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The Pearl Savage (#1): A Dark Epic Paranormal Romance (The Savage Series) by [Blodgett, Tamara Rose]
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" ... Blodgett doesn't waste time and paper blabbing away, she creates a complex and well thought-out plot line. If you skim through, you'll just end up frustrated that you wasted your time.... ...Tamara Rose Blodgett did a fabulous job creating a phenomenal steampunk world with a fancy, lyrical XIX-century-ish language straight from the Victorian era. The setting and the costumes, the characters and the way they express themselves, the sparkling atmosphere and evocative descriptions - all that makes for an exquisite and thoroughly compelling read." -evie-bookish.blogspot.com/

"... Blodgett keeps the story fresh and original--I've never read anything like it."-bookvacations.wordpress.com./

"... The Pearl Savage has action, drama, romance, and corsets. It basically has a little bit of everything, but enough of what's important to make this an interesting and engaging read. I loved the minor supernatural twists near the end, and I can't wait to see how that plays out in the following book..."--Angie

From the Author

The Savage Series:

Book #1- The Pearl Savage
#2- The Savage Blood
#3- The Savage Principle
#4- The Savage Vengeance
#5- The Savage Protector
#6- The Savage Dream
#6.1-6.2 - The Dark Savage (Novelette)

If you like the Savage Series you may like:
Blood Series:

Book #1- Blood Singers
#2- Blood Song
#3- Blood Chosen
#4- Blood Reign
#5- Angelic Blood

Product Details

  • File Size: 4357 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Tamara Rose Blodgett; 2 edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00563HRPM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,867 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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This is a very well written novel. I'm not exactly sure what I was expecting; I've read Blodgett's other book, Death Whispers, and I knew she was a great writer, but she still blew me away with this novel. It's completely different from Death Whispers and, if I didn't already know that Blodgett wrote them, I'd never think that the same writer was responsible for both novels. They are so completely different, yet both beautifully written.

What I really love about this novel is that Blodgett keeps the story fresh and original--I've never read anything like it--and she maintains an almost archaic tone throughout the prose and dialogue, never straying into modernization or slang, which I've noted a lot of authors do accidentally when trying to write a novel from another time period. It is obvious that Blodgett has put a lot of time and love into this novel, perfecting the language and causing the reader to transport to another world entirely, becoming lost within the pages of this epic novel.

Although the story takes place in the future and is superior in terms of technological advances (a sort of steampunk novel), the society seems to have backtracked as well, at least in terms of language, giving it a historical feel while at the same time lending itself to both the paranormal and fantasy genre. I thought it was ingenious that 19 states in the USA are kingdoms within themselves, set inside a sphere, as the outside air is tainted and savages roam the land.
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I picked this book up because of the post-apocalyptic world and the interesting backdrop of Victorian versus Science Fiction. The main character, Clara, is likable and a strong female lead, which accounts for most of the reason I stuck with the story as long as I did.

The Pearl Savage does have some merit, providing a unique world with a workable plot. The main character certainly had potential, tolerating the abuse of her drunk mother in order to protect her people from the mistreatment they would certainly suffer without her interference in royal affairs. However, the writing is off putting, giving you the insight of almost every character in the book.

The characters are simple and undeveloped. There are two main "villains," which is definitively the category they belong to, being "modern" versions of fairytale antagonists. The Queen only interest is wine and the abuse of her daughter, and her reason for both these activities is not explained in the first 75% of the book, which is all I could bear to read. The other villain is a neighboring kingdom's Prince, who is explained to be crazy because of too much inbreeding within the royal family. To put it simply, the evil Queen is an alcoholic and the evil prince is some kind of deranged hemophiliac. Neither character is interesting and the narrator devotes entire sections to explaining their boring and stereotypically evil thoughts.

The romance is confusing. As I said, I didn't read the end. What I did read is either leading up to some kind of love triangle, with very underdeveloped relationships, or a very bum-hurt savage leader, who seems like he'd probably boo hoo cry about the Princess hooking up with another savage.
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While Ms. Blodgett shows great talent as a storyteller, she is also a poster child for the value of a degree in English, or at the least, a good editor. Without looking for the date when this book was written, I hope it must be an earlier effort, and that the author is slowly developing as a writer.

I've read several of Ms. Blodgett's works, and they are all different from one another; there is no formula used in her plotting. (That's a good thing.) I believe she spends time visualizing her characters and her fictional worlds, and comes to know them well. I also believe she loves her chosen genre, and is capable of spinning tales that her audience will enjoy.

Unfortunately, she will never capture an educated, or even a very literate audience if she doesn't take some time to correct her shortcomings. Personally, I'm pulling for her. Poor writing can be fixed, and her talent is unique.

Writing style in the Pearl Savage isn't only shaped to fit a quaintly territorial population, it is so overwritten that the reader wants to scream for it to stop. If the word "mayhap" were used even one more time in some paragraphs, there would scarcely be room for any other words. When a writing style becomes this intrusive, it isn't serving any good purpose.

Characterization is heavy handed. Interaction between characters and backstory would show us the kinds of people we are dealing with. Instead the reader is clobbered with it repeatedly, until he either grasps it, or really should give up trying.
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