Book Review

Book Review: Transcendence

  • Title: Transcendence
  • Author: Shay Savage
  • Genre: New Adult,  Romance, Historical Romance, Fantasy
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2014
  • ISBN: 978-1495416040
  • Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
  • Buy: Amazon

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Synopsis Ribbon

“It’s said that women and men are from two different planets when it comes to communication, but how can they overcome the obstacles of prehistoric times when one of them simply doesn’t have the ability to comprehend language? Ehd’s a caveman living on his own in a harsh wilderness. He’s strong and intelligent, but completely alone. When he finds a beautiful young woman in his pit trap, it’s obvious to him that she is meant to be his mate. He doesn’t know where she came from, she’s wearing some pretty odd clothing, and she makes a lot of noises with her mouth that give him a headache. Still, he’s determined to fulfill his purpose in life – provide for her, protect her, and put a baby in her. Elizabeth doesn’t know where she is or exactly how she got there. She’s confused and distressed by her predicament, and there’s a caveman hauling her back to his cavehome. She’s not at all interested in Ehd’s primitive advances, and she just can’t seem to get him to listen. No matter what she tries, getting her point across to this primitive but beautiful man is a constant – and often hilarious – struggle. With only each other for company, they must rely on one another to fight the dangers of the wild and prepare for the winter months. As they struggle to coexist, theirs becomes a love story that transcends language and time.”

My Thoughts Ribbon

Transcendence is about a caveman who fell in love with a modern woman who kind of got lost in the forest of a Paleolithic Era where this caveman lives. Since Ehd, the caveman, lacks the area of the brain which is responsible for understanding language, him and Beh couldn’t really communicate well using speech but this did not hinder them from growing a family and growing old together.

This is a good read and is very much unique because this is my first time coming across genre or a book that has this premise. I might just lay down my likes and some of the parts that I kind of have issues with.

  • The lack of dialogue between the two main characters. It was hard reading a book without a dialogue interaction when you are a dialogue-focused person. Lol! The book was narrated by Ehd so when you read it, you are only left with clues and it’s entirely up to you to figure out what must Beh is trying to say. I also felt like a caveman there for a while. Hahaha!

Her tongue darts over her lips, and she makes her rhythmic sounds again. She is not as loud this time, but the noise is strange and unfamiliar to me. I continue to watch her closely until she stops making the sounds and lets out a long breath. She sniffs and turns away from me again but seems to have settled down somewhat.” – Ehd

  • The constant desire of Ehd to put a baby inside of Beh. It was so awkward and I sometimes cringe every time I read, “I want to put a baby inside of her.” Ehd is so sexually active that he always wanted to mate with Beh. He was crazy with the idea of getting Beh pregnant and it gets disturbing (for me) at times. But I will agree that most of their love scenes are smoking hot! ❤
  • Shay is a brilliant author! When I was starting the first few chapters, I kind of wondered how the story would progress when it is told in a caveman’s point of view but Shay really pulled it off! Another thing is, the integration of the things from the modern period brought to the prehistoric is written almost perfectly.
  • The strange things. There a lot of strange things that happened in the book. First, the disappearance of the man that Ehd has killed and then when another man came into view, he said it was the same person. I was confused on this part. Also, the black object that Beh’s father is always holding and Lah. Why is Lah smaller and grew slower than Lee when she came back? I need answers for these! I wish Shay would write a novella for this with Beh’s point of view.
  • The genre mashup is excellent. I swoon because of the romance, I was touched with the family issues that’s present in here and I was brought into different worlds.
  • The names! Okay, only Filipinos will get me on this. I felt a little indifferent with the name “Beh”. Hahaha! For us, it is an expression or sometimes an endearment or most of the times, it just slips out of our mouths. “Beh, paabot nga.””Beh, ang ganda mo.” Hahahaha!

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