Friday, March 14, 2014


Release Date: 09/10/13

Summary from 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?

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There were a lot of characters to follow in Sanctuary, but they were all really interesting. I've read a number of books before that had multiple points of view, and if not done well they can make a book so confusing! This was not the case with Sanctuary at all! Each of the characters' points of view were carefully woven together and clearly labeled. I never had to look back to see who was talking. Plus the multiple view points made the story so much more interesting. 

Plus, it had kind of a Red Hill feel to the story since it was more about how the characters survived rather than how others succomed to the disease and died. I'm not saying it is a copy of Red Hill, because it's not. Sanctuary is young adult, but has enough complexity for more mature minds to enjoy. It's centered around a virus started by aliens that has zombie like qualities, but the circumstances make you wonder if there is a cure for the victims. Could a person survive the bite of the aliens and return to normal after the infection?

This is one of those stories that sucked me in from the first page and made me whine at the last page because I wanted more.  I'm really hoping for a second book to see what happens next.

About the Author

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. 

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