Friday, 6 January 2012

Review - Night School By C.J.Daugherty

"Sometimes school can be 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. Again. 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. 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." 

The minute I heard of this book, I wanted to read it.  The cover is very typically YA these days, which is not a bad thing at all.  Although it did kind of shout paranormal at me, which this book is definitely not!!

The book starts off with a really exciting heart pounding sequence.  It sets the tone for where the book is going to go.

Particularly to begin with I found it very difficult to relate to the lead character Allie.  She is very feisty and doesn't play by any rules.  She is basically nothing like me at all, but I do know people like her and they are far more interesting to read about.  As the story evolves Allie does mellow quite a bit and for me became someone I could understand more.

The characters are all built so well, but this left me more confused as I wanted to trust them all but had this sinking feeling that most of them were not what they seemed.  This was proved very accurate, so be careful who you go trusting!!!

There really are some of the most exciting twists I have read in some time.  This left me totally gripped and unable to put the book down, when I actually needed to sleep or do human things.  I do love when a book can do that for me.  The shocks kept coming to the very end, which has made me super eager to get the next instalment.

One slight problem I had with the book, was in places I felt the language was a little too American.  It could just be me being over precious of how us Brits speak though!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and particularly loved the fact that it wasn't paranormal, which I really was expecting this to be.  For me it made the story far more sinister and perhaps more likely to happen.  I always think reality is far more scary than anything paranormal or spooky.

Rating 4 Out Of 5

This Is Published In The UK By Atom

This Can Be Purchased HERE and at good book retailers

Come back on Sunday to read a special guest post by the author C.J Daugherty

  • This book was given to me from the publishers in exchange for an honest review

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