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The Pearl Savage

por Tamara Rose Blodgett

Séries: The Savage Series (1)

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For fans of THE OUTLANDER and THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD.From the NYT bestselling author of the dark romance, A TERRIBLE LOVE, comes a tale of criminal geneticists who interfere with predestined matches between the women and men of an unforgiving world.Praise for VENGEANCE:"...Tamara [Rose Blodgett] took a HUGE risk doing this, and in the end it paid off. She weaved these two worlds together like an expert seamstress. I was in awe..." - Kami contagiousreads.com"... Could not put the book down and as soon as I was done with it, I purchased the next. Afraid I am addicted to this series..." - Tony James"...Another wonderful book from the savage series. This series of books is the best I have read in a long time..." - hedy clementsSynopsis:The degradation of Queen Clara's sphere continues without apparent end. She must ask for assistance from the neighboring Kingdom of Kentucky to combat the demise of their way of life. However, the alliance isn't as strong without the promise of marriage, which in the past stood to unite the spheres. Tensions run high, the ruination of additional spheres an imminent threat, causing strife and conflict. When Clara is seen as a pawn in a greater scheme and change of leadership, the Travelers interfere in an unforeseen way. When two different groups of Travelers' objectives collide, a cataclysmic event ends in a scenario of unprecedented upheaval and resolution. Can Clara and the Band save the sphere and in so doing the people of the future? Will Clara find the peace and love she deserves?Full length novel.… (mais)
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I finally read The Pearl Savage, which has been at the top of my TBR for a while. Loved it! To some extent, more a sci fi / fantasy book, but a strong element of romance, although it didn't entirely play itself out in this book - I'm assuming it will in the next one in the series (which fortunately, I already have!). The author built a fascinating world (a dystopian future earth) and set of characters, and I can't wait to read the next one (I'm trying to pace myself a bit, or I would have already finished it). ( )
  Booklover889 | Mar 17, 2016 |
Unfortunately I had too many problems with this book as in with its world-building and characters alike to actually enjoy it.

It seems to me this dystopia was a clash of too many ideas, which together created a great mess.

The world is separated into savages and so-called aristocratic society stuck in Victorian era under the protection of steam-powered domes. However in the centuries since the domes creation this society hasn't bothered to monitor changes of the outside world so it comes as a great surprise for them that it's actually now livable. What kind of disaster made the atmosphere dangerous for humans in the first place is not very clear.

The savages have a confusing tribal system, but they have a president (presidents?) and they are not really savages. There comes the line about their genetic modification, specific breed of warriors and special mates for them... Eh, too much.

Clara's willingness to go through abuse of her perpetually drunken mother and a potential abuse from her fiance didn't make sense to me as well. Her people were behind her, most of the aristocracy was behind her. The elimination of the queen who is incapable of ruling properly should have been in the works, maybe not by Clara herself, but by certain groups among the aristocracy. Clara's plot to just escape and hide wasn't going to work anyway.

Oh, well. I know a lot of people loved this book, but sadly it wasn't for me. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
I almost put this book down. I really did. The grammatical mistakes and the way the author strung the words together just didn't do it for me, and that hurt me a lot. I like my books to be well put together, with very few grammatical mistakes in them. The idea behind this one, though, kept me continuing even as I looked at it with trepidation.

I'm very glad I did. The story itself, the concept of it, is an intriguing one. There are so many dystopian novels out there right now about what could happen to the world, but this one was a whole new brand of different for me. I won't give anything away in this review, but the way that this author wrote about a possible future involving the specifics that she did was commendable. I ended up enjoying the book so much, I got the rest of them as well. I look forward to reading the continuation of Clara's story, even if I do have to look past the grammar to do it. ( )
  AllCrazyHere | May 7, 2014 |
This is what I get for randomly putting on free or cheap ebooks on my Kindle without previewing them first. Of course, you really can’t tell how good or bad a book’s going to be until you’ve read, but still. After finishing this, I wanted to slap myself.

First off, this is so boring that I ended skimming the last quarter of the book just to get to the end. I don’t care about any of these characters. They’re all the same stereotypical YA dystopia/paranormal/fantasy-esque leads—plain girl who’s super special and needs protection; Love Interest 1, a douchebag; Love Interest 2, nice guy who turns into a douchebag; and the jilted best friend who ends up as Love Interest 3. (Because a love triangle just isn’t enough in this book.) And the writing. This is ultraviolet prose at its worst. I’m assuming that the overtly flowery language is supposed to be a result of the antiquated society, but it’s just awful and stilted. And this isn’t even adding in the massive abuse of ellipsis’s and italics, used almost to the point of parody. (And I’ve been guilty of italic abuse.) It’s the weakest possible way of writing conflict and tension, and honestly, the author should have gotten a decent editor to look over this.

The world-building is weak. There’s a quasi-steampunk society of spheres that used to be the United States, constructed during a massive meteor strike in the 1890s. I could possibly run with this. except it feels more like an excuse to shove the heroine into pretty dresses. But then we find out that there’s two societies of ‘savages’ (*seethe*) living in the outside world. And one of the societies has a modern way of living with nice houses and community centers and democracy and nice clothes, but they’re not as nice as the ones in the sphere. And the other outside society is a band of pillagers. What pisses me off here is that there is no difference between either one of the two ‘main’ groups aside from outside appearance. This is supposed to pick up a hundred and forty years after the prologue scene, and both groups conveniently have a similar culture and manners of speaking? Oh, and by the way, using overly flowery archaic language is not the default speaking pattern for time periods pre-late 20th century. I can somewhat excuse the use of it in the sphere, but the use of it in the 1890 flashback is WRONG. You can’t put any old fashioned language into a certain time period, just because “Oh, well, it’s old-timey!” And why do the people living on the outside have the exact same way of speaking? Even coming from the same source, the differences in the culture would have differences in the speaking patterns and terminology. And yes, there is more than enough time for cultural differences to emerge. (Sorry, doing research on the 1890s right now /research rage.)

But research fail is not why I hated this book.

So, the plot of this book is that the one major clan—the civilized one—is looking to negotiate an exchange with the people of the spheres for women to breed with the clansmen. And they would really like some for the members of the Band, who all inexplicably have gills despite being inland. Oh, and Love Interest #1 spies on the super special Princess being abused and wants to protect her from her abusers, and Love Interest #2 is a misogynistic abusive jackass who wants to take Princess Mary Sue and show her who’s really in charge.

I’m surprised at myself that I didn’t give up at this point.

So, Princess Mary Sue tries to run away from her abusive mother, and manages to nearly get raped by her just-as-abusive fiancé, and in turn, gets kidnapped by the Band and faints. *seethe* She then wakes up in a perfectly nice four-poster bed and learns that the savages aren’t quite so different after all, ‘Colors of the Wind,’ learns that women are supposed to be delicate fucking flowers who can’t even defend themselves and are only good for popping out babies. She and one of the other women go to bath in the woods with the misogynistic asshole, who decides that this is his chance. And then we find out the Princess’s real super-special ability: she’s referred to as a select. Which means that any member of the Band who comes in contact with her is so fucking overcome with their hormones that they essentially molest her and she just stands there and does nothing. And it gets fucking better—the end of this book is the ENTIRE Band lining up to sexually assault this girl, who just stands there and lets them do whatever they want, with the entire community watching and deciding which one member is most suitable for her to mate with.

FUCK. THIS. NOISE.

Fuck this book. I’m not even touching on the absolute fail on the abuse that crops up in the characters’ past—trust me, that pissed me off too—but good fucking God. We do not need another YA book that tells girls to be doormats and let guys do whatever they fucking want because “It’s hormones!” and that the only thing a woman is good for is her vagina. And not to mention, this is fucking sexual assault this girl is going through, and it’s fucking okay with everyone? Because it’s for the greater fucking good? NO. NO NO NO NO.

Oh, and there’s a sequel hook at the end that deal with fucking mermaids that barely gets explained. I’m not bothering, and you shouldn’t even bother with this book. Fuck this book.
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  princess-starr | Mar 30, 2013 |
Absolutely AWESOME new series! I was captive immediately by the Clara's strong personality and strength of character even in the face of great adversity. Can't wait to read more... ( )
  tometender | Oct 28, 2012 |
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For fans of THE OUTLANDER and THE BLACK DAGGER BROTHERHOOD.From the NYT bestselling author of the dark romance, A TERRIBLE LOVE, comes a tale of criminal geneticists who interfere with predestined matches between the women and men of an unforgiving world.Praise for VENGEANCE:"...Tamara [Rose Blodgett] took a HUGE risk doing this, and in the end it paid off. She weaved these two worlds together like an expert seamstress. I was in awe..." - Kami contagiousreads.com"... Could not put the book down and as soon as I was done with it, I purchased the next. Afraid I am addicted to this series..." - Tony James"...Another wonderful book from the savage series. This series of books is the best I have read in a long time..." - hedy clementsSynopsis:The degradation of Queen Clara's sphere continues without apparent end. She must ask for assistance from the neighboring Kingdom of Kentucky to combat the demise of their way of life. However, the alliance isn't as strong without the promise of marriage, which in the past stood to unite the spheres. Tensions run high, the ruination of additional spheres an imminent threat, causing strife and conflict. When Clara is seen as a pawn in a greater scheme and change of leadership, the Travelers interfere in an unforeseen way. When two different groups of Travelers' objectives collide, a cataclysmic event ends in a scenario of unprecedented upheaval and resolution. Can Clara and the Band save the sphere and in so doing the people of the future? Will Clara find the peace and love she deserves?Full length novel.

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