Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Review: Point of Origin by Amanda Havard

Hello, Therians!

As stated in my previous post, Review: The Survivors by Amanda Havard,
with the release of Book 3 in The Survivors Series, Body & Blood, today, I thought I'd review each book, one by one in separate posts :)

Look out for my Body & Blood Release Day Launch post as there is a superb giveaway of an iPad 2 16GB pre-loaded with all three books as well a plenty of other goodies!

Don't forget to grab your copy of, The Survivors (Book 1), it's FREE on Amazon, and Book 2, Point of Origin is only $0.99c. (see below for buying links)

The winter is upon us. The Survivors are in chaos. The war is coming.

One year ago, Sadie Matthau was living among humans, existing as one of them. But now she wakes each morning in a house in the Survivors City, listening to the invocations and insults of her family members as they cope with their new future. A war. Rogue abandoners turned monsters. Sadie and the icy Winters living in their midst, bringing the outside world in.

The Survivors: Point of Origin is Sadie's quest to save her family. But can she find what she is looking for when she can barely stomach the Winters wintry demeanor and finds herself distracted by Cole Hardwick s warm heart? Will she be able to uncover her family's history even as the elders grip tightens around her throat? In an action packed ride full of magic and misery, terror and triumph, Sadie Matthau seeks the Survivors beginning just in time to face her end.

Point of Origin (Book 2) is ON SALE for $0.99!! http://amzn.to/PointOfOrigin


With an amazing start to this series I eagerly dove right into book 2, and I'm so thrilled that it lived up to my every expectation. It delivered an exciting plot, with all the twists and turns, never giving too much away, but just enough to keep me enthralled.

As Sadie continued with her inner turmoil, she faced greater threats than ever before. The war loomed and she still had to put up with the hatred of her own kind. Then there's her continued struggle with her love for a monster. Add to that, the changes to her powers that give her a front row view of the chaos and destruction caused by her kin, and finally the point of origin; the one pulling all the strings. It's no wonder the girl seemed like a bit of a nutter at times. 

I felt more settled in the story, having gotten to know all the characters in book 1, and it felt like I was right alongside them as they searched for ways to end the war that threatened to end the Survivors, as well as the truth to the many lies that had been told for centuries. Even if the Survivors believed they were protecting their own, it felt wrong. There were just too many half-truths and secrets. 

As Sadie and her companions delved deeper and deeper into the origin of the Survivors, the darker this story became. And I have to admit that it crept under my skin to the point where I felt the need to sleep with the lights on. There was a eeriness to the story that just gave me the chills. 

I was excited to see Cole Hardwick hadn't disappeared completely, although I wouldn't have blamed him if he had, and every time I thought of him I couldn't stop myself from hating Sadie a little. I hated how she used him. Even when her powers made her privy to his most inner feelings and thoughts, she still had this selfish disregard for him. I wish she had just ended it once and for all, but when this never happened I had to wonder if Cole played a bigger role in the story. Her actions at the end were a little puzzling, and again I was shocked at her selfishness. All she knew was to run, which was a sad thing for her, but I wish she had been tougher and was willing to stand up with everyone instead of always expecting them to pick up the pieces, while giving false hope to others.

Of course, I still hadn't completely warmed up to Everett by the end of this book. He was a little too moody and for someone who had so much physical strength, he lacked in confidence when it came to his relationship with Sadie. However, I cannot fault him completely. He did really care for her, and some of the more private moments spent with her were sweet. 

If there's something Havard does well, it is cliffhangers! There is no way that anyone reading this book won't immediately grab a copy of her next book as soon as it's released. (Lucky for us, today is that day!!) The ending held so much promise but also so much heartache for at least one if not more of the characters who've latched onto my soul.

It gets a well deserving...

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Other books in The Survivors series:

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 mountainside, only Sadie, the rogue daughter, dares to abandon the family's sacred hiding place. But no matter how far Sadie runs, something always pulls her back.

On a muggy summer night in Tennessee, she witnesses a shocking scene that will change her life forever. It is the first in a sequence of events that will drag her from the human world she's sought to belong to for over a century and send her back to her Puritanical family and into an uncertain future filled with cunning witches, mysterious nosferatu shape-shifters, dangerous eretica and vieczy vampires, millennia-old mythology, and the search for her own mortality.


The Survivors will steal your heart and invade your mind. Fall into the pages of Sadie's life, a world so frighteningly similar to your own, you'll find yourself wanting to go to the Montana mountains to find the Survivors for yourself. And it is only the beginning.

The Survivors is FREE on Amazon 7/23 - 7/26!!

The game has changed.

Fresh from her first brush with mortality, a fragile Sadie Matthau is playing human with Cole Hardwick while the Survivors endure unimaginable tragedy. Wrought with the first deaths of their own kind, a tyrant who will torture them, and an opponent more terrifying than anyone could have foreseen, the Survivors are facing their end.
Told from three points of view, The Survivors: Body & Blood is a bloodcurdling, mind-bending, heart-stopping ride. As Sadie and the Winters uncover more enemies, more history, and more answers, they find themselves brought closer together and ripped further apart. And all the while, a haunting Alexander Raven lurks at the edge of Sadie’s lifeline, at the darkening fringes of her mind.
As the Survivors descend into chaos, Sadie realizes a painful truth: the deepest of secrets leave the darkest of marks.
Caught between a terrifying fantasy and her own grim reality, Body & Blood is the story of Sadie’s dance with her demons, future, past, and present.

Body & Blood (Book 3) for $2.99!! http://bit.ly/BodyBlood


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. THE SURVIVORS: BODY & BLOOD is her third novel, and is an amalgamation of all of her storytelling love combined. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she now lives in Nashville, Tennessee, a place where creativity drips from the sap of the trees, radiates from the attitude of the population, and seeps from the concrete. The inventor of the Immersedition™ interactive book app, Havard is always looking for the next best story-- and the most innovative way to tell it.

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