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3.51  ·  Rating details ·  852 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Growing up on Catalina Island, off the California coast, Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents, shattered by their own sorrow, fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only on her horse, es ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Delacorte Press
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Mar 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, own
A contemporary with a hint of paranormal, Sacred is a story with a lot of grief and pain, but also hope and acceptance.

Having lost her brother suddenly, Scarlett is left with a broken family and an emptiness nothing can even begin to fill. Grief over her brother's death begins as the main topic of this novel. We get a very realistic portrayal of a family broken by pain, by a missing entity. I thought this was very heartbreaking. You can see that Scarlett really wants, needs, her family back. Sh
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I admit I didn't like this book very much at first, but it ended up really growing on me.

I had my doubts because I really didn't like Scarlett in the beginning. She was just way too depressing for me. Yes, I understood that her brother just died, and I know what grief feels like, but I just wanted to shake her and scream at her to wake up. And I didn't know why she was such a witch to Will. I could see why his untimely presence can be a bit unnerving, but she had no reason to be so angry
When I started the book, it was slow and smooth, but as I progressed, the Sacred caught me by surprised. I felt very urge to uncover the mysteries that was embedded in pages. I was previously dying to read the book, now I believe I’m lucky to have Sacred to have on my book shelf.
In a beautiful island Catalina, Scarlet was mourning over dead brother, and her life seemed to have stopped, until a new boy Will showed up. Strangely, Will was drawn to Scarlet in a very unexplainable way. Every time S
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
The synopsis is mysterious. I didn't know if this was going to be a contemporary book or a paranormal book. I didn't know where it was heading, and that intrigued me. What I didn't realize was that I would finish the book still not knowing what happens.

This was a confusing book for me. There doesn't seem to be a focus for the plot except that Will and Scarlett were meant to be. The beginning was okay. It wasn't outstanding, but I could see a general course for the novel. Scarlett is depressed, a
Haley ~ YA-Aholic
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Sacred. It sure did end up a much 'deeper' read than I thought it was going to be, but that made it an even more intense story! I read this book in one sitting and can say I am definitely excited to see where book two will go.

Sacred follows Scarlett who is slowly turning into nothing, she is grasping at straws but nothing is helping her move on from her brothers death. Her father puts on a fake front, and her mother barely acknowledges her. The only comfort she is finding in lif
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
Elana K. Arnold’s Sacred is the story of normal sixteen-year-old Scarlett Wenderoth whose life is deeply affected by the death of her brother. Recovery seems to be taking a toll on her and her life have stopped as she has withdrew herself from everyone, including her boyfriend. Even her parents are having a difficult time coping with the pain that it has blinded them from noticing their own daughter’s hurt and sorrow. To ease her mind, Scarlett resorts to riding her horse on the open land of Cat ...more
Stacey (Sassy Book Lovers)
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Firstly, thank you to Random House, Elana K. Arnold & Jean BookNerd for giving me the opportunity to review Sacred and join in the blog tour.

We meet Scarlett, a seventeen yr old girl who's suffering the loss of her older brother. With her parents in deep mourning she's left to deal with her own demons alone. Scarlett isn't taking the loss well, losing so much weight and just sinking into herself she forgets the people around her, including her boyfriend & close friends.
Scarlett enjoys h
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Solid 4. Sometimes the writing was too redundant - I've been noticing that more lately, as new writers tend to overwrite when they want to make a point - but, for a debut story, it mixes tropes with a unique take on Jewish mysticism (really, I can't say I've read anything that's used the Jewish beliefs as a basis before - and I wish I've read more now) and emotional characterization with the protagonist that makes her much more fleshed out than the usual paranormal YA heroine. This book isn't ex ...more
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an advanced copy of Sacred and loved it! Scarlett and Will's relationship is full of mystery, tension, and longing and Scarlett's personal and family struggles are heartbreakingly real. Sacred has everything you remember from your own high school romances and everything you want in a coming-of-age novel. I highly recommend it to young and adult readers!
Mar 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-stars
I very much liked the story itself but the plot was a little bit too predictable. Anyway there were a few plot twists that I did not see coming! They were brilliant.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Sacred is about a teenage girl who has just lost her brother. Her family is falling apart and so is herself. She dwindles away into an eating disorder, whose family life is crumbling and whose relationship with just about everyone is pretty much non-existent. Until she meets a boy who is uncontrollably drawn to her. Of course, it's a love story about how the boy fixes the girl, as cliche (and probably gender stereotypical) as it sounds.

I had previously read Arnold's more recent publication, Burn
Chapter by Chapter
Sacred by Elana K. Arnold was a tough read in the beginning. Not because it wasn’t good! But because the subject and emotions that were found in those first chapters was heartbreaking.

Scarlett and her family are still struggling with the death of her older brother, Ronny. After an unexpected cerebral aneurysm in the middle of a soccer game, the sudden loss becomes unbearable to this family. With a mother who is barely living, locking herself in the bedroom self medicating herself with sleeping p
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pbook, ya, 2013, library-book
After reading Elana K. Arnold's Burning (my review) I knew I wanted to read her first book, Sacred. Given how much I loved Burning I had pretty high expectations for this one and while I definitely prefer Burning, Sacred is also a great book.

A lot of the time I tend to just quickly read through books, but there's something about Elana K. Arnold's books that make me slow down and really appreciate the fantastic writing and the interesting, nuanced stories. And that's something that I really love.
Stephanie Ward
4.5 Stars

'Sacred' is a beautiful young adult novel full of hope and romance. It follows Scarlett Wenderoth as she struggles to contain her grief after the death of her older brother. Scarlett's life has been roughly divided into Before Ronny Died and Since Ronny Died - and the parts that have been happening since his death have been really hard on her. Her parents are consumed with their own grief and trying to keep the family B&B running. Scarlett's only tether to life is her mare, Delilah,
T.M. Smith
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Scarlett and her family live on the small island of Catalina, off the coast in California. They were the average, run of the mill family until tragedy struck and her brother died. Her parents immediately became emotionally unavailable, withdrawn into their own grief. So they are completely oblivious to Scarlett and her pain, her weight loss and the fact that she is hurting herself. The only time she is truly happy is when she’s on her horse, riding is her escape from reality.

It’s on one of her
Emily Benoit
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reads-of-2012
Concept/Ideas: 4/5
Storyline/Plot: 4/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5

Sacred was a beautiful, heart wrenching, and mysterious read. I really enjoyed Arnold's novel, and I wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. The number one thing I loved about this book? The setting. The fact that the novel took place on Catalina island off the coast of California was an intriguing concept, and left for a lot of imagination for this book's scenery and small town feel.

At first, I found the main character
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First, I want to give a huge thanks to Random House and Elana K. Arnold for having me on the tour and allowing me to review the book. I want to give another HUGE thanks to Jean Book Nerd for putting all this together! U ALL ROCK!

Growing up in such a small town off the coast of California Scarlett has been through a lot. She lost her older brother, and now her family is falling apart and her parents are withdrawing into their self as well as Scarlett. She is only finding any self-relief from time
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was beautiful and a refreshing change from everything I have been reading lately.
After Scarlett's brother dies, her mother withdraws into her own world disregarding everything around her whilst her dad is trying to keep everything together as best as he can.
We see Scarlett going through depression and how she copes with it, as well as how she deals with school, her friends and her boyfriend after Ronny's death.The only places she feels safe are her room and the stables where she keeps
₪Daughter of the Rain and Snow₪
I'm not really sure what this book is about, to be honest. It starts off about a girl who would rather spend time with her horse than other people because the pain of losing her brother is too hard to keep hidden from everyone else. That's pretty much a flop, since she pretty much starved herself and anyone could tell she was struggling considering she went from healthy girl to a skeleton with a conscious. Oh, and she has absentee parents because they are too caught up in their own grief. So her ...more
Jules Goud
A beautifully written book about grief, loss and the struggle to move on with life.

Scarlett and her family are having a hard time moving on after her brother's death. Her mom is addicted to the sleeping pills and Scarlett isn't eating. She doesn't really talk to her friends and she has lost herself in her grief. That all changes when she goes to school and meets Will. When she and her friend Lily go out and sunbathe. This grief and pain that is taking over her life won't go away. But, Scarlett d
P.A. Warren
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sacred is a story about Scarlett who has just suffered a great loss and is having trouble dealing with living.Will comes into the picture and somehow always shows up when she needs it.They have a connection that both feel very powerfully.This is the first book I have read by this author and cannot wait to read more.

I really enjoyed this story.I feel it was a great read.I felt Scarlett's pain,I felt her sadness.I look very forward to reading book 2 when it is released.I cannot wait to see what
Jan 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I picked this up randomly, not expecting much. The cover isn't exactly eye-catching, but I was really impressed. The originality of the plot, the complexities of family relationships, and the injection of Judaism sets it apart from other books. I don't believe a boy can fix all of your problems (please girls, don't wait for or expect that! - it needs to be a personal change), but I love that it emphasizes seeking out external help when undergoing difficult issues, especially when you can't exact ...more
Nov 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
3.5 stars.

I liked the different take on the supernatural in this book. It was something that I hadn't seen before and was rather refreshing.

Loved Will and Lily. Both were excellent characters. Will has some swoony lines and Lily injects humor as the best friend. I'm not sure how I feel about the MC, Scarlett. I get the reasons behind her depression, but to me, something seemed off.

The last half of the book becomes very religious. Personally, I'm not super religious, to each their own and all
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, reviewed, bookshelf
This was really good book. I loved the freindship between Lily and Scarlett. It was nice to see a freindship that didn't falter or change based on dramatic events that occurred. I also enjoyed the relationship between Will and Scarlett. The mythology throughout the story was interesting as well.

However, I felt the story never really had a big climax that set the pace for the end of the book. The end seemed slow and it remained very monotone through out the ending. The ending also felt alittle r
Jane Ellen
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book gives the reader a good story and quite a lot of information about Jewish mysticism, namely Kabbalah. The main character is Scarlett Wenderoth, a grieving teenager living on Catalina Island. Her brother has died, her mother withdrawn, and Scarlett's only joy is riding her horse on the island trails. Then she encounters Will Cohen. Scarlett's grief has led to anorexia. Will is drawn to her, and the ensuing love story enables Scarlett's resurrection back to life. Well worth reading for a ...more
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. My favorite part was how well-researched it was. The Jewish parts, horse-back riding, and the setting (Catalina) all seemed thoroughly researched to me. The characters were so likable. I really liked that Hazel pulls HERSELF out of her depression. Although Will helps, it isn't until Will leaves that she really starts taking care of herself. The romance was much more believable than other YA novels, and they seemed more like normal teenagers.

All in all, very entertaini
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I wish I could give it more then 5 stars. I LOVED this book! I loved the fact that (view spoiler)

my review is just a little rant to my self and maybe others
Kim Dwinell
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you're looking for a breezy escapist romance with horses and Catalina Island and a dreamy boy with green eyes, this is your book. But if you like a little touch of the weird- slightly paranormal- you will like this even more. Totally a beach read, or one to take on vacation. Or if you can't afford a vacation and need to get away. The setting totally comes to life and you feel like you're the one galloping around the island or inhabiting the cute little local town.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sacred started off a little bit slowly, and I thought it was going in the wrong direction, but things quickly turned around. There was a little too much about horses and Kabbalah for my taste, but Scarlet and Will are genuinely good characters. They're both flawed and make mistakes, but are mature enough to not get stuck in them.
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sacred
Omg I was in love with this book from the moment I picked it up I couldn't put it down not even to eat thank you so much elana for writing this book. When is the next one coming out I can't wait to read it where will I be able to get it I am so happy there's going to be another one I was so sad when I finished it that I was stuck daydreaming what the next one would be like
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ELANA K. ARNOLD writes books for and about children and teens. She holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing/Fiction from the University of California, Davis where she has taught Creative Writing and Adolescent Literature. Her most recent YA novel, DAMSEL, is a Printz Honor book, Her 2017 novel, WHAT GIRLS ARE MADE OF, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her middle grade novel, A BOY

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