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Friday, August 5, 2011

Book Review: The Survivors by Amanda Havard

Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal Romance)

The Blurb:
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.

My Review:
The Survivors is the intriguing first book in what will be a series of five by Nashville author, Amanda Havard. The Survivors begins with twenty-six children accused of being witches in 1692 Salem, Massachusetts. The children were left to die in the middle of winter. Fourteen of them survived. Three centuries later, Sadie Matthau runs away from their isolated Montana community. During a late night run, she sees something so startling it changes everything she thought she knew and leads her on a route of self-discovery, meeting various paranormal creatures along the way, and maybe even finding love.

The Survivors blends mythology, history, and fiction so well, you will find yourself doing research of your own to find out what is real and what came from the mind of the author. I found the book to be highly original and was introduced to some creatures I had never heard of before. It is a fast read. As one chapter ends, you can't help but to keep reading so you know what will happen next.

Check out my reviews of  Book 2: Point of Origin & Book 3: Body & Blood 

Amanda Havard entwines fashion, social networking, travel, and even music into her storytelling as well. She co-wrote the first single and theme song from book one of the THE SURVIVORS Series with Deanna Walker. The song, "Pretty Girl", is performed by Chris Mann. Be sure to check it out at Amanda Havard's You Tube page.

The second single,"Breaking", was released this morning. "Breaking" was performed by Jess Moskaluk and written by Amanda Havard and Deanna Walker as well.You can also view this at Amanda Havard's You Tube page. Both songs can be purchased from iTunes.
The next installment of The Survivors is expected in Spring of 2012. Fans can pass the time waiting by visiting their favorite characters on Facebook. You can read updates from Sadie Matthau, Corrina Meyer Williams, Ginny Winter, Mark Winter & Everett Winter on their very own Facebook pages. It doesn't stop there. You can also find many of them tweeting back and forth on Twitter as well, using the same names they use in the book.

Amanda Havard thinks in stories. She writes books and songs, tells stories to people over coffee or in elaborate iPad apps, in short films or subtle photographs. Stories are her life. THE SURVIVORS: BODY & BLOOD is her third novel, and is an amalgamation of all of her storytelling love combined. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, a place where creativity drips from the sap of the trees, radiates from the attitude of the population, and seeps from the concrete. The inventor of the Immersedition™ interactive book app, Havard is always looking for the next best story-- and the most innovative way to tell it. Check out my interview with Amanda Havard!

To learn more about Amanda Havard and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

Source: I won a paperback copy of this book through Bookies.

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