SANCTUARY BAY by Laura J. Burns


Age Range: 14 - 18
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An impoverished serial foster child finds herself enrolled in the world's most exclusive preparatory school.

Sarah’s memory is not only photographic, it is incredibly vivid. Her earliest memory is of her parents’ murders, after which she was placed in foster care. She doesn’t know why she has been given a scholarship to the prestigious Sanctuary Bay Academy, but, stunned by the luxury of the school, she sees it as her best chance to escape poverty. Of course, all such posh schools have secret societies, and Sarah joins the Wolfpack, which promises future power but demands complete loyalty and sacrifice. When the club goes too far and one of her roommates disappears, however, Sarah teams up with the school rebel, handsome Ethan, the scion of a famous family. Her uncanny memory comes in handy as they investigate what turns out to be an evil plot for world domination. Keeping romance and sex on the back burner, Burns and Metz maintain the suspense until they reveal the underlying cause of the trouble in the school. Then they lapse into formula, introducing a nasty villain who, as all villains should, obligingly explains the entire nefarious scheme, thus sparing the authors further effort in plot development. Despite its flaws, the book is good entertainment until the ending, which leaves the storyline in limbo, waiting for a sequel.

Fun enough, till the formula sets in. (Suspense. 14-18)

Pub Date: Jan. 19th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-250-05136-3
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2015


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