Review: Fractured by Sarah Fine

May 27, 2014 Book 16

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: The Guards of the Shadowlands, #2
Publisher: Skyscape
Publication Date: October 29th 2013
Source: Provided by Publisher in Exchange for an honest review

17667916Goodreads Summary: 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?

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After falling head over heels in love with Malachi Sanctum by Sarah Fine, I expected Fractured to be no different. And I was not disappointed.

This book, instead of being set in the terrifying and dark place of the Shadowlands, it’s set in the human world.

At first I was a bit skeptical about how Sarah would manage to make things interesting (since the human world is such a boring place), but she did not fail in creating a captivating world.

I loved seeing Lela in this book being more emotionally stable, and much more badass. There is no doubt in my mind that Lela can definitely take care of herself. She is strong, she is tough, and she can be undeniably ruthless. Loved her.

Malachi is also different in this book: he’s in the human world, out of his element,; and it was fun seeing him trying to adjust to this. I loved seeing Malachi in the real world, because he was a bit like Lela was in the beginning of Sanctum.

There were some new characters added to this book, and I think that they all added something interesting to the story. There wasn’t an unimportant character in the book.

The way the story seemed to flow, you really had no idea where it was going, and I think that was the best part. You were constantly on your toes because Sarah could throw you a curveball at any moment! It was awesome.

In this book, the romance takes a backseat to everything, and I was happy to see that. I wanted to know if I would have been able to enjoy this book without it, and I did enjoy it. I enjoyed it so much.

Also, HOLY MOTHER OF CLIFFHANGERS! This book has the most devastating cliffhanger ever to exist. I don’t think I’ve ever been this emotionally damaged. This cliffhanger came completely out of nowhere, and just when you think you have more pages left. I was really surprised. I kind of admire what the author did with this book, because with that cliffhanger, you have no idea what’s going to happen with the next book. You don’t know how the characters are going to get through this situation, which means I am more than anxious for the next book in this series.

Rating: 4.5 stars

it was amazing


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    I haven’t heard of this one but it sounds so cool. That cliffhanger though . . . is book 2 out yet? I’d have to wait until it is before reading this or I’d be dying lol

  • i haven’t heard of this series but it sounds interesting. Thanks for the review!

  • You’re on a ‘good book’ streak! This sounds brilliant, and I love the cover. I’m checking out book 1 now!

  • Love this review! Thanks for sharing :). That cover is fantastic 🙂

  • I’ve heard a lot about Sanctum and this book and it sounds like it would totally be up my alley! HOLY CLiffhanger though, sounds like a big big one! I don’t know how I would be able to handle it until the next book!

  • Oh a five star rating! I haven’t seen those recently in the blogosphere LOL!
    I absolutely love the cover—the colours bring me in! I’m glad this one was a pretty much perfect sequel (at least it sounds like it) and heopfully you don’t combust from the wait until book three!

    • I’ve noticed that, too! I guess I’m lucky because I’m enjoying most of my books! I’m trying not to combust, lol 😉

  • Faye M.

    Awesome review, Marianne. I’ve never heard of this series before, and it’s definitely in my radar now after you gave it such a praising review. (And I know people have mentioned this countless times but THAT COVER THO) And I’m sorry to hear about the cliffhanger, but hey, cliffhangers are awesome in a way if they make you feel that way 😛 Now people feel compelled to read the next book and that’s a good thing, imo! 😀

    Faye at The Social Potato Reviews

    • That cliffhanger was horrible. But… I guess I’m more excited for the next book. Definitely check it out! It’s a really good series! (And yes, THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS)

  • I’m glad that this sequel was just as good as the first! I’m not sure that I can take another cliffhanger right now though. LOL It seems like EVERY book I read ends with one, and it’s driving me a little bit batty. I think I’m going to wait ’til the next one’s out before I dive in. Great review!