Summary: “My plan: Get into the city. Get Nadia. Find a way out. Simple.”
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.
Review: When I first started reading this book, I was less than thrilled. I didn’t care about Lela, her troubles, or Nadia. Then, Nadia kills herself and the book takes off! I couldn’t put it down! This book reminded me of the City of Bones series, but is a lot darker and edgier. It makes you think: What really does happen when we die? Are there different worlds to go based on how you lived your life? What happens when someone tries to save you? This book was so good, I had to start book #2 Fractured right away! Fractured’s book review is on it’s way, but now I’m sad that I have to wait until October 7, 2014 to see what happens to Lela and Malachi.
Series: Guards of the Shadowlands
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Children’s Publishing
Pages: 433 pages
Genres: Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Suspense, Action
Source: Borrowed from a Friend
–Summary and image from goodreads.com