Body & Blood by Amanda Havard
Publisher: Chafie Press
Published Date: July 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal
The Story: How many answers you seek are just a part of you, waiting to be found?
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.
My Review: I love paranormal!! Body & Blood is the third book in The Survivors series. The first book Survivor starts us off during the Salem Witch trials, and shows a much darker side to it. 26 children exiled in the west, only 14 survive. Those 14 call themselves survivors and work on creating families. Then comes Sadie, one survivor who isn't content with staying at the city. During Point of Origin she learns about where the survivors came from, and other supernatural beings.
Now in Body & Blood, all supernatural beings must fight to survive. Sadie has learned the truth behind her origins, and still desperately wants to be just human. I love watching the emotions each character has, and their interactions with each other. We see good and bad, and hope so much that the good really does win out. There's so much going on in this book, and when it ends, oh man, I was wishing book four was out. I know there has to be a book 4, because there's no way Amanda Havard would end the series with us hanging on, wondering what's going to happen to Sadie, Everett, Cole and the other characters we've grown to love, or hate (as in Alexander Raven, and John's case.)
If you're looking for something different in the paranormal world, pick up The Survivors series!
Character Interview with Sadie:
If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Abigail Williams — yes, from Salem (careful tie with her or Samuel Parris)
My mother and father
That might be an awkward mix. Alexander (well, Lee, as they called him) and Karl might be one good dinner, and the other three might be another. I never was good at knowing who to pair with whom for the most effective social outcome.
If you were a superhero what would your name be?
I do have a lot of powers, but I suppose I never think of myself in superhero speak (the way, say, Mark and Ginny think of themselves). I’d say Femme Fatale or something like that because I find a way to cause our particular brand of trouble in the highest heels. Then again, I spend my time with Ginny, who is the Femme Fatale to rule them all. I’m rambling now. (I do that when nervous.) Maybe we’ll just say “Witchy Woman” because that’s Ginny’s favorite thing to call me these days. (Raven hair and ruby lips, sparks fly from her fingertips? Anyone?)
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your story.
I suppose I can’t tell you why in one sentence (I tried many, many times just now), but I can tell you what it is:
The circumstance is supernatural, but the heartbreak is human.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
There is, I suppose, some irony to the fact that I could live anywhere, and yet I live nowhere. I like to think, when I settle down, it will be on a beach somewhere. Secluded. Warm water. And yet that idea seems to be getting all the more distant.
Do you have conversations with Amanda - you know, to make sure she's writing your story right?!
Of course I do. But you don’t have to worry too much about Amanda. For one, she’ll always tell things in great enough detail that I can’t fault her for leaving something out. And to those of you who hear my story, well, she’ll tell you honestly what’s happening in my head, in my actions. I sometimes wish she’d blur the edges of my rougher choices to flatter me, I suppose, but then again if she did that, you wouldn’t have the story you have in front of you. But of course we talk. How else would I let her so deeply inside the darkest corners of my heart, my mind?
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Everett always points out I’m quieter than you expect me to be. I spend so much time watching, thinking, that I sometimes forget to say anything at all. I think it unnerves people, but I’m not sure how to change it.
About AMANDA HAVARD:
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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