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Sanctuary Bay: A Novel


Sanctuary Bay: A Novel

SANCTUARY BAY by Laura J. Burns is a novel that most definitely took me by surprise; it’s one of the best young adult novels I’ve read in a while.

SANCUTARY BAY follows Sara, a girl put in foster care after her parents’ death. Moving from house to house, she is never truly happy. But one day, she is offered a scholarship to one of the most prestigious schools. This school is located in almost the middle of nowhere, on an island in the ocean; the school claims it’s so isolated so students can focus on their studies. No one can leave until they graduate, and no one can enter. The school has its own phone system, and mail comes every few months. Nothing can be mailed back.

I could not put the book down until I had finished.

Sara is also more than meets the eye, as she has a special power where she can relive memories. When something reminds her of her past, Sara is sucked into her mind and loses focus on reality. If the memory is bad, it's like reliving a nightmare. If the memory is good, Sara becomes happier than she was before. Sara learns to manipulate this skill --- which she considers a curse --- to her favor.

Burns does a good job keeping readers interested in the story. I could not put the book down until I had finished. Sara finds that the world may not be what it seems. Her friends might not be her real friends, and her enemies might be better friends. I would recommend this book to any teen looking for a good read; it might just surprise you.

Reviewed by Hafsah K., Teen Board member on January 19, 2016

Sanctuary Bay: A Novel
by Laura J. Burns and Melinda Metz

  • Publication Date: January 19, 2016
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 1250051363
  • ISBN-13: 9781250051363