ARC Book Review: FracturedAuthor: Sarah Fine
To-Be-Published: October 29 2013
Series: Guards of the Shadowlands #2
Genre: YA Paranormal
The Setting - Taken 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 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?
My Two Cents
Before I really get rolling I want to thank NetGalley for letting me read this novel. A thousand thank you's!
Sarah Fine's first novel Sanctum, definitely knocked my socks off. But I'm always worried about the second novel because things tend to go downhill fast. And before starting this book I may have read a review that said this book added a dreaded love triangle (roll of eyes). Why?! So needless to say I put off reading this book for a good month. First off I want to say that this book had none of the thought-provoking finesse of the first. So in a nutshell, it's definitely not as good as the first...but I was surprised how Fine pulled me into the story and as a result, I could not put the book down. Yes Malachi and Lela are fighting most of the book, and yes Fine thought it was necessary to add a love triangle. But as much as I loathe love triangles I found that I was not totally put off by it as I have been with others. I felt Malachi and Lela had a good reason for splitting and while Lela found a sweet boy toy to occupy her time, she did not let her emotions get the best of her. She actually chose who she wanted to be with, and with a little time to spare before the end of the book. The one thing I'm having trouble with is the ending. I so did not see that coming. And now I have to wait a year to find out what happens. Sigh. Overall, I really enjoyed Fractured, even though it suffered from a major case of the dreaded second book syndrome. 4 out of 5 stars! Pick up this series! You will not be disappointed!