Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Girl by Madhuri Blaylock


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The Girl (The Sanctum Trilogy, Book I)
Madhuri Blaylock

ISBN: 9780991203406
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pages: 408
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: November 2013

Plot Summary:

The Sanctum, an all-powerful governing body founded by ten families, entrusted to maintain the peace amongst Magicals and ensure the ignorance of humans, has been corrupted by greed and savagery for generations, but is all Wyatt Clayworth has ever known.

A descendant of one of the Founding Families and Class A Warrior, Wyatt has always believed in the ways of The Sanctum, having grown up in the system and thrived under their leadership. A golden boy, renowned for his prowess and skill in battle, Wyatt has never questioned a mission or kill order until the night he crosses paths with a brutally injured and mysterious girl.

Scouring Central Park with his best friend and fellow Class A Warrior, Ryker Morrison, for the hybrid demon prophesied to bring an end to The Sanctum and destroy the world for Magicals and humans alike, Wyatt instead finds Dev and his whole life turns upside down. Told he was hunting a killing machine, hellbent on wreaking havoc and destruction upon all it encounters, Wyatt instead sees nothing more than a broken girl with haunted eyes and a bit of a death wish.



All Dev wants is for Wyatt to either kill her or leave her alone. When he refuses to do either, she finds herself being pulled into his life while being hunted by warriors everywhere she turns. Drawn to one another for reasons they cannot begin to explain to themselves, much less anyone else, Wyatt is determined to protect Dev and help her realize her mission to avenge the deaths of her family at the hands of The Sanctum. His abdication of his duties and his outright rejection of his responsibilities to The Sanctum create a maelstrom of events beyond anyone’s imagination.

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THE REVIEW

First off, this is YA, which isn't my forte but this one is an exception. I actually liked it.

Wyatt and Ryker are Class A Warriors for The Sanctum, a group devoted to basically killing anything Magical. The boys, I like to think, are more like twins than best friends. They can basically finish each others sentences and predict what the other will do before they do it. Their aren't many bromances, on page, that work. This one works. It's the ONLY bromance I've read that I felt was genuine, well thought out, and believable. Honestly, the bromance alone would have kept my nose in this book.

Anywho, Wyatt and Ryker need to find a Magical. A hybrid. A girl who is basically pretty bad ass and will bring about a huge change in The Sanctum.

Dev is the hybrid. She's a tall, uber beautiful, dark skinned killing machine. Half angel and half demon hybrid and the Sanctum leader, Breslin, wants her dead. Our boys, Wyatt and Ryker, find her in a glamoured quadrant and Wyatt becomes stuck. He can't carry out orders to kill her. Instead, he finds a way to watch over her while deciphering his own feelings. Luckily, he isn't he only one stuck. Dev is struck by him as well. They both fall in love at first sight. Over the course of this novel, we meet Jools, who is Wyatt's sister and Ryker's soon-to-be significant other. That's another relationship I can't wait to dig into. Darby presents herself early. A southern belle vampire who loves Wyatt and Ryker. Later, we find out just how deep the love runs when Ryker nearly has a breakdown over her. That scene was positively captivating. Bravo Blaylock. That scene is probably my number one favorite.

I won't give anything else away in regards to the plot so I'll just go in with my feelings on everything.


  • The writing was great. Everyone and everything was perfectly described without going overboard. I hate spending pages and pages on one room of a house when they're only walking through it.
  • I felt some things were repeated so much that I got sick of hearing about it. Everyone kept bringing up how hot Dev was, that was number 1. Number 2 was probably that Dev was a killing machine. Number 3 was continuing to remind us that Wyatt and Ryker are Class A Warriors for The Sanctum. Those 3 things, you WILL keep reading as if I'd forgotten who these people were.
  • The bromance was beautiful. Ryker and Wyatt have a friendship like no other I've read ... Ever.
  • Around the time Dev came in the picture, and Wyatt started realizing he was unable to be without her, I really started to dislike him. He had a one track mind after then. He let Dev talk to his mom like she was shit. His mother allowed it. But when Ryker said one wrong thing she didnt like, she decided to chastise him. I rolled my eyes so hard and said "really, ma? You too?"
  • With all the emphasis placed on how great a fighter Dev was, I didn't see it. She was built up to be the worst thing on the planet but still took too many punches in my opinion.
  • I wish their would have been more action. The end was great. It was grand but could have been even more grand. It was kind of a fight in a nutshell. 2nd favorite scene occurred when Wyatt whistled and Ryker took off. Those two just make my heart flutter.
  • The relationship that Ryker and Jools has is genuine. I love it. They're actually kind of cute together and Ryker knows how to handle her attitude and all her annoyances. 
  • For the next book, I'm hoping for more from the vampires. They were brought in late in the game but didn't really contribute much.
  • I won't talk about Wyatt's stupidity at the end. He got what he needed. Lol.
  • Overall, by about the halfway mark, I was hooked. I'm fully ready to get into book 2. It took me a bit to get into, but once I was there, I was invested in everyone, even if I hated them. That is a very good thing.


3 1/2 Stars
IR Everywhere
Ryker (Black) Wyatt (White) Dev (Black) Jools (White) Darby (White)
If I were casting this ... Ryker = Shemar Moore (but darker), Wyatt = Chris Evans, Dev = Chantelle ANTM 21,  Jools = Elisha Cuthbert, Darby = Hayden Panettiere