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The Survivors

(The Survivors #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  618 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
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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Kimberly
Nov 11, 2011 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
Pam
Mar 28, 2011 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
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Devon Ashley
Mar 27, 2011 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
Sarah
Oct 06, 2011 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
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Elizabeth
Jan 29, 2012 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
KP
Nov 08, 2011 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
Andrea
Apr 02, 2011 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
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Precious
Feb 24, 2011 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
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Kim Q
Mar 25, 2011 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
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Dorsi
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nook, owned-by-me
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
Dianne
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
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Amanda
May 18, 2012 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
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D.J.
Apr 04, 2011 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
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Jodie
Feb 18, 2011 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!
Navem
Mar 09, 2012 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.
Donna
I’m not sure what I was expecting from THE SURVIVORS, but it certainly wasn’t this. There’s very little plot, next to no forward momentum and character motivation, next to no character growth. I felt like I was reading story fodder that had no business being published because it was the author working out the kinks in her story and finding out where the real story was. I mean I guess you could say it’s a character-based story, but there’s hardly any character development. The only character deve ...more
Sara Marks
Oct 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This past year Christi and I stopped at an interesting publisher booth at Book Expo. We were drawn by a book that was clearly supernatural in theme and, from talking with the people at the booth, had something to do with a twist on the Salem Witchcraft Trial. That was pretty much all it took for the two of us to give them our full attention. They were giving away print copies of the second book in the series, but what I found most interesting about them was the ebook version they had their books ...more
Letícia
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Do you know all those books about vampires, witches and other supernatural creatures full of cliches you are tired of? Well, this book has none of it! Well, it has a bit of it.

This story brings a new perspective of the supernatural, starting from Salem's witch trials. The idea behind the book: witches accused in the trials survive and live recluse in a hidden city, it's awesome. However,
the amount of supernatural species and different offspring it's a bit too much.

I read the Wattpad version of i
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Mallory Yancy
Oct 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
Utterly disappointed with this series. None of this was about the Salem Witch trials and the writing was excruciating.
Rachel
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who don't mind bad writing, lovers of supernatural romance
The GOOD:

The idea behind the story: This book has an interesting premise — some of the accused witches in the Salem Witch Trials were actually witches, as well as devout worshipers of God. They are completely devoted to one another as a family of Survivors, but one isn't content with just the family, excluded from the outside world for eternity, and leaves.

Romance: Sophie encounters two men with whom the romance could be intriguing. These are the most enthralling parts of the book.

The BAD:

Produ
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Meredith
Jul 28, 2013 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
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Michelle
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Survivors by Amanda Havard Sometimes I need a good Slap in the face to remind myself not to always judge a book by it's cover. Since I pride myself on being honest in reviews I will do just that by saying, I do not like this cover. After reading the entire story I can now use the reason : It doesn't do the story justice! The Survivors by Amanda Harvard is rich and interesting, heartbreaking AND heartwarming. It had me eagerly turning the pages to see just what would happen next!
 
The first few ch
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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
Roxanne Kade
Jul 23, 2013 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
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Mandi Kaye Ottaway
Jun 08, 2012 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
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Anna
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it
**spoilers**
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
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Keely
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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, shootin
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Sarai
Mar 29, 2011 rated it liked it
THOUGHTS/OPINION:
The book was slow and confusing at parts then at other parts it was information overload HOLY CRAP. There were times I was flipping back through the pages hoping I could remember where that quote was and MY GOD at the end I was so lost and yet so interested I basically had to re-read half the story all over again. But, that is a good thing b/c usually when a book is slow I lose interest. This book however, had it all love, mythology, magic, action, mystery, and travel. Who could
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Splash Of Our Worlds *Yiota*
May 23, 2011 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
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Jamie
Jul 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zz-2013-reads, 4-star
The Survivors began slowly for me. I needed a few chapters before I was really invested in the read. Once I got into the story I found myself with question after question. However, this questioning is not in any way a negative thing. Amanda Harvard has quite the imagination. This is a great fantasy story.

Amanda Harvard kept stride throughout the first half of the story; she kept me on my toes by giving me just enough to keep wondering what the heck was going on, but not so little that I’d lose i
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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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