Sarah Fine’s SANCTUM: Read This Now

See this book:

Read it.

But, Dawn, you say, what is it about? Oh…just an awesomely kick-ass girl who goes to the gates of hell to rescue her best friend.

Wait, what? That doesn’t do it justice. Here’s a better description from Amazon:

“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.

Is that not enough to convince you? Then you should read it because the author, Sarah Fine, is amazing.


  1. She not only writes books, but she’s a child psychologist. Her blog, The Strangest Situation, is pretty darn amazing in how she blends her two loves.
  2. She’s tall. Well, at least taller than me. That makes her tall.
  3. She also writes under the name S.E. Fine with Walter Jury and has a sci-fi Thriller called SCAN coming out in fall 2013.
  4. She’s one of my early manuscript readers and is the person who really helps me find the right emotional tone in my books. (She also diagnoses my characters, which cracks me up. Lark has PTSD and Stockholm Syndrome, if you were wondering.)
  5. She writes some of the cleanest first drafts and she SPEED WRITES. In the Spring, we worked on a project together and my fingers ached trying to keep up with her insane daily word-count output.
  6. She is one of the kindest, soft-spoken, big-hearted people I’ve ever met. And she writes CREEPY books that scare me to death in the best way possible.



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