REVIEW: Category Five by Ann Dávila Cardinal

Category FiveSYNOPSIS

Category Five is a new supernatural YA thriller from Ann Dávila Cardinal, set against the backdrop of a post-hurricane Puerto Rico.

After the hurricane, some see destruction and some smell blood.

The tiny island of Vieques, located just off the northeastern coast of the main island of Puerto Rico, is trying to recover after hurricane Maria, but the already battered island is now half empty. To make matters worse, as on the main island, developers have come in to buy up the land at a fraction of its worth, taking advantage of the island when it is down.

Lupe, Javier, and Marisol are back to investigate a series of murders that follow in the wake of a hurricane and in the shadow of a new supernatural threat.

At the Publisher’s request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.


CATEGORY FIVE is an excellent YA mystery paranormal novel so engaging, I found myself lost in the prose, not a boring moment. The story’s twists took me by surprise. There’s so much to like, but the main aspect is mixing genres–paranormal and mystery. And the folklore!

The book is set in a luscious tiny island in Puerto Rico, one that has just suffered the wrath of category five hurricane María. Dead, unemployment, and a feeling of frustration reign the island. All of this is portrayed in such a way, that we, the reader, feel like we’re there, suffering with the protagonists.

Overall, CATEGORY FIVE’s engaging prose, crazy twists, and genre mix makes it a must read, and an excellent escape from everyday’s life, mainly in these incredible times we live right now.


5 out of 5 clouds!


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