Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review and Giveaway of SANCTUM

I have been excited to review for you SANCTUM by Sarah Fine. Honestly, I wasn't sure how Fine would deal with the issue of suicide, which is ultimately what this book was about. But she creates characters and a world that are both intriguing and so real that I was sucked in from the get-go.

The Blurb from Amazon:

"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.

What I love about this book: There really is so much to love about Fine's writing. She brings a unique twist on Heaven and Hell, which allows readers to look at the tough issue of suicide and rape in a different light. Her characters are real people. Nadia ,who is bogged down in the pressures of our society to be perfect. Lela, the "bad girl" who struggles to get her life on track despite no support from home. And yet despite these girls differences, how much they need each other to survive.

What makes this book unique: The concept of this book blew me away. Fine created a whole new world to set her story in, including characters such as Mazikins (demons). This allowed her to deal with issues teens face today by taking readers away from their own world and reliving those same conflicts in a fantasy setting.

Why you should read it: The romance, oh the romance. Malachi is hot, hot, hot. Do I need to say more?

My favorite line: "Either you're a Mazikin, and I will destroy you, or you are ready to go before the Judge and get out of this city."


Stalk Sarah Fine on her website or Twitter.

I'm also giving away my ARC to one person who comments below. Giveaway open to North American residents. Ends Dec. 9th.

12 comments:

Bonnee Crawford said...

That sounds like a really awesome book and now I want to read it! :)

prerna pickett said...

this is on my list. Have heard really good things about it.

Kim Kasch said...

Oh this looks good. Thanks for sharing it with us, now I have something else to add to my tbr.

Jemi Fraser said...

This is such a unique concept - sounds super intriguing! :)

Lexa Cain said...

Thanks for highlighting this book and author. I loved the info and your take on the book. I've hopped over to the author's page and followed her -- she has a great blog. :-)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Just wait until you've read the sequel!!! Now I'm dying to read book #3. :D

Medeia Sharif said...

I'd love to read this. Thanks for highlighting this book.

Christina Farley said...

Stina- what? You've read the sequel already? No fair.

Curling Up With a Good Book said...

How have you read the sequel?? It just came out?

DEZMOND said...

we do love us a bit of romance :) And the book cover is almost as lovely as your lovely face Christina :)

Lydia Kang said...

Why read it? Because it's so good. Oh, and I just got to read the sequel and OMG. It killed me, in a good way!

Angela Ackerman said...

Wow, this one sounds really unique. Ai will look for it. Love the cover too.

And, as I read this, I got a story idea to fix a scene I've been struggling with. AHHHH, I love to when that happens! WOOT!