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Review: Sanctuary

Posted by on October 9, 2013

Title: Sanctuary

By: Pauline Creeden

Publication Date: September 30th, 2013

by AltWit Press



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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*My Review*

This book would not let me go.

First the nuts and bolts.

The characters. There are three main viewpoints: Jennie, Hugh, and Brad. I liked how the author subtly connected the viewpoints when she first introduced them to us.  Hugh was a teacher Jennie knew; Hugh lost his girlfriend to Brad, his brother. Although, I wonder what purpose Brad will serve later on in the story as he seems to just be there to add conflict and contrast with his brother, so you know he’s going to have to come up again. The characters felt real with their own unique quirks, thoughts, and personalities. And when Jennie’s dad handed her the hammer, I lost it.

The story. It was well-written and flowed well. The tension just kept building and building until you wonder when it was going to pop. Everything came to life. The setting, the characters, their problems, the presence of the aliens. I could just taste the tears, feel the fear, the pain, the loss, and the vibrations.

A few times I felt something was too easy. Just handed to me, telling me something, rather than letting me figuring it out for myself. Like when Jennie determines why she couldn’t take anything from anyone. It was there in her character and actions, so I didn’t think I needed to be told this directly. But then, I could relate to her need for wanting to help, to do something, and not just sit there.

The concept. I loved it. What if? What if the demons of Revelation were aliens? And they had blighted the water supply, diminished the sun, and killed 1/3 of the Earth’s population. And what about Revelation 9:6, people wanting to die, but not being able to? Zombies??? The faith aspect breathes organically through the characters, and it does not try to preach or convert anyone, but to wonder, what if?

Yes, zombies, aliens, and the Apocalypse.

And the ending! It was so good, making me wish the sequel was already out. Although, I haven’t been told there was sequel, but the way it ended, there better be. Ha!

Very clean read, if you don’t mind a little gore. We are dealing with zombies here, but it wasn’t over done either. If you love the end-of-the-world type of a story, a bit of horror, thriller, and a touch of romance, check it out!

*I was given an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.


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. 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.

Pauline is horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy.

She is the Admin for Spirit Filled Kindle and an administrator for Readers’ Realm. Her articles, reviews, and devotionals have been featured in RUBY FOR WOMEN Magazine,Devotionals for Bloggers, Faith Filled Family Magazine, and Christian Fiction Book Reviews.

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. She is currently editing and drafting several novels at various stages.







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6 Responses to Review: Sanctuary

  1. Denise Z

    I really like the sound of the synopsis and enjoyed the trailer, but the review nailed it for me. Definitely want to read Sanctuary. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us 🙂

    • J.L. Mbewe

      You’re welcome! Let me know how you like it. Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

  2. Diana Montgomery

    I would love to read this book by Pauline.

  3. sarahtps

    This sounds like a very interesting and exciting book! Thanks for the review and the giveaway!

  4. Molly

    That sounds really cool–I actually started a story about the Zombie Apacolypse! I’m not writing on it now though. I’m very interested in yours!

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