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Posted January 3, 2013
I was intrigued by this one. A man from another country trying to immerse himself in our culture and attend medical school. I was really hoping this would be a good read.
I wonder what Christian was expecting when he came to Florida. I hope he realized that he didn't land himself in typical America situation. A rich family that will basically adopt him as the long lost son. I don't think that's a realistic situation. I was also a little leery of the fact that the daughter just readily accepted him into her friend circle. I don't think I would have done that, and she doesn't strike me as the type of person who would either. Plus, I often really didn't like the family Christian leaves with. The father/doctor seems to have conditions to everything, the mother seems spacey and discounted, and the daughter has more than one issue.
Despite that I liked Christian. He seems generally optimistic and grateful for the situation he is in. He knows that it's an awesome opportunity to study medicine in the US. But at the same time, he's ensure if that's what he truly wants to do. It's more of what's expected of him and it would be extremely hard for him to strike out in a directions that hasn't been mapped for him. When the jaguar saves him life, he begins to think of his own mortality. Does he really want to spend the rest of his life doing something he doesn't really enjoy?
I enjoyed the interactions with the family next door. Their idiosyncrasies were a sharp contract to the rich world that Christian was accustomed to. I loved learning about each family member and what they brought to the overall dynamics of the whole group. I think they taught Christian a lot about life and the bigger picture.
The romantic relationships were a little intense for me. Christian seems to have little regard for Heather, the girl he lives with. It's just sex to him, but I'm not sure what it was for her. And there are some instances that bothered me a little. Then he meets Aiyana the girl next door and becomes obsessive. It's a good thing she could handle him, because he became very intense.
I had a really hard time with the beginning third of this book, to the point I almost put it down. I enjoyed the rest of it for the most part. An interesting book that I would recommend for older readers. It's definitely not young adult.
Posted December 24, 2012
So this is a very interesting book. This kid, Chris, I love him and I hate him all at the same time. I think a part of me doesn’t like so much conformity, so there’s my issue. Ok lemme tell you a few things. Chris is very happy to come to America to study at Florida’s medical school. He’s really smart and his dad has told him to become a doctor, so he will. That’s my first negative point. But his dad is a GP, and Chris wants to help people especially kids, so he’d like to be a doctor without borders for a while and then go into Peds. Here’s his first positive point things get real interesting one his first night in the USA. He’s staying at a mansion, they give him nice things. But it also seems superficial.
So, he goes out with the rich family’s hot daughter, heather. Heather is your typical spoiled rich girl, but at least she is honest about exactly who she is. So she introduces Chris to her friends down by the swamps, and serious drama takes place… He’s attacked and then saved by TWO different predators! It’s a thrill ride of crazy! And then some odd things begin happening, and Chris meets the “mysterious girl next door.” You know, I can’t stand people who judge others without the real story. And of course you get this. The rich family doesn’t like the “weird” neighbors so they spread lies. BUT positive point for Chris into not listening to all the crap.
this is a fascinating story. Things unfolded so well! I read it quite quick. There were some surprises and some things I predicted. But I still loved it. I really liked the Native American lore that plays into the story. I especially like the “weird” neighbors! This family makes me happy! I loved reading every thing about them! Everyone has their own uniqueness and that’s very cool to me
I will say one more negative thing about Chris… HE’S SUCH A TYPICAL GUY!!! You know, he gets a heartbreak, so he fixes it with loveless sex and bottled up emotions. You know, our choices in life really do shape things. I don’t think I could do something unless my whole heart is in it, so I could never “follow the family trade” unless it meant something big to me. But I get that it’s “sensible”. Now with that said, I really did like this book, a lot! Especially all the mysteries unfolding and you know you’ve connected with a character when you wanna slap them for their stupid choices lol
The author is working on book two and I can honestly say I can’t wait to read it. There is a kind of happily ever after, it just wasn’t MY HEA! Hahahaha I’m seriously anxious to see where the story will go with that last sentence so with that, pretty please hurry and gimme book 2! 4 PAWS!
Posted June 30, 2012
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Lee Jutton
Christian is a playboy with a past. He seems like he has it all: amazing good looks that harkens back to his Danish ancestors, the Vikings; intelligence enough to pursue a career as a doctor; a wealthy father; a knack for songwriting and guitar playing that makes girls swoon. Christian has all of these gifts and knows it, which makes him a somewhat irritating protagonist at the start of Savage, the first in a new YA trilogy by author Willow Rose. However, the story that Rose drops Christian into is interesting and compelling enough that not only does the reader forget about Christian’s ego, but soon Christian does as well. The evolution of the main character is one of the biggest strengths of Savage, and I look forward to seeing how Christian involves in the next two installments, which are due to take place at ten year intervals in Christian’s life.
Christian has a darkness within him due to the death of his beloved mother at a young age. Upon leaving Denmark for the sunny beaches of Florida, that darkness remains within him, even as he bonds with the beautiful young daughter of the couple he is staying with and her friends. When one of the group’s nighttime excursions goes awry, Christian is nearly killed by alligators in the Florida swamps. However, he is rescued by a mysterious jaguar that pulls him from the reptiles’ jaws and leaves him on shore.
Why did the jaguar not kill him? Why has Christian started having visions and premonitions since the accident? Who are the beautiful women living next door, and why do they appear to have supernatural powers? These are the questions that plague Christian even as he is trying to concentrate on starting medical school in Florida. Eventually he meets and falls passionately in love with the gorgeous Aiyana, one of the exotic and mystical women from next door. However, being with Aiyana isn’t as easy as it would seem—especially when the jaguar keeps haunting Christian in both dreams and reality. Yet Christian is willing to do whatever it takes to be a part of Aiyana’s life, even if it means throwing aside a respectable life to live amongst the spirits and magic of the swamps.
Christian, as I previously noted, becomes much more likeable throughout the novel, especially after he falls for Aiyana, who brings out the humanity in him. The cast of characters is diverse and interesting, and the interesting aspects of Native American culture and myth that Rose writes about are fascinating. Because the book takes place in 1983 there are plenty of other cultural references that might make older readers chuckle, though they might go over the target YA audience’s heads.
However, it is important to note that Savage is far more adult than young adult. The book is rife with adult language and violent situations, as well as several explicit sex scenes. If it were a film, it would most definitely be R rated. I would keep that in mind, and advise that no one younger than 16-17 years old should be reading Savage. However, the older readers will enjoy Christian’s journey and Aiyana’s culture, and look forward to book two in the trilogy, due out this fall.
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Posted October 3, 2012
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