Published by St. Martin's Griffin on January 19th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
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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.
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.
This book legit has no chill. It went from peaceful to fucking mindblowing within seconds. I mean, it was completely unexpected, but I definitely love it. Sanctuary Bay was no ordinary school, and this book was no ordinary elite-school book. I actually thought that this would be a book about high school dramas, so when every little dark secrets about the school was uncovered, I was just there like:
The blurb of this book stated that “this “school” is something much more sinister”, and I laughed out loud, because I can tell you that SINISTER is a freaking understatement. This book is fifty shades of fucked up, and I was totally immersed in it from the start till the end. It seemed like the whole story plot flew by me, but when I ended it, I realized that the book is pretty thick actually. That’s how engrossed I was, such that I read it in one sitting.
I do have a love-hate relationship with the main character at the start. Sarah Merson was a pretty alright girl until you put her in front of a rich kid. Her insecurities and judgmental attitude made me frustrated for the first quarter of the book. Since she was sent to a school full of rich kids, of course her prejudice against rich people stood out, and I definitely hated her for that. But after a while, watching her character developed, I actually started liking her more and more. Sarah was the kind of girl you would want to be friends with, if she didn’t have that prejudice.
This book was intense and I could not put it down. On one hand, I didn’t want it to end, but on the other hand, I just wanted all the nightmare to end. Like I said at the start, this book has no chill. It’s insanity from the first till the last page, and I was honestly scared for all the characters that I fell in love with, because I suddenly realize how dispensable they are.
With that said, you HAVE to read this. YOU REALLY NEED TO.