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.
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Point of Origin was an excellent follow-up to The Survivors! (To read my review for the first book, please click here.) In fact, it was a better book than The Survivors and definitely does not suffer from Second Book Syndrome. I was right in predicting more character growth, intense action and confrontations, and a deeper romance in Point of Origin. There was also a lot of unpredictability in this half of the story, which I loved! I hate figuring out what will happen and I love surprises. I was constantly surprised with quite a few twists and turns as Sadie continued her research into her family’s origin and ways to protect her family from the impending war with her rogue family members.
We are introduced to a few new characters in Point of Origin, some endearing and others a bit scary but equally as fascinating (a’la Raven!), who had big roles to play. I was a bit irritated with Sadie in this book, too, but not for the same reasons I was irriatated with her in The Survivors. Sadie is a strong, independent woman, but the way she handles herself when things get too tough often left me wanting to shake some sense into her. She grew in some areas, but regressed in others. I hope to see an even better version of Sadie in the next book.
There are other characters who surprised me, namely Lizzie, who is the closest thing Sadie has to a mother. This woman has some secrets! I loved learning more about her and her role in the Survivor family, but now I have even more questions! When will Book Three be out, again? 🙂 Mark Winters, Everett’s brother, is also one of my favorites! He has a dry wit and silent strength that makes me swoon, and I was pleased with his presence in this book. In fact, we learn a lot more about all of the characters, and I appreciated the insight into their background and motives.
As far as the romance… it is with Point of Origin that I officially announce my resignation from Team Everett and side with Team Cole. One of my favorite parts about this book is the bigger focus on Cole Hardwick. I know there are fans of Everett Winter, but there’s just something genuine, warm, and loving about sweet, blonde-haired, blue-eyed Cole ::dreamy sigh:: Take comfort, though, love-triangle-haters! The romance does not take center stage in Point of Origin, but does run alongside the main story line quite nicely.
Learning more about the Survivor family history and uncovering mysteries alongside Sadie and the gang will keep you reading along at break-neck speed, anxious to learn more. While some questions from The Survivors are answered in this second book, there are new questions that crop up, which will presumably be answered in thenext book. Point of Origin is a bit longer than its predecessor, at over 300 pages, but I hardly noticed. I even took this book into a bubble bath so I could continue reading it!
I know this review is a bit vague, but given that Point of Origin just came out a few days ago, I don’t want to spoil the story for you! Trust me, you’ll thank me later 🙂 Overall, this story is absolutely bewitching, reasonably satisfying, and will leave you anxious for more. If you love a good paranormal spin on familiar mythological beings, romance, mysteries, and family drama, The Survivors Series is for you!
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via InkSlinger PR/Chafie Press in exchange for an honest review.