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The Girl

(The Sanctum #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  156 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.

Dev, the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, is n
Paperback, 400 pages
Published January 5th 2014 by Lucy Publishing (first published November 5th 2013)
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Lilo Abernathy
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is ABSOLUTELY a most Kick-ass Book!

We have The Sanctum, an organization put in place by the Gods to rule and protect. However, where power exists, so often does corruption. The leadership of The Sanctum is sick and twisted.

We have The Sanctum warriors. They are honorable and highly trained warriors. Unfortunately, they follow orders blindly. The exception are three of our four main characters, Wyatt, Ryker, and Jools who see with clear eyes the corruption in The Sanctum. Yet, they feel hon
Stephanie Swint
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well, Madhuri Blaylock sure knows how to start a book off with a bang and end with a doozie of a cliffhanger. 'The Girl' is about several young paranormals running amok in New York. These teenagers, however, are not young. They have been running from or for the all-powerful Sanctum. At 16 you are already a warrior, and the characters reflect the maturity that goes with dispensing justice on behalf of the governing body. I would classify this as New Adult except the characters are technically in ...more
Louise White
Dec 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Madhuri Blaylock's first book of The Sanctum series, The Girl. The story was intriguing and I loved learning about the organisation of The Sanctum with  its dutiful and faithful as well as the corrupted members.
The style was interesting in that certain parts, with Dev (Demon-Angel hybrid) for example, were written with economic, almost report-like efficiency which worked very well for the character and heightened the action scenes as well as telling us something abou
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
Amazing new fantasy book! I love this series already!
Upon starting this book, I immediately got wrapped up in the characters and story. They are well developed and intriguing whether magical or demon or part of the powerful Sanctum. From the minute we are introduced to each one, they are captivating whether they are good or evil. And the imagination behind the story is powerful. This book will suck you in and consume you until the very end. And leave you desiring the next in the series...

Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*
"I don't think she'll ever see me anything but Sanctum... but for me, I stopped being Sanctum the second I saw her."
I am in love with this woman and her talent with the written word! This book has it all, magical beings and badass warriors. Love and hate. I swear, every character was a complete and utter badass in their own right. I couldn't help but be in awe of them all!! Especially, my main three: Wyatt, Ryker and Dev!! Jesus, I can NOT choose b
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Madhuri Blaylock's The Sanctum Book One: The Girl centers on "the Girl," a young warrior named Dev, who is targeted for termination by the Sanctum, a powerful governing body of ten founding families. They rule over a society that is much like our current one, except that, along with humans, it contains Magicals (werewolves, vampires and fairies) and Sanctum warriors (humans with extraordinary capabilities). Dev's lineage and unique capabilities poses a threat to one family in particular, the Bre ...more
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a creative book; I really enjoyed the adventurous tale, the witty characters, the tensions and relationships, the settings... Very much looking forward to reading the next one!
Tamara Philip
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Girl’ is a YA Paranormal fantasy novel filled with magic, vampires, warriors, lots of juicy action, revenge and even political intrigue. It dares to poke holes in the mindset that many governments have where teenagers can join the military (The Sanctum in this instance) to fight and kill for them but they’re still not allowed to drink alcohol or make up their own mind. Due to this many soldiers find themselves fighting for the side they assumed was good but turned out that war or being the r ...more
Thelonious Legend
Apr 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Who wants to read about handsome men, gorgeous vampires, and deadly women? OK you can put your hand down now and use it to pick up The Girl. It's an escapist fantasy of the paranormal genre with a diverse cast which is something a lot of authors could take note of.

Premise: Dev is a hybrid. Which wouldn't be so bad except that the Sanctum has orders to kill her on sight. Oh don't worry it gets worse. You see the Sanctum has Class A Warriors who excel at killing hybrids, vampires, and other magica
Betty F
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good and I feel like everyone needs to know about it. It started off feeling like City of Bones with the Magicals and the Academy being easy points of comparison but this is so much more. All the characters are so fleshed out and different and YES. Dev is a hybrid, half demon, half angel and she's awesome. We get to go through her ups and downs with her and it's easy to connect to her in a way. Wyatt is a warrior and we get to see how as soon as he meets Dev there's a connection. ...more
Sabina Khan
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book right from the beginning. It is well paced and the cast of characters is as well developed as it is diverse. I was instantly drawn into the plot and felt connected with Dev, Wyatt, Ryker and Jools. I couldn’t help but admire Wyatt who defies The Sanctum when he meets Dev and feels an instant connection to her. I loved Dev, the kick ass heroine and I also really liked the relationship between Wyatt and Ryker. I thoroughly enjoyed the backstories of the characters which made me r ...more
Elle Boca
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
I enjoyed The Girl, the first book in the Madhuri Blaylock fantasy trilogy. While the underlying diversity was appealing, it was the story itself that drew me in to discover the characters. The author painted the story with broad strokes. Set in a military academy highlights were budding romance, young, ambitious and fierce warriors, almost unbreakable friendship and family bonds, mystifying attraction beyond reason, and beneath it all a deepening mystery surrounding the almost invincible yet su ...more
Frank Coleman
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Am amazing book by any standard.
The characters are not cookie-cutter archetypes, they surprise at every turn. Heroes have villainous parts and villains can seem heroic. But make no mistake, the story has heft, suspense and action. All come alive through the words on the page.
Can't wait for the second book!!!
May 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
LOVE! I gobbled this book up in two intense days. I loved this as much as I loved Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bones trilogy.

Please, Please, pleas -- give this book a go. You will not be disappointed.

I am already dreaming about The Boy......
L.A. Hendricks
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blerd-book-club
This was book 1 in my 2015 challenge and it was such a great book! I love the universe this book is set in, and the characters are engaging and easy to root for. I def plan to read book 2 in the series.
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the most addictive, inventive and fun books in ages! :)
Love all the characters, unique and memorable too!
What happens when the organization that is all you have ever known, has always been at the center of all you do and believe in turns out to be a derelict version of its original self and all you have given your life for is a faced for corruption, greed and power? The Sanctum’s mandate was to maintain balance and peace among magicals while never allowing them to be exposed to the human world they live in.

Two fierce warriors, closer than brothers, able to feel each other’s thoughts and needs are
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This book called The Girl was phenomenal! Its a action packed adventure that throws every emotion to man at you! Its been a while since I felt so much in a book. Madhuri you realign made this a joy of a ride! I will definitely read anything that women rights. She just oozes kick ass in her writing.

I love Wyatt because he is so true to nature and self. He's definitely hot and one bad ass warrior! Ryker he is a true ladies man! Omg he is just oz zing fine! He is true to Wyatt though because they m
Aman Mittal
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
When I started this book, I had some expectations but this book went beyond my expectations. The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock, is an excellent paranormal romance with intense action. Even though paranormal is my least favorite genre and it has been long that I have read one, Madhuri’s writing certainly made me accustomed to it.

The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by
Dani Vangosen
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
This is a great read featuring a new take on the paranormal world. The Sanctum is an organization that oversees the safety of the human and magical world (or so they claim) but somewhere in the 10 families that rule it there was a power struggle and now it is becoming corrupted. Wyatt, and his partner in battle Ryker, are two of the top class A warriors of the Sanctum and they sense this corruption, but are still fighting for the Sanctum … unti
Jan 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
What an amazing ride through love, loss, and adventure. i thoroughly enjoyed this story. an ad on goodreads peaked my interest so i checked out amazon and purchased this a while back. i just got around to reading. i started about a month ago and and only got through two chapters. Then, this week i remembered i never went back to it, so i started reading again and finished the rest in less than 24hrs. It was such a ride and I truly had no idea which way it would go. I can totally see this being a ...more
Apr 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've got one word to start off with to describe this book and that is "SUPERB".

The author was kind enough to lend me a copy to read, i was a bit reluctant to read it first since i thought 'that's not a good title for a book',well after reading even a bit of it my conception and thoughts about this spectacular book reversed entirely and i am happy to say that i thoroughly enjoyed it.

This book is like a rollar coaster ride, it will excite you and keep you occupied entirely and make you want to rea
Peter Dickerson
Jul 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a book. Just sensational. The Girl was recommended to me. It is an action packed New York based fantasy thriller.

Madhuri is very clever. The book has a number of interesting elements. It is a fun read and definitely a page turner.

The 4 main characters are beautiful young people. There is a continued interesting commentary about how spectacularly beautiful Dev and Jools are, and about how tall, muscular and handsome are Ryker and Wyatt. However, they are all functional super warriors,
San Frazier
Sep 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
as I was saying before I ran out of space. I would love to see this unfold once a week for a crap load of seasons on T.V. I can see the rough corners of the story but it has been like an unfolding of richness. I feel like I am getting all this wonderful ground work laid for me to inhabit this place where all the crazy wondrous things will happen. Sometimes when I am reading I have to go back to put two and two together because I miss something.. It has not happened since I picked up the story.I ...more
Amanda Shelley-Masters
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*This Book Was Given To Me By The Author In Exchange For An Honest Review*

I totally loved this book!Madhuri Blaylock is a wonderful writer! I couldn't put the book down for a second! I story was unique, exciting and full of intrigue. The Characters were different, witty and all together a great bunch of people, who I would defiantly would like to read more about!

I Loved the character of Dev I thought she was and altogether smashing type of gal, I also had a big soft spot for Darby. Darby seems
Joy Eileen
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I read this book sometime ago. I feel awful that I didn't review it sooner. I met Madhuri on Twitter @madhuriblaylock, and I now consider her a friend. Just talking to Madhuri I could instantly tell that she was a badass chick. It didn't surprise me that her main character Dev is also a badass chick.
This was one of those books that I had already purchased the second book, The Boy, before I had finished, The Girl. I knew before I had even finished it that I would have to read it immediately afte
Clare Wilson
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
'The Girl,' is an amazing start to what I'm sure will be a wonderful series. Following the life of a less than human girl, Dev, the story introduces us to the world of The Sanctum.

The Sanctum is a foundation set up by the Gods to protect both humans and magicals, and at the start of the story we find out that they are hunting down Dev and her family.

On the run, Dev finds herself in New York where she falls in love with the most unlikely person, a Sanctum Warrior. The half angel, half demon girl,
Sydney Hopke
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I found Madhuri through a new friend and am wondering why I didn't know about her sooner. This book introduces you the The Sanctum the governing body for all those magical and to Dev the hybrid they want to kill. Enter Wyatt and Ryker best friends and top in their class at the Sanctum who were sent to search for her. What happens after they find her is a tale of love, friendship, righting wrongs and realizing who you are doesn't mean that's who you're meant to be. The cast of characters helping ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dev is half demon and half angel, and has been living in India while training to be a warrior. For years her parents have been in hiding from The Sanctum, a group of families called The Circle of Ten, who believe Dev will destroy their way of life. They have ordered Dev be killed on sight and, when they succeed in killing her family, Dev vows revenge on all Sanctum. Read the rest of the review on my blog: http://shouldireaditornot.wordpress.c... ...more
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This the first novel, that I have read from this incredible Author.
I can't wait to continue reading more about this story. The characters are described in vivid details. The action, within this book is like watching it in a movie. I don't want to geo anything away, so just sit back and enjoy. You won't be disappointed.
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Madhuri Pavamani writes. Things. As they pop into her brain. Sometimes prose, sometimes poetry, all the time love. She’s mad about whiskey, tattoos, Marquez, and yoga. She laughs constantly, says fuck a lot, and will dance anywhere. She is the author of the middle grade series, THE SURVIVAL FILES, the paranormal romance trilogy, THE SANCTUM, and the fantasy trilogy, THE KEEPER SERIES. When she’s n ...more

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