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. @goodreads
You know I was thinking this book was going to be about a school for gifted kids.... but I sure was wrong... nope... nope... nope!
The book starts when Sarah is a little girl and she watches her mom get shot and hears her dad get shot..move forward to the future..in and out of foster homes, when suddenly Sarah gets a scholarship to this awesome school on an island. Remote.. no contact with the outside world, the kids don't anyway and kids that come out of this school have great careers for themselves. Sarah has no idea how they got her name and she's afraid it's all a mistake, but it's not.
Sarah meets some really awesome friends when she gets there. She lives with Karina and Izzy who are both great to her. Most of the kids there are great to her accept Ethan, he's a little full of himself.
Sarah is so happy to have friends, real friends for once in her life. She even gets into one of the secret groups on the campus. Then...... all of the fun begins!
There are some secret caves underneath the campus that have cells in them. Who was in those cells? What's the writing on the wall?
It turns out that Sarah and Ethan become friends and find out some really freaked out stuff about this place. Oh, how I wish I could give some spoilers :) I feel like the author did a really good job with this book, I started to think.. God, this could be going on somewhere. Well, you know it's true!!
The book ends with the idea of a continuation and I certainly hope there is a sequel because I need for Sarah to bring this cluster to an end!
*I would like to thank NETGALLEY and mostly to ST. MARTIN'S PRESS for sending me a copy of this book based on my reading material in the past, in exchange for my honest review.*
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