The Sanctuary (The Awakened Duology #2) by Sara Elizabeth Santana

Book Review #108

Title: The Sanctuary 

Author: Sara Elizabeth Santana

Publication: Oftomes Publishing

Format: e-book

Release Date: January 2017

Zoey Valentine is finally safe. Tucked away miles underground in the fortified community of the Sanctuary.

But the Sanctuary is far from what she imagined.

Zoey can’t help but feel trapped. 

Sekhmet, the evil corporation behind the Awakened, is still out there and now, citizens of the Sanctuary are disappearing.

It isn’t until the bodies of the missing turn up mutilated, each one tagged with a note, a warning, signed by Razi Cylon.

Problem is, Razi should be dead.

Sekhmet has existed for far too long, and Zoey has had enough. 

My reading experience of this book was mainly feeling agonised for the characters unknown future in the vast. All they have in mind is to survive while actually living at the same time and let me tell you, it can be very depressing to be in their position. 

I love the characters development as the story progresses and how they slowly open up and eventually accept them for who they are. My personal favourite character development of all is Liam. How even through all his struggles and nightmares, he would still fight them off and keep up a brave facade, especially for Astrid. 

I have to admit that in the beginning, it was a bit slow until it was leaning towards the climax which was when Ash was kidnapped and Zoey would do anything to get him back. From that moment forth, things began to get exciting and also a tad scary – knowing that the Awakened could be lurking around to ambush them at no moments notice. 

I won’t be going into too much detail but my heart breaks for Zoey. So very much. To see the love of her life turn into a monster while Zoey had to fight for her life as he took his very last breath. That moment right there, is truly a worthy scene from a movie. 

All in all, I had a great time reading this duology and getting to know about the characters – all their ups and downs. This story holds so many potential for something bigger and greater and I look forward to read more amazing stories by this author. 


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