June 11, 2013

Review: Night School by C.J. Daugherty

Night School (Night School #1) by: C.J. Daugherty (2013)
400 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Teen)
Genre: YA
Source: I received a free copy from Goodreads First Reads.
Goodreads Summary: 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.

My Review

Night School was a very enjoyable read. This is a perfect book for those that like the boarding school setting with an air of mystery. Just so you know in advance, this is not a paranormal book so please don’t expect one.

The school grounds sound amazing, I wish they were real. The school is in an old type castle with secret passageways and rooms and wings that certain students aren’t allowed to enter, not to mention the amazing library.

The school has a set of rules that everyone must follow, sadly we as the reader never get to see this full set of rules only a small portion, but the few we do get a chance to read seem only semi-normal. This book is weird, but creepy and interesting at the same time. We never get answers to everything but that may be because this is the first book of who knows how many. The mystery and suspense in this novel was excellent, but at times frustrating. Now let's talk characters.

Allie suffers from being a new student. Then she makes friends, gets some boy attention, and then all hell breaks loose. Allie was a complex character with some secrets of her own. There is however a love triangle that was executed okay but not amazing. There was one scene in particular toward the end that ruffled my feathers a little bit, if you read it you will know what I mean. Feel free to talk to me about it so I can gripe. There were also several really cute scenes that made me giddy like a school girl. So I guess I’m just 50/50 about almost everything in this book.

This was an enjoyable read that I finished within 24 hours. Although it was a little slow at times it was still intriguing enough to keep my attention. I wish I went to this school, even with all the weirdness and craziness that is happening. I mean they play different games at night in the dark with glow and the dark equipment and there is a library to die for. What more could I want?

Sorry this review is so vague but I didn't want to give anything away about this mysterious school.

Like I said, read this if you are a fan of mysterious boarding school campuses and the drama inside its walls.


  1. Interesting concept...I feel like I would want to know more and it sounds like we don't really get that. I guess they have to leave some for the sequel right?

    1. It was different in a good way, but yes not getting a lot of answers was frustrating.

  2. I LOVE stories set in boarding schools, and this one with it's secret passages and giant library sounds awesome!! Looking forward to reading this one! Great review =)

    1. You will enjoy it if you are a fan of boarding school settings! :)

  3. I do want to read this one at some point! The school is a big appeal for me. I have an obsession with old mysterious houses with secret passageways and lots of history. Have you ever read Amber House? I really think you would like that book. The house was like a character of its own. Anyway, I'm not super pumped about the love triangle but I do like dark mysterious books! :D

    1. It was a good read. I think you will enjoy it. I will look into Amber House, I haven't read it!


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