Review of Sanctuary Bay

Posted February 3, 2016 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 7 Comments

Review of Sanctuary Bay

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz
Genres: YA, Suspense
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 19th 2016
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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In this genre-bending YA thriller, will Sarah Merson's shiny new prep school change her life forever or bring it to a dark and sinister end?

When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn't sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate's dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay's glossy reputation.

In this genre-bending YA thriller, Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, Sarah's new school may seem like an idyllic temple of learning, but as she unearths years of terrifying history and manipulation, she discovers this "school" is something much more sinister.

First Line

“First time on the water,” the captain said.

What I thought of this book

When Sarah was young she seen her parents killed and was sent to into the foster care system. Her father had given her an escape plan if anything happened to them, tell them your name is Sarah Merson.

Now Sarah is a teenager and has been accepted into a boarding school called Sanctuary Bay. It’s on an island and closed off from everything, it’s total immersion. Sarah thinks it must be some mistake but she is soon wrapped up in this great opportunity to be at a school that will give her a chance to be someone different.

She soon makes lots of friends and even gets into the secret society called the Wolf Pack. But then things start to go wrong, things in the wolf pack are not all great. and one of her friends goes missing after something they were all party too but nobody seems to remember.

See Sarah has a different kind of mind and she can remember everything that has happened to her and some times all it takes is a smell or trigger word and she is sent into the memory as if she is still living it. She can remember her parents, them being shot, everything. She remembers what happened and she has to get to the bottom of things.

Sanctuary Bay has a horrible secret and she is about to find out that this great pass to a prestigious school may get her killed.

Sanctuary Bay was a decent YA suspense thriller and I enjoyed it. It was a little slow in the beginning but then once she got in the wolf pack it really got interesting. Sarah is a spunky character as she has had to find for herself for a long time being a foster kid.

My only problem with it at the moment is that the ending felt a bit rushed and then it left it open and no closer. I have no clue if there is going to be a sequel but it ends as if there will be and if there isn’t I will be even more disappointed as I wasn’t keen on how it ended. So I am hoping for a sequel. Which is why it got demoted a half star.

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7 responses to “Review of Sanctuary Bay

  1. Glad to see a review of this since I’ll be reading it soon, and it’s nice to forewarned about the open ending. I’m not a fan of those so there better be a sequel! LOL. This sounds good, I like the island and isolated boarding school and secrets. The Wolf Pack is an interesting name for a secret society! Looking forward to this one.

  2. It does seem as though it took awhile to set things up, Stormi. And that stinks since the ending felt rushed. But I’m glad you enjoyed it despite a few minor issues and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for a sequel for you. 🙂

  3. Don’t you hate it when that happens? Open ending and no sequel frustrating. I read wolf pack and immediately my mind went to werewolves of course. Lol But I guess not. Hope you get your sequel!

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