Monday, December 2, 2013

Sanctuary review + giveaway [blog tour]


Published: September 30th, 2013
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?

Pauline Creeden

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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. 

I had read zombie invasion books before, but I had never read an alien invasion book before I picked this one up, so I was unsure what to expect. I mean, with aliens, the sky is the limit (haha) and I was gearing up for a book full of all sorts of freaky (albeit awesome) stuff. Imagine my surprise when there are aliens AND zombies. I was like.. whoah. Hold up. This just got AWESOME. 

Yes, it is an apocalyptic end of human kind novel, so there is violence and  scary elements in this book- like seriously. O.O Scary. But I loved it! The villains were super monstrous and violent- yay! Epic villains. So the terror us up to par. *thumbs up* 

The story is told in multiple POVs, (which I am okay with because I liked the other characters and their sides of what was going down) but focuses on a teenage girl and takes place AFTER the alien spacecrafts have already shown up and everyone has sort of been lulled into a sense of normality. There are just little spaceships hovering around, but they have not harmed anything (well, they poison the water, but do not become violent), so there are more of a tourist attraction than something many people are panicking about. Then out of nowhere- WHAM! Imminent alien destruction. *throws arms in air* Aliens start ATTACKING people- including jennie (the girl) and her family. Then ZOMBIES and alien creatures happen and.. .and... O.O Well, that's all you will get out of me about that. O.O 

Jennie and her brother, Mickey, are endearing characters. There are a few other characters I became attached too and wanted to survive the zombie/alien/monster/destruction going on. And there were a few who I wanted to get eaten. or bitten. or just shot.. anyway, I did not like him. :D But everyone else was endearing and caring and sweet. 

I feel like the ending left an opening for a second book. Maybe? Well, if there is one, I would love to read it, because this book was terrifyingly awesome. 

If you enjoy a book with Alien destruction, Zombie action, diverse characters, christian elements, and APOCALYPTIC AWESOME, then I definitely recommend this book. (: 

Pauline will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card + Signed PB and swag in accordance with the tour. This will be a rafflecopter giveaway. I will give you the HTML code as well as the link prior to the tour.

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