Tuesday 1 October 2013

SANCTUARY by Pauline Creeden

Publication date: September 30th, 2013
Publisher: AltWit Press
Date read: September , 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Zombies, Horror
Source: ARC from Itching For Books Tours
Format: Ebook
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(Description source: Goodreads)

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?


The description of Sanctuary easily pulls a reader towards it and I'm very glad to be a part of the blog tour and to have had the opportunity to read Sanctuary.

Jennie, a 19-year-old college sophomore, is witness to an alien attack - the first targets of the attack: the sun and Earth's water supply, this killed a third of the world's population.

The next attack is worse, it is horrific and it has Jennie seeking safe haven for her family.
The people who fall victim to this new threat do not die, they endure in a way that has them,  and all in their clutches, wishing for a death that seems to allude them...

Jennie will need to find her inner strength if she is to survive.

Surprisingly, Sanctuary is told from three different view-points, each in a different situation, with differing values and personalities, these three people grant the reader a wider perspective and understanding of how people will act, and what drives them, in apocalyptic-type circumstances. One the view-points is, quite obviously, Jennie's, and two of the three perspectives were ones that I enjoyed reading, the third was of a selfish person with few, if any, concerns about anyone else. This novel really highlights how no matter what some people will help other, while others do only what will benefit them.

Jennie is a strong character who has to adapt quickly in a constantly changing world, where nothing seems to remain the same. She does her best to keep her faith and keep her family safe and together. Jennie has to deal with loss, grief and a myriad of other emotions, and is a likable and relatable character. Mickey is such a cutie, he character was written in a very authentic and believable way. Hugh is smart and empathetic, while Brad definitely becomes something of a survivalist.

The story moves forward at a steady pace that takes many turns and engages to readers to stick with the story. The plot is intriguing, with all the elements that make an interesting story, plus a mix of faith and science which amazed me in the way it actually kept me reading. I am not typically a fan of novels that include religion as a major theme, and although it remains as a constant theme all throughout, it wasn't overbearing but added to the story in a way that any and all readers can appreciate.

The ending of Sanctuary was very open in nature, leaving me to wonder if it will be a stand-alone, or if they'll be a sequel, I think that if there if a sequel then I'll have to add it to my to-read list to learn the final outcome of the story, but even without a sequel, readers can be content with the ending of Sanctuary.

I rate Sanctuary Three and a Half out of Five!
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My Favourite Sanctuary Quotes:

1. "Did I ever tell you about the time - oh my God!"

2. Mom searched Jennie's face. "One of those alien ships hover over Norfolk. That's less than twenty miles away."
"But if I was at Virginia Tech, I'd be almost three hundred miles away."

3. "Mary had a little lamb. Its sheets were white as snow."
"Not sheets - fleece!" her brother yelled, patting their father on the shoulder.

4. "We all deal wih our impending doom differently, I suppose. Some people punch thile while others sing tunes from Annie."

5. "Why, madam, is it inappropriate for you to come into my apartment but it's okay for me to enter yours?"
"Because, Mr Harris, in this situation, you are but a gentleman helping the little old lady reach a high shelf. In the other, I would be the cougar entering the bachelor's pad."


In simple language, Pauline Creeden breaks down Biblical stories and applies them to real life in new ways. Her methods of teaching have brought new light to old scriptures. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.In her fiction, she 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.


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