Em: Night School by C.J. Daugherty – BOOK REVIEW

Night School by C.J. Daugherty
Release Date: May 21st, 2013
Katherine Tegen Books, 400 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Source: ARC via Edelweiss
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: Night School #1

Allie’s world is falling apart…

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


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.

If you follow our blog, my reviews specifically, then you know I love stories that take place at some kind of academy. I have no idea why, but I just love that type of setting. It’s probably because I wish I had gone to a cool school like that, regardless of the shenanigans that go on there.

For Night School, it took me over half of the book to figure out what on earth was going on. And you know what? I LOVED THAT. It was a fantastic relief from the predictable storylines that spell everything out for you right in the beginning. Our main character, Allie, has had a pretty rough go at it lately, even though she brought most of the grief on herself by being a rebel. Ever since her brother mysteriously leaves/disappears/etc., she starts acting out & getting into trouble. Her parents try everything, mostly moving her to different schools after she gets kicked out of one. Well, finally, her parents have had enough after Allie is caught vandalising her latest educational institution. Suddenly, she finds herself at an ominous looking academy that is archaic in almost every sense of the word. No internet, phones…just books and TONS of study. [Did I mention that this is over THE SUMMER? Whew, yeah, seriously…]

Allie finds herself alone at first, but quickly makes friends and starts to realize that something fishy is going on at Cimmeria Academy. The students that are there for summer session are the most elite and everyone is filthy, stinking rich and affluent. And then there are THE RULES. Those seem to be something that the staff want to hammer into every student, but they range from little no-no’s to full on expulsion-worthy offenses.

From then on out, things start to get much weirder. Is there a love triangle? Possibly. Does it evolve? Maybe. Does Allie learn that something super weird and dangerous is happening at Cimmeria? Absolutely. Does it have something to do with her? You’ll see!!

I was totally thrilled with this book. I could hardly put it down and all day long I kept wondering, “WHAT IS GOING ON???”. I was so enthralled by the mystery and suspense that I couldn’t help but give the author some serious props. What Cimmeria is really about really blew my mind. It was such a fresh and unpredictable way to take the story, and I am SO glad that the author wanted to take that route. I would love to see what other readers would characterized this book [sub]genre-wise at the beginning of the story compared to the end. I don’t want to say what I think on my review because…well…you’ll see. Enjoy!

  • June 13, 2013 - 2:16 am

    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas - I really like books that can make ‘being in the dark’ about info an enjoyable experience, few can pull it off but when they do it really pulls you in. I love boarding schools as well, it’s something about having a ton of freedom in a school that does it I think. I’m really glad you enjoyed this one Em.ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 2:17 am

    Amanda - I think what intrigued me most about this story, besides the setting (like you, I wish I had to gone to one), is that the synopsis doesn’t give away what’s actually going on at the school. It’s nice to go into a book not knowing what the heck is going on!

    I’m so glad that you enjoyed this book, as it gives me extra motivation to go get it!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2013 - 12:27 pm

    Sarah @ YA Books By The Dozen - I haven’t heard of this book until now, and your review of it really makes me want to get my hands on it. What I’m most interested in besides what Cimmeria has going on is what happens to her brother throughout the story? Is he ever found? This is, without a doubt, a book I will be reading soon.ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2013 - 10:03 am

    Alexa Y. - This really sounds like a good read! I love the idea of the school (and I too love novels set in schools), especially because it sounds like something big and mysterious is going on. Glad you ended up enjoying it!ReplyCancel

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