Book One of the Sanctum Trilogy: The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock is both my first book to review as a Diverse Book Tour Host (definitely check their site out to learn more about the wonderful work their doing) and the first book YA novel that I’ve read starring a multicultural protagonist. Talk about an eye opening experience!!
‘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 ruling class is not so black and white.
Which is exactly where we meet Ryker, Wyatt and his sister, Jools. All extremely talented warriors for the Sanctum and not a one older than 21. They make hard life or death choices for countless supernatural creatures that the Sanctum deem dangerous and yet they’re kept in the dark about so many other shady Sanctum dealings. One such nasty case leads them in the path of The Girl, Dev. She’s half angel, half demon and all badass, She’s also public enemy number 1 according to the Sanctum.
I’ll stop right there so I don’t give the whole book away but I urge you to read The Girl. It’s well written, evenly paced, thrilling AND intriguing. It’s a real page turner because you want to know MORE. You want the Sanctum to get whats coming to them. You want Dev and the gang to be the ones to take them down. And you really, really want to read this book!! And there’s good news too, THERE’S A SEQUEL called The Boy. Find the links below for both and check it out! don’t forget to leave a review!!
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Release Date: November 2013
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.
A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.
Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.
All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone’s imagination.