Review + Giveaway: Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden

May 14, 2014 Aliens, Apocalypse, Elyse's Reviews, zombies 0

Review + Giveaway: Sanctuary by Pauline CreedenSanctuary by Pauline Creeden
Published by AltWit Press on September 8, 2013
Genres: Christian Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, zombies
Pages: 268
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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?


So I’ll be honest when I say this book has been sitting on my Kindle for quite some time. I haven’t read many Sci-Fi novels, but I find aliens are interesting enough. I’ve liked movies like the Alien franchise, Riddick, Starship Troopers, and even as far as Critters (that movie scared the pants off of me as a kid.) But still never read much of anything with aliens. Recently though I’ve gotten onto a huge alien kick after I binge watched 3 seasons of Falling Skies, and now I’m addicted. So, what a perfect time to read Sanctuary.

Initially the cover is what drew me in but it’s very misleading. This cover does not scream of the chaos of zombies and aliens that lies within its pages. And anyone who knows me knows that zombies are right up my alley!

Jennie and her family aren’t the only ones who are skeptical about the intentions of their new visitors. It’s been 6 weeks since the aliens arrived and their ships sit hovering near by making it hard to ignore and not think about it constantly. The only thing they’ve done since they came to Earth has been contaminate their water sources but what if it wasn’t on purpose? Or maybe it was? When the doors open to the spaceships, and people start getting hurt -the true panic ensues. And then come the zombies! While it seems Jennie is our main character, we hear from much more than just her. There is also Hugh and his brother Brad. I really enjoy books with multiple POV’s when you can read the chapters and not pay attention to who’s chapter it actually is, because you can already tell by the voice of the story. Jennie, Brad, and Hugh have such definitively different voices in this story that it’s so easy to slip into the book and feel like you’re just watching a movie or even having a conversation with them.

I’ve never read or seen anything with both aliens and zombies in it, or even something where the aliens are the cause of the zombies. It was refreshing to not feel like I was reading the same old over-told zombie apocalypse story. I don’t want to spoil too much about the baddies so I’ll just say this book is action packed!

I do have to admit though, that I was skeptical about the Christian Fiction tag that is attached to this novel. The religious undertones were subtle in my opinion: Jennie’s family attend church and are rather close with her Pastor who also plays a large role in the story. Yet her faith is anything but subtle however who’s is? Pauline handles this subject with such delicacy that I never felt like I was reading anything but a fiction novel.  So I will be the first to admit that I shouldn’t have been quick to dismiss a book based on it’s genre tag. And neither should you. 🙂 This book is a wonderful blend of sci-fi, post-apocalypse, and zombie horror with a dash of religion.

You should definitely try your hand at this book!

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About Pauline Creeden

Pauline Creeden is an award-winning author, horse trainer, and overall book ninja. 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. Her debut novel, Sanctuary, won 1st Place Christian YA Title 2013 Dante Rosetti Award and 2014 Gold Award for First Place YA Horror Novel.

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