October 31, 2014

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: #Sanctuary by @P_Creeden

Title: Sanctuary
Author: Pauline Creeden
Genre: Apocalyptic/dystopian, clean NA

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?



About Pauline

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 awarded the Crowned Heart for Excellence by InDtale Magazine. It is also the 2013 Book Junkie's Choice Winner in Historical Fiction. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Reader's Choice Gold Award for Best YA Horror Novel.


Let me just start by saying that this is definitely and interesting take on a zombie infection. Not some rogue experiment gone wrong, aliens. And the delivery of the infection too, it’s all quite clever, and a different spin on a tried and true storyline. 

There are three different POV’s in Sanctuary. Jennie, a college student who is home for the summer, or she was, until her parents decided it was too dangerous for her to go back to school. Hugh Harris, a high school Biology teacher that taught at Jennie’s high school. And Brad, Hugh’s brother. If I’m being honest here, I’m not completely sure why Brad was such a big part of the story. I’m guessing that it is because he is….morally compromised, for lack of a better description. I should tell you that there is a bit of a religious element to this story, a ‘walk by faith’ spin. So, I’m guessing that since Brad was such a not great guy, that was the purpose of his view. I’m just speculating here, because I didn’t really get it. Maybe he was added to show how messed up people are, even in the face of the end of humanity. That there are still people out there just looking out for themselves. Now Hugh, he’s a smart cookie. He’s the guy that figures things out. He also knows personally how morally corrupt his dear brother Brad is. He tries to shield Jennie from Brad, but her being the young 20 year old she is, she doesn’t always listen. Luckily, Brad shows his true colors before it’s too late. Jennie is the most important character in this tale. All she wants to do is protect her baby brother. She builds a lot of strength throughout the story. I liked her, she did a lot of growing up in a very short period of time. Her brother is all she has left, and she will do anything to keep him alive.

Like I said, this was an interesting spin on a zombie story. I think the religious element is soft enough that people who aren’t religious, like myself, can still enjoy the story. But I also think that people who are believers would enjoy it as well, maybe even a little bit more. Good book though, I’d recommend it.



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