threatens to destroy more than Gabriel’s relationship. Gabriel desperately struggles to protect her from the unrelenting forces conspiring against them. He must guard her against his maker and shield her from the wrath of mankind’s darkest creation.


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Melissa Martin was not prepared for what she experienced when a new student walked into her English class, how she felt the first time they spoke; she did not believe in love at first sight. At seventeen years old, she envisioned love but never dreamed it possible. That was before she met Gabriel James. Gabriel was different from other boys. With otherworldly attractiveness, Melissa Martin was not prepared for what she experienced when a new student walked into her English class, how she felt the first time they spoke; she did not believe in love at first sight. At seventeen years old, she envisioned love but never dreamed it possible. That was before she met Gabriel James. Gabriel was different from other boys. With otherworldly attractiveness, gallantry, charm, and intelligence, Gabriel was everything boys her age were not. As her relationship with Gabriel grew, she realized his kindness and generosity matched his extraordinary physical appearance. Melissa found her feelings for him growing stronger with their every encounter. But Gabriel had a secret, a dark secret. Gabriel was no ordinary teenage boy. His exceptional attributes were not random inheritances from his ancestry. His origins were far different. Gabriel James was not born of man and woman. His DNA was hand-picked and refined by Dr. Franklin Terzini and grown in a clandestine facility in the Russian Far East. Dr. Terzini created Gabriel to be the future of the human species, a perfected version. The crucial difference between Gabriel and the rest of humanity, however, was his inability to experience emotions. His lack of emotion was not by accident, but by design. Dr. Terzini believed that humankind would best be served without sentimentality, that feelings were the root of every ill within society. Gabriel supposed Terzini’s theory to be true; until he met Melissa. Despite Terzini’s intention, Melissa Martin awakens feelings within Gabriel, offers him life beyond his maker’s confines. Gabriel realizes emotionality is not what is wrong with the world, but what gives life meaning. He realizes he must risk everything to be with her, to conceal his relationship with her from Terzini. Elsewhere, in a far corner of the Earth, Dr. Franklin Terzini’s earliest creation spirals out of control, no longer contented by his meditative state, propelled by an insatiable bloodlust. A creature more powerful and hideous than any that roam the planet, his first creation journeys to the United States leaving a trail of victims in his wake, as hatred for Gabriel fuels his voyage. Dr. Terzini’s discovery of Gabriel’s feelings and his connection with Melissa, along with the arrival of his first creation, threatens to destroy more than Gabriel’s relationship. Gabriel desperately struggles to protect her from the unrelenting forces conspiring against them. He must guard her against his maker and shield her from the wrath of mankind’s darkest creation.

30 review for Dark Creations: Gabriel Rising

  1. 5 out of 5

    N.G.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spoiler Alert! Female protagonist: Melissa Martin Male protagonist: Gabriel James First, I have to say that the idea was very interesting, but it wasn't well-executed. If you haven't read the description about this book, the beginning will be more than confusing. We just know that Melissa is escaping from her house to meet Kevin (of course he's hot-sexy). So, while they're inside his car (on the way to some bad place) Melissa wants to reject the invitation. However, she doesn't say anything because Spoiler Alert! Female protagonist: Melissa Martin Male protagonist: Gabriel James First, I have to say that the idea was very interesting, but it wasn't well-executed. If you haven't read the description about this book, the beginning will be more than confusing. We just know that Melissa is escaping from her house to meet Kevin (of course he's hot-sexy). So, while they're inside his car (on the way to some bad place) Melissa wants to reject the invitation. However, she doesn't say anything because that would "instigate social repercussions." Furthermore, when they arrived to this unknown place Kevin starts to kiss and touch Melissa without her permission she starts to scream she wants to go home. (now you're scared huh!? There's a huge difference between being naive and being stupid) in conclusion, her "date" was a disaster because this Jerk wanted another thing from her, and she was too stupid to do anything about it like... oh, I don't know. a) Slap that mothe#$%^% b) Run for your life c) Call the freaking police o 911 and this just doesn't happen once but twice in the book. How stupid can you be? Here's an advice for you Melissa: you can't fix stupid with more stupid! After her first disaster-date, Melissa (dumb) comes back to her house just to find her father very angry and disappointed at her. "I thought you were smarter than this. Boy was I wrong!". Yes mister father you were, your child is very irresponsible, and apparently you had to punch her punish her because she will do this again.  Did I say the first chapter is confusing? Well, I was wrong! The second chapter is a conversation between a Russian mobster and a Doctor (nuclear physicist) about a nuclear weapon. My reaction: How in the world my brain can process the life of that girl and a nuclear weapon almost at the same time? How? But that's not it! Because Dr. Terzini has a genetically modified boy named Gabriel (of course he's handsome) living in a basement. Btw he isn't supposed to feel, and the scientist created Gabriel because he's the beginning of a perfect race (similar to Origin). Furthermore, Terminator Eugene was the first genetically modified boy that Terzini created, Eugene is describe as "imperfect and ugly" by his creator. He also wasn't supposed to have any kind of emotions, but he definitely feels anger and jealously towards humanity and Gabriel. The purpose of Eugene is to kill and destroy everyone who goes against his creator's desires. Now, Gabriel and Eugene are just living experiments for this mad scientist, Terzini doesn't care about them! He's the "typical" mad scientist. I liked Gabriel, he was as cute as a puppy. I wanted to hug him just for being so polite and naive. Why did he like Melissa? That was beyond me. That girl is the personification of the word stupid In conclusion, this was supposed to be a very short read. However, I had to stop reading a lot of times because sometimes I couldn't process the big sentences describing things that weren't important. Furthermore, I couldn't stand any of the characters! (except for Gabriel and Alexandra). Most of them were so annoying and stupid. Am I going to read the sequel? Unless someone is willing to pay me    

  2. 5 out of 5

    ~*~Princess Nhya~*~

    Solid 3.25 Stars This was an... interesting, decent read, I guess. It certainly had elements here & there concerning the plot & characters that either had me LOL, gasping, biting my nails or rolling my eyes at how corny the dialogue was in some places. But, it didn't leave me with an all consuming need to devour the rest of this series immediately. Will I return to it? Maybe. But I don't see me doing so in the near future. Would I recommend this 2 book intro to this series? Yes, I would. Solid 3.25 Stars This was an... interesting, decent read, I guess. It certainly had elements here & there concerning the plot & characters that either had me LOL, gasping, biting my nails or rolling my eyes at how corny the dialogue was in some places. But, it didn't leave me with an all consuming need to devour the rest of this series immediately. Will I return to it? Maybe. But I don't see me doing so in the near future. Would I recommend this 2 book intro to this series? Yes, I would.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacey

    This book was unlike anything I have read in YA novels. I realize some people didn't like it because it was short but that didn't bother me. It said what it needed to say without a lot of extra nonsense. The way it was written lets you get to know each of the characters instead of just really knowing one like in most books. This helped me identify with them better and actually care what is going to happen to them. I have already bought the next one in the series. This book was unlike anything I have read in YA novels. I realize some people didn't like it because it was short but that didn't bother me. It said what it needed to say without a lot of extra nonsense. The way it was written lets you get to know each of the characters instead of just really knowing one like in most books. This helped me identify with them better and actually care what is going to happen to them. I have already bought the next one in the series.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ann

    A definite page turner, this book is in the genre of paranormal romance. The science fiction element is remarkably captivating and believable. The romantic element is delightful. The book is very well written. The main characters are wonderful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ted Tayler

    "Still searching for the right formula" As soon as I saw (Part 1) I knew I was in for a frustrating read. What I wasn't prepared for was the style in which this book was written. There are several disparate strands to the plot of 'Dark Creations' and the first chapter was littered with florid descriptive passages which were very hard to read; it was as if the author had swallowed a dictionary of obscure colour tints. What dialogue there was seemed almost juvenile in comparison. I stuck with it ho "Still searching for the right formula" As soon as I saw (Part 1) I knew I was in for a frustrating read. What I wasn't prepared for was the style in which this book was written. There are several disparate strands to the plot of 'Dark Creations' and the first chapter was littered with florid descriptive passages which were very hard to read; it was as if the author had swallowed a dictionary of obscure colour tints. What dialogue there was seemed almost juvenile in comparison. I stuck with it however. We switch settings from the frozen wastes of Russia to the teenage traumas of an American girl. Less in the way of florid descriptions, but more puerile dialogue. Other strands of the plot were then introduced and I became less involved in the story. I had the feeling that someone had watched several paranormal and teen TV series and imagined there was a rich seam to be plundered; all they had to do was throw in all the cliched elements and they would have a blockbuster. It all became a little predictable. I was determined to get to the end though; but of course it wasn't the end. Unfortunately.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ellen O'connor

    I just finished Dark Creations: Gabriel Rising by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci and was blown away. It has been a long time since I have read a book as exciting and well-developed as this one. I was shopping around in the Kindle Store looking for new authors and fresh ideas (I have grown bored of vampire and werewolf novels!) and happened upon Dark Creation: Gabriel Rising. It had two five-star reviews so I figured, for 99 cents, what the heck! Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. I I just finished Dark Creations: Gabriel Rising by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci and was blown away. It has been a long time since I have read a book as exciting and well-developed as this one. I was shopping around in the Kindle Store looking for new authors and fresh ideas (I have grown bored of vampire and werewolf novels!) and happened upon Dark Creation: Gabriel Rising. It had two five-star reviews so I figured, for 99 cents, what the heck! Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. I could not put it down! I read it in about three days. It was exciting and romantic without being schmaltzy or cringe-worthy. The characters are engaging and well-developed. It is balanced as well (it is not “chick lit” as I have heard other romantic adventures offensively referred to). In fact, a friend of my husband’s is reading it and loving it. I recommend it to any reader who loves a great read with interesting, well-developed characters and plot. Enjoy!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura Warby

    This book definitely needs some work doing to it; although the idea and general plot is okay, that author seems to have rushed through writing just to get to the point of publication. The plot moves way, way, way too fast, and could be slowed down and built up with more tension to make a longer, and better, book. An innocent, virgin girl has a bad experience with the school's biggest player, is frightfully upset, and about twelve hours later seems to be completely over the incident, and is suddenl This book definitely needs some work doing to it; although the idea and general plot is okay, that author seems to have rushed through writing just to get to the point of publication. The plot moves way, way, way too fast, and could be slowed down and built up with more tension to make a longer, and better, book. An innocent, virgin girl has a bad experience with the school's biggest player, is frightfully upset, and about twelve hours later seems to be completely over the incident, and is suddenly drooling over the new hot boy in school. Seems at times as though the author forgot the girl was supposed to be innocent and naive.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melyssa Dawn Michaels

    This story wasn't bad but I did find myself having a hard time following it at times, especially the relationship angle of the story. There was just so much going on, all from different points of view that getting lost was inevitable. I liked the idea though which made me keep on going when everything in me wanted to stop. Normally the complaint with stories is that they move too fast and don't provide enough information to make it believable but in this case I think there was just a little too This story wasn't bad but I did find myself having a hard time following it at times, especially the relationship angle of the story. There was just so much going on, all from different points of view that getting lost was inevitable. I liked the idea though which made me keep on going when everything in me wanted to stop. Normally the complaint with stories is that they move too fast and don't provide enough information to make it believable but in this case I think there was just a little too much of it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liquid Frost

    Kindle freebie. Quick read but a bit too YA for my tastes. Cloned hybrids; high school, virgins, clicks,pretty boy, self-conscious girl, etc. If I were 14 and didn't mind Fuck and Asshole (which I wouldn't), then I'd probably have enjoyed this book and continued the series. As it where, my stop has come and I'm getting off the train. Kindle freebie. Quick read but a bit too YA for my tastes. Cloned hybrids; high school, virgins, clicks,pretty boy, self-conscious girl, etc. If I were 14 and didn't mind Fuck and Asshole (which I wouldn't), then I'd probably have enjoyed this book and continued the series. As it where, my stop has come and I'm getting off the train.

  10. 4 out of 5

    MaKayla

    I really liked this book although it was pretty short. This story was a breath of fresh air because of the concept being so original. the book became boring and dragged on at times and sometimes seemed too wordy

  11. 5 out of 5

    Casey Sanchez

    I absolutely loved this book. A fast read , with interesting characters. The authors writing style is spot on.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    Loved it! Interesting story - a romance and a thriller. I felt connected to the characters right away. I hope there's a book 2! Loved it! Interesting story - a romance and a thriller. I felt connected to the characters right away. I hope there's a book 2!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bookie Books

    Wow what a poor book. You can tell its written by two different people, did not bound with the Characters and did not feel for them. What a wast of my time , never going to get the time back :(

  14. 5 out of 5

    michelle

    Dumb

  15. 4 out of 5

    Laura Campbell

    A 6 part series?! Seriously?? I could barely force my way through one. Poorly written, and if you convince yourself "It has to get better..."? You're wrong. A 6 part series?! Seriously?? I could barely force my way through one. Poorly written, and if you convince yourself "It has to get better..."? You're wrong.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Ending was way more fun to read than the beginning!

  17. 4 out of 5

    vinoth kumar

    Nice to read this books

  18. 4 out of 5

    Comoeventcomcast.net

    Even though this book (series)was considered YA, I loved it. The writer keeps you gripped and you want to finish it and then you want more. A great book of young love and adventure.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Absolutely riveting !!! Loved it.... want more

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book biased solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen. My review may contain spoilers, but I really strive to be spoiler-free. I downloaded this book for free on Amazon.com. This book was not suggested nor “gifted” to me by the author. I ha I promise to be brutally honest with my opinion, but it should not be taken as fact. Any reader should read it for themselves, before they decide if this book has any merit or not. Do not judge this book biased solely on my opinion. If you do, you might miss out on a great read. You never know. It could happen. My review may contain spoilers, but I really strive to be spoiler-free. I downloaded this book for free on Amazon.com. This book was not suggested nor “gifted” to me by the author. I have no affiliation with the author or his/her publisher. 1. Strong Main Character/ Female Heroine: Melissa may as well have been a minor character for all the knight in shining armor stunts that Gabriel had to do to get her out of uncomfortable situations with that sleaze ball of a guy that she likes. She is not at all a strong heroine or even a heroine for that matter. She cannot even save herself. She put herself in a position to be raped and when it is attempted, she throws a weak attempt at getting away. The jerk should not have tried, but there should not have been an opportunity for him. I am not against rape victims. I believe that rape is wrong and should never happen to anyone. The way the author wrote this scene is what I am against and how she portrayed her main character. She created Melissa to be weak and have to be saved. She makes her drink, because Gabriel did not show up. Her friends let her go off with the guy and she lets herself be dragged off by a guy who tried to rape her a different time. To me, going off with a guy who tried to rape you before to “talk” is an a-hole and you are way stupid to go with him. IO do not believe that if a real woman or girl was almost raped in a car would not report it and then, go off with that guy in the woods away from people in the middle of the night. Do not blame the booze. She still seemed to be thinking straight. Melissa is an unrealistic character and Bella Swan would whoop her butt in a fight. Bella is supposed to be the image that comes to everyone’s mind of a weak female heroine, but Melissa now, overshadows her. I am glad to be one of the few, who know that. Now, all my future allusions will be towards Melissa, not Bella…Sorry, Bella. 1 out of 5 stars 2. Strong Main Character / Male Hero: Gabriel is probably the only character that I did somewhat like. He was strong and heroic, but he was weak when it came to his creator. He was so afraid to speak out, but I know why so it makes that a bit understanding. However, I still wished that he was a bit stronger to stand up for himself. I did not like how perfect he looked. It seemed more arrogant and I was surprised when he was not. I do not believe that Melissa and Gabriel really go together as a couple. He would go better with Daniela than with Melissa, but I guess he is attracted to the damsel in distress. He is super powerful, but do not be mistaken. He is no superhero. He cannot even stand up for himself, so how he can he save the world from Eugene? He is scared of Eugene, but a great hero would stand up to that fear at any cost. Gabriel just backed down to it, and then did whatever he wanted. It is a start, but more backstabbing and underhanded than heroic. 2 out of 5 stars 3. Strong Main Character / Evil Antagonist: Eugene is a terrifying character, but much thought and development went into his character creation by the author. His chapters were maddening, but so well-crafted that I loved reading them. He was a joy to read, because the story was so smooth and he was very unpredictable like a jungle cat. Terzini is the evil mastermind, while Eugene is his minion creation. Terzini is a pure mad scientist, who believes that he can make the perfect human race, quite like Hitler during World War II. While Hitler wanted blue eyed, blonde haired, identical twins, Terzini wants a perfect human race with no emotions and perfect genes free of disease and cancer. He also wants them to be intelligent and quick witted. He is the perfect example of a scientist gone rogue. Although these two characters were more enjoyable to read about, I still could not relate to them. 4 out of 5 stars 4. Strong Minor Characters: Alexandra is a goddess of a girl, who likes burb and fart contests. She also likes to swear…a lot. I guess the author was trying her spin on the new and improved tomboy, but I can honestly say that every time that girl spoke I forgot that she was supposed to be beautiful and goddess like. I saw her as ugly as the words she spoke and kind of on the plump side as well. I pictured Daniella very beautiful though. She seemed to outshine them all with her impeccable taste and choice words. She is the ideal image of the perfect woman and likes to flaunt it as well. I found her charming, but overly concerned for Melissa’s welfare. Well, actually, not enough, because she let her go off with that jerk knowing full well what he tried to do to her. 2 out of 5 stars 5. The Plot: The events that occurred throughout the book was a bit of a letdown and I was not intrigued by the plot. Some of the narrative was enjoyable, but for the most part, I did not believe it to be all that interesting. I am glad that I did not spend any money on this book, but now I know why it was free in the first place. What I do not understand was why it was on the top 100 free downloads on Amazon.com. I cannot believe how many people downloaded this book, but then again, I was duped too into believing that this book was going to be something very interesting. I give the authors points for creating something so unique, but I did not really enjoy it. It was too short. Too forced and too unbelievable to even consider it to be true. I could not loose myself in this book. 2 out of 5 stars 6. The Setting: The environments could have been interesting, if details and descriptions were put to creative work. The settings fall flat however, because the authors glazed over important details that would have created a world that the reader could immerse themselves in. The sad part is that these places are so generic, it could have been anywhere. I do not know why the authors bothered much with any specifics on the characters’ locations. When they arrived in New York, I was expected the school to be high end and the students to be rich and up to all the latest trends like most New Yorkers are. I got none of that and everything of a cold day up in Maine. Maine would have been a better place to set this story in, but don’t ask me why. It is just something I feel would just click about the place and the students, if it had been set there. 1 out of 5 stars 7. The Dialogue: There was nothing special about the dialogue and I feel that Melissa shared a lot too soon with Gabriel. Her history could have been dragged out more than it was. Actually, the whole story needed to be longer to have been developed more than it was. Anyways, the dialogue was nothing special. It was typical teenager speak for the most part. No complaints there, but I found it lacking in maturity and emotional appeal. There was nothing gripping about anyone’s exchanges. They just talked and that was it. There was no suspense or real appeal. 2 out of 5 stars 8. Engaging Surprises: The only engaging surprises was when the reader was inside Eugene’s mind and reading his part of the story. I think it has to do with his animalistic properties and the fact that the author took the time to develop his character somewhat to make him more interesting to the reader, even though, the character is way evil and creepy. Otherwise, there were no surprises AT ALL. 1 out of 5 stars 9. Climax: This author calls alluding to Eugene getting closer to New York a climax? There was nothing resolved and nothing that left the reader wanting to know what happened next. It made me feel: That’s it? I was expecting a BOOM, when I got a: to be continued. It was a major let down, not to mention a literary/series turnoff. There was no climax, which does not make it a surprise to me that there really was no story. No climax = no story. Period. 1 out of 5 stars 10. Emotional Response: What response? The only response I had was when I finished the book. I was glad to be done with it. Maybe, I had tears of frustration throughout the book, but I do not think that that was the type of emotional response that the authors were going for, at least I hope not. No reader I know what to be eternally frustrated enough to whack their head against a wall during the whole book. 1 out of 5 stars 11. Ending: Meh. It was not much of an ending, but I was happy when it did end, except not for the reasons the authors would want. It did not leave me wanting more. It left a bad taste in my mouth that does not want to disappear. I do not think that I will be reading this series. 1 out of 5 stars 12. The Writing: All of the characters keep the reader at a distance. The writing does not allow the reader to get close or really understand the characters at all. You can totally tell that the story was written by two different people. The writing did not flow smoothly at all. There were many noticeable bumps in the metaphorical road. The splitting off into four different characters POVs was frustrating and confusing. That is too many characters to be going from one to another. I would say that there is a three character maximum or maybe I would not mind so much if the story had been well written. That could always be a possibility. 2 out of 5 stars 13. The Artwork: The design of the cover gives off a way creepier vibe than the book itself. The only real creepy parts are with Eugene from his POV; otherwise it is your average pathetic teenage romance with a scientific spin. The cover is misleading. The thought I was going into a dark story, but it was not dark enough for me. The cover gave me a different expectation of the book, which did not match up with the story itself. 2 out of 5 stars 14. Genre: This a scientific romance. It has some sci-fi elements to the book, but what it boils down to is essentially a romance and a sappy one at that. The genre it is listed under can be deceiving, because a reader will assume a heavy sci-fi plot, but it is not that heavy handed. It could have been delivered with much more oomph than it had. 2 out of 5 stars 15. Title: Dark Creations is a suiting title, but it does not give an inkling to the sappy romance that it will lead into a few chapters into the story. I have to say that the title is also half misleading, because the book is not as dark as the title suggests. 3 out of 5 stars Overall, I give this book 1.8 stars, so I will round it up to 2 stars. It was not that great of a book, but it had a couple of qualities that saved it from being a complete waste of my time. I will not be reading the rest of the series. I cannot even believe that I read this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Sabala

    Book Review- Dark Creations: Gabriel Rising by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci This book has a storyline that centers around genetic cloning and a brilliant mad scientist with a bit of a god complex. He is trying to make a new type of person that improves the human species. These new beings with human DNA do not have emotions to cloud their purpose. Of course, you know his grand plan will fail. Our emotions are what make us human. So, the scientist has created more than one clone and grown them Book Review- Dark Creations: Gabriel Rising by Jennifer and Christopher Martucci This book has a storyline that centers around genetic cloning and a brilliant mad scientist with a bit of a god complex. He is trying to make a new type of person that improves the human species. These new beings with human DNA do not have emotions to cloud their purpose. Of course, you know his grand plan will fail. Our emotions are what make us human. So, the scientist has created more than one clone and grown them in an artificial womb. Eugene is one but he has some feline DNA mixed in. He is not the perfect specimen but still useful. Gabriel on the other hand is what the doctor is counting on. Things go well until the authors have the character fake his own death and flee with his research. He and Gabriel assume new identities and blend in. However, Gabriel comes face to face with the main female character named Melissa. She catches his attention and his confusion is observable. The authors create this puzzlement for him. He has these physical feelings that he is clueless to describe or name. Yet he is drawn to Melissa when he shouldn’t be. I like how he embraces these feelings. He becomes protective and he is willing to against his mission to do so. Even when Dr. Terzini decides Gabriel is a failure, Gabriel is still determined to help Melissa. The story had a definite sci-fi theme and Eugene was an extremely dark character. It was full of danger, darkness, new love and truth. It kept me reading as I wasn’t sure when the things would come out into the open and how the reactions would be. It was a crazy ride. I give it 3.5 out of 5.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Levine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. FYI: this is my review for Part 1 and 2. This story was alright. It dragged a lot, leaving me skimming a good portion of the story, especially involving Eugene and Tervini. They were both boring characters. Also, everything the author decided to describe, it was just too much for me. I noticed several grammatical errors throughout also. Melissa was really annoying and a very weak character. Going on about how Gabriel was too good for her, not be interested in her as a potential girlfriend, only a FYI: this is my review for Part 1 and 2. This story was alright. It dragged a lot, leaving me skimming a good portion of the story, especially involving Eugene and Tervini. They were both boring characters. Also, everything the author decided to describe, it was just too much for me. I noticed several grammatical errors throughout also. Melissa was really annoying and a very weak character. Going on about how Gabriel was too good for her, not be interested in her as a potential girlfriend, only as a friend. Especially with her friends, that are attractive, telling her that she is too and that Gabriel IS interested in her. Even after he tells her that there is a girl he's interested in and she's still acting clueless, wondering if it's one of her friends. Come on. With the way she talked/acted, I didn't get the impression that Gabriel would have been her first boyfriend. Either way it was tiring. I couldn't stand all the blushing she did either. There were lots of time where the author felt compelled to repeat facts. For example: 1.Gabriel being made without emotions. How many times was this brought up? Or how Terzini was the one that had created him. We get it already. 2. Or the fact that if Terzini found out that Gabriel had emotions, as with Eugene, that he would be terminated? 3. Kevin's friends: John DeNardi, Eric Sala, and Chris Mace. (Always using their full names for some reason.) 4. Eugene and Gabriel's cars: the Hummer H1 Alpha and the hunter-green Ford Explorer. Or Kevin's Black Infiniti G37 Sport Coupe (Does the author had a car dealer in her family? Doing a little advertising or something?) 5. Harbinger High School. Why keep repeating the whole name, when that's the only school involved? Just to name a few. :) When Kevin realizes he isn't 'getting any' from Melissa, he has a break down. "What are you some kind tease? You come out in the middle of the night with me, looking the way you do and smelling the way you do and expect me to act like a saint?" Seriously author? You couldn't have come up with something a little more original? But the fact that Melissa did go out with him under these circumstances...very stupid. Now I don't condone rape or anything like that, so no offense to anyone that reads this review. But at the same time, what did she expect to happen? Given the fact that she knew what kind of guy Kevin was to begin with? Did she think he'd magically changed just for her? Then after telling her father, she doesn't want anyone to know about it...as if he had actually raped her. Seriously, the whole scenario with the star quarterback trying to rape a pretty nobody...how many times has that been done? How did Melissa's dad seem to know all the Kevin's in the area? "Kevin McNally or Kevin Hartwig? Was it that jackass jock Anderson?" Why did Gabriel and Dr. Terzini go to Harbingers Falls, NY? That was never explained. So Ivanov paid Dr. Terzini to make him a warhead. Okay, so if he has a bunch of thugs working for him, why did he always go to Terzini's himself? Not send someone else for that? What was the point of sending Gabriel to school to pass as a 'regular' human boy, to fit in with the rest of the kids and to not stand out, if he wasn't allowed to do any of the extracurricular activities? This seems like a somewhat small town they're all in. Sorry but the fact that Gabriel is 'all that', would draw attention to him right there. Wouldn't he have fit in better doing what the others kids did? Common sense to me. When they're heading over to the woods prior to the bonfire, Melissa tells Kevin that she has a headache. So he runs off to his car and comes back with questionable looking pills. She comments but is like, whatever. But once they got to the keg, why was Kevin still holding the pills? I didn't get that. Did Kevin just show the pills to Melissa, then put them in his pocket or something? Since she didn't have an actual headache, I'm surprised she didn't just spit them out, given the fact she had questioned them in the first place. Eugene describing the Santa Clause look-alike: "His abundant facial hair, all a reddish brown, curved and arched. Beneath his cheeks sat an auburn beard filled with hairs that hooked and bowed..." So we know that he has a lot of facial hair. Usually with the beard/mustache combo, all you see are the eyes, forehead, very upper cheeks and nose. The rest is hair. Yet, the author tells us about the hair overall, then says 'beneath his cheeks...' wouldn't it all be connected, so there really isn't a "Beneath his cheeks area"? It just doesn't make sense to me. Sorry but I can't help but notice these kinda things. At one point, Gabriel is thinking to himself about how usually Terzini was a detached man. I never got that impression at all! He always seemed to be annoyed or upset about something. One thing I would have liked to have known...whether Kevin would have gotten away with what he attempted to do with Melissa. I wish that would have been resolved. I think it was the second day after the 'incident' with Kevin. Melissa, Gabriel and her friends are talking by Melissa's locker. The bell rings and they all start to head to class. "'Don't be silly. Go. I'll be fine,' Melissa offered." This was when Alexandra had to head to class. Melissa for some unknown reason just stays, which leads to the yelling and whatnot when Kevin and his goons corner her. Why did she stay? And where the hell are the teachers in this school? Gabriel tells Melissa he loves her and what does he get? A peck on the cheek. Makes sense to me. The 2nd date. What in the world would have made Melissa think that Gabriel was trying to break up with her? He tells her he love her on basically their first real date. Then does all this fancy stuff for her at his house. That whole situation was really stupid. Speaking of dates again. Melissa's father stayed up till midnight for the 1st date, but doesn't for the 2nd one, most likely knowing that they were going to an unchaperoned house? No sense there. Eugene is looking for Melissa. He quickly sneaks into Melissa's house but knocks the door down to get into Alexandra's?

  23. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Levine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. FYI: This review is for Part 1 and Part 2 This story was alright. It dragged a lot, leaving me skimming a good portion of the story, especially involving Eugene and Tervini. They were both boring characters. Also, everything the author decided to describe, it was just too much for me. I noticed several grammatical errors throughout also. Melissa was really annoying and a very weak character. Going on about how Gabriel was too good for her, not be interested in her as a potential girlfriend, only FYI: This review is for Part 1 and Part 2 This story was alright. It dragged a lot, leaving me skimming a good portion of the story, especially involving Eugene and Tervini. They were both boring characters. Also, everything the author decided to describe, it was just too much for me. I noticed several grammatical errors throughout also. Melissa was really annoying and a very weak character. Going on about how Gabriel was too good for her, not be interested in her as a potential girlfriend, only as a friend. Especially with her friends, that are attractive, telling her that she is too and that Gabriel IS interested in her. Even after he tells her that there is a girl he's interested in and she's still acting clueless, wondering if it's one of her friends. Come on. With the way she talked/acted, I didn't get the impression that Gabriel would have been her first boyfriend. Either way it was tiring. I couldn't stand all the blushing she did either. There were lots of time where the author felt compelled to repeat facts. For example: 1.Gabriel being made without emotions. How many times was this brought up? Or how Terzini was the one that had created him. We get it already. 2. Or the fact that if Terzini found out that Gabriel had emotions, as with Eugene, that he would be terminated? 3. Kevin's friends: John DeNardi, Eric Sala, and Chris Mace. (Always using their full names for some reason.) 4. Eugene and Gabriel's cars: the Hummer H1 Alpha and the hunter-green Ford Explorer. Or Kevin's Black Infiniti G37 Sport Coupe (Does the author had a car dealer in her family? Doing a little advertising or something?) 5. Harbinger High School. Why keep repeating the whole name, when that's the only school involved? Just to name a few. :) When Kevin realizes he isn't 'getting any' from Melissa, he has a break down. "What are you some kind tease? You come out in the middle of the night with me, looking the way you do and smelling the way you do and expect me to act like a saint?" Seriously author? You couldn't have come up with something a little more original? But the fact that Melissa did go out with him under these circumstances...very stupid. Now I don't condone rape or anything like that, so no offense to anyone that reads this review. But at the same time, what did she expect to happen? Given the fact that she knew what kind of guy Kevin was to begin with? Did she think he'd magically changed just for her? Then after telling her father, she doesn't want anyone to know about it...as if he had actually raped her. Seriously, the whole scenario with the star quarterback trying to rape a pretty nobody...how many times has that been done? How did Melissa's dad seem to know all the Kevin's in the area? "Kevin McNally or Kevin Hartwig? Was it that jackass jock Anderson?" Why did Gabriel and Dr. Terzini go to Harbingers Falls, NY? That was never explained. So Ivanov paid Dr. Terzini to make him a warhead. Okay, so if he has a bunch of thugs working for him, why did he always go to Terzini's himself? Not send someone else for that? What was the point of sending Gabriel to school to pass as a 'regular' human boy, to fit in with the rest of the kids and to not stand out, if he wasn't allowed to do any of the extracurricular activities? This seems like a somewhat small town they're all in. Sorry but the fact that Gabriel is 'all that', would draw attention to him right there. Wouldn't he have fit in better doing what the others kids did? Common sense to me. When they're heading over to the woods prior to the bonfire, Melissa tells Kevin that she has a headache. So he runs off to his car and comes back with questionable looking pills. She comments but is like, whatever. But once they got to the keg, why was Kevin still holding the pills? I didn't get that. Did Kevin just show the pills to Melissa, then put them in his pocket or something? Since she didn't have an actual headache, I'm surprised she didn't just spit them out, given the fact she had questioned them in the first place. Eugene describing the Santa Clause look-alike: "His abundant facial hair, all a reddish brown, curved and arched. Beneath his cheeks sat an auburn beard filled with hairs that hooked and bowed..." So we know that he has a lot of facial hair. Usually with the beard/mustache combo, all you see are the eyes, forehead, very upper cheeks and nose. The rest is hair. Yet, the author tells us about the hair overall, then says 'beneath his cheeks...' wouldn't it all be connected, so there really isn't a "Beneath his cheeks area"? It just doesn't make sense to me. Sorry but I can't help but notice these kinda things. At one point, Gabriel is thinking to himself about how usually Terzini was a detached man. I never got that impression at all! He always seemed to be annoyed or upset about something. One thing I would have liked to have known...whether Kevin would have gotten away with what he attempted to do with Melissa. I wish that would have been resolved. I think it was the second day after the 'incident' with Kevin. Melissa, Gabriel and her friends are talking by Melissa's locker. The bell rings and they all start to head to class. "'Don't be silly. Go. I'll be fine,' Melissa offered." This was when Alexandra had to head to class. Melissa for some unknown reason just stays, which leads to the yelling and whatnot when Kevin and his goons corner her. Why did she stay? And where the hell are the teachers in this school? Gabriel tells Melissa he loves her and what does he get? A peck on the cheek. Makes sense to me. The 2nd date. What in the world would have made Melissa think that Gabriel was trying to break up with her? He tells her he love her on basically their first real date. Then does all this fancy stuff for her at his house. That whole situation was really stupid. Speaking of dates again. Melissa's father stayed up till midnight for the 1st date, but doesn't for the 2nd one, most likely knowing that they were going to an unchaperoned house? No sense there. Eugene is looking for Melissa. He quickly sneaks into Melissa's house but knocks the door down to get into Alexandra's?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aletia

    Finished it-barely This book is rough. The author atleast had the decency to edit well. It's one of those plots that could have been really good in someone else's hands. As is-it was mediocre. Too much time was put in to menial things while other things were glossed over. Character development was poor overall, the author tried too hard to spell everything out for the reader vs the reader being able to figure things out for themselves. The dialogue seemed so forced and awkward to read-as if the a Finished it-barely This book is rough. The author atleast had the decency to edit well. It's one of those plots that could have been really good in someone else's hands. As is-it was mediocre. Too much time was put in to menial things while other things were glossed over. Character development was poor overall, the author tried too hard to spell everything out for the reader vs the reader being able to figure things out for themselves. The dialogue seemed so forced and awkward to read-as if the author is either really old and removed from what normal teens/young adults are like or just lack social interactions. I really wanted to like it, but I couldn't. The whole madly in love idea was also overly forced especially after all of...a week? If that?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Good book once you get into it For the most part, this is a good paranormal romance book without being TOO mushy. However, the author's constant reiteration about how the main character was supposed to be without feelings, not to mention a superhuman, was definitely overdone to the point of annoyance. Redundancy can be boring; it certainly did not add an endearing quality to the story. Other than that, it was a good story that improved as it unfolded. Good book once you get into it For the most part, this is a good paranormal romance book without being TOO mushy. However, the author's constant reiteration about how the main character was supposed to be without feelings, not to mention a superhuman, was definitely overdone to the point of annoyance. Redundancy can be boring; it certainly did not add an endearing quality to the story. Other than that, it was a good story that improved as it unfolded.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lissa

    Was totally engrossed in the book. Reminded me of Twilight, Buffy in places but not to its detriment. Although it says its aimed at young-adult I can say it would interest anyone who enjoys this type of book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Linda882

    I'm obviously not the target audience being slightly older than 14. It was free and ticked a box on my reading challenge list. Not that invested to find what the future holds for the characters. I'm obviously not the target audience being slightly older than 14. It was free and ticked a box on my reading challenge list. Not that invested to find what the future holds for the characters.

  28. 5 out of 5

    H

    Can you say, "crazy scientist"? Oh yeah, he's definitely crazy genius type. Interesting sci-fi story of creating human perfection. Looking forward to reading the next in the series. Can you say, "crazy scientist"? Oh yeah, he's definitely crazy genius type. Interesting sci-fi story of creating human perfection. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chelsee Headley

    Predictable & not very interesting to me. Only got about 1/3 of the way through before abandoning it altogether.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Morv

    The blurb for this book sounded like it would be rather exciting and thrilling than it actually was. In reality it was dull and tedious and just rather pointless over all. Gabriel could have been an interesting character to learn about, but the author's decided that we need to learn about Melissa, the man who created Gabriel, and Gabriel's 'brother' Eugene. The two character's who interested me were Eugene, he seemed rather complex in his thinking and near the end of the book he seemed to almost h The blurb for this book sounded like it would be rather exciting and thrilling than it actually was. In reality it was dull and tedious and just rather pointless over all. Gabriel could have been an interesting character to learn about, but the author's decided that we need to learn about Melissa, the man who created Gabriel, and Gabriel's 'brother' Eugene. The two character's who interested me were Eugene, he seemed rather complex in his thinking and near the end of the book he seemed to almost have a change of heart as well. It was just interesting how he was so much more violent compared to Gabriel who appears rather placid. Melissa I couldn't get into, but I think that would have been due to the book being rather short, you couldn't really get a nice feel for any of the character's, we don't know their likes or dislikes, what they enjoy ect. We were told that Melissa's mother died when she was 7 years old, it was brought up a few times during the book, but nothing more was said about it. The book just lacked a lot of proper interaction with the character's in general and for some odd reason the author's kept putting rather big words that are never used (instead of saying dream-like they used something else, I don't know if they think that since they are going to try and captivate some YA that they should make their brains work, with words NO ONE would use at all in real life). I would hope the next book would give more information about the character, Melissa just seemed rather bland, she disliked one of her friends being blunt and swearing - they are 17 in this book, she has know this girl since she was in kindergarden - seriously? How many 17 year old's do you know who DON'T swear? Also Melissa's dad just didn't come off well either, near the end he kept calling Gabriel 'kid', which was slightly annoying. Regarding the book as a whole thought, it seemed a bit all over the place, Melissa is the first character we meet and she is meeting up with a guy called Kevin, who we learn is a bit of a player. He feels her up and she doesn't like it, demands to go him, he does so. Next chapter is about the scientist who created Gabriel and Eugene. Then we are back with Melissa who is heading to school. The we learn that Gabriel is also going to attend school, he lived in far east Russia in chapter two, so it seems rather sudden to have him come to school the very next day after Melissa was being groped by Kevin. It would be interesting to see where the next story goes, but I don't think I would be able to read it considering how much the first book irritated me.

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