Happy Wednesday, good people of the blogosphere! Today I'm bringing you another book review from the Indie Fever 2014 Reading Challenge. If you've never heard of this event, it's a group of readers who get together every year and try to read as many Indie books as they can. We strive to discover new, awesome Indie authors and share them with the world. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, pop on over to this page, commit to the level you're comfortable with, add your name to the linky thing, grab the badge, choose your books, and off you go! So, today I have a review of Sanctuary by Pauline Creeden.
As always, let's start with a little information about the book I'll be reviewing for you.
Author: Pauline Creeden
Genre: Christian Science Fiction
Length (print): 280 pages
Buy Links: Amazon Kindle $2.99 ~ B&N $2.99 ~ Paperback $9.36 ~ Audible $17.46
Synopsis: In a heart-racing thriller described as Left Behind for the Hunger Games
Generation, 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?
***Will not appear in review elsewhere. Tidbits for my blog readers' eyes only! I saw the cover of this book and just fell in love with it. Pauline was my UtopYA secret Santa this past Christmas and gave me the book as a gift. It was a lovely surprise because I'd just finished writing I, Zombie, and have been consuming (no pun intended) zombie books for the last year and a half. When I got this one, I was over the moon.***
Moving on to the review.
Zombie novel? Love! Christian science fiction with zombies? Um... Wow. I had no idea what I was in for when I started this book. What an awesome twist on the biblical apocalypse. Rather than being some mutated disease causing people to start acting like zombies, what if it's an alien invasion? Well, this is the direction Sanctuary takes you in. Let's get to the good stuff, shall we?
From a Reader's Perspective:
I loved watching the main character, Jennie, come into her own through the story. When we begin, she's a lot like any tween would be: Self-centered, technology reliant, BFF in place, and has dreams of what she plans to do with herself down the road. As the tale moved on, she becomes a strong, self-reliant young woman. This change was perhaps the most moving one in my eyes. Pacing through the story was great, and I loved the little twists and turns thrown in. Hugh was a great character and I'm eager to see how his relationship with Jennie develops in future books. Oh my goodness what a cliffhanger at the end! If you're not a huge fan of being left with a juicy bone dangling in front of you, the ending will be less than satisfying. But I loved it. I'm now chomping at the bit for the next installment. Aliens were a nice twist to the common zombie novel, but the thing I love most about them was still prevalent: human survival struggles. What would one do in any given situation when they're terrified out of their minds? There's plenty of that going on in Sanctuary. Having said that, let's move on to part two.
From an Editor's Perspective:
I found a few niggling little errors like: "...but she knew the door would be locked as the red sign on the door clearly stated they were sorry about." and: "The ideas spun in his Hugh's head like..." But none of them really took me out of the story, and there were only around fifteen in the whole book.
+1 Star for bringing Jennie into her own via life and death events
+1 Star for pacing and plot (both were excellent)
+1 Star for the awesome twist on the cause of the zombie virus
+1 Star for plenty of human angst during a crisis situation that left me biting my nails
+.75 Star for writing and editing
-.25 Star for need for a proofreader to eradicate those tiny errors
Overall: 4.75 out of 5 stars! But I round UP, not down. Highly recommended if you love zombie novels or any book that's gonna make you think about your own humanity.
Have you read this book? What did you think?
Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!