ARC Review: Sanctuary by Caryn Lix

Title: Sanctuary  
Author: Caryn Lix
Genre: Science Fiction 
Source: Edelweiss 
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: July 24th 2018

Alien meets Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds in this thrilling debut novel about prison-guard-in-training, Kenzie, who is taken hostage by the superpowered criminal teens of the Sanctuary space station—only to have to band together with them when the station is attacked by mysterious creatures. Kenzie holds one truth above all: the company is everything. As a citizen of Omnistellar Concepts, the most powerful corporation in the solar system, Kenzie has trained her entire life for one goal: to become an elite guard on Sanctuary, Omnistellar’s space prison for superpowered teens too dangerous for Earth. As a junior guard, she’s excited to prove herself to her company—and that means sacrificing anything that won’t propel her forward. But then a routine drill goes sideways and Kenzie is taken hostage by rioting prisoners. At first, she’s confident her commanding officer—who also happens to be her mother—will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. Yet it soon becomes clear that her mother is more concerned with sticking to Omnistellar protocol than she is with getting Kenzie out safely. As Kenzie forms her own plan to escape, she doesn’t realize there’s a more sinister threat looming, something ancient and evil that has clawed its way into Sanctuary from the vacuum of space. And Kenzie might have to team up with her captors to survive—all while beginning to suspect there’s a darker side to the Omnistellar she knows.

I love The Darkest Minds series. I love Aliens. Sanctuary pitched for fans of both. Naturally it was love at first sight. I feel like I read so much sci-fi but never of monster like aliens? They are always peaceful and simple. Not dripping with venom going at your throat which is the types of Aliens Sanctuary features.  

My feelings for Sanctuary are mixed. On the one hand I loved it and on the other I found some of the story to be bland and not of much interest. It wasn’t until about halfway through where you really see the first of the aliens, so you have to read a bit before you are going to get to any of the good stuff. I liked the setting a lot, I have a natural love for books that take place in space stations (... I’m a sci-fi geek. What do we expect?) but I do wish Earth was talked about a lot more. There is mentions how some states are government run and others are corporate run. It’s pretty simple to understand that difference but it’s such a different idea that I wish it was expanded on a whole lot more then it was.

Kenzie lives on Sanctuary, a juvenile detention center that is run by the corporation Omnistellar. All she knows is rules and procedures and to never break them. Life in a government slum is basically a death sentence. After a security breach that releases anomalies (teenagers with strange abilities) Kenzie learns that almost everything she knew about the corporation that basically raised her is a lie. With aliens aboard their home and death around the corner can Kenzie co-exists with this prisoners she is suppose to be guarding, because after all anomalies are only animals. That is until she meets Cage.   

The romance bugged me a little bit. In the sense that the place takes place in only a two day time span and Kenzie and Cage are basically all for each other. The redeeming aspect of the romance was the fact that Kenzie acknowledges the fact that their feelings for each other developed rather quickly, and after the way Sanctuary ended the status of their relationships is questionable. 

Which brings me to my next point...

Is this book going to be part of a series? There is so much more that can happen that wasn't addressed! There were so many story lines that weren't concluded and left open ended. I do hope that it will be a series because I actually liked Sanctuary a lot and would love to spend a lot more time in this world. 

All in all I really enjoyed Sanctuary expect for the romance and how it is very open ended at the moment. Regardless of those two facts this will be a book that I will be pushing on my friends who love sci-fi. 

Waiting On Wednesday: The Dark Decent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where we highlight some of the upcoming books we can't wait to read!

Amber's Waiting on:

Title: The Dark Decent of Elizabeth Frankenstein
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Retelling
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: September 25th 2018

Elizabeth Lavenza hasn't had a proper meal in weeks. Her thin arms are covered with bruises from her "caregiver," and she is on the verge of being thrown into the streets . . . until she is brought to the home of Victor Frankenstein, an unsmiling, solitary boy who has everything--except a friend. Victor is her escape from misery. Elizabeth does everything she can to make herself indispensable--and it works. She is taken in by the Frankenstein family and rewarded with a warm bed, delicious food, and dresses of the finest silk. Soon she and Victor are inseparable. But her new life comes at a price. As the years pass, Elizabeth's survival depends on managing Victor's dangerous temper and entertaining his every whim, no matter how depraved. Behind her blue eyes and sweet smile lies the calculating heart of a girl determined to stay alive no matter the cost . . . as the world she knows is consumed by darkness.

I was able to snag a copy of this book from Penguin at BookExpo and I am so excited. I been eyeing it for a while now so I was super excited when they announced their drop for it. That summary though. I can't wait until I finally can read this!!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books to read on the beach/ Summer TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl in which we create bookish lists about everything from our favorite characters to love triangles and everything in between!

This Weeks Topic: Books to read on the beach/ summer TBR

To me, summer is all about relaxing on the beach or by the pool with a book in hand. I'm down for all things contemporary romance and fantasy during the summer and tend to get most of my reading done then (seeing as I have the most free time). Most of these books are advanced copies I received at BookExpo, so many wont be released this summer.

1. The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

2. The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3. All of This Is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

4. When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer

5. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

6. Sadie by Courtney Summers

7. What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

8. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

9. Warcross by Marie Lu

10. Fireworks by Katie Cotugno

With summer rapidly approaching, be sure to spend those warm days on the beach or by the pool with a good book. Don't forget to share your favorite summer reads with us!