Sanctuary Bay is an addictive new YA thriller written by Lauren J. Burns and Melinda Metz. I was invited to read this book on Netgalley because of my interest in R.L. Stine. Since I am a huge fan of his, and you guys know that, I was over the moon to read this book. Especially when i read the description, I knew it was exactly my taste. I was all too excited to get started with reading this book. It is a little bit mystery, a little bit thriller, and a whole lot of creepy.
Sarah has been invited to attend Sanctuary Bay Academy, and after the string of foster homes, and bad situations that she has found herself in, she’s very anxious yet excited to start going to this new school. The academy is on an island, and there’s no way to leave. The students and faculty must stay on the island for the entire school year, even on weekends. Though that freaks Sarah out a little bit, she gets over it as soon as she meets the encouraging and outgoing students, plus the high tech amenities that the school offers helps, as well. She finally feels safe, and wanted.
Nights at Sanctuary Bay are still a little rough for Sarah, with her flashbacks and all. She has a hard time sleeping, so her first night is spent watching television in the living room. That’s when her roommates Karina and Izzy leave in the middle of the night, she doesn’t want to impose on their friendship, so she stays behind. That’s when things start getting weird. Things start to seem like they were when she first got to school, and when on of her new roommates goes missing, she heads out to discover the truth of the school’s history. It is not at all what she expected, and it’s definitely not what I expected either. This novel had my attention from the get go, it’s one that you won’t put down unit you discover the truth behind the students and the school.
This book definitely didn’t let me down, it was a fast paced read, and it really sets the mood like a good horror book or movie does. I loved it, I give this one 5 out of 5 stars!