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Review: Night School by C.J. Daugherty

Night SchoolTitle: Night School

Author: C.J. Daugherty

Genre: YA Paranormal

SeriesNight School (Book #1)

Publication Date: May 21, 2013

Format: Hardcover, 424 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062193856 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062193858 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget

Synopsis:

Allie’s world is falling apart…

She hates her school. Her brother has run away. And she’s just been arrested.

Again.

Now her parents are sending her away to a boarding school where she doesn’t know a soul.

But instead of hating her new school, Allie finds she’s happy there. She’s making friends. And then there’s Sylvain, a suave French student who openly flirts with her. And Carter, the brooding loner who seems to have her back.

Soon, though, Allie discovers Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. Nothing there is as it seems. And her new friends are hiding dangerous secrets.

Quick & Dirty: Magical book brimming with romance, adventure, and suspense. This is an unforgettable story that will leave you thinking about it days after finishing it.

Opening Sentence: “Hurry up!”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Allie Sheridan’s life has been pretty crazy in the last year. Her brother disappeared without a trace and her parents became distant. As a way to cope with the pain and disappointment, Allie turned to drinking and pulling stupid stunts with her friends. This leads to multiple arrests and her parents have finally had it. They have decided to send her to a boarding school that is crazy strict. There are no cell phones, computers, and really electronics of any kind allowed. Allie thought that she would hate her new school but surprisingly she ends up loving it. She is making new friends that she has been able to open up to about her past, which is a first for her. There are some really cute boys that have her stomach filled with butterflies, and she is finally feeling happy for the first time in forever.

But at Cimmeria Academy isn’t what it seems. It is full of dangerous secrets and then one night Allie is attacked. Everything changes after that night and Allie doesn’t know what to do. She soon finds out that she is not who she thought she was, and she doesn’t know who she can trust.

Allie was a fun girl to get to know. The best thing about her is that she is full of faults but she is trying to change that. After her brother left she slowly spiraled out of control but now that she is at Cimmeria she is starting to sort things out and get back to normal. She feels like she can finally be happy again and then things start to get weird. Allie had a very strong voice and I found that she was easy to connect with right off the bat. I could sympathize with her situation and it was very interesting to watch her story unfold through the pages.

Sylvain is gorgeous and French. Right off the bat he seems to take notice of Allie and you can’t help but be somewhat taken with him. He is by no means perfect and some of the things that he does in the book are downright horrible, but I still liked him. He really tries to redeem himself and in my eyes I thought that he did a pretty good job. You don’t really learn much about his background so I hope that in the future books we will get to know him a little bit better.

Carter is the dark brooding type of guy that catches your eye, but makes you hesitate. He is very hot and cold when it comes to Allie. There are times when he is almost sweet to her and then there are other times where he acts like he despises her. I really loved Carter and thought that he was a genuinely great guy at heart. He is always trying to do the right thing, even if it’s not easy. I am on team Carter and I am interested to see how his and Allie’s relationship develops in the future.

Night School was a fantastic book that has left me thinking about it days after finishing it. I love that it is set at a mysterious boarding school. I know that this has been done many times in previous books but I thought that Daugherty had her own unique spin to it. The plot was brimming with suspense and intrigue. There was cute romance that luckily developed slowly, which I was really happy about. I loved the adventure and I just thought that this was the perfect setup to what I’m sure is going to be a wonderful series. There is a love triangle but I thought that it added just the perfect amount of drama to the story and both boys are a great addition to the cast of characters. It did start slightly slow, but once the pacing picked up I couldn’t put it down. I think that my favorite part was how perfectly she finished the book. I was left satisfied but there are so many questions that I am eager to have answered in the next book. As of right now I don’t know if the second book has been picked up in the U.S. yet, but it is available in the U.K. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a great young adult series simmering with magic, love, and adventure!

Notable Scene:

Untangling herself from the sheets, she climbed out of bed and leaned across the desk to look outside. The moon gave the world an unearthly blue glow. She clambered up onto the desktop and opened the window, closing her eyes as the cool breeze flowed over her. Resting her chin on her arms, she gazed out into the night. She breathed the fresh air in deeply. The smell was unusual to her—pine needles and loamy soil rather than the exhaust and concrete of the city she was used to—but she found it comforting.

Suddenly she heard footsteps … above her? Was that possible?

Straining to see above her window, she could have sworn she saw a shadow moving on the roof.

She sat still for a moment. Listening, and thought she could hear, very faintly, a susurration of voices above her.

You’re just imagining it, Allie. It’s nothing. The wind.

Staying as still as she could she listened, her head against the window frame, her hand on the latch, ready to slam it shut if needed.

But this time she heard nothing. Even the wind had quieted.

Night School Series:

1. Night School

2. Legacy

3. Fracture

4. Resistance 

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FTC Advisory: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins provided me with a copy of Night School. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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