The Girl: The Sanctum Book 1 @MadhuriBlaylock #AOCReads1025 #WeNeedDiverseBooks

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FINALLY. Yes, I know this review was a long time coming. I have zero excuses except for the fact that life got in the way for a bit. But on to my review!

Phew! What an action packed four hundred pages!  Here’s the blurb from Goodreads:

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.

REVIEW: Admittedly, it took me a bit to get into The Girl. I’ve been pretty much burnt out on YA urban fantasy since I finished reading The Hunger Games. The special snowflake syndrome wore me down pretty early, especially since they rarely have anything special about them besides the fact that they are the love interest of the hottest boy in the book.

This is not so with Dev.

Dev is a hybrid, half demon and half angel, who has been living in India while training to be a warrior. Her parents have been in hiding from The Sanctum which consists of a group of families called The Circle of Ten. The Sanctum believes that Dev will bring down everything they have built so they order her to be killed on sight. They succeed in killing her family which sets Dev on a rampage revenge on all Sanctum.

Wyatt Clayworth and his sister Jools are descendants of the family in charge of The Sanctum’s New York Academy where he and his best friend Ryker train to become warriors. Wyatt and Ryker are sworn to protect magicals (think vampires, trolls, etc.) from the vicious threat of the hybrid, which turns out to be a staggeringly gorgeous girl. When Wyatt stumbles upon her during a perimeter check, he completely abandons his duties to help her–help she only begrudgingly accepts. I enjoyed reading Dev. She is a quick-witted and assertive warrior and nothing like the Mary Sue special snowflakes common in other YA novels. The attraction between her and Wyatt is palpable. And that is just a small portion of this diverse cast, my favorite being Darby, a southern vampire that is always a breath away from ending them all. Loved her to pieces.

While I did have a few issues with story structure, overall this was a great book! An excellent start to a series.

Pop over to Madhuri’s blog to get read some sizzling snippets from her WIP!

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Tasha

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