*I received an eARC in exchange for my honest review
“My life with Beh was beautiful, transcending everything that set us apart from each other.”
Transcendence is definitely one of the most unique books I have read. The synopsis was what pulled me in and I was curious to see how the author was going to execute it. I'm glad to say it did not disappoint.
Ehd is a caveman and alone. His whole family was killed in a fire that also consumed his tribe. For months, he has been alone and only doing the minimum to keep himself alive. That is, until he finds Beh. As soon as he looked at her, he declared her his mate. He was finally not going to be alone and have his own tribe.
I really, really, enjoyed the originality of this book. When I first started reading it, I wasn't too sure how this story was going to hold my interest past the first few chapters when there is no dialogue at all. But it did.
“I will provide for her. I will protect her. I will give her anything she wants.”
I loved Ehd. I found him to be a hoot; I don't know if this was on purpose, but I found myself cracking up at Ehd's inner dialogue. When he "found" his mate, all he wanted to do was "put a baby in her." But as the story went on, he started to gradually change and grow as a character. He was super sweet and protective of Beh, and at times, pretty charming. I have never met any other character that can be compared to Ehd; he is unique. Shay Savage did not only develop Ehd as a character, but also Beh. She grew in ways that at first didn't seemed possible.
“She may be strange; she may not know how to make baskets, and she may be very noisy, but she is my mate, and I'm thrilled she is here.”
The story was a little slow at times, but I didn't mind it much. I loved seeing a great love story build through time and with no dialogue at all. Poor Ehd had no idea what Beh wanted most of the time. I really do wish to read Beh's point of view to have a more insight into her character and how she was feeling and thinking at certain times in the story. It's not really needed since I could pretty much deduce what she was saying, thinking, and feeling.
“In the darkness of the cave, there is a light inside her eyes that makes my heart beat faster. I know the emotions I see there are also reflected in my own gaze though I have never felt this way before. Beh softly repeats the same three sounds, followed by my name-sound.”
Overall, this was a very unique and enjoyable book. It was a great love story with some giggle-worthy inner monologue. I highly recommend you read this book and meet the ultimate book boyfriend. I will be definitely be reading other Shay Savage's books.
Shay Savage lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, two children, and a variety of household pets. She is an accomplished public speaker, and holds the rank of Distinguished Toastmaster from Toastmasters International. When not writing, she enjoys science fiction movies, and loves soccer in any and all forms. During the fall, she coaches her daughter’s soccer team. Though she currently works in the technology field, her school background is in psychology, and she brings a lot of that knowledge into the characters within her stories.
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