Sanctum by Sarah Fine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A week ago, seventeen-year-old Lela Santos’s best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance—hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn’t just anyone—she’s determined to save her best friend’s soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife.
As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she’s captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city’s endless streets. Their all-too-human leader, Malachi, is unlike them in every way except one: his deadly efficiency. When he meets Lela, Malachi forms his own plan: get her out of the city, even if it means she must leave Nadia behind. Malachi knows something Lela doesn’t—the dark city isn’t the worst place Lela could end up, and he will stop at nothing to keep her from that fate.
Holy crap on wheat toast! This book is frakkin awesome...so happy I picked it up!
This story is about a lot of things, friendship, loyalty, abandonment, depression, substance abuse, suicide...and all of it is handled very well. Having gone through something like this very recently, not going to hell or dealing with anything supernatural, but having a very good friend dealing with addiction & depression, this book really struck a chord. When someone you love is hurting, there's nothing you won't do to try to help them...and sometimes, people just don't want to be helped. That's a really hard thing to accept, that someone doesn't want help or doesn't feel they deserve help. I cried a lot while reading this book.
This book...this book cracked my heart open, poured the contents all over the floor & stomped on them...then drop-kicked me in the gut just for good measure...then filled my heart & stitched it up & gave me a bear hug. Five stars is nowhere near enough for this book.
Format: Kindle Edition
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