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The Pearl Savage (#1): A Dark Epic Paranormal Romance (The Savage Series) Kindle Edition
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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ive read the whole series i could tell you what each book is about but i would like you to be captured like i was i love this series and the death series as well to me this author... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Charlie Williams
Our future is never predetermined. Our lives almost never turn out the way we expected them too. Clara Williamson realized this when her world of sphere-dwelling and continuous... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Christina Smith Belcher
I wasn't a big fan of this book at first, it took a minute to get into (frankly calling them "kingdom of Ohio" etc was rather annoying and offputting), couldn't quite... Read morePublished 14 months ago by D. Patterson
Just started this book and this series and I have to say Im already addicted. It is just as great as her other works. Must read!Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I like fantasy stories because they take me to different places. Although the setting is the good old USA the characters environments are somewhat exotic. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Phyllis E Martin
This is a well written book by Tamara Rose Blodgett. An excellent writer. I was so taken by the book. It is a story of Princess Clare who is abused by her mother, Queen Ada. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sandy
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