Tuesday 3 December 2013

Review & Giveaway ~ Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden.

Today is my tour stop for Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden. My post will include a review of the book and a tour-wide giveaway. To follow the rest of the tour, click the banner above to take you to the schedule.

Title: Sanctuary.
Author: Pauline Creeden.
Genre: Sci-Fi.
Year: 2013.

Purchase: Amazon

In a heart-racing thriller described as Falling Skies meets The Walking Dead, Jennie struggles to find a safe place for what’s left of her family. But it seems as though there is no place sacred, no place secure. First the aliens attacked the sun, making it dimmer, weaker, and half what it used to be. Then they attacked the water supply, killing one-third of Earth’s population with a bitter contaminate. And when they unleash a new terror on humankind, the victims will wish for death, but will not find it…When the world shatters to pieces around her, will Jennie find the strength she needs to keep going?


Sanctuary was a fast-paced, suspenseful book which was interesting and exciting throughout – a book which was difficult to put down.

We’re thrown right into the story when all the freaky events unfold; resulting in Jennie’s mum being taken to hospital which really isn’t the sanctuary you’d hope for! I loved Pauline Creeden’s concept of adding aliens into a zombie pandemic. The idea felt fresh and original and completely destroyed any reservations I had about reading this book.

The book is written in viewpoints alternating from Jennie, to Hugh and to Brad. I really liked the character development in Sanctuary but what I liked more was that learning about the characters didn’t seem to hinder the build-up of the story.

Hugh, the biology teacher and Brad’s brother, was my favourite character. He seemed strong and caring and definitely the person I’d want by my side in this situation!

My only issue with the characters really was Brad. It wasn’t that I had a problem with the way his character was written but I felt like he could have had more purpose in the story as if he’d have been taken out, I don’t think the story would have altered too much.

However, I really enjoyed the story. It was weird, creepy, tense, quick, chaotic and simply entertaining from start to finish.


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Review also posted on Goodreads ; Amazon UK ; Amazon

About the Author:

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long.

Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

Armored Hearts, her joint effort with author Melissa Turner Lee, has been a #1 Bestseller in Christian Fantasy and been awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. Her debut novel, Sanctuary is scheduled for release September 30, 2013, and has already been nominated for two awards in YA Science Fiction.

One of Pauline's short stories has won the CCW Short Story contest. Other short stories have been published in Fear & Trembling Magazine, Obsidian River and Avenir Eclectia. An urban fantasy short will appear in The Book of Sylvari: An Anthology of Elves from Port Yonder Press, and a vampire short will appear in Monsters! from Diminished Media Group.

Connect with Pauline: Twitter ; Facebook ; Website ; Goodreads


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  1. haha. Brad. If ever there was anyone I wanted to punch in the face.. it would be him. (: But the book was wonderful either way. (: Great Review. Thank you for participating.

    1. He was a bit of a jerk. Haha. Thank you & you're welcome. Thanks for the tour!

  2. OMG, this sounds badass. So creepy. Happy it was mostly good...except for Brad of course. :)


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