Sanctuary Bay

Sanctuary Bay

by Laura J. Burns, Melinda Metz
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Sanctuary Bay 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: SANCTUARY BAY is a YA thriller that will literally have you looking over your shoulder, squinting at authority figures, and second-guessing the lengths people will go for that delightfully sweet and sneakily addicting drug called power. It will force you to turn your eyes to the horrors humans have, can, and might commit. This book will leave you crippled from what you’ve just read and from what lies unknown up ahead. Well written, exceedingly intriguing, and oozing with thrills and psychotic horror Sanctuary Bay will leave you limp in your chair, eyes slightly unfocused, and in need of a dose of Bromcyan to put your mind back in order. But my advice? Don’t take it. Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2015/10/25/sanctuary-bay-arc-review/
lrhubble More than 1 year ago
Keeps you guessing Contemporary YA thriller Sarah Merson has received an opportunity of a lifetime and it seems too good to be true. A chance to attend the most elite prep school in the country, Sanctuary Bay Academy. Nothing could sound more appealing than a chance to escape to its tranquil setting on Swans Island especially after bouncing around from foster home to foster home. Now she has been thrown into a world of privilege and secrets. Sarah quickly comes to the attention of Nate who is the class charmer and also her roommate’s boyfriend, Ethan who is dangerously attentive. These things also prove to be the least of her worries. Sarah finds herself in a race against time when her roommate suddenly goes missing. Sarah races to find her but she also needs to save herself and discover the truth behind Sanctuary Bay’s glossy reputation no matter how dark that truth is. This is a story that takes off right from the beginning and doesn’t stop until the end. It is full of suspense that keeps building and proves to be entirely engrossing for readers. The characters are intriguing and move the story along at a fast pace and make for a story that is extremely hard to put down. It will also have readers wanting to check out more books from the authors and hoping for more from Sanctuary Bay. For readers that enjoy both Young Adult and Suspense this is a definite must read.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
An amazing albeit at times slightly confusing read. The story is familiar: Sarah gets invited to a prep school and an island, and she goes, but when she’s there, strange things start happening and her ne”w friends act all kinds of weird. The characters were great, although I thought Sarah acted pretty self-absorbed every now and then. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz is a young-adult suspense/thriller novel. Sarah Merson witnessed the death of her parents as a child. Sarah has been in a variety of foster homes since their death. Then she gets the opportunity of a lifetime. A full scholarship to the elite Sanctuary Bay Academy. Sarah did not apply for the scholarship (nor did anyone else she knows), but it is a great opportunity for her. The school is on an island and has a total immersion policy. Once you arrive at the school, you do not leave the school until graduation. No phone calls, no letters, no emails out. You can receive care packages from your family every three months (a little odd). Sarah is sixteen and will be entering the school as a junior. Sarah notices unusual activity going on at night and decides to explore (she will wish she had stayed in bed). Sarah becomes a part of a group that will change everything. There are some strange activities going on at this school and Sarah sets out to get answers. She knew this school was too good to be true! Sanctuary Bay starts out slowly and it is confusing. I got tired of Sarah’s attitude quickly. She is judgmental and has a big chip on her shoulder (about rich and privileged people). The book does get better though (you have to keep reading). The way it started out you would think it was going to be a paranormal novel (I think it would have been better if it had been). This book took a direction that I did not suspect (but I liked it). I give Sanctuary Bay 4 out of 5 stars. The book does have some of the normal teenage angst and romance, but I skimmed through those sections (I used by speed reading skills). I received a complimentary copy of Sanctuary Bay from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
SiobhanDavisAuthor More than 1 year ago
Actual Rating 3.5 Stars I was so looking forward to reading this book as the blurb and cover are gorgeous, and I discovered that this book was written by the author of the Roswell series (which I loved when I was younger.) Now that I've read it, I'm kinda struggling to sort my thoughts out. It was good, it was creative and imaginative, and I definitely became invested in the story, but there were things that I didn't like as well which is why my rating isn't higher. Initially, I found it very difficult to connect with this story , and I actually put it down to read another book, unsure if I would come back to it. I did, and once I got beyond the 30 percent mark, I began to enjoy it. Now, it was extremely weird and confusing at times, and I didn't like the cult aspect or the wolf-howling scenes (total cheese-fest.) The second half of this book is a total rollercoaster read - so much is crammed in there that I had to stop and take stock a few times, but it was fast-paced and thrilling and full of mystery and suspense. Awesome. Our MC, Sarah, was very weak at the start and quite insipid. By the end of the book I had warmed to her but her development wasn't really logical or explicable. Ethan Steere was my favorite character and I felt the only one who had true depth. Now, when you realize what's actually going on it explains some of the other characters strange behaviour and stiff dialogue, so I can forgive that as it works with the plot. Believable. The revelations about what was really going on in Sanctuary Bay were fantastic, if a little underdeveloped at times. I thought the world building and writing were good. The ending felt very rushed to me. It had a conclusion, and an epilogue, but to me there is another story in this and a few loose threads that weren't developed. If a second book is released I would read it to see what happens next for Sarah and Ethan. I'd like to thank St. Martins Press and Netgalley for providing an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Theresa_Raymer More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to get to be chosen by Netgalley and the Publisher St. Martins and received an ARC of Sanctuary Bay for an honest review on the book. I really enjoyed the book but the ending left me hanging. Please tell me there is going to be a second book? SPOILER ALERT! The book starts of as Sarah being a little girl and she see's her mom and dad getting shot. Now with both her parents dead Sarah ends up in the foster care system. Sarah is tossed from one foster home after another. She is very bright and does well in school. So all of sudden her social worker shows up and tells her that she is going to get to go to this very elite prep school in the country. Sanctuary Bay which is located on and isolated island, once you are on the island you are there until you graduate high school. Sarah has discovered the school is not what you would think it is. When her roommate goes missing, she finds herself looking for her, but what she really finds is the dark and mysterious truth that lies behind Sanctuary Bay's reputation.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
This was definitely what I expected. I expected Sarah to be the suspect in her roommate's death. I wasn't even close. Apparently this was the beginning of yet another trilogy. However, this one did keep my interest and I did not see what was coming. I can't really say a lot about it without giving out any spoilers. I will say that that my heart is still racing after reading it and I even took a cigarette break. Definitely read the ending before bedtime. There is a line in there that will definitely be a jaw dropper for you. At least it was for me. The writing was done well and the story made sense and was believable. There was great character development and you really thought it was a normal school. It was weird though that no one was allowed to leave and there was no contact with the outside world. That part was kind of weird. Yet, they got care packages from their families and most of their families were wealthy. I found it to be exciting, entertaining and I definitely recommend the book. I'm not sure on the trilogy thing it just seemed with the ending that there is more to come. Which is a good thing, because I still have questions. Thanks St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for this free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.