Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands Series #2)

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In the week since Lela returned to Rhode Island, local news has been dominated by chilling sightings of human-like creatures running on all fours. Lela knows there’s only one explanation: the Mazikin have arrived in the land of the living.

Needing to maintain the appearance of a normal life, Lela returns to Warwick High along with Malachi. At night they hunt for the Mazikin nest along with two new Guards. Jim, one rogue recruit, repeatedly challenges Lela’s authority. Lela ...

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Overview

In the week since Lela returned to Rhode Island, local news has been dominated by chilling sightings of human-like creatures running on all fours. Lela knows there’s only one explanation: the Mazikin have arrived in the land of the living.

Needing to maintain the appearance of a normal life, Lela returns to Warwick High along with Malachi. At night they hunt for the Mazikin nest along with two new Guards. Jim, one rogue recruit, repeatedly challenges Lela’s authority. Lela struggles to keep all her Guards on the right side of the law, but their mistakes come at a terrible cost.

As one painful revelation follows another and the Mazikin start targeting those closest to her, Lela finds herself more vulnerable than ever. With an enemy determined to separate soul from body, Lela must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice to protect those she loves.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rebecca Moore
In this second installment in the Guards of the Shadowlands series, Lela and her new boyfriend, Malachi, have returned from the Shadowlands to Lela's home in Rhode Island. Assigned by the angels to be Guardians, they and two others have been tasked with preventing the demonic, body-possessing Mazikin from taking over Earth. Oh, and they still have to go to high school. Taking on demons, high school, and the complexities of a passionate (but thus far chaste) relationship, Lela and Malachi find themselves constantly on the edge of disaster. Will Malachi's ending the relationship so they can better focus help them, or bring the Mazikin even closer to achieving their goal? A cliff-hanger ending promises another volume to come. Clearly aimed at fans of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments series, Fractured is dark, bloody, desperate, passionate, and action packed, though leavened by Lela's attempt at a normal high school experience. Lela and Malachi are sympathetic, as are most of the distinctive secondary characters, though the villains contain no shades of gray. Unfortunately, this title does not stand alone, as almost nothing from the first book is adequately explained. The reader never learns why the angels are punishing Lela and Malachi with Guardian duty, nor much about the forces governing the supernatural world. This makes the world and the plot difficult to understand. Still, fans of the series will swoon over the make-out scenes and bite their nails during the gory fights, yearning impatiently for the next volume. Reviewer: Rebecca Moore
Children's Literature - Mary Thompson
Lela and Malachi are back together fighting the body stealers, the Mazikin, except this time they're back in the land of the living. Lela is now Captain of the Guards and joined by newly assigned members—Henry back from the Wastelands and Jim from the Blinding City. Malachi poses as a high school foreign exchange student and Raphael as his host. The romance between Lela and Malachi seems to take a backseat as they continue nightly patrols of rural Rhode Island for Mazikin nests. They never seem to get anywhere and the storyline is overshadowed by the characters navigating high school drama. The introduction of a love triangle is unnecessary and does little to improve the plot. The newness of the Shadowlands which made the first book, Sanctum, such a page turner is reduced to plodding action and weak romance. Despite the typical pitfalls of a second trilogy book, fans will no doubt enjoy seeing Malachi and Lela back together fighting against all odds. Henry and Jim are intriguing secondary characters who bring a much needed jolt to this second installment in the "Guards of the Shadowlands" series. Reviewer: Mary Thompson
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
At the end of Sanctum (2012), sweethearts Lela and Malachi found themselves returned to the world of the living to track down the evil, soul-destroying Mazikin that had escaped from the dark city of suicides Malachi had protected. Back in suburban Rhode Island, Lela needs to navigate the end of her senior year even as she acts as Captain of a Guard unit that must work at night to track and banish the Mazikin. Joining her and Malachi are Jim, from the Blinding City of addicts and thieves, and Henry, from the Wasteland, that section of the Shadowlands reserved for murderers. Archangel Raphael provides intermittent help and healing but never as much as Lela would like. Per the now-standard formula of paranormal-romance middle volumes, Fine provides a nominal reason to separate Lela and Malachi--here, Malachi's fear that his love for Lela will cause him to make bad decisions--and stretch out the sexual tension. This contrivance is made less irritating than it might be by the teens' involvement in the student body of Lela's high school and its shifting romantic relationships. Lela has to admit that the attention hunky, normal Ian pays her is pretty appealing. Alternating high school banality with the surreal danger of the Guards' mission, Fine kicks it up a notch when Lela encounters the mother who abandoned her, now possessed by a Mazikin. Between the expanded worldbuilding and well-paced suspense, Fine presents a sturdy-enough bridge to carry readers to Book 3. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781477817292
  • Publisher: Amazon Childrens Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Series: Guards of the Shadowlands Series, #2
  • Pages: 437
  • Sales rank: 345,127
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing, she’s working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now. Her first novel, Sanctum, was published by Skyscape in 2012. Find Sarah online: www.sarahfinebooks.com or on Twitter @FineSarah.

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  • Posted October 21, 2014

    4.5 Stars Sarah Fine has done it again in this thrilling, h

    4.5 Stars

    Sarah Fine has done it again in this thrilling, heart pounding, darkly dangerous, but oh so amazing adventure, that took me on a ride of ups and downs. FRACTURED was brilliant, absolutely brilliant!!!! Though, I did find myself screaming at some points of the book, saying "NO, what is wrong with you" on more then one occasion. But overall, it was exhilarating.

    I absolutely loved being back into this world with the awesome characters that I fell madly in love with in book one, SANCTUM. I quickly got back into the motion and became addicted all over again. Every free chance I had, I was reading FRACTURED. And every time I wasn't, I was thinking about it. I just wanted to get lost within the story, and relive this terrifyingly amazing adventure until the very end.

    The writing, as always is smooth and detailed. The world building was dark and developed. The characters were strong and determined. Though I did have some qualms about some of the issues between Lela and Malachi. But by the end, I made my peace with it and thought it was actually a healthy stresser for their relationship. I won't say what or why, but it was HUGE, and had me distraught for a good part of the book! No spoiler here! ;)


    THE PLOT


    The Mazikin, the animal-like monsters have been locked in their hellish realm for as long as anyone can remember. But for decades, they've found their way into the Dark Suicide City. But now they've taken the next step, and walk among the living!! They've manged to break through the barrier between the living and dead, and are possessing the bodies of humans and sending their souls forever to be cursed in their hellish realm for all eternity. But that's not all, humans are missing, humans are dying, humans are changing, and the Mazikin are determined not to stop until every last human body is claimed, and their souls sent to be cursed in their hellish realm, and they're just getting started...

    Lela has returned from her time in the Dark City, she has sacrificed many things for the ones she loves, and now she is paying her debut. In exchange for freeing her best friends soul into a peaceful afterlife, Lela has sold her soul to the devil. As part of the agreement, Lela is now captain of the guard that will run the mission in the land of the living to locate and eliminate the Mazikin before they get out of control. But with Malachi, her trusty, and crazy sexy lenient by her sided, how could things go wrong?? Well Lela is just about to find out how wrong things can really get.

    Under strict orders, Lela is to resume her life before she died. That means going back to the high school where all her memories and heartache lies. But Lela is determined to find the Mazikin and complete her mission before it's to late. The deeper she gets, the more she realizes that her and Malachi have their work cut out for them. But then two other guards are sent to assist with the Mazikin removal, but one of them seems to be more trouble then he's really worth. But with the Mazikin getting closer, and more bolder with every passing day, they're going to need all the help they can get.

    All the death and stress has taken it's toll on both Lela and Malachi, and they're relationship is on thin ice. And the Mazikin's numbers are growing, and they're getting smarter, and are starting to toy with them. But that only adds more strain on an already fragile relationship. With all the anguish and distress, Lela and Malachi will have to determine what is really worth fighting for, and what is better if let go...

    It's all coming to a head, and Lela, Malachi, and the rest of their team will have to put they're differences aside and work together if they have any chance of surviving and saving the land of the living from the deadly monsters. Because the Mazikin are closer then ever to completely breaking through the barrier of their realm, and claiming the land of the living as they're own. But Lela and Malachi are willing to do whatever it takes to stop the Mazikin once and for all. Even if they must sacrifice themselves to do it.

    I really enjoyed this second installment of the Guards of the Shadowlands series. I loved getting back into this terrifying, yet addicting world. But I did not however, love it as much as the first book. The first book blew my out of the water. This one, not so much so. But I think that had a lot to do with the ongoing conflict between Lela and Malachi. I love them both so much, but to watch them struggle and be so cold and distant towards each other was just heartbreaking, and totally not what I wanted in this book. But, after long hours of thought, I now think in a way, it was a positive thing for their relationship, and it helped them grow on their own to see what they both really wanted out of life.

    Overall, FRACTURED was a great follow up to SANCTUM. Besides the struggle I had with Lela and Malachi's relationship, it was AMAZING, just as I predicted it would be. I've been debating on finally reading the last book, CHAOS, but I've been putting it off because I'm not ready for this series to end yet. Through it's KILLING me not to read it. Especially with that killer ending that shattered my heart to pieces!! ;)

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    This 2nd book was very interesting and had some surprises in it, don't like how it ended but hoping the 3rd book brings a better outlook, Queen sounds scary

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  • Posted October 31, 2013

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    Lela's soul has returned from the Shadowlands and now she is a G

    Lela's soul has returned from the Shadowlands and now she is a Guard. She and Malachi are fighting to remove the Mazikin that have escaped to the human realm. Mazikin possess human bodies sending their souls to the Mazikin hell realm.




    I truly loved this story. Sarah Fine's imagination and originality made this plot into a completely brilliant, riveting, white knuckle page turning storyline. The twists, turns and drops made Fractured more thrilling than my favorite roller coaster...and the ending left me feeling like I was hanging upside down with my heart pounding in my head. Heart clenching emotions, non-stop, blood pumping action and fabulous characters make Fractured a must read.




    I received this ARC copy of Fractured from Amazon Children's Publishing - Skyscape in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication October 29, 2013.




    Written by: Sarah Fine
    Series: Guards of the Shadowlands 
    Sequence in Series: Book 2
    Publisher: Skyscape 
    Publication Date: October 29, 2013
    ISBN-10: 1477817298
    ISBN-13: 978-1477817292
    Rating: 5 Stars
    Genre: Young Adult, paranormal, romance
    Age Recommendation: 14 +

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2013

    Could not put this book down! Awesome read!

    Could not put this book down! Awesome read!

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    This book broke me. I stayed up literally all night reading it a

    This book broke me. I stayed up literally all night reading it and ended up crying into my pillow no less than four times. Granted, I was pregnant at the time and extremely hormonal, but the sentiment still stands.

    So many new happenings and situations and questions in this book. The story has shifted from the dark city to the real world, which changes the game entirely. Malachi not only has to adapt to all the changes that have happened in the world since he was alive, but for the first time ever, he gets a glimpse at what it would be like to be a normal, modern teen. It's ridiculously adorable actually lol.

    But it also raises the stakes considerably. Malachi and Lela can no longer go around just killing the Mazikin without repercussion. There are real, innocent lives at stake, not to mention the police to avoid. And then there's the fact they have to pretend to be normal teens and attend high school, which adds extra complications.

    In the face of all these changes, Lela and Malachi run into a lot of problems as a couple, especially considering this relationship thing is new and terrifying for both of them. They're both so full of insecurities that it's heartbreaking. All of this forces a wedge between them, and I just wanted to smush them together and demand that they kiss and make up. All the emotional turmoil along with the problem of the Mazikin that they were dealing with left me in knots, and I couldn't read fast enough.

    I'm 100% emotionally invested in these characters. I adore Lela and Malachi so much. In Sanctum, they fell for each other amidst all this bleak hopelessness. It was something sweet and beautiful, made more stark by all the darkness around it. In Fractured, their love is put to the test against this new backdrop, and it's frustrating and heart wrenching to watch.

    Which is not to say this book is more romance-centric than the first, because it felt just as perfectly balanced. The threat of the Mazikin was constantly there, and the action rarely let up.

    The new Guards were interesting. They definitely grew on me, and I admired the way Lela did her best to lead them as the new Captain despite that she had no experience. She makes mistakes and she fumbles a bit, but she's trying in the face of what little information she has. I wanted to hug her so many times.

    I loooved learning about new cities, other places people went when they died, like the Wasteland and the Blinding City. Seriously fascinating and unique world building, which is part of what I loved most about Sanctum.

    And now, let's talk about that ending. OMG THAT ENDING. I'm just... FILLED WITH EMOTION. SO MANY EMOTIONSSSSS.

    I should have seen it coming, but I didn't because I was convinced it would be the other way around (vague comment is vague! lol). Even though I was tired from being up all night, I couldn't sleep for a while afterward because I was too busy crying into my pillow.

    YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO LOVE THIS BOOK. I love it. I LOVE IIIIIIT.

    SO YEAH. RUN, DON'T WALK, TO GET FRACTURED (or the Mazikin will get you!).

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Let me start with.....THE COVER OF THIS BOOK IS PHENOMENAL!!!!!!

    Let me start with.....THE COVER OF THIS BOOK IS PHENOMENAL!!!!!!! It has depth, character, and emotion packed into one cover!! Even the colors fit perfectly! I was immediately in love! This has got to be one of my favorite covers of the year!!




    OK, Sanctum was one of my favorite books of 2012. It was just amazing. So I knew that Fractured would be even better and I was so right. Fractured takes this story to a whole new level. Not to mention the romance that is Lela and Malachi...AH....It is just wonderful....I just love everything about their fight to be together...




    "I didn't have time to say anything else before his lips met mine, setting me on fire, making me feel like the earth was falling out from under me."




    Fractured begins where Sanctum left off. Malachi and Lela have returned to her home and she has been charged with being the Captain of a new team of individuals that will fight the Mazikin that have arrived in the land of the living. 




    Lela and Malachi have to "fit in" as normal teenagers so that no one will suspect their real duties so they begin school. They meet two new young boys who have been assigned to Lela as her guards. These two boys have totally different personalities and it takes Lela and Malachi a little while to warm up to them. 




    Lela thinks this will be a simple battle against Mazikan but it takes on so much more. It is an emotional, intense battle that she never expected. The Mazikan have more personal intentions than Lela realizes and the fight takes a different turn. Lela is now not only fighting the Mazikan to survive but she is fighting for everyone's survival. 




    The twists and turns in this book had me completely shocked. I found myself with my mouth wide open several times! HA! Sanctum was so amazing that I thought nothing could be better but Fractured is just....what word to use...INCREDIBLE!! The story is so much more personal because her family and friends are involved in more ways than she knew would be. Lela is faced with heart-breaking decisions, intense battle scenes, and emotional triumphs. 

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

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     It's been a few days since I finished reading Fractured, and I'

     It's been a few days since I finished reading Fractured, and I've finally managed to calm myself down enough to write a review. I'm really glad I took some time to absorb and process everything that happened in this book before I started writing it. Because, otherwise, my review would have been totally hysterical and all over the place. That doesn't mean I still won't mention how affected I was at times with certain things in Fractured, but now I'll make sure my thoughts are coherent and toned down enough to make sense.


    Fractured is as addicting and captivating as its predecessor Sanctum, which was one of my favorite novels last year. There are some changes in the story such as the setting and the introduction of plenty of new characters, but it still has the same feel as the first book. Dark and terrifying. Emotional and powerful. There's also more kickass action and great character development. And there's even some fascinating revelations about the Mazikin and the Shadowlands that made the mission the characters were assigned much more complex and complicated.


    Since I've become so invested in these characters and their journeys, I couldn't help how amped up my emotions were while reading this sequel. It was one of the reasons why I had such strong reactions to anything that happened to them, especially Lela and Malachi. They have already gone through so much in their lives and continue to go through a whole lot more. While there were moments scattered throughout that had me dying of happiness, other moments had me feeling a whole lot of frustration, anger, and sadness. Some moments just made everything seem hopeless and left me wondering why things couldn't be all sunshine and rainbows for them. I almost cried a couple times because it was overwhelming. But it's hard not to admire and love these characters for having the strength and passion to get through all these hardships.


    For Lela and Malachi, they also have their own personal issues and issues with each other they have to sort out. They dream of having a future, and they wonder whether they'll ever have a chance to live a normal life without feeling like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. Add in having to adjust quickly to their new life and surroundings, and it really causes a strain on their relationship. There were lots of misunderstandings and complications because of a lack of communication between them. It was painful to read, and I couldn't decide whether I wanted to hug or smack a certain someone. Thankfully, there were enough highs that had me melting and swooning (seriously, I was like *PASSES OUT* *HEART EXPLODES* during some parts) to balance out all the heartbreaking lows. And both Lela and Malachi at least got a chance to experience a little normalcy, even if it meant not experiencing it together.


    I wish I could say that you shouldn't be nervous or scared, but then I would lying through my teeth. The great thing, though, is that Fractured kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was exhilarating and exciting, even when I was starting to feel panicked and stressed. I love everything about the world and the characters found in this series, and I desperately can't wait to know what Sarah Fine plans next for book three after Fractured's killer ending. I highly recommend this amazing series! 

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Fractured by

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Fractured by Sarah Fine
    Book Two of the Guards of the Shadowlands series
    Publisher: Skyscape
    Publication Date: October 29, 2013
    Rating: 5 stars
    Source: ARC sent by the publisher




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    In the week since Lela returned to Rhode Island as Captain of the Guard with Malachi as her second in command, local news has been dominated by chilling sightings of human-like creatures running on all fours. Lela knows there’s only one explanation: the Mazikin have arrived in the land of the living.




    Needing to maintain the appearance of a normal life for her foster mother, her probation officer, and her classmates, Lela returns to Warwick High along with Malachi. At night they secretly hunt for the Mazikin nest. To assist, two new Guards from very different parts of the Shadowlands are assigned to Lela’s unit, including the bad boy Jim, who repeatedly challenges Lela's authority. Lela struggles to keep all her Guards on the right side of the law, but their mistakes come at a terrible cost.




    As one painful revelation follows another and the Mazikin start targeting those closest to her, Lela finds herself more vulnerable than she’s ever been, wanting a future more than she ever has. With an enemy determined to separate soul from body, one question remains: how much is she willing to sacrifice to protect those she loves?




    What I Liked:




    I literally just finished this book and OH MY GOODNESS WOW WOW WOW! *insert flailing*




    I mean, I knew that Fractured would have to be QUITE the book, in order to live up to my expectations and standards set by Sanctum. Because Sanctum was one of those books for me that I saw once, kept walking, saw again, was sure I would hate, picked it up anyway, read it, loved it. Like, I love love LOVE that book. I read it in January or February of this year, and could not believe I passed it so many times in the library, and didn't want to pick it up.




    Well. I'm glad I did. Because not only did I love Sanctum, but I loved Fractured. Good use of my decision-making skills! I am so scared of sequels, and starting this one was hard for me, but once I started, I couldn't put it down. Sarah Fine went beyond my expectations with this book.




    Lela is back from the Shadowlands - back home in Rhode Island, but with a new problem in her life: she is captain of the Guards, and she has the Guards to lead, in order to find and eradicate the Mazikin population. All while going to school, keeping up the farce with her foster mother and the law, and holding on to Malachi.




    Easy? No.




    There are so many bumps and holes in Lela's road. I think one of the reasons why I fell in love with Sanctum is because of Lela's fierce attitude towards almost everything. I don't know how Sarah does it, but she captures Lela so amazingly - Lela is so realistic, so authentic, so teen-like, but she is hardcore and resilient, brave and fearless. Like, she is by no means perfect, nor is she flawless, but she is flipping awesome, you guys! 




    Or maybe that's just how I see Lela. I feel like we would be really good friends. From one teenage girl to another, I totally get her.




    The first book was all about getting Nadia out. This book is about finding and containing the Mazikin. I love the continuous action that fills the plot. I feel like Lela, Malachi, and the other two Guards, Henry and Jim, never catch a break. Sarah Fine throws obstacle after obstacle at the Guards, and as the book goes on, it gets trickier and trickier to fight.




    The romance in this book is complex. The first book includes the budding relationship between Lela and Malachi. In this book, we know that Lela and Malachi are a thing. So, as in all sequels, they must solidify their relationship, and work through trials together. We get a good look at their relationship throughout this book, on many different levels. I won't be any more specific than that, because if I go farther, I'm liable to spoil things, and I don't want to spoil anything.




    The climax and ending of this - craziness! A good kind of crazy. The problem with the Mazikin isn't completely resolved - as with all trilogies, that must happen in the final book. And I totally saw the ending coming - maybe it was just me, but the ending totally fits. It makes sense in this series. I feel like a lot of sequels in YA lit end this way. But do not despair! There is more to come!




    But seriously, you all, how often do I rate book one AND book two with five stars? HOW OFTEN DOES THAT HAPPEN?! Never, really.




    Book three, yes? Yes. I NEED IT!




    What I Did Not Like:




    The only thing that I didn't necessarily like was this one decision by Malachi (you'll know which one). I hate when one of the protagonists does that to the other! It's so frustrating, because it's like, DUH, that decision IS NOT the better, more selfless one for you and the other person. But of course, it takes the entire book for them to see this. ONLY IN SEQUELS does this happen. I mean, look at New Moon...




    Anyway. Whatever. You'd think I'd be more fussed about the ending. But no - I totally saw the ending coming. I think it's a fitting ending, because it just makes sense with this series.




    Would I Recommend It:




    OHMYGOSHYES! There is no doubt in my mind that readers of book one will LOVE book two. And if they don't, then it's probably because they're really hung up on the ending. DON'T BE! Read between the lines. This is a fantastic sequel, and I encourage people who haven't read the first book to DEFINITELY read Sanctum AND Fractured, because Fractured lives up to expectations, and goes beyond! You don't want to miss this series, believe me!




    Rating:




    5 stars. Sarah Fine definitely knows how to build a thrilling story, rip out your heart, and leave you begging for more, right until the last word! Book three, please!
    s. Sarah Fine definitely knows how to build a thrilling story, rip out your heart, and leave you begging for more, right until the last word! Book three, please!

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

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    Intense Reading for Younger YA on up!

    Fractured by Sarah Fine is the second installment in the series Guards of the Shadowland.I highly suggest that book 1, Sanctum be read first, as it provides a solid base of necessary background knowledge for this brilliant addition!

    Lela and Malachi must face off against the Mazikin that have arrived in the human world. Destruction and mayhem are on the horizon while the newly formed small band of guards face insurmountable odds and threats to those closest to them. the feelings between Lela and Malachi play a huge part in the plot, always bubbling just under the surface, the timing never quite right. Will they stand strong against the evil that is invading the earth? Who will fall victim to the Mazikin? who will be standing when it is all over? Can Lela make the decisions a leader must, no matter how difficult?

    Sarah Fine has done a marvelous job of creating a dark world where there is still room for hope and love, while testing the strength of youth against the tyranny of evil. Filled with characters and dialogue that has a true-to-life feel, it was easy to get lost in the story. A quick pace and detailed scenes gave perfect realism to Lela's world in my mind.

    I received this ARC copy of Fractured from Amazon Children's Publishing - Skyscape in exchange for my honest review.

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