Title: Sanctuary Bay
Author: Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Synopsis: 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.
Huge thank you to St. Martin’s Press for sending me a finished copy for review!
I really wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this book. The blurb sounded generic but the publicist letter that came with this mentioned government conspiracies and I was just like WHAT IS THIS.
There were parts of this book that I loved and other parts that were a little annoying. Typical foster kid Sarah somehow ends up getting a scholarship to a super exclusive rich kids boarding school. The school is super secret and once you go in… you don’t get out. Well, until you graduate. At first I was having DARK ANGEL (y’all have seen that show right? No… I’m old? Uh, go watch it. Girls kick ass. Say’s so on a tee-shirt) hopes but nope, no super-soldier kids here.
So Sarah ends up on this island and this crazy expensive school with state of the art equipment and pretty people everywhere. Her roommates are basically socialites and all the guys are straight teeth and tight shirts. Of course two of The Hottest notice her (even though one is her roommates boyfriend! Le Gasp!)
At this point I was like am I really going to keep reading this? But then Sarah got invited to a secret society and I was back in. Until the secret society seemed to just be a weird way to hook up with lots of people? There were no orgies but… I felt one coming. But then the secret society was like WE’RE GONNA KILL ONE OF OUR OWN and I was like okay I gotta see this through…
After that things got good and I was pulled in. Seems to be the case with me and books lately. But student’s went missing, memories went missing, and people started to go crazy. Sarah and Ethan (missing roommates super sexy boyfriend *rolls eyes*) start to sort out this mystery because Ethan’s brother apparently went missing and never returned home and while people can remember him they don’t actually know what happened to him…
I really liked how dark this got at times. There’s an abandoned insane asylum and some really weird shit happening at the school and on the island. Sarah and Ethan uncover the government conspiracy annnnnd we find out what happened to Sarah’s family when she was a child. I was very pleased that things got wrapped up and that the mystery was basically solved by the end of the book. I don’t think there will be another one but if there was I’d really like to see Sarah come to terms with what she learned at the very end.
Check this out if you like twisty boarding school mysteries with government conspiracies!