Title and Author: Savage (Daughters of the Jaguar 01) by Willow Rose
Publication Date: June 14th, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
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.
I have received this book from the author in exchange of an honest review and I have to say I really did enjoy this book.
Savage is the story of Christian, a young medical student from Denmark who goes to Florida to study at the med-school there and to spend a year with the Kirk family.
On his first night in Florida, Christian almost dies and that experience changes him forever. For instance, he starts hearing voices! When he meets the mysterious girl next door everything changes again, especially because she seems to know all about what happened to him that night…
Christian is a very interesting character and the fact the story is told in his POV makes him even more so. He’s handsome and he knows it. He’s not always nice and it can sometimes be difficult for the readers to connect to him but as the story unfolds he becomes more and more likeable and it becomes easier to understand his actions and the decisions he makes. Some of the things he bothered me a little, though.
Aiyana is the character who brings out the best in Christian and for that alone her character is an important one.
I really enjoyed the way the story developed and how complex yet realistic the situation Christian found himself in was. Plus, the author did a great job incorporating some myths and other aspects of the Native American culture in the book.
All in all, Savage is a very interesting book with good characters and gripping situations.
A little warning: I think this book is more suitable for adult readers than young adult. There are some explicit, and maybe a little violent sex scenes, and adult language.
Rating: Worth Your Time (4 Stars)