Monday, October 20, 2014

Fractured by Sarah Fine Audiobook Review


Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2)
Sarah Fine
(Guards of the Shadowlands #2)
Published: October 29th, 2013
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy

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?

Check out my review of SANCTUM & CAPTIVE.

Check out the complete series

Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands, #1) Captive: A Guard's Tale from Malachi's Perspective (Guards of the Shadowlands #1.1) Fractured (Guards of the Shadowlands, #2)
Vigilante: A Guard's Tale from Ana's Perspective Chaos (Guards of the Shadowlands #3)  Stories from the Shadowlands (Guards of the Shadowlands, #3.1)

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 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!! ;)
4.5 Bone Hearts

Sarah FineI’m the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes (McElderry/Simon & Schuster) and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust (coming in August 2015), and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series (Skyscape/Amazon Children’s Publishing). I’m also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers published by Putnam/ Penguin: Scan and its sequel Burn (which will be published in 2015). My first adult urban fantasy romance novel, Marked, will be published in January 2015 by 47North/Amazon Publishing, with the sequel, Claimed, coming in March 2015. When I’m not writing, I’m psychologizing. Sometimes I do both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.


  1. I have had the first book in this series on my kindle for a long, long time but I have not read it yet. I am not really sure why, because it is absolutely up my alley. I think I am going to have to rearrange some things on my TBR, and try to make some time for this one!


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