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Product Details

  • Series: Survivors
  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Chafie Press, LLC (March 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983319006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983319009
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Havard effortlessly melds historical facts with spellbinding fiction in this compelling debut of THE SURVIVORS series." -The US Review of Books

"Havard's triumphant debut will leave readers hanging on each page, anxious for the next chapter of Sadie's story!" -RT Book Review

"[Havard] had me absolutely falling in love... a stunning debut that will be sure to captivate readers." -The Book Cellar

About the Author

Amanda Havard has been telling stories since before she could write. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, where her first book was published in her elementary school library at age 7. She received Bachelor s and Master s degrees in education from Vanderbilt University. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her baby grand piano and more story ideas than she could tell in one lifetime. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on April 4, 2013
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Meh...The interlacing of the Salem Witch Trials was what attracted me to this book (and of course that it was only 99 cents and I had an Amazon gift card). But it was glaringly obvious that Harvard has produced another brainless Twilight rip-off. I like how these dime-a-dozen authors use a thesaurus in an attempt to make things seem more intelligent. +1 for trying to make it historical.

The book seemed rushed and poorly edited. I was disappointed in the main character, Sadie. For someone who has supposedly lived for over 100 years, she was confusingly vapid and immature. Even though she has read thousands upon thousands of books, all she talks about is designer clothes and her appearance. There were many inconsistencies in her reasoning. The relationship between herself and the Edward Cullen wannabe is forced upon the reader. We are just supposed to accept that they are truly, madly, deeply in love, all in an instant! That type of writing frustrates me. It is insulting.

I am wondering when this whole YA vampire cash cow is going to run out of milk?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrea Thompson on August 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
At first glance, The Survivors seems like a simple(-ish) story about a girl who is a descended from a line of witches dating back to the Salem Witch Trials. And for the first third of the book, it is. But once you really delve into the book. It becomes so much more. I love when a book takes me by surprise. The Survivors is that book.
The Survivors begins with a prologue set in 1692, the height of the Salem Witch Trials. Twenty-six children were exiled, taken out West in the dead of winter, and left for dead. But, fourteen of those children didn't die, they survived. They developed extraordinary powers and all stopped aging. They had children who also had those traits. Sadie, the main character is one of those children. She was born in the 1860s and stopped aging around the age of twenty-one. Sadie was never content wrapped in the isolation of the world the Survivors created. She wanted to know what exactly they were. The answers the Elders of her people gave were never enough. So, she snuck away. Determined to live in the outside world.
At first, I had a hard time connecting with Sadie. She views humanity through an "outside looking in" lens. She seemed almost robotic, and she sometimes annoyed me. I mean, she's beautiful, extremely wealthy, and will be "forever 21". What's not to like, right? Sadie is envious of the one thing humans have that she does not, mortality. Sadie spends her life on a world-wide mission. Traveling, trying to discover exactly what she is and how she and those like her can be destroyed. She is on a virtual suicide-mission. She wants to be able to stop another Survivor if they become evil, but the reason she seems hell-bent on killing herself never became crystal clear to me.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Keely Ann on August 28, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Survivors by Amanda Havard was one of those books for which I had to force myself to keep going, to ignore the little annoyances, and hope with my fingers crossed that it would get better. I usually wouldn't review a book I didn'tenjoy, but as it turns out, this book ends up getting better and presenting some extreme potential for itself.

I began this book with a certain mindset, thinking it would be more about the witch trials of Salem; however, the book only covers this era briefly, shooting forward to the present day.The story revolves around Sadie, an awkward, supermodel-looking non-human who escaped her oppressive village to live among humans. The first three quarters of the book seem to be mostly about how strange Sadie appears to other hu

mans, the lust she detects from the men she meets, and the jealousy she feels from the women. (Snobby much?) There are also incessant references to designer clothing and expensive cars - these descriptions take up paragraphs of the book which were a little annoying - we get it, she wears ridiculously overpriced clothes in addition to being a man-magnet and the envy of all women.

The story drags on in this way and just when you're beginning to wonder if anything is ever going to happen, the Winters show up and spice things up a little. They encourage Sadie to grow and accept who she is in addition to helping her want a future for herself. I was a little skeptical of this new family and their automatic acceptance, but at the same time I was relieved to finally feel some stimulation in my brain from some much needed action and mystery. It just happens that the Winters have more to do with Sadie's and her family's life than she initially realized, and their connection is the only way to survive the future.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Kuntz on July 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Someone else had recommended this book to me, and the premise, the potential, intrigued me. However, I felt like there were too many parallels to Twilight and that I was just reading another pulled to publish fanfiction. When Sadie meets the Winters, every single stereotype of the Cullen family is there. The love story between Sadie and Emmett, er, Edward, er, EVERETT? (really?) was lacking- they just instantly know how deeply they truly love each other. No build up, no foundation, no story. They just...love each other. No really. Sadie's story, as an immortal descendant of the Salem witches, had potential, but what does she do with her power? Mope around about how beautiful she is and wear out name dropping designers and travel all over the world interviewing people to learn more about herself. Blah blah blah. I kept hoping for the pace to pick up, for the tension to build into something. We get a half-assed confrontation between Papa Winter and her ex-communicated family, but there was very little else about the plot that was even memorable.

Don't waste your time, even if the author does have an elementary school library named after herself (snorting laughter here!)
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