Books Review

Review: The Survivors by Amanda Havard

April 7, 2011
from Barnes and Noble’s website

Amanda Havard’s The Survivors sounded like a unique and refreshing take on the paranormal genre, and I knew it was a book I was going to love.


Ms. Havard’s writing is clear, descriptive, and rather fluid, making the story easy to read and follow. To me, there wasn’t a ton of dialogue, but since Sadie is on her own for most of the story, this was fine because Ms. Havard lets readers into Sadie’s thoughts, which helps round out her character.

Speaking of Sadie, I really enjoyed her character. I found her fascination with mortality and death interesting and understood where she was coming from. I admire her strength and courage to leave her family, and her ability to adapt so well to the human world.

The romance in the story didn’t play out the way I thought/wanted it too and the way it did turn out happens rather quickly—too quickly, in my opinion, but it still held my interest. I really look forward to seeing it grow as the series goes on.
What I love most about the book is the unique take on the Salem witches and trials. I’m a diehard “Charmed” fan, so I’ve always liked stories about witches and how they came to be. The mythology takes some interesting turns and involves shape-shifters, as well as vampires. I’ve been told book two will explore the Salem connection more, which I am extremely excited about. The way Ms. Havard has taken the history of the Salem witches and made it her own is truly fascinating.
Overall, The Survivors is a great debut from a talented writer. It’s the first in a series and I will definitely read the future installments. I’m looking forward to seeing the romance strengthen and the mythology to grow even more.

To learn more about Amanda Havard and her writing, please visit the following sites:

Official Website

Also, in conjuction with the book, original songs are available to listen to/download from iTunes. Visit Amanda Havard’s Facebook page for more information!

  • Reply
    Jamie Manning
    April 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I just visited her website and read the prologue…now I HAVE to read the book! And the backstory behind the idea for the book was just as interesting and well-written. Thanks for showcasing this book, DJ!

  • Reply
    April 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful review, DJ. And thanks especially for the song shout-out!
    Just wanted to put the link to iTunes download here:
    And you can watch the music video here:
    And soon, the song will be available for FREE download on!

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