Night School by C.J. Daugherty
Release Date: May 21st, 2013
Katherine Tegen Books, 400 Pages
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!