Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz
Released on January 19th, 2016
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
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When Sarah Merson receives the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the most elite prep school in the country-Sanctuary Bay Academy-it seems almost too good to be true. But, after years of bouncing from foster home to foster home, escaping to its tranquil setting, nestled deep in Swans Island, couldn't sound more appealing. Swiftly thrown into a world of privilege and secrets, Sarah quickly realizes finding herself noticed by class charmer, Nate, as well as her roommate's dangerously attentive boyfriend, Ethan, are the least of her worries. When her roommate suddenly goes missing, she finds herself in a race against time, not only to find her, but to save herself and discover the dark truth behind Sanctuary Bay's glossy reputation.
My first thought after finishing this book was: I sure hope there will be a sequel. And my second one was: WHY is this not a movie?
The story starts off with a flashback from Sarah Merson's childhood: the night her parents were murdered. Later on, we learn that Sarah is preparing to attend the Sanctuary Bay Academy, which she has received a scholarship from.
The story was quite slow in the beginning and I did not like Sarah as a character. She was very... judgemental, I would say. BUT once I got through the first half of the book, Sarah started growing as a character, and a lot of things were happening. Interesting things.
I did like most of the other characters in the story, such as Sarah's roommates, their boyfriends, and the teachers. They were all very well-written, and had an unexpected story from their past to share.
All in all, I really liked this story. I was very happy to find out that there will be a sequel and I look forward to reading more about Sarah and Sanctuary Bay!