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Sanctum

Book rating: 05 Hardback Guards of the Shadowlands

By (author) Sarah Fine

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  • Publisher: Skyscape
  • Format: Hardback | 417 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 213mm x 41mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 16 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Las Vegas, NV
  • ISBN 10: 1612184421
  • ISBN 13: 9781612184425
  • Sales rank: 196,496

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A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos s best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn t just anyone she s determined to save her best friend s soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife. As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she s captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city s endless streets. Their all-too-human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn t the dark city isn t the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate."

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By CYP 24 Jan 2013 5

CRAZY-AMAZING. I haven't read a YA book this good in such a long time! Definitely a favourite, and one that I will be revisiting very soon. Pity the next book will only be out next year October..

A tortured, kickass heroine backed up by an amazing hero with a mysterious past and a gripping plot. SANCTUM talked about a friendship forged in iron that will last through time (quite literally) and a romance frought with trials; A bittersweet ending with just a little nugget of a cliffhanger!

By Maja (The Nocturnal Library) 03 Dec 2012 5

I have book ADD, I really do. Even when I like a book, by the time I reach the second half, I get impatient, eager to be done with it and be free to discover a new world. It's a definite downside of having so many books to choose from, and it's something I need to work on.

Therefore, I was more than a little surprised by the enormity of my despair when I reached the last page of Sanctum. It's rare that a book leaves me desperate for more. Sarah Fine's rich and imaginative world, although grim and depressing, captivated me entirely. She almost (but not quite, I'm not crazy) made me want to visit Suicide City and look around for myself. It is where suicide victims end up, condemned to wander the city, lost in their own despair. Can you imagine a more hopeless place in this world or the next? And for the very few conscious enough to want to escape or cause trouble, there are the guards, merciless creatures led by a human, their fearless Captain, Malachi.

Enter Lela, a worthy, if somewhat unconventional heroine. She came to Suicide City willingly, to save he best and only friend, not knowing what she might have to do, but ready for any kind of sacrifice. From the very first page of Sanctum, the readers know they won't be getting a Mary Sue: she smokes, she curses, and she beats up bullies with terrifying ease. It takes a while for her tender side to be revealed, but she is lovable from the very start.

And Malachi... oooops, there goes my dignity! I haven't felt so strongly about a fictional character since Sean Kendrick and I doubt I will anytime soon. With his warmth and Lela's unflinching bravery, it's no wonder they're my new favorite couple. Which brings me to the girl I can't stop thinking about - Lela Santos. Some would say she's damaged beyond repair, and in some ways, they'd probably be right. But there's so much love and hope in her, despite not having had an ounce of luck her entire life.

Sanctum is a dark, dark book, and although most of it happens in this hellish, unreal place, the horrors described are very real. Brief glimpses of Lela's past were more than enough to make me want to run the other way, but I guess I absorbed some of her astonishing bravery because I kept reading even when it made me sick. This is where I truly applaud Fine; a lesser writer would have chosen a safer, less controversial road, especially when writing for young adults, but I could tell that Sarah Fine doesn't believe in pulling any punches, and I admired her for it.

I'm sorry, guys, I'm very much aware that this review is all over the place. It was hard for me to put into words how much I loved this book. On December 6th, Sarah will share Malachi's journal entries on several blogs, including The Nocturnal Library, so make sure to stop by. If you haven't met Malachi yet, you'll definitely want to after that.
Brava, Ms. Fine! I'm thoroughly impressed.