Book Review: Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

Title: Sanctuary Bay
Authors: Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Published: January 19, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin 

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.

The first time I saw this book in NetGalley I got curious right away. I feel like reading it just to get away from my comfort YA zone but this book surprised me. I got hooked on it. I read the book and never stopped, since I was busy at work too I really made time finishing this like one hour per day or two. It’s really that interesting. Another thing is the cover of the book. It is simple yet appealing. I like how it was designed. It is actually good in my book collection though… PERFECT!
The story of the book at first was scary and interesting at the same time. It was scary for I really don’t know what it was on the very first place (that’s what you get when you are not reading the blurb LOL). But anyways, I just got scared for some interesting reasons, one is that the people here are scientifically aware of what they were doing to the students, so what I mean is that the book isn’t just YA but it has also science and psychology topics involved. It was just awesome. The characters of the book are all like guinea pigs, they were tested by people in the school. That’s where the book become more exciting, when I, the reader found out the truth about Sanctuary Bay. I really should suggest that people read this one.
Well all in all… it was mind-blowing!!! I felt like I’m with them and got crazy too. just kidding. Also, it was heart-stopping, in the near ending I knew they weren’t finally free but I didn’t expect the twist of the story. 
My Ratings
Laura J. Burns has written more
than thirty books for kids and teens, touching on topics from imaginary
lake monsters to out-of-control Hollywood starlets. (Those two things
have more in common than you’d think.)

With Melinda Metz, she has
also written for the TV shows ROSWELL, 1-800-MISSING, and THE DEAD
ZONE. Their next book is SANCTUARY BAY, coming in January 2016!

Laura lives in New York with her husband, her kids, and her two exceptionally silly dogs.

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