Book Review – Sanctuary

Being a guardian angel is everything to Kalare. She lived for it and was cursed for it. Now, two centuries later, she runs a Sanctuary for all supernatural beings who need help. In a world still unkind to creatures not understood, the shape shifters are the only immortals willing to allow the rest of the world to know of their existence, and the world is still trying to cope with and understand their nature. Peace is something both sides long for, but during talks between the shifters and humans to develop a treaty, several shifters go missing, including a young boy. The efforts of the supernatural community to find the missing shifters are unsuccessful, and the task falls upon Kalare to save them before the wrong parties are blamed and the treaty is ruined.

I met Briana a long time ago in a role play group, and we’ve talked now and again.  What surprised me was when I bumped into her in the 2014 NaNoWriMo challenge.  We talked a little more, and I found out that she was working on this book.  I’ve been eager to see it come out, and finally have had a chance to help the world discover her wonderful writing now.

Sanctuary is the first of her debut series, and has a wonderfully rich and varied cast – Angels, werewolves, vampires, and other creatures from myths and legends.  She does a beautiful job of keeping each race true to the popculture accepted norms while providing each a unique twist.  The vampires aren’t all bad, the werewolves are honest, and the angel has some issues that I’m looking forward to seeing explored as the series develops.

The pace of the book is well done – a little action in every page, which keeps the pages turning and the interest engaged.  It is a great young adult read with a story that can be appreciated by readers of all ages.  Though it is written in a modern setting, there are definite strings to the past that play a role in weaving the backdrop of the setting, providing it a surreal luster.  Even the main conflict involving the angel adds its own sparkle.

Braina has managed to write a book that I think will appeal to a wide range of fantasy readers.  Though is is a young adult read, which means none of the vulgar elements are included, and the main protagonist/heroine is an angel, it does not lean heavily on the religious implications.  Religion is there as an aspect of the characters, not as the core of the story, which I found very refreshing.

If you are looking for a fun read as an adult, this one I would recommend very highly, and I’m not saying that just because Briana is a friend.  If you are looking for something to keep your younger reader going, this one should be on the top of your list.  Definitely deserves a 5 out of 5 star rating.  Well done!

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2 thoughts on “Book Review – Sanctuary

    • I’ve been trying to keep up with my reading. After I learned that ratings weren’t as important as the reviews, I started writing them. And, it is a good way for me to bring closure to the reading experience. Especially when it is not the end of a series, and I have to wait for the next book.

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