Tentacles by Ife Oshun


My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

Sixteen-year-old Sawyer Creed’s invisible, yet undeniably real, tentacles have seemingly killed every family member who ever hurt his mom– including his alcoholic dad.

Now on mom’s wedding day, Sawyer’s uncontrollable ability puts his family in imminent danger. When the tentacles stretch purposefully toward mom and her new husband, the first guy who’s treated her well, Sawyer, realizing that he’s on a path to destroy the ones he loves, vows to take charge of his destiny by making mom tell him the truth about why he’s different.

The tentacles seem to do his subconscious bidding when he’s angry or scared. Sawyer suspects it is a family legacy, a birthright mom denies. There is only one person who has the answers, one person who can help Sawyer have some semblance of a normal life; and that person, his grandmother and the matriarch of the Creed family, is also the person mom has hidden him from all of his life. tentacles is a short story prequel to the novel Blood To Blood.


My Opinion

This book is the short prequel to the Angel Brown series. In Blood to Blood, the first book in the series, Sawyer Creed meets Angel, a teenager with exceptional ancestors, and the wish to become a singer. To better understand why Sawyer acts like he does, it is really helpful to read this prequel. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Tentacles, Ifè Oshun has created an important prequel to a fantasy series for young adults with romance and a certain thrill. Tentacles is cleverly written, there is not too much depth – just enough to get to know Sawyer Creed a little better – and it makes you want to read more of the Angel Brown series. Thank you so much, Ifè!

This is a book to read again. I am glad that I bought Tentacles immediately after reading Blood to Blood.  😀


About the author

Ifè Oshun is the author of the YA modern fantasy short story Tentacles and novel Blood To Blood. Starting out as an actress, the Fine Arts and English major attended the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University before going on to work for over a decade as a music journalist for national magazines and major websites. She served as Editor-In-Chief for online music magazine HiphopRnbSoul.com. She also produced, and wrote for, television and theater. A couple of her sci-fi/fantasy plays were produced Off-Broadway and in Los Angeles, and she did her Writers Guild of America internship with Star Trek Enterprise and Voyager.

Her work incorporates fantasy elements with some combination of the following: humor, social issues, family themes, metaphysical concepts, and pop culture. She lives in Boston with her small son and ink-black cat, and can be found online at her personal website. She is open to all honest reviews, and available for interviews, contests/giveaways, tours, readings, signings and cool promo opportunities.



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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Tentacles?  Or – if you did not yet read Tentacles – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Tentacles was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂




5 thoughts on “Tentacles by Ife Oshun

  1. I read a book of the same name a few weeks ago and I truly enjoyed it – although the subject matter was very different, I must say. I’ll pick up this one as soon as I’ve gotten around to reading Blood to Blood (yikes! So many books!). Thank you for the great review as always, Karen! 😉

    • Thank you very much, Topaz! 🙂
      It is amazing how many books share a name – despite having nothing else in common…
      As Tentacles is a short story, you might actually want to read it first. Then you understand Sawyer better in Blood to Blood.

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