If you’re looking for a refreshing take on witches, vampires, and shape-shifters, then look no further than Amanda Havard’s The Survivors series. The first book, The Survivors, is currently available and I thoroughly enjoyed it when I read it last year. Ms. Havard has taken the Salem Witch Trials to a new level and given the tragic events new life with this series. And as much as I liked book one, Point of Origin is even better! It’s not often that I love sequels as much as the first book, but Ms. Havard has written an action-packed, romantic, and fantastical follow up.
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One of my favorite parts about book one was the unique twist on the Salem Witch Trials, but I felt like readers weren’t given enough of the Survivors’ history and how they were “victims” of the trials. But Ms. Havard has truly delivered with Point of Origin. She has skillfully created a rich and dark history that comes together as Sadie travels around the world in search of the truth. It’s fascinating to see just how extensive the mythology is in this book and how thought out it all is. Ms. Havard must’ve spent a lot of time mapping everything out and her hard work certainly paid off.
Along the same lines, the author’s writing is strong in other ways than just the mythology. Her descriptions are spot-on and never left me wondering what exactly she was trying to convey. She has an eye for detail that never misses anything, and everything from the characters’ clothes to the foreign places they visit are described so vividly that the book played out like a movie in my head. The dialogue is also smooth and utilized well.
But one of the strongest aspects is how Ms. Havard continues to give Sadie an extremely personal and intelligent voice. Sadie’s thoughts about and obsession with discovering a way to kill herself (and a Survivor in general) may be morbid, but I can really understand her reasons behind this desire. She is also such a strong female lead, yet has enough weaknesses to make her three dimensional.
The romance between Sadie and Everett is full of love and tension, which provides for dynamic drama between the two of them. I really enjoyed Sadie’s doubt regarding her love for Everett due to his vampire nature. Her fear and frustration over the fact that he has to kill to survive makes her seem even more compassionate and human than she gives herself credit for. And even though Cole comes back into the picture (yay!), a full-fledged, cliche love triangle never shows up, much to my delight.
My only gripe with the book is that I wanted more of a resolution between Sadie and her human best friend, Corrina, after they have a falling out over Sadie keeping so many secrets. I love Sadie’s connection to the human world and the few people she’s befriended, so I was sad to see her and Corrina become a bit distant.
Filled with colorful characters, romance, and a fascinatingly rich mythology, Point of Origin is one heck of a read! I couldn’t put it down and now I’m left wanting, no, needing the third book! If you haven’t started this series, do so immediately! Once you start, you won’t want to stop.
For more information on Amanda Havard and her writing, please visit her official website.