Review: ‘Sanctum’ by Sarah Fine

Review: ‘Sanctum’ by Sarah FineSanctum by Sarah Fine
Series: Guards of the Shadowlands #1
Published by Amazon Childrens Pub on October 16th, 2012
Genres: Angels, Demons, Fantasy & Magic, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 417
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
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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That was one harrowing ride of a book! I just had to comment on the fact that Lela on the cover has straight hair and in the book she has wild curly hair. It bothers me when they don’t match! I had no idea what was happening because things happened so quickly, but I had so many questions as to why and how she ended up there by the Suicide Gates.


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. I did think her attraction towards Malachi was incredibly fast but I guess when you’re in hell, time slows down.


It’s quite sad hearing some of these suicidal stories that the characters went through.. What I also don’t understand are what the Mazikin really are. They creep me out so much to the point I pretty much labeled them as demons.


I also love how diverse the characters are having different people from different countries show up in a book is refreshing. I too loved how the author Sarah Fine interpreted depression and how it feels like to not care about anyone or anything because you’re just sick. It made a lot of sense since she’s also a psychologist.


Grab this one if you love paranormal action romance adventures!

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  1. Daniela Ark

    February 25, 2016 at 9:32 PM

    O…M…G!!! I didn’t know the hardcover had those wonderful images!!! A MAP???? I’m gonna die!!! I read the eBook. OH I AM SO BUYING IT!!! Thanks fro the great review and pictures Giselle!
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    • giselle

      February 25, 2016 at 10:59 PM

      Yessss! I love that there’s a map. It’s worth it!! I love her books. You’re welcome Daniela 🙂

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