Author: Amanda Havard

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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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Point of Origin by Amanda Havard (The Survivors #2) – Review

September 10, 2013 Review 0 ★★★★★

Point of Origin by Amanda Havard (The Survivors #2) – ReviewRelease Date: June 12, 2012
Title: Point of Origin
Series: The Survivors #2
Author: Amanda Havard
Pages: 319
Publisher: Chafie Press
Source: Publisher Provided
Available: Barnes and Noble | iBookstore | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: The winter is upon us. The Survivors are in chaos. The war is coming.

One year ago, Sadie Matthau was living among humans, existing as one of them. But now she wakes each morning in a house in the Survivors' City, listening to the invocations and insults of her family members as they cope with their new future. A war. Rogue abandoners turned monsters. Sadie and the icy Winters living in their midst, bringing the outside world in.

The Survivors: Point of Origin is Sadie's quest to save her family. But can she find what she is looking for when she can barely stomach the Winters' wintry demeanor and finds herself distracted by Cole Hardwick's warm heart? Will she be able to uncover her family's history even as the elders' grip tightens around her throat? In an action packed ride full of magic and misery, terror and triumph, Sadie Matthau seeks the Survivors' beginning just in time to face her end.
5 Stars

Sadie has come home.

And to be honest, I cringe inside for her because I understand why she doesn’t want to be there. But I also understand the loyalty that brought her back.

She loves her family, even she doesn’t want to be what they are.

Even when they hate her.

Somehow, they believe that she is responsible for the things have happened to them since she left the family. And all she wants to do is save them.

In Point of Origin, Sadie tries to find out where the Survivors came from. Who created them? Why? She believes if they can find those answers, then they can find out how to kill the ones who seek to kill them.

And Sadie faces so much opposition that my heart just breaks for her. It’s no wonder that she feels like she’s going crazy.

She makes many decisions that drive me crazy – I just want to reach through the pages and shake her – but she does stay true to herself.

And the cliffhanger at the end of this book made me want to throw the book. If I had had to wait for the next one – someone would have gotten hurt. That’s all I’m saying.

There is absolutely no Sophomore Slump here, as is the case with so many series. We are taken on a journey that builds this world so much more than the previous book and the character development is insane. All of the characters grew, in some way (good or bad – it doesn’t matter – growth is growth).

Watch for my review of Body and Blood next week as I round out my reviews for Survivors September!

What Others Are Saying:

  • Blook GirlOverall, this story is absolutely bewitching, reasonably satisfying, and will leave you anxious for more. If you love a good paranormal spin on familiar mythological beings, romance, mysteries, and family drama, The Survivors Series is for you!
  • Dreaming in BooksSadie is everything people like about YA – she’s a strong female protagonist that can be vulnerable (mostly in her love life) but kick major butt if she needs to.
  • Literary ExplorationOverall, I enjoyed the sequel to The Survivors much more than the first book. It involved a lot more supernatural elements as well as provided enough answers while still keeping me intrigued for the next one.

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The Survivors by Amanda Havard (The Survivors #1) – Review

September 3, 2013 Review 4 ★★★★★

The Survivors by Amanda Havard (The Survivors #1) – ReviewRelease Date: March 29, 2011
Title: The Survivors
Series: The Survivors #1
Author: Amanda Havard
Pages: 283
Publisher: Chafie Press
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble | The Book Depository | Powell's
From the Publisher: In 1692, when witch trials gripped the community of Salem, Massachusetts, twenty-six children were accused as witches, exiled, and left for dead. Fourteen of them survived. The Survivors is the first installment of the tantalizing tales of the fourteen ill-fated Survivors and their descendants, who have been content in hiding for over three centuries. Isolated on a Montana mountainside, only Sadie, the rogue daughter, dares to abandon the family's sacred hiding place. But no matter how far Sadie runs, something always pulls her back. On a muggy summer night in Tennessee, she witnesses a shocking scene that will change her life forever. It is the first in a sequence of events that will drag her from the human world she's sought to belong to for over a century and send her back to her Puritanical family and into an uncertain future filled with cunning witches, mysterious nosferatu shape-shifters, dangerous eretica and vieczy vampires, millennia-old mythology, and the search for her own mortality. After all... HOW DO YOU KILL A SURVIVOR? The Survivors will steal your heart and invade your mind. Fall into the pages of Sadie's life, a world so frighteningly similar to your own, you'll find yourself wanting to go to the Montana mountains to find the Survivors for yourself. And it is only the beginning.
5 Stars

I first heard of this series last year at BEA. I picked up the ARC of the second book in the series and met Amanda (very briefly) while I was perusing the exhibit hall. But it was the second book in a series, so it languished on my shelf for… well ever. I had the best intentions of picking up the first one and reading them both, but it just never really happened.

Until Amanda’s awesome marketing for book three happened this year, that is. I couldn’t look at Twitter or Facebook without being reminded that I had Book 2 and that meant I needed Book 1 so that I could buy Book 3 when it came out!

Awesome marketing job Amanda.

And then Bout of Books 8.0 rolled around right after Book 3 came out. What a perfect opportunity for me to read all three books! What I didn’t expect was to sit down and read all three in two days.

Because I couldn’t put them down.

If you follow me on Twitter, you saw incessant gushing.

I had no idea guys. NO IDEA.

You all know how much I hate publisher blurbs. That means I never read this one in its entirety. I went into the story mostly blind. I knew it was about the survivors of those accused during the Salem witch trials. I knew it was paranormal. That’s about all I knew. I didn’t read far enough down to get into “vampire” or “mythological creatures.” I didn’t realize she had created an entire world with new creatures and its own mythology.

And this world is fascinating.

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