Book Review: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

 My book review of Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt.

Title: Remarkably Bright Creatures

By: Shelby Van Pelt

Genre: Fiction

Pages: 360

Release Date: May 3rd, 2022

Publisher: Ecco

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

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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I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but reading a story from an octopuses point of view needs to be on everyone's book bucket list.

My favorite character has to be Marcellus the octopus. He tells his story in a very realistic way, but also like a creature that is learning about the world of humans above the water. Its fun to follow him as he leaves his enclosure to explore and feed. Who would have thought this book would be so extraordinarily entertaining?

Favorite Quote:
“Humans. For the most part, you are dull and blundering. But occasionally, you can be remarkably bright creatures.”

This book received a solid 5 out of 5 stars from me. The story was wonderfully written and entertaining. I felt connected to all the characters and their pains and passions, wanting the best for them. To see how Shelby Van Pelt was able to weave an octopus into her story is amazing and should win an award. Loved this book and can't wait to read the next book from this author.

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