*My first review* Exciting!
I had high hopes for this book which were not quite met, but I didn’t hate it. Young Lord, Arthur Hallingham, travels to the New World and joins Shelo, a native with weird powers, on a questionable quest to punish some poor guy. There’s a strong sense of mystery surrounding Arthur’s past and Shelo’s activities which to be fair was intriguing (and a nice change to have an unpredictable storyline) but was, on occasions, so mysterious that I’m actually still not entirely sure what was going on.
*Spoiler alert* It turns out Arthur is the result of an incestuous relationship between his father and his aunt. Fairly unusual idea but pretty anticlimactic after all the build up. This book took me a long time to read despite not being very long – just couldn’t get into it enough. Also I had a few issues with none of the main characters being particularly likeable. Arthur is pretty wet and had this whole adventure purely because he was running away from his problems at home, and Shelo is just plain selfish. The only redeeming character is Arthur’s (sort of) love interest, Flora. But even she in the end just wanted to follow the boys around. Stronger characters please.
However, it’s not all bad. There were things I liked about Hideous Creatures. It was well-paced, intriguing and not badly written. A good basic storyline, unfortunately not brilliantly executed.