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{November 18, 2011}   {Review} The Savage Blood by Tamara Rose Blodgett (Savage #2)

13131283From Goodreads:  Matthew and Bracus of the Band travel alongside eighteen-year old queen, Clara Williamson, as she journeys to the sea to unlock the puzzle of her lineage.

Trouble strikes when the fragment absorbs Prince Frederic and undertake plans that involve Clara and her home sphere in a dangerous scheme of coercion.

It isn’t long before Clara discovers the Guardians terrible secret through horrible circumstances she must escape from.

Can Clara protect herself from her own destiny?


If you ask me, I’d have to say that Blodgett’s writing keeps getting better with time. Although I really enjoyed the first novel in this series, The Pearl Savage, I absolutely adored The Savage Blood.  Blodgett has fleshed out her amazing characters even more in this sequel, giving the reader new insights and explanations regarding Clara’s background, as well as the world in which the characters all thrive.  This really is a riveting read, and I can’t explain enough how mind-blowing this novel really is.

I love that this novel is set in the future, but feels much more like the past, and there’s a reason for this, but I can’t give away any secrets.  One of the ways Blodgett is able to make this novel feel like it’s in the past is through maintaining a more archaic dialogue throughout the novel.  This, to me, is amazing and shows just how much time and thought Blodgett put into writing this series.  The dialogue never slips into more modern lingo in terms of the main characters, and while more modern colloquialisms do end up playing a part in the novel, Blodgett explains their appearance within the story very well. I thought this usage of proper archaic language versus modern slang was fascinating and really love the way Blodgett brings them together both inside, and outside, the sphere.

Though this story isn’t real, and neither are the circumstances, Blodgett is able to create such a riveting world that it becomes real for the reader.  I felt as if I was a part of the story throughout the entire novel, which is an absolutely awesome feeling, but also a little disconcerting as some of the characters, such as Prince Frederic, have a bit of a violent streak.  Blodgett has made her characters and setting so real that I felt the same terror, pain, anger, and anxiety that Clara felt through much of the novel, yet I also felt the love, joy, peace, and happiness that permeates throughout the novel as well.  Blodgett does a phenomenal job with this story so that it is fast paced and exciting, but doesn’t overwhelm the reader either.  I love novels that make me feel a part of the action, and if you do too, then this is definitely a series for you!  Five stars.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.





Thanks for the giveaway, Shana~! =D

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