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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 i 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.


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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 i 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.

30 review for Category Five

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gerardine Betancourt

    I'm from Puerto Rico and I lived like many Puerto Ricans the disasters that Hurricane Maria left on the island. Many of us suffer months with no power, no running water, no communication, or food. At that time getting gasoline or ice was an odyssey, we had to get up very early and make a line for hours until late at night just to fill the tank of the car. In Category Five Ann Dàvila created a tremendous atmosphere that anyone who reads this book feels what we Puerto Ricans suffered during those h I'm from Puerto Rico and I lived like many Puerto Ricans the disasters that Hurricane Maria left on the island. Many of us suffer months with no power, no running water, no communication, or food. At that time getting gasoline or ice was an odyssey, we had to get up very early and make a line for hours until late at night just to fill the tank of the car. In Category Five Ann Dàvila created a tremendous atmosphere that anyone who reads this book feels what we Puerto Ricans suffered during those horrible months. This book not only shows the ravages that the island of Puerto Rico and Vieques suffered, but also mentions historical elements such as the Marina on vieques and the San Felipe Segundo hurricane in 1928. Ann Dàvila creates this beautiful, supernatural story full of intrigue and suspense that everyone in my opinion should read. 4 stars for me Thanks to netgalley and Tor teen for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica {Litnoob}

    4.5 stars First and foremost I wanted this to be longer because I had an amazing time on this ride. Category five picks up a full year after the events of Five Midnights and really shows us a different island living through all the same problems and then some. While our cast of characters are trying to cope with the aftermath of insurmountable loss they are also fighting on the build anew and that’s the backdrop we start with for better or worse. The face of colonialism in the book is front and ce 4.5 stars First and foremost I wanted this to be longer because I had an amazing time on this ride. Category five picks up a full year after the events of Five Midnights and really shows us a different island living through all the same problems and then some. While our cast of characters are trying to cope with the aftermath of insurmountable loss they are also fighting on the build anew and that’s the backdrop we start with for better or worse. The face of colonialism in the book is front and center and I appreciate it was never taken for granted as a very real threat to the island. And while all of that is going on, someone messes around and locked up a hornets nest of ghosts.... fun times right? But it was fun for me to see the kids trying to find out The Who what when where and why of the mystery of the ghosts and some murders, all while also trying to find a new normal for them in a post Maria world. I so dearly hope the author continues writing in this world and with these characters. Because I love them and I’d really like to dip back into these warm waters for more adventures with them.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sofia (Bookish Wanderess)

    I haven't read the author's previous book which is supposed to be like a companion novel to this, and I definitely agree that it wasn't necessary. While there were references to the previous book, they told me enough that I didn't feel lost or like I was missing anything. I listen to the audiobook of this and it took me only 3 hours to finish it, so it felt like a very quick and entertaining read. I felt like the characters were very complex and layered, which I really enjoyed, and the different I haven't read the author's previous book which is supposed to be like a companion novel to this, and I definitely agree that it wasn't necessary. While there were references to the previous book, they told me enough that I didn't feel lost or like I was missing anything. I listen to the audiobook of this and it took me only 3 hours to finish it, so it felt like a very quick and entertaining read. I felt like the characters were very complex and layered, which I really enjoyed, and the different relationships between them were compelling. The mystery was intriguing enough and while some very convenient things did happen, overall it was an engaging story. And I really liked the way the author integrated what has happened in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria, especially the abandonment of Puerto Rico by the U.S. government. The ending was very much wish-fulfillment, but I didn't mind it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Meagan Cahuasqui

    The most succinct way to summarize this is Scooby Doo on zombie island x PR, where the ghosts are there to get rid of colonizers. A fun romp with an intriguing mystery. Though I will say the protagonist Lupe was especially frustrating with her reckless behavior lol. But that's teenagers I guess. I did appreciate the history lessons I learned about my mother's home island weaved throughout the narrative. I also liked that the relationships between the characters were treated with care in regards The most succinct way to summarize this is Scooby Doo on zombie island x PR, where the ghosts are there to get rid of colonizers. A fun romp with an intriguing mystery. Though I will say the protagonist Lupe was especially frustrating with her reckless behavior lol. But that's teenagers I guess. I did appreciate the history lessons I learned about my mother's home island weaved throughout the narrative. I also liked that the relationships between the characters were treated with care in regards to trauma and how that changes a person. Full review will be on my blog soon

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen (LOHF/Book Den)

    Review coming soon

  6. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Review coming soon! Spoiler alert; I really liked this one. Dávila made a great job 💜

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lindley Valcarcel

    I got an arc at ALA Midwinter and was absolutely thrilled. I loved this one just as much as the first! The whole thing made my heart happy and I love how cleverly the supernatural elements are used in this one. Such a great sequel and it was great to catch back up with the characters again. I loved the way everyone developed from the first book and the things they learned throughout this one. They really are the heart of the story (heh) and I'm so happy with this book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sammie

    DNF @ 25% Okay, so, I didn’t realize that Five Midnights was actually book one of this series, so that’s partly me bad and partly the author/publisher, because it’s not marked on Goodreads as being part of a series. This book does a pretty good job of summing up what happened in Five Midnights, but it definitely feels like a sequel, where the reader is expected to have some amount of cursory knowledge going in. This book started out with a bang, and I thought I was going to love it because I was DNF @ 25% Okay, so, I didn’t realize that Five Midnights was actually book one of this series, so that’s partly me bad and partly the author/publisher, because it’s not marked on Goodreads as being part of a series. This book does a pretty good job of summing up what happened in Five Midnights, but it definitely feels like a sequel, where the reader is expected to have some amount of cursory knowledge going in. This book started out with a bang, and I thought I was going to love it because I was immediately hooked. But then things started slowing down with the paranormal, and what really did it for me, though, was I just hated the characters. There’s a romance, and maybe it was established in the first book, but I’m not buying it here. I mean, Javier tells Lupe to stay away from one of the guys at the hotel, but she doesn’t ask the totally normal (and somewhat expected) thing you would from your partner, “Oh, why? What’d he do?” No, she instead flips out about Javier controlling her and not trusting her and immediately questions their relationship. It was just downhill from there, over and over again, where I was just left wondering if these kids really had a relationship at all? The book deals with post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico, which is an important topic, but in the part I read, there was some brief mention of what Javier went through, but mostly, the conclusion is just that the hurricane made him angry. It changed him. This is always said in a negative way, almost in a, “Why’s he so angry all the time?” kind of tone. What really made me set it down, though, was because Lupe is just … awful. I’m sorry, she’s horrible. They’re talking about Hurricane Maria, and Lupe says she knows what he went through because her uncle was there and they were worried about him, and Javier (who is clearly suffering PTSD) snaps and says she has no idea, because sitting safe in the US and worrying about family isn’t the same as living it. All of this culminating in Lupe crying, because somehow she’s the victim here because he hurt her feelings and so she questions their relationship, and I just … I can’t. There were so many instances where Lupe was clearly out of touch and elitist, and this was just the final straw for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Winters

    Category Five by Ann Dávila Cardinal is a follow-up to her YA novel, Five Midnights, and continues the supernatural sleuthing adventures of Lupe, Javier, and Marisol during Lupe’s first time back to the island after Hurricane Maria. Lupe finds not only the island ravaged by the storm, but soon discovers that people are being gruesomely murdered by (possibly) supernatural beings. She also faces a shift in the dynamics in her relationship with long-distance boyfriend Javier, which suffers both fro Category Five by Ann Dávila Cardinal is a follow-up to her YA novel, Five Midnights, and continues the supernatural sleuthing adventures of Lupe, Javier, and Marisol during Lupe’s first time back to the island after Hurricane Maria. Lupe finds not only the island ravaged by the storm, but soon discovers that people are being gruesomely murdered by (possibly) supernatural beings. She also faces a shift in the dynamics in her relationship with long-distance boyfriend Javier, which suffers both from Javier’s hurricane-related trauma and the arrival of Sam, the handsome son of the gringo developer who is taking advantage of the island’s economic upheaval to buy up precious land in order to build a vacation resort. Dávila Cardinal has crafted an engaging mix of young adult mystery, supernatural horror, and a modest amount of romance. More than that, it is a study on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico and her inhabitants, and the fine line between economic recovery and exploitation of the desperation experienced by Puerto Ricans in the wake of the storm. The book also covers the geography of the island, as well as important historical facts, including its frankly disturbing status as a disenfranchised territory of the United States. Beyond being the setting for this engaging story, Puerto Rico, specifically the small island of Vieques, is a character in and of itself. As for the story itself, it’s important to remember the ages of the protagonists. The characters’ actions, particularly Lupe’s, would not be at all believable were they older. Lupe is very impulsive and often acts before she thinks. This helps move the story along, but was a bit frustrating for me; mainly, because I know enough teenagers well enough to know that if they did see a potentially deadly parade of fantasmas, they would absolutely choose to get a closer look rather than run. There’s a lot to pay attention to in this book: the mystery that Dávila Cardinal practically dares her readers to solve; Puerto Rican folklore and history; teen relationships; social commentary about the reality of living in Puerto Rico. All those elements balance out into a fun, chilling, multi-faceted book that this middle-aged reader enjoyed as much as she would have as a young adult. Although, “young” is just a frame of mind, right?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Elysian Fields

    Category Five is a YA supernatural thriller and a story on love, devotion and protection. It starts the summer after Five Midnights; after the devastating category five hurricane Maria with Esteban, Lupe, Javier and Marisol (as well as Carlos and a new character Sam) recovering from El Cuco and helping to rebuild the island. The characters relationships have changed since last summer and they are all trying to find their way in this new reality. However, these characters cannot seem to have a "n Category Five is a YA supernatural thriller and a story on love, devotion and protection. It starts the summer after Five Midnights; after the devastating category five hurricane Maria with Esteban, Lupe, Javier and Marisol (as well as Carlos and a new character Sam) recovering from El Cuco and helping to rebuild the island. The characters relationships have changed since last summer and they are all trying to find their way in this new reality. However, these characters cannot seem to have a "normal" summer and soon they find themselves involved in another the police investigation this time with multiple murders, what seem be ghosts all while battling for profit companies trying to make money off of the islands devastation. In this story the author does an amazing job of describing Puerto Rico and the island of Vieques, the culture, the people, the history, the beauty along with the emotional impact, the heartache, and the shift in the characters worlds. She also adds a supernatural twist that both thrills the reader and the characters, but also helps lift up the people within the story (i.e brilliant ending). If you want to look deeper into this story there are some really important cultural and social issues that are addressed and rightfully so; but this can also be read "simply" as an amazing YA thirller. This was my most anticipated story of the 2020 and did not disappoint in the least. I loved every word and I will be waiting for what is next. If you are new to this author or this series you can read this story as a standalone but I highly encourage you to read Five Midnights as well as it is one of my favorites stories ever. The author is magic in her story telling. These are stories that I will read time and time again. 4.25 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracey

    diverse teen fiction - supernatural monsters/angry spirits/mystery/suspense in a Puerto Rico recovering from a devastating storm This can be read as a stand-alone, but it does continue the adventures of the characters from Five Midnights and I think it might help to have read the first book first (which according to the bookjacket garnered some terrific reviews from the likes of Book Riot, Bustle, and Kirkus), so that the reader is more invested in the characters and their stories. I stopped readi diverse teen fiction - supernatural monsters/angry spirits/mystery/suspense in a Puerto Rico recovering from a devastating storm This can be read as a stand-alone, but it does continue the adventures of the characters from Five Midnights and I think it might help to have read the first book first (which according to the bookjacket garnered some terrific reviews from the likes of Book Riot, Bustle, and Kirkus), so that the reader is more invested in the characters and their stories. I stopped reading around page 95 (between 2/5 and 1/2 of the story); the action/suspense was fine but I didn't really care much about the characters, which clearly had backstories but seemed a bit flat to me--Javier and his jealousies and insecurities when his girlfriend (Lupe) talks to the rich gringo (Sam), Lupe's always wanting to be in the middle of the action/mystery and having a dad who is a recovering alcoholic, Sam not necessarily being an a_hole like his profiteering developer dad, but who clearly has a secret (possibly queer). Marisol, with her social anxiety, felt the most interesting to me, but I got to spend the least amount of time with her. The characters had potential but their conversations and personalities lacked spark. I do hope the author keeps writing though because there is definite potential and I think a lot of teens would really enjoy reading a book like this with characters like these.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gerardo Delgadillo

    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 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. More on my blog: https://gerardowrites.wordpress.com/2...

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    Interesting premise, but there were logical holes in the plot, coupled with a need for better copy editing that made me drop this to a three star rating. Here are two examples. You have a female protagonist who has spent some amount of time working with her uncle who is an experienced policeman. When she finds a heart in her backpack, instead of alerting him so he could check for fingerprints, she ditches it. Then there's the incident at the grand opening where he sends her to retrieve his backu Interesting premise, but there were logical holes in the plot, coupled with a need for better copy editing that made me drop this to a three star rating. Here are two examples. You have a female protagonist who has spent some amount of time working with her uncle who is an experienced policeman. When she finds a heart in her backpack, instead of alerting him so he could check for fingerprints, she ditches it. Then there's the incident at the grand opening where he sends her to retrieve his backup radio from his vehicle. There's another heart in it. What policeman doesn't lock his vehicle, particularly in a place where there is a big crowd. I did find the ghosts and the history behind what drove them to be quite fascinating.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Adriana De Persia

    ¡Puertorro en la casa! este libro se enfoca en Vieques, en su historia, su gente, y en su relación con la Marina de los Estados Unidos. Ann conecta la narrativa con un Puerto Rico pos María, donde los personajes—unos más que otros—navegan ese trauma. a medida que leía, recordaba yo cosas...y cosas que no tengo que recordar, pues las vivo todos los días a mayor o menor escala. los capítulos son cortos y se leen rápido, lo cual a mí me gusta mucho en libros. me quedo pensando en cosas no dichas en ¡Puertorro en la casa! este libro se enfoca en Vieques, en su historia, su gente, y en su relación con la Marina de los Estados Unidos. Ann conecta la narrativa con un Puerto Rico pos María, donde los personajes—unos más que otros—navegan ese trauma. a medida que leía, recordaba yo cosas...y cosas que no tengo que recordar, pues las vivo todos los días a mayor o menor escala. los capítulos son cortos y se leen rápido, lo cual a mí me gusta mucho en libros. me quedo pensando en cosas no dichas en el libro, momentos en que me hubiese gustado ver a los personajes en sus monólogos internos. hay una escena al final que yo dije o.m.g. pienso mucho en esa escena, en lo no dicho también. sé que este libro comenzará muchas conversaciónes, y que continuará muchas que ya hay. Por un Vieques de/para viequenses, por un Vieques con ecosistemas saludables. [leí un eARC]

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emilie

    man, i wanted to like this. first of all, goodreads doesn't have this listed as the second book in a series. i didn't realize it was a sequel to five midnights and kept waiting for the author to explain all the references to the events of the previous summer, but the explanation never came. secondly, the switching of narratives was pretty unnecessary, especially because the characters were together a lot of the time. lastly, neither the serial killer plotline nor the supernatural plotline seemed man, i wanted to like this. first of all, goodreads doesn't have this listed as the second book in a series. i didn't realize it was a sequel to five midnights and kept waiting for the author to explain all the references to the events of the previous summer, but the explanation never came. secondly, the switching of narratives was pretty unnecessary, especially because the characters were together a lot of the time. lastly, neither the serial killer plotline nor the supernatural plotline seemed especially strong to me, but it seemed that the supernatural plotline was in this book because of (what i gather were) the events of the previous book. anyway, blah.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    That took some time to finish. Thanks net galley for the arc read for a review. Full review on my blog shortly. I just could not sit and read this. It was nicely written for the most part. Lupe acting like she does, didn’t cut it for me. Her BF is even worse, that was an awful lot of controlling. I also had to look up some phrases that were in Spanish because I learned French in high school, not Spanish. I really wanted to give this 4 stars. I will leave it at 3.5. Www.honestlyhonestreviewsbysara That took some time to finish. Thanks net galley for the arc read for a review. Full review on my blog shortly. I just could not sit and read this. It was nicely written for the most part. Lupe acting like she does, didn’t cut it for me. Her BF is even worse, that was an awful lot of controlling. I also had to look up some phrases that were in Spanish because I learned French in high school, not Spanish. I really wanted to give this 4 stars. I will leave it at 3.5. Www.honestlyhonestreviewsbysarah.blog...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Simon

    This didn't hit me as powerfully as the first - something about the childhood trauma and the unknowability of the horror in that one really did it for me - whereas this is more light-of-day and we know what is facing them closer to the beginning. But still very compelling and enjoyable and ultimately joyous as well. We see more hope for our characters at the end this time around.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I liked the characters and the plot, but every now and then the book felt a bit young, almost like this was supposed to be middle grate originally. It took me out of the story now and then. Not a lot, but enough to leave me wanting more. I would absolutely read more from Ann Dávila.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie Young

    Short book . I need like it but however, I think I would of like it better if I read the first one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marena

    A fast paced thriller. This book was so fun and engaging. I love the Puerto Rican lore, the sassy characters, and the “heart” of the story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Martina

    Please please please write a third! I love the characters and I have to keep following them on their journey! ❤️❤️❤️

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elena

    Amazing!! Will keep you interested from start to finish

  23. 5 out of 5

    Raul

    This was a lot of fun! I really hope we get to see more of these characters solving more mysteries!! It was like a Puerto Rican Scooby Doo and I loved it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tânia

    There's a sequel. There's a sequel! THERE'S A SEQUEL!!!!! 😭 Blog // Instagram // Twitter // Redbubble There's a sequel. There's a sequel! THERE'S A SEQUEL!!!!! 😭 Blog // Instagram // Twitter // Redbubble

  25. 5 out of 5

    Molly Turner

    It was a little hard for me to get into because I hadn’t read the previous book, but ultimately it still works as a stand-alone. The mystery is compelling and the island setting draws you in, along with the empathetic and warm characters. Read my interview with the author at Culturess: https://culturess.com/2020/06/02/inte... It was a little hard for me to get into because I hadn’t read the previous book, but ultimately it still works as a stand-alone. The mystery is compelling and the island setting draws you in, along with the empathetic and warm characters. Read my interview with the author at Culturess: https://culturess.com/2020/06/02/inte...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Angle-boyer

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debb Adams

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy Fox

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kevin L

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