Today I am super excited to share with you something fun! In October, I reviewed Sanctum by Sarah Fine. It ended up being a surprise five star read for me and will definitely be on my favorite books of 2012 list. One of the reasons I am so enamored with this book is because of Malachi. Malachi is wonderful and amazing and one of my favorite book boyfriends. You must meet him! I am pleased to be able to share with you a journal entry from one of Malachi's journals. Be sure to visit all the other journal entires see the schedule at the end of this post. Author Sarah Fine is offering a giveaway at each stop! Check out Sarah's site as well for additional information and giveaways.
Before we get to Malachi (I know hang on....) here is a bit on author Sarah Fine:
Sarah Fine was born on the West Coast, raised in the Midwest, and is now firmly entrenched on the East Coast, where she lives with her husband and two children. When she's not writing, she's working as a child psychologist. No, she is not psychoanalyzing you right now. Visit Sarah on her website, blog, facebook, twitter, tumblr and Goodreads. She is hosting her own giveaway on her site so head on over.
Here is the synopsis for Sanctum:
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.Hardcover, 433 pages Published October 16th 2012 by Marshall Cavendish Children's/Amazon Children's Publishing.
Now that all the preliminary stuff is out of the way, let's get to Malachi. Here is a quote from Sanctum that tells you a bit about the setting for the journal entries...
"Malachi’s quarters had no windows, no decorations. His room was just like everything else about him—nothing unnecessary, nothing wasted. His narrow cot rested in a corner, right next to something that looked like a hat rack. He walked straight to it and hung his bloody, stained armor over it. A small desk stood across from the rack, but the only things that sat upon it were a fountain pen and a single book, like some kind of journal. Neatly stacked in a corner rose a tower of identical books as tall as I was. A lot of journals."
If you want to get to know someone, reading his journal is the way to do it (though you should probably ask permission first). Malachi is no exception: his journals contain his thoughts, hopes, fears, plans, and adventures during his time in the dark city. Starting today, excerpts will post regularly throughout the publication of the Guards of the Shadowlands series on the Guards of the Shadowlands website, but to get things started, you can read excerpts from Malachi's first ten days as a Guard NOW. And you can enter to win one of ten SANCTUM swag packs, which include an exclusive bonus scene from Malachi's point-of-view!
Today I have day three of Malachi's journal entries. Here is the complete schedule in order so if you want to go read days one and two before jumping into day three please do so. (Many of these bloggers are good friends of mine so please visit their blogs).
Blogger Day posting date link to blog
Entry 1: 12/6/12 Lili's Reflections
Entry 2: 12/6/12 The Reader's Den
Entry 3: 12/6/12 Rainy Day Ramblings
Entry 4: 12/6/12 Ivy Book Bindings
Entry 5: 12/6/12 The Nocturnal Library
Entry 6: 12/6/12 Book Kitty Blog
Entry 7: 12/6/12 Firefly Read It
Entry 8: 12/6/12 Collections
Entry9: 12/7/12 Love of Books
Entry 10: 12/14/12 My Guilty Obsession
Here is Malachi's Journal entry Day Three:
Day 3: Raphael brought me stale bread today. He said it would be easier to retrieve from the floor than soup. He can speak many languages, and we switched between a few of them before settling on Romani, which comforts me and makes me ache at the same time. Today, he told me Philip is American, and that I will have to learn English so I can follow his orders. I did not tell Raphael that I have no intention of following anyone's orders, but I wonder if somehow he knew. The way he looked at me was unnerving. For perhaps the hundredth time, I considered disabling him to get to his key, but as I was about to try, he said he'd be back when I was in a more "stable mood." Then he disappeared.
Intrigued? Want to know more? Visit the other stops. Sarah has put together a terrific giveaway that is open Internationally for everyone fourteen and older. There are ten chances to win. Answer questions from each entry for more points. Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter and also stop by Sarah's blog for her giveaway.
I hope you all read Sanctum and meet Malachi!
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