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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,
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Skyscape
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Helena of Eretz ✰
So, the middle was rather dull, but the ENDING certainly made up for it!!! WOW I DID NOT SEE THAT COMING!!!

Why aren't more people reading this series? It's sooooo underrated! And even though the romance had me rolling my eyes and with the appearance of another character who tries to be part of this love triangle, I still enjoyed it.

Lela has become this fierce warrior in such a short amount of time and I don't blame her one bit. She has to, it's her duty. I liked how she finally realizes that she can have friends whom she can rely on. I kind of wished she explained things to these new characters just
Wendy Darling
A girl could easily sell her soul for one of Malachi's kisses.

Review to come.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"And" is better.

3.75 stars. I'm sure that only a handful of you have seen the car commercials in which the company brags about how they have both "this" AND "that" when it comes to features. They poke fun at the concept of not having enough by showing a couple choosing "bed" instead of "breakfast," or "sour" instead of "sweet" chicken.

In theory, I'd love to read more "and" books, in which an author can figure out how to balance two things without making the elements compete with each other
Too high-school and very predictable.

P.S.: Interesting Cover.

Book 1: Sanctum - 3.5 stars.
Book 3: Chaos - 1.5 stars.
Ash Wednesday
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Everneath series
The human capacity for self-delusion is limitless.

I think this book will divide this series' fans in more ways than one.

If you loved the first book for the crafty world-building, the imagination of The Dark City and the justifiably swoony and honorable Captain Malachi Sokol, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this might be a mild disappointment.

Fortunately for me, I was this side of apathetic towards Sanctum. As a whole I liked it enough to continue with the series but I had my grip
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

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
My last 5 star rating for a book was way back in September, I know that doesn’t seem that long ago, but I was in dire need for something to wow me. My reading slump was getting really bad (the occasional 4 stars were keeping me going) but I was seriously considering taking a break from reading (something which I haven’t done in like two years) but then Fractured came along and simply put I was blown away.

Sanctum was a book I picked up one weekend on a whim, I wanted to see what all the hype was
shady boots
3.5 stars. Without a doubt, I thought this was a step down from the first. While it ended pretty strongly, I feel like this book suffered from an extremely painful case of Second Book Syndrome. I use "Second Book" loosely, however, because sometimes it's later on in a series. However, "Sequel Syndrome" doesn't have the same ring to it. Sue me.

My definition of this syndrome is when the hero of the book all of a sudden distances himself from the main character for whatever reason, and also ends up
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

DNF at 90%... but yes, I still kind of enjoyed it.

Holy F, this audiobook was loooong and dull! I, for one, did not love the second book in the creative "Guards of the Shadowlands" series.

What happens if you take a really cool urban fantasy book about teens in the afterlife fighting some body-snatching evil dudes and plop them in a modern day high school? You get love triangles and drama, of course!

When I picked up this audiobook, I wanted to read a fast-paced book about kicking butt and taking
Kitty (I solemnly swear that I am up to no good)
One thing is for sure, Sarah Fine knows what she is doing. (Contains spoilers for 'Sanctum'.)

This book is more badass than this gif.

This is book gritty, authentic and creepy BUT still manages to convey a very convincing romance, great character/relationship development and pull off the high school world (far trickier than a circle of hell in my mind) with perfect balance.
Lela is back at high school, this time with Malachi at her side, but now they not only have to fight Mazakin but also manage s
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Second book syndrome. It's got that.

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did we have to leave the awesome dead-world to go to high school? Talk about ruining a good thing!

So, yeah, we went from this:
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To this:
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Not exactly what I was looking for.

And, the Malachi/Lela story got totally ridiculous. It was so contrived.

The only thing that kept me reading was the mazakin story and the fact that I already know that the third book gets better from other friends.
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, bea13
I was so scared of reading Fractured. I just knew something was going to happen to one of my favorite characters ever. My gut told me I should be afraid, or Alexa from Colletctions just scared the hell out of me. It can go either way. I was so terrified I couldn’t touch the book for almost a month. Then I got over my fears a jumped in. I didn’t have to be afraid because WOW, Sarah Fine knows what she’s doing. I was so impressed with her writing and how it sucked me in. Once you start reading Fra ...more
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Fractured is the second installment in the Guards of the Shadowlands series by author Sarah Fine. Fine has moved her story from the darkness of the Shadowlands, to the human world where things are about ready to get pretty damn interesting. One thing remains the same; Fine's world is dark, dangerous, gritty, action-packed, and at times, heartbreaking. I'll keep this as spoiler free as I can, but I will say that I would recommend that you pick
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

4.5 Stars

OMG, the pain, I can't take the pain in my heart, it's too hard to bare!! It's tearing me up inside!!! I want to tare my room to shreds and SCREAM!!!!!


I just need to know one thing


But still, after all that pain and suffering I still LOVED THIS BOOK SO FREAKING MUCH!!!



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
Oh, Sarah, you could have spared me one more heavy make out scene before you set everthing into chaos. Sigh. Poor Lela. Poor Malachi. Poor Me. (Lol!)

Someone hand me the next book, please?
Robin (Bridge Four)
For me, Fractured had middle book syndrome. It started really good and ended devastatingly fantastic but the middle of the book seemed more like a holding pattern.

Lela is now the captain but she has no clue how to be a captain. Malachi is trying to not be overpowering and give her space to come into her own but it is hard to have been in charge for so long and then start taking orders instead of giving them. Malachi also has an overwhelming need to protect Lela from everything and that seems to
Why? Why you do this to me Sarah Fine?

She punched me in the heart. My guts are leaking out all over the place. First, she makes me fall in love with Lieutenant Malachi Sokol. This is not just a crush. It's full on Demetri/Raffe love, so I have guilt for cheating on my main squeezes to deal with on top of everything else. How am I supposed to wait until March 2014 to find out if he's okay or not? Second, she totally cliffhangered me. At the end of Sanctum, I was singing, "I'm walkin' on sunshine
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Holy evil cliffhanger, Batman!  Why you make my heart hurt so much, Sarah?  Whhhhhhhyyyyyy???

I was late to the Sanctum party last year, but once I did discover the book, I was head-over-heels for the story...and Malachi.  Not only is the romance in this series swoon-worthy, but the world-building is absolutely phenomenal.  It is so easy to immerse myself in this world and let reality fade away, and that's really saying something considering the awful things waiting for me in these books.  But th
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
I thought I wouldn't have anything to say about this book but my review ended up being sooooo long lol

Every time I start a second book in series my biggest concern is whether it will have the dreaded “middle book syndrome” where the author isn’t sure what to do so the characters flounder about and barely any headway is made in the actual plot. I think there were times when Fractured teetered on having it, but I enjoyed the story overall and it was a solid installment to the series.

One of the big
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: bea13, physical-arc, arc
Nose Graze — Young Adult book reviews

2.5 Stars

I'm sad to say that Fractured has so many typical elements of a second book in a series. The plot isn't that fast moving, I found myself very unsure of where it was headed, and there were problems with the once awesome romance. In Fractured it's all about patrolling the area for Mazikin, but it feels like they just patrol day after day without any results. That makes the plot feel quite slow at times. And, most frustratingly, there are relati
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
***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 Ma
nick (the infinite limits of love)

I was a little bit worried about reading Fractured because after reading Sanctum it had some huge shoes to fill. So, I decided to wait until the final book came out to spare myself the heartbreak that was bound to happen. I'm both annoyed at myself and happy that I decided to wait to read Fractured because the cliffhanger in this one was horrible and basically ripped my heart out.

Another source of worry for me was the shift in the surroundings. Lela and Malachi are back in the human world in Fra
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*Absolutely fabulous and perfect for this time of year!! Full review to come soon!*

I adore this series. I wasn't too sure about it at first, if I am being completely honest Sanctum had to win me over, but win me over it completely did. I couldn't help but not fall in love with the dark gritty world she created and the characters, equally desolate and equally as wonderful as well.

I mean, I dare anyone not to fall in love with Malachi. With his loyalty, his strength, his selflessness, his honor a
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
2nd book in the Guard of the Shadowlands trilogy.

The Mazikin, evil human like creatures from hell have escaped hell and are running lose in the land of the living. What do they want? Human souls. As if things couldn't get worse. Lela and Malachi hunt for the nasty beasts.
Between trying to have a normal life and going to high school and fighting Mazikin at night, Lela and Malachi have their work cut out for them. Especially since word is the Mazikin want Lela as their queen. The Mazikin will st
Story of a Book Reader
I lost all interest for this series. I don't care for any of the characters nor do I care to see where this story is going. I should've stopped reading this series at the first book, since it ended well enough.
I guess the high school setting and all that drama just wasn't for me. Even the romance in this book annoyed me like hell. Actually, there were too many things that annoyed me. Everything felt flat. The story. The characters. I don't know, maybe it's me. This is probably one of those "it'
Michele (Reading Lark/CanadianTwiMom)

My review can also be found on Reading Lark:

4.5 Stars

Another cliffhanger?!! Really?! I seem to be on a roll with these lately. But that doesn’t change the fact that I still loved this ‘middle book’. And typical of middle books in a trilogy…Fractured was no different from many of our favourites as it was full to the brim with angst. But again, that didn’t change the fact that I had a hard time putting this book down.

There will be some spoilers from the pre
Nereyda (Nick & Nereyda's Infinite Booklist)
Even before I was even finished with Sanctum, I bought the audiobook for books 2 and 3 because I knew I had to listen to them next. With Fractured being set in the human world, I was nervous as to how the new surroundings and the shift in Lela’s position (her being in charge of the mission and having rank over Malachi). I think these changes ended up making the book more enjoyable for me. Lela may be back home, but everything is different now. She’s in charge of this dangerous mission, she has t ...more
Mar 25, 2013 added it
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 eve
"One more time?" he invited. A drop of sweat fell from his chin.
"I have to go in a few more minutes, but what the hell."
"Do you have a position you'd like to try?" he asked politely.
"From behind, maybe? I need more practice with that."

If ONLY this was what it sounds like, but it's not!

Let's be honest here. The first book was good because it was different. This second book takes place here. Now. So it has a lot of high-school drama. Did that effect how I felt about the book? yes. I love YA.
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