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Review: Night School by CJ Daugherty

Night School by CJ Daugherty
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Allie Sheridan's world is falling apart. She hates her school. Her brother has run away from home. And she's just been arrested.


This time her parents have finally had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to a boarding school for problem teenagers.

But Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. Its rules are strangely archaic. It allows no computers or phones. Its students are an odd mixture of the gifted, the tough and the privileged. And then there's the secretive Night School, whose activities other students are forbidden even to watch.

When Allie is attacked one night the incident sets off a chain of events leading to the violent death of a girl at the summer ball. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, Allie must learn who she can trust. And what's really going on at Cimmeria Academy.


Night school is one of those books I wanted from day one just because of the cover. Turns out the bit inside is pretty awesome too.

Night School revolves around the story of Allie. She's been bad ever since the incident with her brother acting out in anyway she can. Her parent's have finally had enough and shipped her off to boarding school. This boarding school isn't like the ones you hear about. It is super strict, yet the staff go by their first names. It runs in the summer and has more secrets than you can shake a stick at. Allie starts out determined to hate it but actually she starts to find that things aren't all that bad and that she actually is quite liking the change.

The thing that got me the most with this book is that you spend a lot of time knowing that something is going on but not being completely quite sure about what that something might be. All you know is that someone isn't quite telling you truth which means you are never sure who to trust all the way through the book. I'm not going to tell you what's going on (even if I could I'm not fully sure myself yet) but I was so pleased to see this wasn't yet another vampire book which I think readers could assume it might be from the title

Apart from Allie, who I loved as a character, I think I loved Carter the most as a character. He is so mysterious in the way he treats Allie at first but also a bit of a hero at the same time. I can't wait to see more him in the future.

When events and revelations kicked off boy did they kick off. The actions scenes were pacey with lots of things happening in a bit of a whirlwind leaving you a bit breathless at times. The scenes at the summer ball were really surprising (I would have never guessed how events unfolded) and so many story arcs have been opened up. I was left at the end with the feeling that not many of my questions had been answered but also the need to know even more. I certainly hope book 2 starts to answer some of the questions for me.

All in all a brilliantly enjoyable read. I shall look forward to book 2 eagerly



serendipity_viv said…
Anonymous said…
Ahhh - I sooo wanted to read this post but am in the middle of the book myself! *resists scrolling up* ughhh.
I love this book! I really can not wait for book two, i bet it will be fab!

Jessica from Booked Up!

:) x
Cait said…
Seen several great reviews for this book, and I really need to check it out! I love how you don't really know what's going on, only that something IS going on

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