Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock (The Sanctum, #1)

The Girl
by Madhuri Blaylock

My rating: 5 stars

Series: The Sanctum - Book 1
Publication Date: November 5, 2013
Publisher: Madhuri Pavamani Blaylock
ISBN-13: 9780972422758
Genre: paranormal Fantasy/Romance
Print Length: 400 pages
Available From: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 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.

Dev, the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, is not what Wyatt expected to find when sent out on his latest mission. Believed to be hunting a killing machine, Wyatt finds little more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish. 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.

Set against the backdrop of New York City, THE GIRL is described as "outstanding, original, complex, deep and intoxicating", a "well written, unique...fast-paced read" that begins as one girl's simple quest for revenge and evolves into a complicated tale of trust, friendship, honor and love.

The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock 

The Girl (The Sanctum, #1)What happens when the organization that is all you have ever known, has always been at the center of all you do and believe in turns out to be a derelict version of its original self and all you have given your life for is a faced for corruption, greed and power? The Sanctum’s mandate was to maintain balance and peace among magicals while never allowing them to be exposed to the human world they live in.

Two fierce warriors, closer than brothers, able to feel each other’s thoughts and needs are tasked with hunting down an evil and dangerous hybrid demon who is said to be a threat to all that is good. All in a day’s work for Wyatt and Ryker, who follow the “rules” in their own way. What happens when one of them finds the evil demon and discovers she is not as they were told, but beautiful, strong and very alone? For Wyatt, Dev is the part of his soul that is missing, but she is also part of an age old prophecy that will bring the world as he knows it to ruin, or so he is told. Does Dev know who and what she is besides a nearly immortal killing machine who has finally learned about love? What is Wyatt willing to risk for this beautiful angel of death? What are the consequences of his actions and his feelings?

Madhuri Blaylock rocked me back on my heels with The Girl! First, a little background, I purchased this book some time ago, then, I won all three books in the trilogy! Yes, I did the Happy Book Dance, but after reading this well-told, and incredibly unique take on “prophecies of doom,” I was ready to throw a gala event, after kicking myself in the bookmarker for not reading this sooner!

Ms. Blaylock knows how to build her world, color it ominous, and add the perfect blend of quirky, unique and often hysterical characters who brighten each scene like roman candles going off! The dialogue and banter alone is enough to forget the outside world of reality is calling as I shut all non-essential events out. Dev is the work of a master storyteller, at times a little blurry, but as each pages progresses she opens like a flower to reveal her true self. I loved her. Feel free to hiss and boo the bad guys, I did.

Looking for your next great series that is colored outside the “normal” lines of the paranormal? Check out Madhuri Blaylock’s Sanctum Trilogy, its light, its dark, and it even has romance!

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