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Book Review: Night School by C.J Daugherty

25 Apr 2012

Title: Night School
Author: C.J Daugherty
Publisher: Atom
Release Date: January 5th 2012
Format: Paperback 
Source: Won :D
Sometimes school is murder.

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.

This is yet another book I put off reading, because well...let's just say there's something seriously wrong with me :S I absolutely ADORED this book! It was dark, secretive and plain EPIC!

Both the main and secondary characters managed to leave a lasting impression on me- I was surprised at how much I loved each and every character in the book! You'll be swooning over the two main male leads; Sylvain (who's FRENCH by the way) and the famous lady-killer bad boy, Carter West. While these two were potential love interests for our kickass protagonist, Allie, let me assure you; this ISN'T one of those cliched love triangles!

It was such a pleasure to experience Allie's adventures in her new school Crimmia; she was one of those characters that was easy to relate to and I pretty much knew I would like her the moment I met her. Having been arrested three times in a year, she probably wouldn't make it onto my "top-10-people-I'd-love-to-hang-out-with-list",but after getting to know her, I think I'm more than happy to announce her as my new BFF:)

One of the things I particularly loved about Night School was the unpredictable mystery seeping through each page. From the very start, it was obvious that something wasn't quite right with the school; but I had no idea what was wrong exactly. Throughout the entire book, I never knew who could be trusted; Cimmeria Academy is a school clouded by lies and it was literally impossible to discern who was actually being genuinely helpful or pretending to, with some ulterior motive. Half the time I was stumbling along blindly,and then thinking "YES! I can trust this person," only to be left speechless after discovering the shocking truth. I was left guessing until the very end about who was trustworthy or not!

The only thing I wasn't quite content with was the lack of explanation about all the strange things happening at the school. I was expecting a detailed explanation about "Night School",but only got a brief outline. I'm certainly expecting  A LOT of explanation in the next book! But other than that, I completely fell in love with Night School <3 It's chilling, adventurous and full of dangerous lies that will literally make your head spin from trying to unravel the mystery! Plus, there's two sexy guys, anyone would die for :) What's not to love? :)

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  1. Why haven't I heard of this?Off to check it out! Your review was awesome. Loved that this book has a kick ass heroine in a school with something not right and no cliched love triangle. Ok I want to know what is going on. Sounds like this is a book where you trust no one. Thanks so much for sharing this with me. I am adding it to my GR shelf :)

  2. This sounds great, Shirls! I'm so glad you made a point about there not being a love triangle, or not a typical one anyway! I really want to know what the secret about the Night School is and I hope it's revealed in book two!

    Also, I think you will like Cinnamon Rain, don't let the fact that it's written in verse put you off ;)

  3. sorta find out A LITTLE towards the end - but I wasn't quite happy with the explanation :S I'm still a little confused as to what Night School is (but it's definitely some high-profile organisation).

  4. I'm reading the book now but the only problem is that I don't get what the Night School is?

  5. Lalaine@ Ficbookreviews7 September 2012 at 18:48

    wow, glad you loved it Shirley, geez I really need to finish that one, I stopped right in the middle because something came up and has totally forgot all about it, now got to finish it real soon. such a great review Shirley. xox


  6. An intriguing mystery and swoon-worthy guys sounds good to me! Yeah, I'm an easy sell. :D Glad you enjoyed this, Shirley! It sounds like a lot of fun.

  7. 5 stars?!?! I saw this book at Walmart for only $2.99 a couple of days ago, but i didn't think it would be THAT good. I think i'm going to have to go buy it. Wonderful review, Shirley!

  8. cass_wordsonpaper7 September 2012 at 18:48

    Right from the start this book and Variant (Robison Wells) have sounded so similar to one another. I still haven't read my own copy! Doi! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

  9. OMG I TOLD YOU THIS BOOK WAS GOOD! *attacks* I need more...I need a re-read ASAP. *dies* Great review!

  10. YES! I LOVED the unpredictability. SOOO often I guess what's happening in a book within the first 50 pages and that is frustrating because I LIKE being surprised. I had no effing idea what was going on in this and that made Brodie a very happy reader :D Although I must disagree with you about Sylvain... I never really got his appeal. But Carter? I'm all over THAT *winks*

    I LOVE YOUR REVIEW. You makey me want to go reread <3

  11. I wasn't going to read this book . . . but maybe I will. Great review! :)

  12. 5 SHINING STARS?? Okay, I'm convinced! x) The main reason I wanted to read this book in the first place was because I'm a sucker for any book that takes place in a cool academy (Vampire Academy, Anna and the French Kiss -- heck, even PCA from Zoey 101 LOL!), but this book was way down on my TBR pile because of how many other books I need t read... I guess I need to bump it up soon! I LOVE how this sounds all twisty and surprising, which makes it sort of seem like a mystery book, which makes me even MORE excited to read it! :D

    Absolutely AMAZING review, Shirleeeeey! <3 You just sealed the deal with the words "EPIC" and "TWO-SEXY-GUYS" -- I need to get this one soon! x)

  13. Wow, this sounds so much better than I might have guessed! Awesome review Shirley! The characters sound like a great bunch to read about and I'm glad you mentioned that the love triangle isn't one of those frustratingly cliched ones. I can't wait to read this now! :)

  14. I never heard about this book before and it sounds totally awesome!!!!!!! This is the very first time I heard about the author as well and doing a bit of research I now know why. She has not yet been release in North AMerica sniff!!But seriously my dear! your review is making me drool over this one!! I'll see if I can get the UK edition on BD!
    thnx so much for sharing this! Thnx to you I just added a new book and get to know a new author! woohooo!!! =D ant wait to read this one ^___^

    Dazzling Reads

  15. Oh, you're KILLING me! Every single review I've read for this has been deliciously cryptic, and I can't WAIT to read it. You know, I pre-ordered it (based entirely on the gorgeous cover), and I've had it sitting her for months, and WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I seriously want to read it soon.

  16. Awesome review Shirley I've been meaning to read this one since it came out and I keep forgetting to get a copy! It's great when you really care for the whole cast and not just the protagonist. It also sounds awesomely creepy!

  17. EEEEE SHIRLEY! I really loved Night School too and agree with everything you said on your review! And yes! Night School was very unpredictable. I had no idea what was going to happen and oh, the gorgeous Sylvain and Carter! I don't think I can choose between them!

    I also agree that the Night School itself wasn't explained a lot in this book. Like you, I expect A LOT of explanations in the next book! ;)

    Awesome review, Shirley! ♥ SO glad you enjoyed it!


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