Welcome to my stop on the Sanctuary Bay blog tour, hosted by St. Martin’s Griffin. Check out my thoughts on this very interesting book, read an excerpt and enter the giveaway to win a copy for yourself!
About The Book
Authors: Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: January 19th, 2016
Genres: Young-Adult, Mystery, Thriller
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
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 and struggling with the memory of her parent’s murder, escaping to the school’s 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.
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Your creepy radar will go off the moment Sarah steps foot on that island. I’m not exactly sure how to give you the goods without giving up the goods. Did that make sense? I had more fun with this than I thought I would going in. I love the premise, but some of the ends didn’t tie up like I expected. Here’s to hoping for another book. This review will go a little something like this……
The moment Sarah lets her guard down, things start happening. I’m always up for reading about secret societies that involve teens, so it was no surprise when someone went missing. All I could think of was getting to the end of this book, to see what was going on. As far as YA thrillers go, this one is worthy of reading. I say that only because I hope there will be another book to fill in a few plot holes.
The psychological aspect was a little chilling.
Sarah has a perfect memory, so it makes sense for her to be targeted after the horror that she went through as a child. Still, so many questions remain.
Sarah is not really a likable character in the beginning. She’s not exactly a mean girl, but she’s been stomped down by life, so it’s easy for her to feel like certain people have no right to complain.
I don’t care what your status is in society, everyone goes through things. Sarah had to let go of that “rich people make me sick” mentality. She had to see that, just because life dealt her a bad hand, it doesn’t mean that she can’t be the best person she can be under the circumstances. She’s a biracial girl, trying to see what she can make out of this hard thing called life.
I really like Ethan. He was a little brisk, but he made his point.
I wasn’t really into the romance here. It felt forced, as just something to throw in the story. There was enough conspiracy in this story to keep me interested. The ending wasn’t wrapped up completely with a bow. There’s more story to be read, and I hope that the authors deliver.
I think fans of the Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant will enjoy this. Though the plots are completely different, they both have that thrill behind them and will keep you reading until the end. Recommended!
About The Authors
Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz have written many books for teens and middle-grade readers, including the Edgar-nominated mystery series Wright and Wong and the YA novels Crave and Sacrifice. They have also written for the TV shows Roswell, 1-800-Missing, and The Dead Zone. Laura lives in New York and Melinda lives in North Carolina, but really they mostly live on email, where they do most of their work together.
Enter to win a finished copy of Sanctuary Bay (Us/Canada Only)
-Must be 13 yrs or older for this giveaway
-Mandatory Entries will be checked, so no cheating!
-Winner has 48 hrs to reply to my email with their mailing information; which will be forwarded to the publisher. If you aren’t comfortable with this method, please do not enter the giveaway. Failing to respond within the given time results in forfeiture, and I will pick another winner. This giveaway ends on 2/8/16. Lekeisha The Booknerd is not responsible for damaged or lost prizes. Goodluck!