Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway ~ Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden

Hey! Welcome to my stop on the Sanctuary Blog Tour hosted by Itching for Books Tours. Click here to follow along with the tour schedule! :D

Title: Sanctuary
Author: Pauline Creeden
Release date: September 30th 2013
Publisher: AltWit Press 
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Source: Review copy
Blog Tour organized by: Itching for Books Tours

~ Synopsis ~

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?

~ My Thoughts ~ 

My Rating: 5 / 5

Basically all you have to do is mention The Walking Dead and aliens, and I'm there! As soon as I read the synopsis for Sanctuary, I was hooked - the idea was all at once frightening and fantastic. Not to mention the passages from The Book of Revelation that the author quoted before some of the chapters. Eerie!

Jennie is easy to connect with but not a favorite character of mine. I think it's because the thoughts and feelings she has are so similar to what I would think and do in her situation that it made me uncomfortable. I'd like to think if the world was coming to an end with aliens running around I'd be a kick ass chick taking those aliens down five at a time; however, I'm sure this wouldn't be the case.

Jennie's dad was easily my least favorite character. The decisions he made were horrible, and if this was a movie, he'd be that character everyone in the theater yells, "Don't go investigate that strange noise!!!" But then he would anyway. He left Jennie and her little brother alone countless times and didn't seem to worry that much about their safety. It was frustrating!

The characters are realistic - they are ordinary people like you and me who are forced to face that the world they once knew will never be the same and that they might not survive it. They don't automatically become heroes - they ask themselves if they should help others at the risk of their own deaths. 

The pace of Sanctuary allows for the tension to build up slowly. It creeped me out that the aliens attacked the water supply and the sun, and then just hovered over cities with various spaceships. And didn't just hover - there was a constant droning sound for over six weeks straight. I think that would set me on edge and weaken me until my defenses were down, which is what I think the aliens set out to accomplish before they started full out attacking people. 

I loved Sanctuary and the way it satisfied my craving for post apocalyptic and science fiction. I would never want to be in an apocalypse, but I sure love to read about them!  

~ Book Trailer ~ 


~ Purchase Links ~
Sanctuary will be 99 cents for at least the next week at both Amazon and B&N!!!! 

~ Meet the Author: Pauline Creeden! ~ 

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.

~ Social Links ~ 


  1. Great review. Thanks for participating :)

    1. Thanks, Shane. You're welcome! :D

  2. You know...Donnie Darko has been on my To Be Watched list a long time...maybe I need to move it up! :)

    Thanks for the review and glad you enjoyed the book!

    1. Well, I'm biased lol, but I think you should move it up on your list!!! ;D

      You're welcome, and your book rocks! :D

  3. I like the Walking Dead and aliens too! So interesting, I love weird stuff like that. I'm glad you enjoyed this one so much! Thanks for adding the Commenting Back button!

    1. Less than a week until The Walking Dead!! *Squee!!!!* So excited! Now that I know you're a fan, too, I'll be bugging ya. ;D You're welcome - your idea for the Commenting Back button is awesome! :D


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