Book Review: Sanctuary Bay


ashley | I fell in love with the cover of Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz before I even knew anything about this book. I was so captivated just by the cover that I requested it through Netgalley immediately. I like going into books blind sometimes, it leaves room to be pleasantly surprised and that is what I got with this. Even if I had read the description in depth, this book morphed into something completely different, something far more interesting and clever than I ever could have prepared for.

This was a quick paced read, suspicious things start happening almost immediately, from Sarah’s unexpected scholarship to the school, her roommates sneaking off in the middle of the night, secrets starting to unravel. I was so very hooked and while I had theories (I always have theories), I was also very much in the dark about what direction this was going to go in. There were some kind of supernatural-like aspects, but also some rich and elite secret society hints. I had absolutely no idea what was going on, but I needed to know. Just like Sarah. And that, of course, always leads to trouble.

I really liked the characters; there was a broad range of people covering all of your stereotypical tropes, all thrown together in complete immersion on an island in a mysterious and elite school. Kind of Lord of the Flies-ish and definitely a recipe for an interesting story. Sarah was pretty spunky, a little damaged, but still trying to make the most of the situation and that made it easy to follow her footsteps at this school. Her friends were all over the map, with a lot of spite and resentment that you know is going to play a part somewhere in all of this.

And then there is Ethan. It’s been a really long time since I’ve read a book with a character that made me almost breathless, but here I am. I don’t even have words for what Ethan made me feel. The typical bad boy, argumentative and difficult, but again, you know he’s going to come through in the end and be an important player in all of this. I can never resist the bad boy.

There were definitely some interesting scenes in this book, things that I wasn’t really expecting. Actually, this entire story was more than I was expecting, which is very much a good thing. I did not see the twists coming, I didn’t at all have any clue I would end up where I was when I reached that last page. This was such a quick, interesting and perfect read.

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a thrilling but easy read. For once, I’m even excited that the ending leaves things open for a continuation. I’m not sure where else it could go, but I would follow Ethan – er, Sarah and Ethan – anywhere.


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January 19, 2016

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