Body & Blood by Amanda Havard (The Survivors #3) – Review

September 18, 2013 Review 1 ★★★★★

Body & Blood by Amanda Havard (The Survivors #3) – ReviewRelease Date: July 23, 2013
Title: Body & Blood
Series: The Survivors #3
Author: Amanda Havard
Pages: 458
Publisher: Chafie Press
Source: NetGalley
Available: Barnes and Noble | iBookstore
From the Publisher: The Survivors: Body & Blood is the third installment of The Survivors Series!

How many answers you seek are just a part of you, waiting to be found?

The game has changed.

Fresh from her first brush with mortality, a fragile Sadie Matthau is playing human with Cole Hardwick while the Survivors endure unimaginable tragedy. Wrought with the first deaths of their own kind, a tyrant who will torture them, and an opponent more terrifying than anyone could have foreseen, the Survivors are facing their end.

Told from three points of view, The Survivors: Body & Blood is a bloodcurdling, mind-bending, heart-stopping ride. As Sadie and the Winters uncover more enemies, more history, and more answers, they find themselves brought closer together and ripped further apart. And all the while, a haunting Alexander Raven lurks at the edge of Sadie s lifeline, at the darkening fringes of her mind.

As the Survivors descend into chaos, Sadie realizes a painful truth: the deepest of secrets leave the darkest of marks.

Caught between a terrifying fantasy and her own grim reality, Body & Blood is the story of Sadie s dance with her demons, future, past, and present.
5 Stars

Dear Ms. Havard,

Why must you hurt me so?

When I first started reading this series, I had no idea what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect to fall in love. But through your words and the voices you gave your characters – especially to Sadie – I did fall in love. I love this world. I love the experiences I’ve shared with Sadie, the Winters, and the other Survivors.

But now I find that my heart is broken.

A choice was made. A step backwards, in the wrong direction. After so much progress over the course of these three books.

And I simply don’t understand.

When I finished the final chapter, I found myself flipping back and forth between the final pages and rereading because I didn’t understand what had happened.

I still don’t.

I find myself in a position I’ve never been in before. For the first time, I have a need to see inside a character’s head*. To understand her so completely that I no longer question her choices. You have put me in that position and for that, I say bravo. It is incredible writing that leaves me in such a state – a state of love and confusion and longing and sorrow.

I hope, Ms. Havard, that Book 4 offers some resolution and relief to these feelings I am having. I don’t need a happy ending if it’s not time, but I do hope that I can begin to support and understand what transpired at the end of Body & Blood (events that have overshadowed the entire plot of the book in my thoughts here!).

Thank you for writing a new series that turns the paranormal genre on its head. And thank you for not being predictable. But please try not to break my heart in the next one.

Love,
Mandi Kaye

 

*Survivor’s September will be rounded out next week with a chat with Sadie, to get a little insight into who she is. Look for it to be posted next week!

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