This book was completely different than I was expecting, but that ended up meaning it was better than expected. It's been awhile since I have read a YA novel that impressed me this much. It seems much of everything these days are dumbed down teenagers and supernatural creatures (I enjoy a good supernatural read but appreciate variety as well), but this was a well-written, e ...more
This book was weird, and confusing.
So this girl Sarah gets a scholarship to a fancy school on an island – Sanctuary Bay, even though she never applied. So off she goes, and when she gets there, strange things start happening. Her roommates run off in the middle of the night to do who knows what, and Sarah has no idea what is going on.
Meanwhile we learn that Sarah has a ...more
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 ...more
When I started reading this book, I was so sure I would give this a ...more
In other words, it took me awhile to warm up to Sarah and the story it's self, but once I did, I was hooked and in for the long hall.
This story is a hard one to describe. It has some familiar tropes but some new and interesting ones as well, all combined to create a unique story that will leave you ...more
The book follows a girl, Sarah Merson , who receives an opportunity to enter one of the most prestigious and enigmatical school in the country called Sanctuary Bay. Although the Sanctuary Bay is number 1 when it comes to academic prestige, the elite school is located in Swans Island with no contact with the outside world; a premise I ...more
When Sarah receives a scholarship and invitation to join an elite private school located on Swans Island known as Sanctuary Bay Academy she thinks it will be her ticket to a better ...more
Sanctuary Bay defied my expectations. In the best way possible. A really clever novel that starts off as one thing, morphs into something else then by the end has you hook line and sinker – never have I been happier to discover that this is an expected trilogy. A really great read.
Sarah Merson arrives at Sanctuary Bay Academy, determined to make a fresh start, but still with a bit of a chip on her shoulder with regards to her past versus the past of the over privileged that seem to ...more
Well this was a wild ride from start to finish. I read the whole book in a couple of days, with the second half in one sitting because I. Just. Had. To. Know. What. The. Deal. Was.You don’t understand, it got SO intense at a point that I was flying through the pages. And that makes it an amazing book for me, because that’s what I’m looking for: total immersion in a book universe. And Sanctuary Bay delivered.
It tells the story ...more
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I thought this one was going to be more like SHUTTER ISLAND or X-Men, but I really liked the way that it turned out. I thought there was a bit too much convenience about how it played out but I liked that Sarah and Ethan made it all work to their advantage.
I saw from reviews on Goodreads that there was a twist, so I was ...more
Sarah was an alright character, but I didn't love her.
This started out okay, but after a while it turned weird, and It just couldn't catch my interest after that point. It dragged slightly because of it too.
Overall, Started out okay, but went downhill for me.
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Plot: Sarah is a foster kid, living home to home is the norm in her life. So when she receives a letter for a full scholarship to Sanctuary Bay, an elite prep school on a reclusive island, she agrees. Sarah can finally be free of the foster care system. But Sanctuary Bay is a different kind of school. With total immersion for studying, once you arrive you don't leave till graduatio ...more
I won a free copy of Sanctuary Bay By: Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz on a blog! Thank you to whatever blog it was. I'm so sorry, I know I'm horrible at remembering where I win books from. I'm working on doing better about this in the future!
Short Review Summary:
This reminds me of The Skulls with a few twists.
To me Sanctuary Bay is like a Goosebumps novel meets an Are You Afraid Of The Dark? episode meets that movie The Skulls. I got a Goosebumps vib ...more
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 diffi ...more
This book follows Sarah an orphan who has spent her life bouncing from foster home to foster home until she is given the opportunity to go to Sanctuary Bay. Sanctuary Bay is a total immersion school on an island for the privileged. Sarah is thrown in at the deep end but soon makes friends and feels part of the group for the first time in her life. Things soon start to take an unexpected turn and she is thrown into a world of secrets. Sarah herself is qu ...more
But lucky her, she's a smart girl with a near perfect memory - beyond just a photographic memory, she can remember all the senses of memory including smell and soun ...more
My favorite part of this is the secret society aspect* (it made me want to watch The Skulls again!) but pretty much everything here is fun. And if we're being honest, wouldn't everyone want a sort of p ...more
*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery
Sanctuary Bay, by author's Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz, features 16-year old Sarah Merson. As a young girl, Sarah witnessed the murder of her parents by unknown individuals and ended up being bounced from one foster home to the next. Sarah faced prejudices at a level that most people can't comprehend or understand. She wasn't white enough for some families, and not black enough for others. Then, when she finally ...more
The nitty-gritty: A twisty and addictive mystery with cool science fiction overtones, full of atmosphere galore.
I’ve read two outrageous stories in the past week, and this is one of them. (The other being Burning Midnight which I’ll be reviewing later in the week.) And when I say “outrageous,” I mean crazy plots that blew me away with their creative and yes, CRAZY ideas. I thoroughly enjoyed Sanctuary Bay, and while I did have a couple of issues with the story, I have to recommend it for sheer e...more
Let me just share with you guys that I actually don’t like thrillers. I’m one of the few that detested Gone Girl and a few other well known thrillers, however I’m always willing to try them anyway if the premise is interesting enough. I like to think this genre is a special spin of horror and mysteries, a fusion of two very different genres I’m not much a fan of. And I was hoping that since Sanctuary Bay was created for young adults it’d be less creepy. Gosh, ...more
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.
The moment Sarah lets her guard down, things start happening. I’m always up for reading ...more
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 d ...more
I know, some people will say I didn't give this book a chance. But, you know what? When I can read a book and see the formulaic design, then also find stilted characters who all seemed there to fit a specific type of role (like the whore/jock/stoner/virgin rectangle in horror movies), I'm not going to enjoy it. I even saw a major spoiler for the ending and plot and just didn't care enough to find out how this comes around.
So, no thanks.
Also, the main reason why I DNFed was because of a ...more
(p.s. A huge thank-you to the awesome ate Donita who recommended it to me! #TeamEthan)
Book Title: Sanctuary Bay
Author: Laura J Burns
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Publisher: St. Martin's Press Expected Publication: 01/19/16
Source: Netgalley Arc
Why I picked that quote: It's my own quote; and it’s how I felt while reading this...
Overall Rating: 4.3/5 Stars
✧Breakdown of Rating✧
●Plot: 4.2/5 The pacing is perfect, I just have some issues with the content.
●Theme: That's a tricky ...more
But, I didn't like anything else about it. Sarah was very harsh and very judgmental - and I understand why, but it was still exhausting. I read 40 pages and the entire time it was just Sarah comparing her poor upbringing with the "rich" kids of Sanctuary Bay, even though she doesn't actually know anything about them. (I mean, Nate prov ...more
Some people may find the twists in the plot refreshingly different ,however, I found the story and the way the characters behaved thoroughly implausible and being a dystopia and sci-fi fan that's a lot to say for me.
Despite this, I recommend the book to avid readers looking for a combination of genres.
I was quite excited when I got the initial email with an invite to view the title. It was one on my wish list so I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, as it turned out, I did not like this book one little bit.
Started off with quite an intriguing premise. A little girl is hidden by her parents and its clear that something very bad is going to happen. She's told what to do when she escapes - find a lady with children or ...more
With Melinda Metz, she has also written for the TV shows ROSWELL, 1-800-MISSING, and THE DEAD ZONE. Their next book is THE LOST MAP OF CHAOS, coming in 2018!
Laura lives in New York with he ...more