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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 mountainside, only Sadie, the rogue daughter, dares to abandon the ...

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Overview

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. After all...

HOW DO YOU KILL A SURVIVOR?

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.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Donna Miller
Take from the Twilight series by Stephenie Myers the romantic relationship of star-crossed lovers Bella and Edward, the two feuding factions of the vampires and werewolves, add the plot element of yet a third group of enemies that forces the warring factions to come together for the greater good, and you have similar plot elements in this first installment of Amanda Havard's The Survivors series. Despite these similarities, unique plot and character elements distinguish this title from others in the romance and horror genres. An aftereffect of the Salem Witch Trials, twenty-six children accused of witchcraft, rather than being executed, are escorted into the cold, harsh environment of a Montana winter and abandoned. Fourteen of the children survive, and they establish a strict, religious community, isolated from the rest of civilization. These survivors and their descendants practice an ascetic lifestyle, but one daughter, Sadie, decides to leave the community and live as a human in contemporary society. She meets Everett and his family, who are different from her but definitely not human either. This title will be a hit with fans of the romance/horror/science fiction genres, and the action in this fast-moving plot will appeal to readers who relish adventure and suspense. In addition, the series' website, www.thesurvivorsseries.com, provides a wealth of information and interactive activities for readers and fans. The series is sure to be a winner for fans of the macabre. Reviewer: Donna Miller
VOYA - Rayanne Patterson
Havard creates a believable yet incredible world, not very different from our own. Readers will connect with the characters as if they are mirrors in which we can see ourselves. Havard's creative plot sprinkled with unexpected surprises leaves readers wanting more. This book is so addicting readers will spend many nights staying up late. Recommend this book to teens who like fantastical creatures, creative characters, adventure, and a bit of romance. Reviewer: Rayanne Patterson, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Sadie only wants death. Since fleeing her isolated Montana compound, she has failed to fit in with society. But Sadie isn't human. She's a Survivor, a descendant of 14 children accused of witchcraft, exiled, and left for dead 300 years earlier. Somehow, they and their offspring became immortal. Then Sadie encounters Mark Winter, a mysterious young man of superhuman strength and terrifying violence. She knows he is immortal, but not like her. But if he isn't a Survivor, what is he? Fear and curiosity lead Sadie back to the Montana wilderness where she discovers the horrifying vampiric truth about the Survivors-and about herself. Now she must fight in a deadly vampire war to save humanity and just might find the mortality she seeks. And maybe even love. The first in a series, this title is yet another nail in the coffin of vampire fiction. The writing is overly descriptive, yet lackluster, and packed with clichés. Sadie's sections are long-winded and morbidly whiny, which may frustrate readers. Overall, this seems like a haphazard hodgepodge of "Twilight" and Ann Rice's vampire/witch books. For collection development, there are better options.—Alissa J. LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI
US Review of Books - Susan Illis
The life-threatening dangers Sadie and Everett encounter in their cross-cultural romance may be reminiscent of another popular series for young adult readers, but make the novel no less appealing. Author Havard effortlessly melds historical facts with spellbinding fiction in this compelling debut of the Survivors series. This is an enticing blend of paranormal, romance, and action, with some couture fashion thrown in.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780983319023
  • Publisher: Chafie Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/31/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 300
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Amanda Havard has been telling stories since before she could write. She grew up in Dallas, Texas, where her first book was published in her elementary school library at age 7. She received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in education from Vanderbilt University. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with her baby grand piano and more story ideas than she could tell in one lifetime.
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  • Posted May 2, 2014

    I really love the unique twist of the Salem Witch Trials, that t

    I really love the unique twist of the Salem Witch Trials, that this book has.  I really enjoyed this read, especially for all the twists and turns it has.  The reason for 4 stars instead of 5, I found the back and forth from present day to the past, was a little distracting from time to time.  Though it did help with understanding more of the story.  I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.  I'll be recommending this one!

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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    This book surprised me in every way. I didn't read the entire bl

    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 would happen next. From what I thought would be another love story between a human and paranormal creature, grew into so much more with the addition of the Winters and the realization that there was far more to this world than what Sadie knew and believed to be true.

    I fell hopelessly in love with Cole Hardwick. He was such the perfect gentleman. Even though I would have liked to see more of him, and at times I had to wonder what his true purpose was, I did grasp the fact that he was Sadie's "human" lifeline. My heart broke for the thoughts he projected to Sadie even when he knew it was hopeless. He was an open book, in his own mind, and his loyalty to her was very endearing.

    There were a few times when I found myself comparing this book to a few others in this genre, but it had enough unique plot twists and characters for me to over look the similarities. The exciting thing about this story was the plethora of supernatural beings that emerged. If you're tired of the usual vampire story, this is one book that needs to be read. It took the vampire myth and dissected it, until what you thought you knew meant nothing, and that made way for are entire new breed of vampire.

    The Winters were an electrifying group. I loved learning about their unique talents, some I had never heard of or could never have even imagined until reading this book. I especially loved Ginny. She was fun and bubbly.
    Mark was a mystery, one I couldn't wait to unravel. Everett...hmm...I still don't know if I like him or not. The chemistry between him and Sadie was instantaneous, but I just didn't believe it. It just didn't feel right. Yes, they had, and still have, some major obstacles standing in their way but it was more than that. I didn't warm to him as much as I did some of the other characters. Maybe I was just holding out hope for poor Cole. I guess only time and the next book will tell.

    As for Sadie, I can only imagine that one of the hardest things she'd ever had to do was to go back and face her family. But she stayed loyal and when different threats arose, she knew what had to be done, no matter how difficult it would be. I only wish that some of the Survivors had seen her loyalty for what it was, rather than dismissing it as easily as they had.


    Havard has a fantastic way of keeping the mystery that is Sadie alive, giving just enough away to keep you in suspense. As the story unfolded, so the question of who, or more accurately what she was, was never far from my mind. And even though is was clear that she wasn't human, her need to fit in and the internal struggle to find peace was something we can all relate to, in some way or another.

    This book was exciting start to this series, with many twists and turns that kept the story one step ahead of it's reader at all times. I cannot wait to dive straight into book 2.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    An Original Paranormal Story

    Great orginal story!! So glad it's a series, I'm excited for the next one to come out in the spring! It was a very intriguing read that had unexpected twists and turns until the very end. There was no slow part in the book and I didn't want to put it down so I could find out what would come out of the current situation, that just led to another page turning situation. Most of the characters were so lovable, and the few others were ones you loved to hate, but yet a couple switched roles.

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  • Posted May 27, 2011

    A Great New Take on the Paranormal Genre

    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 left for dead. But, fourteen of those children didn't die, they survived. They developed extraordinary powers and all stopped aging. They had children who also had those traits. Sadie, the main character is one of those children. She was born in the 1860s and stopped aging around the age of twenty-one. Sadie was never content wrapped in the isolation of the world the Survivors created. She wanted to know what exactly they were. The answers the Elders of her people gave were never enough. So, she snuck away. Determined to live in the outside world. At first, I had a hard time connecting with Sadie. She views humanity through an "outside looking in" lens. She seemed almost robotic, and she sometimes annoyed me. I mean, she's beautiful, extremely wealthy, and will be "forever 21". What's not to like, right? Sadie is envious of the one thing humans have that she does not, mortality. Sadie spends her life on a world-wide mission. Traveling, trying to discover exactly what she is and how she and those like her can be destroyed. She is on a virtual suicide-mission. She wants to be able to stop another Survivor if they become evil, but the reason she seems hell-bent on killing herself never became crystal clear to me. Where the book becomes very interesting to me is when Sadie meets a man who appears to be like her. Then she meets his family of what appears to be more Survivors. One member of this family, Everett, shares an immediate connection with Sadie. They quickly discover that what they have is beyond a connection. They have a destiny together. When she takes this new family to meet hers, chaos ensues. Unable to get any real answers from Everett and his family and her own family of Survivors, Sadie is set off on a mission to discover the true source of the immortals. She encounters old-world lore regarding vampires, witches and shape-shifters. I have to say that Sadie's mission of discovery and the mystery surrounding it was my favorite part of the book. It seems the author, Amanda Havard, must have done an immense amount of research into European supernatural lore. The in-depth historical detail is fascinating. The mystery of what the Survivors truly are was gripping. The mystery of what Everett and his family are was jaw-dropping. Every time I thought I had the story figured out, everything changed and I was left scratching my head in wonder. The Survivors had me bound, right up until the very end. I can not wait to read the next book, The Survivors: Point of Origin, due out in 2012. * I LOVE great quotes. I always write them down when I find a great one. This is my favorite quote from The Survivors: " 'Sadie, you're a strange girl, so I say this with love,' he said, his voice sincere. 'I need you to love me more than death,' he whispered."

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    Imaginative start to new series

    In 1692 - in what became a very well-known location called Salem, Massachusetts - a massacre happened that the world is still unable to understand. In the small, rural community of Salem, a man by the name of Reverend Parris lorded over the deaths of nineteen people as they were hung from the gallows, five who perished in jail, and still others who were waiting to be accused of practicing witchcraft. As our story begins, Reverend Parris is standing with the Governor, Sir William Phips, watching the 'riders' mount up to take the twenty-six accused children of Salem on a midnight ride. The Governor was no longer happy about the accusations of witchcraft, and wanted these children to be out of Salem as quickly as possible. So the seven horsemen, in the bitter freezing cold, traveled far and wide to 'dump' the children in the middle of nowhere, so that all of Massachusetts could forget about them. No horsemen made it back to Salem alive but, oddly enough, the young people who certainly didn't believe they would survive all by themselves did just that. In fact, there were fourteen survivors of that ride who soon found themselves to be not only hearty and under the protection of the Lord - but they also claimed powers that would put a witch to shame. Hannah, Lizzie, and a boy named Andrew never seemed to get older. Hannah, who was the youngest of the group, spoke endlessly about the happenings in a fantastical 'unseen' world. Lizzie, who was the oldest survivor, never aged another day; she also never slept a wink. Andrew, although one of the older boys, soon realized he'd stopped aging as well, and also noticed the fact that he could create fire with the simple flick of his hand. The Survivor's colony grew as they joined forces and brought children into the world, but they did their best to stay away from the humans. Sadie, however, was a part of the latest generation who just couldn't take it anymore. The reader watches as Sadie - after one hundred and forty one years - decides to join the humans and leave her "Survivor-group" far behind. She wants nothing more than to live in the outside world as a human. However, in the outside world she comes across a man by the name of Mark Winter, who shares some of her supernatural abilities. As Sadie gets embroiled even further, she is introduced to the entire Winters' clan. Falling in love with Mark's brother, Everett, Sadie must now deal with her obsession; find out if the Winters' clan is harmless; attempt to make her own 'family' accept her for who she is; while searching all countries and supernatural beings in order to find out about her own mortality. This author does a fantastic job laying the groundwork for the next book in the series. Readers will find themselves very interested in Sadie and The Survivor's, and they'll slowly accept the Winter family as if they were the next group of 'Cullen's' to join the literary world. Quill Says: A very imaginative start to what should be a very entertaining series of books.

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  • Posted April 1, 2011

    Go read now

    The survivours was a book I just had to have after reading the summary and was very lucky to be given a ARC by Amanda Havard (thank-you Amanda)

    I loved the premise for "The Survivours" as I have never read anything on the salem witch trails before and was not let down at all. This book has witches,shape shifters and different types of vampires what is not to love about all of them in one book.

    The book is told from Sadie's POV. I loved her voice and you just couldn't help but like her right from the start.All the other charaters make this book what it is and it has the right amount of character interaction. I am totally in love with Everett such a gentlemen.

    While reading The Survivours I wanted to know where all Sadie's money came from and was really glad when I found out. Also I felt that it couldn't make up it's mind if it was a YA book or a adult paranormal book but either it didn't take away from the amazing writing and was still suitable for younger YA readers.

    I loved the twist that I didn't see coming with the winters family towards the ending. I would have given the book 5 stars if it had just a bit more action in it but fingers crossed that book 2 has a bit extra on the action front. All in all I can't wait for book 2 after reading the sneak peek at the back of the book please please say that I don't have to wait a year for it. A great start to a new YA series :)

    Favourite Quotes=
    1/ "For better or worse,I had kept that promise.I regretted it every day."

    2/ "I realized only then that I had always assumed isolation was about naivete, but what if it was aboutmore than that?"

    3/ " I can compete with anything except you not wanting me to know you.I'll listen to anything you want to say.If it's tough stuff, I'll hold you while you cry. If it's strange, I'll believe you. If it's terrible,then I'll forgive you.I just want to know who you are."

    4/ "I need you to love me more than death"

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    Great book - Must read!!!

    The Survivors is a great book that draws the reader in instantly. Give it a read - I promise you won't be disappointed!

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    Highly Recommended! A MUST read for any YA, fantasy, supernatural fan!!

    Fantastic read! Captivating and intriguing. Amanda Havard's ability to draw the reader into Sadie's world with her spot on details around places and fashion brings the characters even more to life.

    I am addicted to the series and can not wait for Book 2!!!

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    Smart and very engaging - definitely a must read.

    Definitely smarter than your average young adult endeavor... I actually don't feel guilty for being addicted to this series.

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