Sanctum by Sarah Fine
(Guards of the Shadowlands)

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"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.

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.


About Sarah Fine

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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.
Published October 16, 2012 by Skyscape. 450 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Romance. Fiction

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Lela quickly draws the attention of both Guards and Mazikin, persuading the incredibly hot Malachi, human Captain of the Guard, to help her rescue Nadia.

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Huffington Post

But having his name on the film leads people to believe it's in some way his film, when, really, being an executive producer is often about as relevant to a film's quality as being a critic whose quote is used in the film's ad.

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When her new best friend, Nadia, the girl who helped Lela turn her life around, commits suicide, Lela realizes that she needs to save Nadia from the (literally) hellish life she will lead in the city within those gates, despite knowing full well that Nadia has no desire to help herself.

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Common Sense Media

Yet the movie was scary (Not bad, just scary) it had an amazing ending that made my whole day better because who likes a movie that makes you feel bad!

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A Patchwork of Books

there are books *leaning*.Seriously: we have 12k books, moved "for the sake of the books" and are currently wondering where we can fit more shelves.Thank you for the book rec.

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