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Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands Book 2) by [Fine, Sarah]
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Book Two in the Guards of the Shadowlands series

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?

About the Author

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. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now. Her first novel, Sanctum, was published by Skyscape in 2012.

Find Sarah online at http://sarahfinebooks.com/ or on Twitter @FineSarah.

For more information about the Guards of the Shadowlands series, and to read excerpts from Malachi's personal journals, visit www.GuardsOfTheShadowlands.tumblr.com


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Skyscape (Oct. 29 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BWXYS7A
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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By Giselle VINE VOICE on Jan. 20 2016
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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 will 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 so she could have more help but alas I kept reading about every scar and broken bone she had. At least they have archangels on their side.. They're a gift but a curse only because they speak in riddles. I would love to know more about why there there and why..I also love how the Mazikin are these brutal enemies that have hardly any weaknesses so how would they defeat them if they just keep coming back?

I found this to be just as action-packed as the previous book, but the world is set differently. Other than the annoyances with the lovey dovey romance, I couldn't stop reading this.. Especially with how it all ends.. *wails* THAT ENDING pretty much killed me. I saw it coming but I didn't want it to happen. WHY DON'T I HAVE THE LAST BOOK?
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This book fractured my world.

4.5 wicked sharp knife-edged stars.

I feel like I just raced through FRACTURED. Shortly after it hit it's stride, after reaffirming the foreshadowed returned-to-life-back-on-earth-time-to-go-to-highschool-and-also-save-the-world theme we were left with, the opening pages literally continuing where SANCTUM left off, we see our two main heroes hit this series' version of the roadblock that keeps their relationship from moving forward; but Fine doesn't just break them up to keep them apart for some nonsensical reason, it's the direct result of an unfortunate accident, one Malachi has to live with, and one we readers do, too, as it forces many many pages of angst and heartache and damn if I wasn't right there with them angsting and hurting, too. I really enjoyed Fine's other series, Of Metal and Wishes, so I knew she was a fine (hah) storyteller who was adept at cruelly plucking at my heartstrings, but it seems she has her finger literally on the pulse of my heart. Maybe it's that the landscape in the Guards of the Shadowlands series is less foreign -- literally -- than the other (both dark and bleak at times but : modern day American and highschool vs Asian industrial steampunky alt-universe) but I am completely invested in Lela and Malachi.

So invested that I didn't even begrudge the introduction of alternative love interests. Because I mean c'mon. Nothing was going to keep our OTP apart. It was a fairly predictable turn of events that frustrated me but not in the "gah this author is just pissing me off/creating tension for no reason" sense. It was frustrating because I felt for them; specifically Malachi.
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I finished this book late last night and was worried I would end up having Mazikin filled nightmares. My heart is aching and my mind is racing. Lela Santo's life-afterlife-life is surely very complicated.

And ... oh dear dear Malachi!! I have been following your life through the pages of your journal at Sarah Fine's website, and I have no words!! You're becoming more and more real to me than Lela. I badly want to be able to read Fractured from your POV. You're more than fiction to me, thanks to your insightful descriptions.

I don't want to spoil much this book by talking about its plot. I will instead focus on the things that marked me from this series. Most of you are aware of Sarah's background as a psychologist, as such, I seriously like her take on suicide, foster care and acceptance. Lela's upbringing and abusive childhood is pretty much skilfully woven in this series. I applaud when these social issues are highlighted and talked about in different spaces, particularly in fiction. Thank you Sarah for contributing discussions and awareness through your literary world!

Going back to the book, I will just tell you lovely to-be readers that this one has a very appropriate cliffhanger, which makes me anxiously crave for book #3!!

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I received this book in exchange for an honest review from its publishers, Amazon Children's Publishing, through NetGalley. Thank you for allowing me to read this exciting ARC!
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I thoroughly enjoyed it, as I have all Sarah Fine books.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 384 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling second installment of SANCTUM!! Oct. 20 2014
By Alicia - Published on Amazon.com
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4.5 Stars

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!!!! Though, I did find myself screaming at some points of the book, saying "NO, what is wrong with you" on more then one occasion. But overall, it was exhilarating.

I absolutely loved being back into this world with the awesome characters that I fell madly in love with in book one, SANCTUM. I quickly got back into the motion and became addicted all over again. Every free chance I had, I was reading FRACTURED. And every time I wasn't, I was thinking about it. I just wanted to get lost within the story, and relive this terrifyingly amazing adventure until the very end.
The writing, as always is smooth and detailed. The world building was dark and developed. The characters were strong and determined. Though I did have some qualms about some of the issues between Lela and Malachi. But by the end, I made my peace with it and thought it was actually a healthy stresser for their relationship. I won't say what or why, but it was HUGE, and had me distraught for a good part of the book! No spoiler here! ;)

THE PLOT

The Mazikin, the animal-like monsters have been locked in their hellish realm for as long as anyone can remember. But for decades, they've found their way into the Dark Suicide City. But now they've taken the next step, and walk among the living!! They've manged to break through the barrier between the living and dead, and are possessing the bodies of humans and sending their souls forever to be cursed in their hellish realm for all eternity. But that's not all, humans are missing, humans are dying, humans are changing, and the Mazikin are determined not to stop until every last human body is claimed, and their souls sent to be cursed in their hellish realm, and they're just getting started...

Lela has returned from her time in the Dark City, she has sacrificed many things for the ones she loves, and now she is paying her debut. In exchange for freeing her best friends soul into a peaceful afterlife, Lela has sold her soul to the devil. As part of the agreement, Lela is now captain of the guard that will run the mission in the land of the living to locate and eliminate the Mazikin before they get out of control. But with Malachi, her trusty, and crazy sexy lenient by her sided, how could things go wrong?? Well Lela is just about to find out how wrong things can really get.

Under strict orders, Lela is to resume her life before she died. That means going back to the high school where all her memories and heartache lies. But Lela is determined to find the Mazikin and complete her mission before it's to late. The deeper she gets, the more she realizes that her and Malachi have their work cut out for them. But then two other guards are sent to assist with the Mazikin removal, but one of them seems to be more trouble then he's really worth. But with the Mazikin getting closer, and more bolder with every passing day, they're going to need all the help they can get.

All the death and stress has taken it's toll on both Lela and Malachi, and they're relationship is on thin ice. And the Mazikin's numbers are growing, and they're getting smarter, and are starting to toy with them. But that only adds more strain on an already fragile relationship. With all the anguish and distress, Lela and Malachi will have to determine what is really worth fighting for, and what is better if let go...

It's all coming to a head, and Lela, Malachi, and the rest of their team will have to put they're differences aside and work together if they have any chance of surviving and saving the land of the living from the deadly monsters. Because the Mazikin are closer then ever to completely breaking through the barrier of their realm, and claiming the land of the living as they're own. But Lela and Malachi are willing to do whatever it takes to stop the Mazikin once and for all. Even if they must sacrifice themselves to do it.

I really enjoyed this second installment of the Guards of the Shadowlands series. I loved getting back into this terrifying, yet addicting world. But I did not however, love it as much as the first book. The first book blew my out of the water. This one, not so much so. But I think that had a lot to do with the ongoing conflict between Lela and Malachi. I love them both so much, but to watch them struggle and be so cold and distant towards each other was just heartbreaking, and totally not what I wanted in this book. But, after long hours of thought, I now think in a way, it was a positive thing for their relationship, and it helped them grow on their own to see what they both really wanted out of life.

Overall, FRACTURED was a great follow up to SANCTUM. Besides the struggle I had with Lela and Malachi's relationship, it was AMAZING, just as I predicted it would be. I've been debating on finally reading the last book, CHAOS, but I've been putting it off because I'm not ready for this series to end yet. Through it's KILLING me not to read it. Especially with that killer ending that shattered my heart to pieces!! ;)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sequel to Sanctum. June 19 2014
By Brittany Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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In this second installment, Lela and Malachi have been dropped back into Lela's hometown to be guards there, as the Mazikin have managed to escape into the world of the living. As Lela and Malachi get more and more entwined in the lives of other students, they realize that they are putting these people at risk. The Mazikin are coming and are taking more and more souls, sending them to the land of the Mazikin and taking over their bodies. Lela and Malachi are teamed with Raphael (a healer), and Jim and Henry, two other Guards, to try to defeat the Mazikin population and prevent them from ruining the human world.

My favorite thing about this book was the author's willingness to sacrifice characters to push the story along. So often in series, the author does not want to sacrifice any characters to move the story along, even when it is necessary. In this one, there are some painful sacrifices that are made, but each one is important.

I also enjoyed the development of Lela and Malachi with other people. In the first book, for me, the relationship between the two of them was the most developed. While there are developments on that in this book as well, the author used this book as an opportunity to develop Lela and Malachi as separate entities, pushing them to exist with other people. I appreciated that and was glad that there was some separation between the two characters.

Of course, Lela still makes some crazy rash decisions, as she did in the first book, disregarding what others say and running on her emotions alone. As with the first book, I found this mildly annoying, but I think it is true to the nature of being a teenager to be so impulsive.

Overall, I thought this story was a good second installment. I am looking forward to reading the next book. If you are interested in YA, this is a good series to pick up, but I wouldn't recommend reading this one without reading the first as that would probably be confusing. There were things I didn't remember about the first one that would have helped in reading this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great beginning, So So Middle, Fantastic Ending Dec 20 2013
By Robin Snyder - Published on Amazon.com
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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 be getting in the way of him doing his job. After a very tragic mistake he overreacts and believes that it would be better if he didn’t care about her.

 “We all make mistakes. And some of them are really bad,” I said in a husky voice, hearing the shower switch off upstairs. “But that doesn’t mean we’re allowed to use those mistakes as excuses. In fact, doing that makes them even worse.”

This is where the High School drama and angst begins. The things I really loved about Sanctum were:
1) No freaking love triangle thanks god and
2) The setting in a purgatory of Hell

While I can recognize that leaving the Suicide City to go to High School in the real world is a funny comparison, because I for one hated High School with a passion and it really could have been one of the rings of hell. It wasn’t even close to as cool for the setting as the previous book. I missed the other worldliness that was so fascinating in the first book. Instead of apartments with umbilical corded t.v.’s that play reruns of your guilty pleasures we get Prom. Everything in this book just seemed mundane by comparison.

But it really wasn’t all bad. Lela did a pretty good job of growing into the captain role and became a stronger person for it. The relationship between Lela and Malachi might be stronger in the long run because of the middle angst and dealing with what will make them stronger people overall. They did after all have an insta love thing happen in Sanctum and now they have been through a few trails together to have a stronger relationship. I liked the addition of a few new characters especially Henry who is soft spoken, but deadly. I also liked how part of what really happens to the souls sent to the Mazakin realm came out. Because as soon as I learned that I had very high hopes for where the final book would take us.

 The human capacity for self-delusion is limitless.

I loved the ending, while I was pretty sure where the book was going, where it had to go, the ending is intense. The Mazakin are brutal and organized now becoming much more of a threat. I’m so excited to see the new realm that Lela has to go to in the next book. I hope that it recaptures the feel that I loved in the first book.
4.0 out of 5 stars YA Buffy-esque heroine fighting demons in high school Dec 19 2014
By Gypsycat - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the rare second book in a series that improved upon the first book. My favorite part of the first book was the setting in realms of afterlife (aka Circles of Hell) that was unique with a interesting demonic "bad guy" to fight, and the romance story seemed really cliched and trite. The second book thrusts our characters to a modern day high school setting and that worked for me much better. There is still the higher stakes and the demonic bad guys to fight. It becomes a riff on Buffy The Vampire Slayer. There is better banter and more humor. The secondary characters are more fleshed out than in the first book and helped me have a greater emotional response to this book. The action is fast and believable. Our heroine gets to be quite the badass fighter. The romance seemed more believable and progresses through interesting maturation through the book, and seems to be at an appropriate level of importance in this more usual setting.

Fine wrote a smooth, action-packed story with a lot of suspense and danger. This is a better meld of the high school genre with its inherent YA romance aspect than the previous book's dire fantastical setting did. The book is supplemented nicely with a unique paranormal plotline to add interest, tension, and lots of action.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as the first in the series Oct. 30 2014
By Heather - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
*Audiobook edition*

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 names, and possibly a little hanky-panky between Lela and Malachi. Instead, there is a ton of teenage angst and lots of sexual repression happening.

For my tastes, I thought that this book could have been tightened up a lot more. There are tons of boring, repetitive patrolling scenes and watching each other in the cafeteria. It was less exciting and more nonsensical than I was hoping it would be.

Why couldn't Lela have more guards? It seemed totally ridiculous paired with what she was up against. Also, to make her captain when Malachi has 70+ years of training on her was bananas.

I still found the world-building to be a strong part of the story. I love the concept of Mazikin and the different realms of the afterlife. I am excited to see where the next story takes me (though I'll have to play catch up because I'm not wasting any more time with this audiobook), and I hope it is less boring teenager-ville and more action.