Friday, July 19, 2013

Review: Body & Blood by Amanda Havard

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.

This book being the 3rd in a series. There could be some spoilers in this review. If you want to remain pure at heart, I’d look away now.

Many, many moons ago Amanda Havard’s The Survivors & Point of Origin was my first blog tour book ever. Memories! In quick recap, I really liked The Survivors. I was less entranced with Point of Origin because I left like the main character had really changed... into a total wuss. So when Body & Blood came on the front, I had some expectations. I wanted to see more of bad ass Sadie that I originally liked. And it kinda happened, but there were other faults along the way.

My biggest fault with this book is one I hate to say cause I feel like it’s close to the worst insult you can give a book. But, well, I was kind of bored. There was lots of talking. Then more talking, then, guess what?! -- more talking! Now, in contemporaries and such, talking is 90% of what happens, but in this book all of the talking was about magic and magical heritages and what would happen if X was combined with Y and blah blah blah. Towards the middle and end I just found myself skimming and what’s worse is the longer this went on, the less I cared about what was supposed to be happening because I felt like it was never going to get where this was relevant. I as bad as this sounds, I just wanted some more action. Not Michael Bay explosions, but man, something.

I really wish the series had ended with a stronger bang but at least I am glad to know what happened and have the closure of yet another trilogy.

-Reviewed by Jennifer

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