Night school by C.J daugherty
Publication date: January 1st 2012
My rating: 4 stars
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.
When I started this book, I expected to read a paranormal book, most likely about vampires. I kept this belief for about 1\3 of the book before I realized there would be no vampires or magical beings of any kind. Initially I felt a little cheated, after all I wanted to read a paranormal story, had prepared myself for one even. However, I quickly realized that even though the vampires never appeared the story was fantastic and exiting. In fact it had me saying just one more chapter repeatedly until finally there were no more chapters.
The book starts with the protagonist Ally being arrested for the third time in a year. Her parents then decide to send her to a boarding school called Cimmeria. At Cimmeria Ally Makes some friends and starts really enjoying her life again, after being depressed over her brother leaving home and disappearing. Then strange things start happening at the school, and the people around Ally start unravelling.
Now you may be wondering why I thought there would be vampires in this book, and the answer is Night School. What is Night School you ask, well that is a big mystery troughout the book and only gets reviled at the end. The only things we get to know about night school in the first half of the book is obtained from Ally’s school rules and mysterious comments from her classmates.”The identitys of those involved in night school are secret. Anyone attempting to find out their identities will be punished” There are a few more rules than that one but you get the gist. It’s some kind of club inside the school were the students meet at night and has a whole floor where everyone else is forbidden from entering. Sounds like vampires right? RIGHT? No, no vampires just normal humans, well maybe not normal, but definitely not supernatrual.
Overall, I gave this book four stars, because it was intriguing and full of suspense, as well as being beautifully written. The characters in this book was well written as well, although there were quite a few of them I did not like. Ally the main character however I did like, she stood up for herself and wasn’t afraid to ask questions. The reason this was not a five star book for me was because the big reveal about night school was somewhat of a let-down after all the great suspense building and mystery surrounding it.
In conclusion, this was a great book and a good start to a series I will definitely be continuing, and that people who love boarding school stories and mystery should read.
Have any of you read night school? What were your thoughts?