Sunday, July 14, 2013

Review : Night School

Title - Night School
Author - C.J. Daugherty
Series - Night School #1
Genre - YA Mystery
Published - May 21st 2013
Publisher - Katherine Tegen Books
Format - ebook review copy


Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. Her brother’s run away from home. Her parents ignore her. And she’s just been arrested.


This time her parents have had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to boarding school, far from her London friends.

But at Cimmeria Academy, Allie is soon caught up in the strange activities of a secret group of elite students.

When she’s attacked late one night the incident sets off a chain of increasingly violent events. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she finds out that nothing at Cimmeria is what it seems to be.

And that she is not who she thought she was.


I received Night School in return for an honest review from the publisher. Ever since her brother disappeared things haven't been great for Allie. She’s been in a downward spiral kicked from schools to being arrested for breaking in but her parents have had enough. After her latest stunt her parents send her off to a new boarding school that does not support modern day technologies. So no cell phones, laptops with internet, and no T.V. Allie will be forced to embrace a classical lifestyle while at the school. 

Cimmeria Academy isn't your typical school it has two sets of students those that attend school during the day and those at night. She is befriended by a group of nice girls and two guys each different but it’s the one who is popular that win. Carter warns her that he’s not a good guy but she stubbornly learns the truth only to be saved by Carter. After seeing Sylvain’s true nature does she learn that there is more going with her fellow students than she thought. Darkness is looming outside, strange night visitors, and Night School students patrolling the school grounds at night. As Allie attempts to find out the secrets that everyone is keeping, she will be tossed into an intense adventure that could risk her life. Suddenly Allie’s life is in danger she will have to accept help from the least expected places if she wants to finish the school term. 

Allie is a smart stubborn girl, who when things got rough she deals with it in her own way even if they aren't always the best choice. For the most part I like Allie she does have a few moments when I want to smack her over the head but then she does the right thing so I’m happy. I like that as we progress though the story Allie grows as a character making her even more enjoyable. I wasn't sure about the guys but in the end I think she made the right choice. I think the characters in Night School are fascinating, creating an exciting world. 

Night School is a captivating mystery that kept me on my toes from start to finish filled with unexpected twists and turns. I love the cover it is spooky looking I expected a paranormal theme with vampires but was pleasantly surprised to discover something entirely different. A unique concept that mixes mystery and romance to create an intriguing story that spurs the imagination. I really enjoyed Night School it’s one of those stories I had a hard time walking away from I had to know what was going to happen next. The writing is beautifully written it flows smoothly from start to finish; creating a story teens as well as adults will be lost in. I felt like I could really visualize the school as well as the characters I was so drawn into the story I almost felt I was there. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next chapter of Allie’s story. 

4 out of 5 stars

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