Friday, October 12, 2012

FMB Blog Tour Stop - Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar Book 1) by Willow Rose

Hi fellow readers! Welcome to our blog tour stop for Savage, by Willow Rose. I received a copy of this novel for review from the author, so check out my review below. And there is also a tour giveaway! Get your entries in at the end of the review to win!

Title: Savage
Series: Daughters of the Jaguar
Author: Willow Rose
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Publisher: Self-Published
Pages: 447


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Book Description:

The year is 1983. Christian is 22 years old when he leaves his home in Denmark to spend a year in Florida with a very wealthy family and go to med-school. A joyful night out with friends is shattered by an encounter with a savage predator that changes his life forever. Soon he faces challenges he had never expected. A supernatural gift he has no idea how to embrace. A haunting family in the house next door. A spirit-filled girl who seems to carry all the answers. An ancient secret hidden in the swamps of Florida. One life never the same. One love that becomes an obsession. Two destinies that will be forever entangled.

Savage is a paranormal romance with some language, violence, and sexual situations recommended for ages sixteen and up. It is the first book in a family saga that covers three decades of the character's lives. The sequel is expected in September 2012.

Lily's Rating: didn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing


This YA novel was a little different than what I am used to.

1. It is set in the 80's which is actually my favorite era. Throughout the novel I forgot that it was set in the 80's, to be honest. But there were a couple of mentions here and there that brought that back to my mind.

2. Told from a male POV. Not the first YA that I have read told solely from the male character's perspective, but those are few and far in between for me so far. Not unpleasant. I enjoyed the change.

3. The POV was from an older Christian, recounting the story that, obviously, happened many years in his past.

The third point was a little tricky for me and my only point of struggle while reading this novel.  I realized quickly that it was an older Christian that was speaking as there were  many references throughout the novel that he was presently many years older than when the story takes place. This is a tricky thing that can go badly and not be received so well by myself as a reader, and I imagine, other readers as well. The writer runs the risk of telling the story, more than showing the story. I do feel that in the beginning of this novel there was too much telling, and I struggled with that. But the action does kick in fairly quickly so I wasn't put off for too long.  What did aggravate me the most though, are the regular hints of how things turned out before they actually happened. I like to read the story as it plays out, and not have an inkling as to what may occur in the future before it actually happens. That stole a little bit of the magic of this story.

Otherwise, I did like this novel.

Christian was a likeable character that from the beginning, battled with the superficial or materialistic ideals of his father, and the family that took him in when he was sent to the U.S. to study medicine. Initially, his dream was to become a doctor, so that was not the problem. But he was put off by how there was so much focus on the rich lifestyle that he was surrounded by. That was most evident once he met the girl next door, Aiyana, who he fell deeply in love with. 

Aiyana is a free spirit. She is completely carefree, and both her and her family are most definitely not the norm. Though the community sees them negatively, Christian is immediately attracted to their laughter and caring hearts. How could he not fall in love with her? I kind of did myself :)

Introduce a mysterious panther that saves Christian from almost certain death, and you have a storyline trimmed with gold. I really enjoyed the bond that Christian and the panther developed, and how much he wanted to save it from the people that hunted it, as they misunderstood the beast's intentions.  As to the panther's identity... well that was pretty predictable, but no less delightful or tragic, depending on the part of the book that you happen to be on. 

Though the beginning was a little slow paced, this novel picks up speed that the author does a great job of maintaining to the very end. Once the storyline began to take clearer shape, I was very invested, and had a hard time putting the novel down.  The author leaves us with some open questions, but answers many. I look forward to picking up the second novel of the series to find out what is in store for Christian and Aiyana's futures. 

I received an eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher/tour site; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.

About the Author:

Willow Rose writes Paranormal Romance, mystery and fantasy. Originally from Denmark she now lives on Florida’s Space Coast with her husband and two daughters. She is a huge fan of Anne Rice and Isabel Allende. When she is not writing or reading she enjoys watching the dolphins play in the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Other books by the author: - One, Two ... He is coming for you - The eye of the Crystal ball - Beyond - Afterlife #1 - Serenity - Afterlife #2 - Endurance - Afterlife #3 Currently Willow Rose is working on the sequal in the series "Daughters of the Jaguar". It is expected to be published fall 2012.
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