Review: Night School (Night School #1) by C.J. Daugherty


Night School
Series: Night School #1
Author: C.J. Daugherty
Published January 1st 2012 by Atom

Goodreads Synopsis
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.

Night School tells the story of Allie Sheridan, a teenage girl who is having a tough time dealing with her brother's disappearance. After being arrested for the third time, her parents decide to send her to the mysterious Cimmeria Academy, whose students include the children of the country's most powerful and influential people. Though the boarding school may house teenagers, electronics of any kind aren't accepted: no phones, mp3 players, laptops, TVs, anything.

Allie's life at Cimmeria starts out like any new student: struggling to keep up with school work, trying (and succeeding) in making new friends, and dealing with boy drama. However, this soon takes a turn when she realises that basically everyone is keeping secrets, from the teachers to her fellow students, including Sylvain, whom she has become very close to over the course of her stay. She discovers there's a secret society of sorts within the school - called Night School - that The Rules expressly forbids it to be discussed. And that this group is somehow organised with the devastating events of the Summer Ball. These events thrust Allie into the action, as she struggles to understand why she was actually sent there, and in turn discovers more about herself.

I really loved Allie as a protagonist, as she seemed like a typical teenager struggling with loss, and that usual teen angst. Her, and the other characters, especially Jo, were all very likeable, though I did have some reservations about Sylvain, and the fact that he always seemed to be hiding something. The romance between Allie and Carter was so cute, and I would like to see more develop with this in further books.

This book had a distinct vibe of the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, which I absolutely loved, and the fact that this series is UKYA made it even better - I just love reading British books, and I know I don't read enough of them. I can't wait to read more, and would definitely recommend this book, and series.

Dates Read:
March 25 to 26, 2015

5 Stars  

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  1. I remember wanting to read this book when it first came out, but since then, I have totally forgotten about it. It's nice to see you enjoyed it so much! :)

    Anatea @ Anatea's Bookshelf

    1. I would definitely recommend it. I've got reviews scheduled for books 2-4 too, and I loved each and everyone one of them :)