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The Survivors (The Survivors #1)

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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 ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published March 29th 2011 by Chafie Press, LLC (first published January 1st 2011)
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Apr 25, 2012 Kimberly rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011, did-not-finish
A group of people accused as witches in Salem was banished and sent West to die. 14 of these people survived, gaining strange powers and ceasing to age, which was also passed on to their children. One of these children, Sadie, an awkward girl with jaw-dropping, supermodel-like looks and a super-smart brain (she can read a book in about 25 minutes), decides it's time for her to strike out on her own. No one else has done this in the 350+ years of her people, so not everyone is happy with her bein ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Pam rated it it was amazing
Yay! I won this thru "First Reads" here on Good Reads!!

What an interesting story! The idea I had about the book from the jacket blurb was far different from the reality! And the reality was much better (probably explains why I am a reader and not a writer).

The writing/story brought many questions to mind that had me patiently waiting for the answers...and they did get answered. I think that is what I enjoyed the most about Amanda's writing...she teased a lot. Bits of info kind of thrown out, al
Oct 07, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I snagged this book at the library and didn't know what to expect. I have a few complaints, namely the inordinate amount of name dropping Havard does. Yes, I get it, Sadie has money, but I do not care about her Fendi bag and Diane Von Furstenburg coat or what they cost. Such descriptions are sprinkled throughout the book and it is obnoxious.

Initially, I found the story incredibly intriguing. Sadie and family have mysterious roots. Exiled from Salem following the witch trials, Sadie's ancestors u
Devon Ashley
Apr 13, 2011 Devon Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
In general, the novel was interesting and I rounded up what I thought was a solid 3.5. I really wish the beginning had been thinned out a bit cause it really dragged out. I understand now, after reading the novel, that the author wanted us to see how Sadie’s powers developed as she exposed herself to humans. But…it was seventy pages of how awkward she felt in society, how she obsessed over every little movement she made and every word that came out of her mouth and how much she just wanted to di ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
My complaints about this book can be summarized as follows: number 1= false advertising. I assumed (more fool me) that the book would be more about the Salem witch trials...and not about "Twilight"-esque "romance..." which leads me to complaint #2, which is that the prose in this book is SO PURPLE that I fear my fingertips may be permanently stained indigo from it. Finally, #3= it reads like Creative Writing 101, in that all of the protagonist's clothing, vehicles, accessories, etc. must be care ...more
May 11, 2011 Dorsi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-by-me, nook
I read somewhere that if you liked The Hunger Games, you’d like this book. I don’t know why. There are no similarities whatsoever. This book was not bad but I didn’t really love it. The premise was fantastic, the plot fell a bit short. The main character was incredibly annoying at times. She constantly blamed herself for everything gone wrong with anyone in her life. It's great to accept and admit when you’ve done something wrong or to accept blame if your actions have caused undesired results. ...more
Kim Q
Mar 25, 2011 Kim Q rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Never has a book taken me by surprise SO much. I really hadn't expected The Survivors to be anything out of the ordinary, but, whoa, it was amazing! The whole book in general is so ridiculously awesome that I still cannot fathom the fact that it's over. I really regret underestimating the degree of its appeal.

With very developed characters and an intricate plot line, The Survivors keeps readers hooked on from page 1. You're probably going to hear this sentence a lot in other reviews of this book
Apr 27, 2012 KP rated it it was amazing
There are books out there right now that are being reviewed, tweeted about constantly, and altogether-hyped up. Amanda Havard’s The Survivors is not one of those books. It’s published by a smaller, indie press called Chafie Press, and it hasn’t gotten the type of hype I believe it deserves. But don’t let that keep you from reading this book! Once you start reading, you won’t want to put it down. If you’re like me, you’ll NEED to know just what in the world you are dealing with. You’ll think, no- ...more
Talk about a pleasant surprise!

The story opens with the Salem witch trials in the late seventeenth century, when over two dozen children are exiled to fend for themselves or die. Fourteen children survived, thrived and isolated themselves from the rest of the world. They ceased to age, did not die and acquired magical powers.

Forever 21, beautiful Sadie Matthau is determined to learn about the human world and leaves her 'family' against their wishes. As she travels from place to place, she become
Apr 28, 2011 Precious rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Originally posted at Fragments of Life.

I found Sadie likable. She was trying to fit in among humans after more than a century of being protected and hidden behind the gates of her family’s secret city in Montana. After being isolated for so many years, she was right in the middle of humanity, being able to sense their feelings and observe their behavior firsthand. I loved her narration. Despite being immortal, she did not boast about it. Unlike most heroines, she was aware of her charm and her b
May 26, 2011 Andrea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
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
May 31, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-my-bookshelf
First off, I feel the need to say this. This book might be a bit of a slow starter. Something that might deter most readers, but believe me, it’s worth the read!
Push through the beginning and get to the brilliance that follows!
I will admit, after reading this book, I’m a bit tempted to buy more name brand clothing. If only I didn’t spend so much money on book buying of course lol! Three words made this book a must read for me. Salem. Witch. Trials. I'm game! The Survivors turned out to be so mu
Apr 04, 2011 D.J. added it
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.

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 take
Nov 17, 2013 Navem rated it really liked it
This was not what I expected. For some reason I forgot what the book was about and was thinking it was a future dystopian. It's obviously not, and if you read the description you can definitely tell that. It was so good!! I loved it! Recommended to anyone who loves a good book that contains all kinda of mythical and magical creatures! Can't wait for the sequel.
Feb 18, 2011 Jodie rated it it was amazing
This is a FABULOUS read! It's a captivating story for all ages with well-developed characters to whom you can relate...AND it's well-written (which some of us grammar freaks appreciate!). The historical and geographical accuracy blurs the boundary between fact and fiction, bringing the characters to life. Amanda Havard has talent!
Sep 10, 2014 Donna rated it liked it
I have read quite a bit of YA in the last few years, a lot of it incredibly good, though I didn’t realize that’s what this was going in. I’m glad the genre exists, but I wanted more from this one. Sadie is over a hundred years old and has read everything she can get her hands on from the outside world, even lived there for a couple of years, but still seems to have the angst of a teenager in high school. I would have loved to hear more about the Salem witch trials, that intro into the book was i ...more
Aug 29, 2013 Meredith rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book so much! Right off the bat, the prologue and first chapter had me hooked. The writing was amazing – smooth, descriptive and vivid. The memoir sections were so intriguing. It was a great way to reveal background information, without overwhelming the reader. These sections were interesting and insightful.

Sadie was a fascinating character. The way she viewed herself, the way she viewed the world. She’s mysterious and aloof in the beginning, but as her story unfolds, we learn mor
Mar 05, 2012 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book started out intriguing, but then it tripped over Twilight and fell flat on its face midway through. I can overlook the inconsistencies in Sadie's behavior - not a big deal for me; people are conflicted, some of them torturously so. I don't even necessarily care about liking the main character - which honestly, I didn't. She was vain, superficial, and dropped too many name-brands into her narrative. Don't care what she was wearing; just tell me she's stylish and let me fill in the blank ...more
Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Oct 10, 2013 Mandi Kaye Ottaway rated it it was amazing
I first heard of this series last year at BEA. I picked up the ARC of the second book in the series and met Amanda (very briefly) while I was perusing the exhibit hall. But it was the second book in a series, so it languished on my shelf for… well ever. I had the best intentions of picking up the first one and reading them both, but it just never really happened.

Until Amanda’s awesome marketing for book three happened this year, that is. I couldn’t look at Twitter or Facebook without being remin
Nov 24, 2011 Dee rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone!
First thing first-- this is NOT a book about the Salem Witch Trials.

Which is what I was expecting, kind of. Instead, I got a book that I can only classify as The Survivors.

I was really surprised by the outcome of this book. Amanda Havard creates a completely original story. You never knew what was going to happen next in the book, which kept me turning the pages. I loved how Sadie was on a "suicide mission", and my favorite parts of the book were when she went out on her little quests.

The one
May 05, 2011 Anna rated it liked it
Okay, for my general intense interest in the story I want to give it four stars but there were too many things I had to intentionally overlook.

As an overall concept it is really cool. I found the the writing style somewhat flat and dry though. Even that wasn't a huge deal over all, but there were other issues.

The details of the Survivors' universe weren't tight enough for me, including traits and abilities of the main character Sadie. She is supposedly capable of blending into human
Amanda Croley
Apr 09, 2011 Amanda Croley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many people had already been executed during the Salem Witch trials of 1692, twenty six children were accused as well. Instead of hanging these children, they were dropped off alone to die in the middle of a brutal winter. Fourteen survived. The Survivors and their descendants live in a secluded area in the mountains of Montana. They don't live near humans and keep to themselves. They are all gifted and immortal. Sadie is one of the daughters of the Survivors. She craves knowledge about the huma ...more
Melissa-The Book Addict
Jun 11, 2011 Melissa-The Book Addict rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal-other
Wow! I really and truly enjoyed this book! I loved the settings I feel like I traveled a long way while reading this. While everything took place in our world I also felt like I was taken somewhere else, this place has no name but it left me with a great feeling. The Characters felt so real to me, I smiled with them, laughed with them, and was fearful with them. Sadie was great, she wants to live her life on her own terms, not forced into anything or confined. I loved that about her, another thi ...more
Roxanne Kade
Jul 23, 2013 Roxanne Kade rated it really liked it
This book surprised me in every way. I didn't read the entire blurb ( I hardly ever do for fear of it giving to much away ), so I really thought it was a book about 14 survivors of the Salem Witch Trials, but it was so much more. It was the story of one woman's struggles to find herself. One woman who dared to ask questions, who dared to want more, even if that meant finding the key to her own mortality.

I quickly came to expect the unexpected. There was never a moment when I could surmise what w
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Sadie is a Survivor, descended from a group of children who were exiled from Salem in 1692 for being witches. Sadie is not like the other Survivors. She wants to be human. And she wants to die. So she leaves her family to search for answers about who she is, what she is, and how she can die. But she might find more than she bargained for.

I loved this book. There were so many different paranormal creatures discussed. First and foremost is Sadie. She is searching for answers for herself by investi
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This was definitely not what I was expecting.

Finishing this made it seem like it was just the beginning to the rest of the series just to get readers used to the world it’s set in. I normally don’t like that but in this case it was brilliant. I felt that the introduction into the settings of the story didn’t distract any attention from the actual plot.

I loved the protagonist Sadie, she developed well as a character and she was ve
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Jul 04, 2011 Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota* rated it it was amazing
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 e
Jul 25, 2013 Maliha rated it really liked it
The Survivors is the first book in the series of the same name. It’s centered around a girl named Sadie Matthau, a girl descended from two of the fourteen accused in the witch trials of Salem in 1692.

The Salem witch trials is something I’ve heard of before and I had a simple interest in it … until I read the first book. I finished the book in one day because it was so captivating! I was reading that book for a review and I hadn’t expected to enjoy it so much. I always set my expectations low for
Aug 17, 2011 Erica rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

The Survivors is a spectacular debut from Amanda Havard. Despite it's slower start, the book makes a full turn around and had me absolutely falling in love. This is a must read.

I really enjoyed this book. The plot was quite cool. The first 30 or so pages were slower, and after that it picked up and I barely put it down until the last page. I loved the path Sadie took, and found myself unable to guess exactly what would happen next or where it would go.

I really enjoyed the characters in
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
The Survivors is the first book in a promising series with the same name. Full of unique paranormal lore and a variety of paranormal characters with a wide range of abilities, Amanda Havard does a great job at introducing readers to her intriguing world. I loved that this series starts out with the Salem Witch trials. There's been little YA books that have their stories tied to this historical event, and I thought Amanda did an incredible job with creating a series that starts off with this horr ...more
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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. She is the author of the supernatural young adult series, The Survivors, a transmedia franchise with an online following of over 4.5 million readers. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she now lives in Nashville, Tenness ...more
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