Blog Tour [Review & Giveaway]: Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden

Title: Sanctuary
Author: Pauline Creeden
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Post Apocalyptic
Release Date: 11th September 2013
Review Copy: Blog Tour: BTMS Tours & Pauline Creeden
Book Blurb:
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?
*Thank you for proving me the ARC copy of Sanctuary, BTMS Tours and of course, author Pauline Creeden!*

I have to be honest here, I've been swamped with work and other books to read... The reason why I started reading it just yesterday and up until now, I'm 64% done with reading. I know, why am I reviewing it now if I haven't finished it yet? Well, because I want to and because I think I could justify my rating of FOUR STARS for the book. That's kinda big for me, anyway.

It wouldn't get a FIVE from me mainly because... I really, honestly, don't read ZOMBIE books. I don't like them, the zombies I mean. I hate watching zombie films or series too. It's too gruesome for me. Cannibalism is something I really can't handle well. I might be a hypocrite because I love Vampire and Werewolf stories (contradicting with what I've said). But there is just something in zombies I really detest. It might be because they don't look pretty (I'd rather read sparkly and pretty vamps than ugly, mutated or whatever you want to call those zombies), they look so gruesome. 

Reading zombie books is not good for me because I could totally imagined it in my head. I was thinking about what if it's real? What if all the things mankind experiment on and fail and developed into something worse became real? That's what always hunted me. Also, I could picture it clearly, the survivors trying all they might to survive, to not be bitten, to scout for food and all that...

BUT I did - am - reading this book and I will finish it. I feel Jennie's hardship, pain, trying to be strong for her little brother, Mickey. I love that about her. She's protective of him, she understand him fully, she didn't raised her voice to him even if she wanted to but instead she's patient. She tries her very best for her brother. I feel like crying when they'd finally arrive at the church and before that, she saw her father. :(

I think this novel will be highly enjoyed by Science Fiction and Zombie lovers out there. Because it's not just zombies. Firstly, it's about Aliens invading Earth. Another thing I am scared off. >.< It's quite fast paced and was told on different POVs (Jennie, Hugh and Brad). It's pretty good considering my hate on zombies and aliens (ugly looking ones that is, lol. And totally not the ones from Lux series. or for the zombies, R from Warm Bodies).

UPDATE: I have finished the book, minutes ago... And I think the ending calls for a sequel. Again, not a fan but I am hoping for a sequel. I'd definitely will read it. I love the Christian side of this book. Having faith to God. Always have faith to him. Don't ever doubt. I liked it.


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. 


Ryan Snyder said...

I hear you about the ugly zombies and aiens. yuck! Not at all like Daemon Black! ;)
I understand your hesitation to read zombie books and it is completely understandable. Thank you for posting and giving an honest account regardless of your position in the book. (:

Rose W. said...

I've nominated you for a Liebster Award, for having such an awesome blog!

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