Remarkably Bright Creatures Book Reviews

Shelby Van Pelt

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt Book Summary

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“Remarkably Bright Creatures is a beautiful examination of how loneliness can be transformed, cracked open, with the slightest touch from another living thing.” -- Kevin Wilson, author of Nothing to See Here

For fans of A Man Called Ove, a charming, witty and compulsively readable exploration of friendship, reckoning, and hope that traces a widow's unlikely connection with a giant Pacific octopus

After Tova Sullivan’s husband died, she began working the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, mopping floors and tidying up. Keeping busy has always helped her cope, which she’s been doing since her eighteen-year-old son, Erik, mysteriously vanished on a boat in Puget Sound over thirty years ago.

Tova becomes acquainted with curmudgeonly Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Marcellus knows more than anyone can imagine but wouldn’t dream of lifting one of his eight arms for his human captors—until he forms a remarkable friendship with Tova.

Ever the detective, Marcellus deduces what happened the night Tova’s son disappeared. And now Marcellus must use every trick his old invertebrate body can muster to unearth the truth for her before it’s too late. 

Shelby Van Pelt’s debut novel is a gentle reminder that sometimes taking a hard look at the past can help uncover a future that once felt impossible.

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Book Name Remarkably Bright Creatures
Genre Literary
Language English
E-Book Size 2.47 MB

Remarkably Bright Creatures (Shelby Van Pelt) Book Reviews 2024

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Superb!. Delightful, engaging story and characters. I could not put this book down!

Fabulous. I loved this book on so many levels- aging, friendships, children, loss, animal intelligence, mystery. It’s clever and a page turner.

Heartwarming. This is a heartwarming story and it’s just what I needed. You will literally cheer on the plot to bring Tova and Cameron together and when it is all over tyou will want to give a big hug to a giant pacific octopus! Remarkably Bright Creatures is remarkably enchanting.

So wonderful. Quick read with great characters.

Brilliant. From stem to stern one of the best books I’ve read in a long while. Just the right amount of pathos with every character, POV from Marcellus. What’s next?

Loved it!. So heartwarming & a joy to read.

Book of life’s unknown that turns into happiness. Beautiful twists and turns in this book. Loved the ending so much.

Read it!!!. This is such a beautifully written book. I enjoyed every page.

Very Heartwarming novel.. Thank you Marcellus for your contributions to a lovely story, and congratulations and bravo Ms. Van Pelt on your first novel. We will look forward to your next!

REMARKABLY BRIGHT CREATURES. So entertaining! I thoroughly enjoyed each of the characters. I certainly identified with Tova, being a woman of a certain age: I loved her spunk and persistence, and kindness. The creative way the author managed to help Cameron, Avery and Marcellus find their ways home was great fun. I loved this first novel and look forward to more.

Remarkably Bright Creatures. Loved the way the author wove the characters together in such an unexpected fashion! Highly recommended!

Plow through the slow beginning until the quirky characters will grab you and not let go. This book starts slowly. But if you persevere you will be rewarded with a cast of lovable, well-drawn characters who will grab your heart. The climax was so riveting I couldn’t put the book down until it was finished and left me with tears of joy.

Just wonderful. What a great book! I just loved how all the storylines came together and Tova was a gem.

Skeptical then captivating. It was a slow start for me, but I was completely wrapped at the end. I loved the characters and felt connected to them, they felt very tangible. Quite a different concept and read! It was a sweet story.

Devoured it!. You will love.

Story that shouldn’t work but does. This is a book that shouldn’t work, but it does. Writers have anthropomorphized dogs, cats, perhaps the occasional horse. But an octopus? As a narrator? We know that they are very intelligent. To go with this octopus tale is a human story so sweet that it alone can hold the reader’s interest. Loved this book. Still not sure why

You must read this book - it’s amazing!. What a wonderful story. This is a definite 5 stars and a must read. As a diver and a lover of all creatures I just adore the point of views in this book. And what a great story! Thank you for writing this!!! It will forever be in my bookshelf!

Couldn’t Put it Down. This was the best book I’ve ever read. I couldn’t put it down. I was shocked when I realized this was the first book she ever wrote. I can’t wait for the next one.

A gem of a book. The story, characters and writing is immersive. I hope the author writes another book, but this will be a very hard act to follow!

Such a beautiful story. How not to love Marcellus! I loved this book and the characters. Some parts of the story brought some confusion to the reader, though. Don’t know if on purpose, or if I missed something

Oh my god. I loved this book. And I will never eat octopus again.

Lovely. Heartwarming and beautifully written

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt. Refreshing story about love of all kinds, and journeys through difficult experiences to positive outcomes. The relationships between creatures and humans are the most poignant and appreciated, because they are described here with heart and insight.

Marcellus- the little warrior. Marcellus 🐙

Amazing!. Loved this book, could not put it down!

Unique story. I really enjoyed this story. It was unique and felt good to read. One of my favorites this year

Remarkably Bright Book!. It took a few chapters to get into the grove but once I did, I was hooked! So clever, poignant, heart-felt; all rolled up with grief, love and joy. Be sure to read the Acknowledgements to learn how she got the idea for the book. Loved this one!

Unexpectedly fabulous!. Finally, a book to love!

Such a Delight. Loved it so much. I almost cried at the end. Such a beautiful story.

Great first novel!. Absolutely a lovely lovely read. Loved Marcellus…

Scant dialog from Octo.. A tad overrated. Book could have been half this long.

Remarkably Bright Creatures. This is quite a lovely novel about interesting humans and an octopus that brings the story full circle. A wonderful first novel, written with heart.

Lovely in so many ways. Read it! I love the pace of the plot, slow yet invigorating.

I have always been. Fascinated by intelligent animals especially octopuses. But 21 dollars is too steep for some of us.

Absurdly, realistic yet delightful. Refreshingly different. A great view point of the northwest. I highly recommend it. Without giving away the plot, the characters are fully realized, even the sealift.

Heartwarming. A beautifully written story full of love, loss and discovery. A young mans quest to find his roots and the beautiful journey that takes him there.

Excellent. Exceptional writing. A truly great read.

Captivating story!. Loved this book. The narration is superb, the characters are believable and I couldn’t put it down.

Awesome. It was awesome!!!! I couldn’t put it down. I laughed and cried. The story grabbed me from the beginning until the end.

Heartwarming. I genuinely enjoyed this book. The author did a great job intertwining what seemed to be two completely different storylines and what came together was nothing short of compelling. I enjoyed reading the evolution of each character and never once did I imagine someone could give so much charm to an octopus and yet I was very much enamored by the sweet creature. It’s a great read, especially if you’re looking for something light and sweet.

Entertaining read. Intriguing story with characters you root for. Loved seeing how it came together.

Heartwarming. Heartwarming

Exceptional.. This book is a TREASURE. The octopus perspective is adorable and clever. The other characters weave through his life so nicely. I don’t want to ruin it by giving away anything in my review. Just read it.

Beautiful….. Woven perfectly. A top 5.

A truly wonderful read. Absolutely outstanding. 🧡

Loved Everything About This BOOK!. The characters just jumped off the page into my life. Highly recommend this book!

Remarkably, fabulous, great story!. I seldom right reviews but occasionally a novel comes along with a story that touches your heart and and your soul and some how you want to become a better person. And on top of everything else, a perfect beach or a mental escape from a knee replacement. Thank you so much for a few days of respite.

Best Book in a Long Time. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time! The ending captures your heart, without coming across as mushy. A “Feel Good” story about doubt, turmoil, and kindness.

Best Book I’ve Read This Year. Captivating, heartbreaking, and heartwarming. I couldn’t put it down.

Read this through the night…. Could not put it down. Beautiful story that made me laugh and cry.

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The Remarkably Bright Creatures book written by Shelby Van Pelt was published on 03 May 2022, Tuesday in the Literary category. A total of 2,406 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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