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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