Savages by Natalie Bennett

Since it’s a new year, I have decided that I would start my first review with the very first book I have read this year. That would be ‘Savages’ by Natalie Bennett.

“I am the monster they created. I’m the whore they’re ashamed of.” When life tried to break me I grabbed that b*tch by the throat and squeezed. I thought I could overcome anything. I swore I could handle him, but after being forced to play at the Devil’s playground I ended up craving his touch. One taste of his poison made my loyalties begin to waiver.
“I’m a living nightmare, I’m everything they fear.” I’ve been called the Devil, deranged, and a savage. I lived by a code created by rebel souls. We were sinners and thieves that made no apologies for taking whatever the f*ck we wanted. Saving a girl in the woods was never part of my plans, but when I saw the crazy in her eyes I knew it was a match made in hell. Now secrets are piling up, the bodies are rotting, and time is running out to finish what I started. Forewarning, our story is more than a little f*cked up.
Authors Note : 18+ I am not going to put a long ‘warning’ on this book. I will say that Savages is a VERY cautionary tale that has no regard for hard limits. Reader discretion IS highly advised. *This book contains dystopian elements*

Let’s start with the blurb,

Okay, folks let me say this, this book was an amazing five stars for me. It was dark and twisted. There were many times my jaw dropped and said to myself there is no way that she just said that or wrote that. I couldn’t believe it. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with characters that shouldn’t be loveable.

Natalie Bennett brought Calista and Romero to life in this book, her world building was flawless in my opinion, and she created a world that was dark and depressing, but in the end, it showed that even the monsters could find a place they could call home.

I am not going to give too much away, because I feel that if you can get around all of the taboos featured in this book, then you should read it. If there are just too many things that trigger you than I should warn you away, far, far, away, better yet run from this book as fast as you can.

If you haven’t yet, let’s go a little more in-depth, Cali was involved in a town that was more of a cult. They believed in a god, Bennett doesn’t go too much into it which IMO a good idea. You just know that this cult is full of incest rapists. Cali was kicked out and left for dead. A group of outlanders found her. They saved her and brought her into their fold. Cali from the get-go knew there was something wrong with her. She had no love for the people she was with.

They sent her off by her choice to infiltrate a group called the Savages. She knew of this group and their leader who goes by the name of Romero. She had fallen in love with the man before she ever met him. This book is full of not only outlaws, but there are cannibals. There is a whole lot of death and blood, and sex. It is the definition of Ultra Violence honestly. But the depth of the characters was incredible. Bennett had done a fantastic job of making you feel like you are connecting with them on some level.

This isn’t to say that the monsters are heroes because they aren’t. They are soulless killers who have no regard for anyone else. This is a love story about two killers falling for each other. It’s about finding the other half of your soul. Bennett achieved this most amazingly. I gobbled this book down in a matter of hours. I was breathless and couldn’t wait to get the second one in my hands.

This book does end on a cliff hanger, so there is your big warning. I would pick up Deviants and have it waiting so you can read the conclusion between Cali and Rome.

This was so fuckin twisted I loved every moment of it. I picked it up and gobbled every torrid detail down. The only thing I am sad about is that I am going to have to wait and hope that I get more gift certificates for my birthday so I can buy the remaining paperbacks so I can finish this series. Bravo Natalie, Brav-fucking-o.. this was absolutely fucked in so many good ways. And I can not wait until I get to finish this series off.

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