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Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Survivors Review

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.

Review: First of all, I have to give some serious cover love to "The Survivors."  It feels similar to Erin Morgenstern's Night Circus cover, which gives me happy giddy feelings. 

Secondly, I LOVE a good witch story.  The Survivors by Amanda Havard is completely engrossing and fantastic.  Spun off of the Salem Witch Trials, I was thrown right into the story.  I felt the injustice of the exiles story, and intrigued at their cult like separation from society.  The historical points woven throughout the story serve to enhance it's richness in plot and story. 

Sadie was an interesting character right from the start.  Her aversion to touch, and exhaustion from pretending to be human was really interesting from me.  She's a complete paradox in that she wants to be human, has to act like a human, is exhausted by acting human, but is definitely not human.  Did you get all that?  When she meets a human who clouds her judgement, she bolts.  Then she comes across someone else entirely, who is entirely too much like her. 

Amanda Havard created a really unique story in The Survivors that sucked me in.  I managed to read all three books that are out in one day.  The characters were all done very well, and there was just so much richness in the story that drew me in.  From the weird Puritan culture that birthed Sadie, to the warmth of the Winter's family, The Survivors has a myriad of detail and plot drivers that will draw all paranormal lovers to read. 

With that said, so much happens in this book.  It is an insane journey of discovery that takes Sadie to each corner of the Earth.  Havard has done a very successful job of laying the foundation out for a complex and captivating world that will keep a reader on their toes. 

Nothing went how I expected it to.  Now, for those who are not fans of love triangles, The Survivors has one.  Well, kind of.  I can't give too much more of that away because it's one of those you have to read it to get it scenarios.  Let's just say I loathe angst-y love triangles and I could read The Survivors without wanting to throw my Kindle outside of a window. 

With all that said, I implore you to start reading this absolutely fantastic series.  It's clean romance wise, but it does have some gruesome subjects in it.  I would mainly say stay away for younger YA, unless they're really mature.  Highly, highly recommend The Survivors to you guys! 

4/5 Oh Yeah I liked it a lot!
Oh guess what guys?  It's totally free on Kindle right now!   Go download! 

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