Can you imagine a more hopeless place in this world or the next? Sanctum was so imaginative, dark, scary, and provocative. Lela and Malachi don’t trust each other at first, but once they open up, Lela begins to feel safe around Malachi and he begins to feel protective of her. And when a story is awesome and has wonderful characters and relationships, it makes me really happy. I also pretty much loved Lela’s character for being so determined to help her best friend Nadia get to a place where she belonged, and in the process almost lose her own soul. There’s a gut-wrenching reason why Lela wanted to die two years ago, and when Malachi finds out he helps her overcome some of her fears of allowing anyone, especially a man, to touch her. It will be given a place of honor alongside various other books I’ve read featuring some sort of mystery involving a foreboding struggle with the darkness that surrounds the main characters. They are amazing people and brought out every single bit of goodness in each other.
I usually am not a fan of taking free will away from a character, but in this case, it works. While her past has shaped who she is in the present, the eventual person she becomes by the end of this story is so different and truly an inspirational figure for those who have suffered at the hands of tormentors or even those who have ever contemplated suicide themselves, like Lela once did. I mean, we’d all like to think we would, but if it comes down to it, would we actually give up eternal happiness to travel through hell with no guarantee that we could go back? It has a deliciously swoony romance that will bring you to your knees, and is riddled with tough decisions and sacrifices. I also pretty much loved Lela’s character for being so determined to help her best friend Nadia get to a place where she belonged, and in the process almost lose her own soul. The story starts with Lela and Nadia forging the unlikeliest of friendships: Lela is tough but relatable, she’s unbelievably determined and has just the perfect, tiny amount of sweetness hidden away in a lovely vulnerable way.
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Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1) by Sarah Fine
Redemption If you die, a beautiful countryside awaits you. I liked the crafty imagination vividly depicting the details and the dreariness of The Dark City.
It’s so easy to use romance as the gateway emotion to form the foundation of a story. Had a great ending, am very curious to see what will happen next Some people want to escape.
But after the initial set-up, one that happens to be snadowlands good, Fine drops the ball and moves on to a very Twilight-ish romance that undermines everything I had liked about the book up to that point.
It’s more familiar, and they don’t want to give it up, even once they know they can be healed of it. Therefore, Sancum was more than a little surprised by the enormity of my despair when I reached the last page of Sanctum. I highly recommend Sanctumespecially to those looking for a dark, yet hopeful read. But Nadia, like many other teens, gets bogged down in despair and after finding that numbing herself with drugs doesn’t work, she takes shadwlands own life.
I think if I would have read this way back when I first got it, I probably would have liked it better. Suffice to say, I’m terribly disappointed with what I know of guarsd in the end. Romance Classic YA as it is, romance makes up a considerable part of the plot.
GUARDS OF THE SHADOWLANDS
I loved this book. It was just that good!
CHAOS, Book Three With Juri in control and everything in absolute chaos, Lela plunges into the depths of hell to free Malachi from shdowlands that have waited decades to exact their revenge. If “Sanctum” has stayed with the story described in the synopsis, it could have been a great book.
GUARDS OF THE SHADOWLANDS – SARAH FINE BOOKS
I just wish shaeowlands romance wasn’t as heavy handed as it ended up I can’t believe I’m complaining about that because it felt like an ill-fit for me in the face of how crazy-impressive the world Sarah Fine built here. They creep me out so much to the point I pretty much labeled them as demons.
Lela is tough but relatable, she’s unbelievably determined and has just the perfect, tiny amount of sweetness hidden away in a lovely vulnerable way. He has changed some policies for dealing with the Mazikin in recent years, and the other Guards do vuards like it.
View all 8 comments. Malachi, the love interest, fits the mold of the teenage dream: She wanders through a labyrinth of the dead’s wants, needs, and desires that surrounds all over the city – that builds and expands – when humans wished it to be.
She’s been through so much in her life, yet she stays strong and focused for the friend who believed in her and made her a thr person. You would think a setting like this would not be the nicest head space to crawl into.
And until she sticks her neck out for someone she doesn’t even know, she hadn’t realized it could actually get better. Nadia was somewhat ambiguous to me.
I also liked how the author handled the issues of suicide, depression and rape making the behavior of those who experienced it in this book believable, earning my compassion and understanding.
I have this picture of Suicide City as some purgatory where you work out your issues and when you’re ready, you go to The Sanctum and get judged if you can move on to the next phase. I also see shades of Yelena and Valek. But she and Lela are kindred spirits thanks to dysfunctional homes and their unlikely friendship, while baffling to the outside world, makes sense to the two girls. The rest of the book follows in much the same vein as the previous paragraph with a lot of generalized explanations that don’t really flesh out the story.
Would he look at me differently now that all he’d suspected had been confirmed?