Monday, July 4, 2011

The Survivors, Book 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...

The Survivors ( The Survivors Series #1) by Amanda Havard
Hardback, 283 pages
Published March 2011 by Chaffie Press LLC

One word: A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

I can't describe how much i loved the book. It was so calm and easy to read it. Going smoothly all the time and with little twists now and then. The book belongs to the "young adult" category but still it's something more adult-y in a way. The writing has a more serious tone than at most young adult books with being light in a different way. And the characters are around 20-25 and they are not so light headed but still you can see a teen in them.
The author gets her time explaining the story, the ideals, getting to know the characters than to go immediately in the main "problem". The book is one of the best story introductions i've read. I wasn't bored at all even though the action is limited, because the mystery around the creatures were so nicely created that made you want to read more and more. For once, i really get to know the characters of the book well.

As for the story, while it plays around the creatures we see all the time it's so different than that. Remind me a bit of The Village movie but a lot better. There are twists and surprises all the time. And it was nice to see that author had actually researched what she was writing. Myths and stories that i knew weren't altered.
And the fact that there are also things like Vogue, iPhone, Harry Potter and mane little things that we see or use in our life every day makes you come closer with the story. Most books avoid anything like that but i like to read that someone in our world listen to a Katy Perry song that i know too.

And the romance. True love stuff. BUT the couple doesn't agree to anything. Something that we see around. To be in love doesn't mean that you to agree or have the same ideas with your partner. That would be boring, right? It was a nice touch that they had their differences at times.

Survivors is easily one of the best books i've read in 2011! There are twists, magic, romance and a lot of action to come! I was really sad to see when the book ended. I wish the 2nd one was out already! Totally worth your time!

P.S: Don't you love the cover? It's so simple, yet so magical! :)

Thanks Amanda Havard and the publishers for providing a copy of the book.


  1. Best book of 2011?? That will worth my time....
    I'm not sure about the known to us things though (Vogue, Katy Perry, etc), I'd prefer not to be mentioned in books....
    Anyway, I agree about the cover, it's really attractive....

  2. @nina: one of the best at 2011. not the best.

  3. Like The Village but better?! I have to check out this book on Goodreads!

  4. I really enjoyed The Village, and this is actually the first I have heard about this book. Thanks so much for the review, I will be adding this to my tbr list.

  5. the cover is very nice yiota (we agree for once) but i don't like the "S" of the Survivors.

    this book sounds really interesting, i don't read YA but i think i am gonna try this one.

    thnx for the review !


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