Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: SANCTUM (Guards of The Shadowlands Book 1) by Sarah Fine

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Book Review: SANCTUM (Guards of The Shadowlands Book 1) by Sarah Fine

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover
Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing (October 16, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1612184421
ISBN-13: 978-1612184425
Buy the book: Amazon 
Visit the site: sarahfinebooks.com 
"My plan: Get into the city. Get Nadia. Find a way out. Simple."

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.
Sanctum was so interesting, I could not put it down. This is one of my favorite books of this year! I have read this book six times in about two months. I cannot get enough of Sanctum. Sarah Fine is an excellent author. This book deals with suicide, in such a different unique way. I normally don't enjoy books about such a hard, difficult topic. However, Sarah approaches it, in a different way.  
Lela is kinda of an outsider in school, she is a troublemaker, and her home life is messed up. When Nadia, the popular girl at school starts to befriend Lela, things turn in a different direction for Lela. She is happier, and starts to do well in school. Lela even gets into the college, she was dying to get into. Yes, Lela's life was turning around, and it was mostly due to kind Nadia. When Nadia commits suicide, Lela is shocked and devastated to say the least. Nadia dies trying to figure out what happened to her best and only friend. literally.

Lela finds herself in heaven, a gorgeous countryside with rolling hills. Over in a distance, Lela sees Suicide Gates that leads into Sanctum. Hell. Sanctum is a world, where people who have taken their own life spend eternity. If you want drugs, food, an apartment, television... anything your heart desires, you can get in Sanctum. It is such a depressing world, where greed and selfishness are overwhelming. With monsters ready to take your soul, people out to kill you, Lela decides to freely walk through those gates. Lela wants to understand why Nadia killed herself, and to bring her back to the countryside. The only way you can get out of Sanctum, is to go before a judge. You have to prove that you no longer need anything else the city has to offer. Not even the water.

Even though Lela is spunky and strong, she quickly gets caught by the guards. Malachi is one of my favorite male characters of all time. He is strong and quick. Passionate and sweet. Smart and sexy. This takes Lela completely by surprise. Not only does he look lethal, he is lethal. Lela is not quite sure if he wants to hurt her, something about him, has her wanting to figure him out. So she sticks around. Malachi wants to get her out of Sanctum, before she gets hurt. Of course, Lela is not changing her mind about finding her best friend. Malachi agrees to help, together they go through Hell and back to find Nadia.

I highly suggest you pick up this book, and enter the world of Sanctum by Sarah Fine. You will never look at the other side the same again.

Favorite line:  Figures. The first time a guy tells me I'm beautiful, I'm in Hell and he's delirious. Lela


5 out of 6

Violence: Heavy
Profanity: Extreme
Sexual: Extreme (rape mentioned, some detail)

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34 comments:

  1. This sounds like a really awesome book. This is the first review I have read on it and you have totally convinced me that it's a must read. I love the cover too!! Fab review!!

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    1. Amy, I just added a giveaway. Sign up now for a chance to win a hardcover of Sanctum. If you live in the states.

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  2. I've had this one since BEA but haven't gotten to it yet. Thanks to this review, I'll be moving it to the top of my list. Thank you!

    I'm curious, though - why didn't you give it a 6 out of 6?

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    1. Haha... I gave 6 out of 6 to the Harry Potter and Tiger's Curse Series. We will see, let me read the whole series first. Then I will see if it gets a 6. I almost gave a 6 out of 6 to the Hunger Games series, then I read Mockingjay!

      However, it is a STRONG 5 for me. Enjoy.

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  3. I've been dying to read this. Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  4. AGH! This sucks for those of us who refuse to join Twitter (I'm not giving any love to Facebook either)!

    But thanks for introducing me to a new book that looks good, I'll definitely check it out.

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  5. WOW. I am sold. I have to get myself a copy of this book and see what possessed you to read it so many times!

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  6. Excellent review! I know this author is a psychologist which indicates a high level of authenticity to the subject matter and characterization.

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  7. This book seems great. Nice giveaway!

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  8. Wow. That is an amazing way of exploring the theme. I'd love to get my hands on this book now.

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  9. You read it six times? This is definitely a must read, then.

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  10. Looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  11. I LOVE the concept of this! Glad it doesn't disappoint. :)

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  12. I am so excited for this book. This is something interesting.

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

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  13. In an odd sort of way it sounds like fun but very dramatic at the same time. I like the allegorical aspects of the story. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention.

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  14. I've never heard of the book, but I fell in love so much with the blurb! Lela's devotion and loyalty to Nadia is something to be admired. At first, I thought that this'd be a very much paranormal book, but I think I like how it treats the topic on hand. It's a very different approach, but I like it!

    Grace
    Lust For Stories

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  15. Lena sounds like such a likeable character. The concept is entirely unique as well:)

    Your review really reflected how excited you are about it!

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  16. This sounds SO fascinating! I would love to read it. The cover has been catching my eye for a while now :)

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  17. This sounds SO amazing!!
    I really want to read this now! XD

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  18. Seriously, if you have read (& enjoyed) this book
    about 6 times, then it must be one FANTASTIC read!! <3
    Great review and now I, too, have to read Sanctum lol
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  19. This book sounds AMAZING! Seriously, I'd heard of it before, but after reading your review it's going on my TBR ASAP list. It sounds like a totally unique concept, and so dark and thrilling. Plus, based on that quote you posted, Lela sounds like a witty and sarcastic character, and I always love reading books from that kind of POV (probably because I am that way myself, so it's easy for me to identify with the characters).
    Thanks for the amazing review and giveaway!! :)

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  20. I hadn't heard of this book yet, but it sounds awesome and is definitely going on my to-read list. Thanks for the review and giveaway!

    Hannah

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  21. Great review! I am definately intrigued! It sounds interesting, with twists and like it's a steady read. Thank you for posting the review.

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  22. this looks really good!!

    kmichellec87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Excellent review. It tells me what to expect from this story without spoilers or too much info. Definately gets my attention. Thanks for the re view & the chance to win this awesome book.

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  24. Awesome! I def need to check this out now!!!
    xeno_turtle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. Your chess pieces. Oh my goodness, I wanna read it! You are defo beyond consolable in your addiction with Sanctum! 6x in 2 months. You beat me with the Iron fey Series, I only read those 4x as of the moment =))

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  26. Great review!! I can't wait to read this one!!

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  27. teen book reviews
    Best books not only tell stories but they also give information about day to day happenings. They contain stories, events and related information which is a type of inspirational stories.

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  28. Sounds great! Thanks for the review! I just love all kinds of audio books.

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  29. You have to prove that you no longer need anything else the city has to offer.

    What a great concept. It's been said of life here, as well.

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  30. Sanctum is in every town and every city. That dark, evil place that most people won't dare to go after dark. This book sounds like an adventurous read!

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  31. Loved the review! This sounds like such a great read!

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