Night School by C. J. Daugherty
Author: C. J. Daugherty
Series: Night School #1
Release Date: January 5, 2012 (UK, early 2013 in US)
Dates Read: March 14-16, 2012
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.
I went into this book knowing nothing about it other than the summary. One of my groups on Goodreads selected it for a monthly read, and I thought it sounded like it could be very interesting. Then I found out it hadn’t been published in the United States yet. Not to be deterred, I attained a copy. Thanks goodness for the internet making the world smaller!
Although it is tagged as such on some sites, this is not a paranormal romance. I could see how people would get confused. It has a pretty cover typical of young adult paranormal romances, and the summary makes it sound plausible. As I was reading, it still seemed possible. I kept thinking, “the secret is that they’re werewolves! That guy’s totally a wolf!” But alas, I was incorrect. There are no werewolves, or any other supernatural creatures in this novel.
However, that did not detract from my enjoyment of the novel. It is an enjoyable mystery that reads like a movie. I know I, myself, have watched at least two movies within the last several years that feature a teen girl that gets sent to a crazy boarding school, forced to give up her home, friends, and life as she knows it. At the outset of Night School, protagonist Allie Sheridan gets arrested again, and her parents send her off to a boarding school in the middle of nowhere called Cimmeria Academy. First there are the strange rules (strict regimens and no technology allowed), then the strange things start happening. When a girl dies violently the summer ball, it suddenly becomes all too real for Allie. Can she figure out what is going on at Cimmeria Academy, and why she is there, before it’s too late?
Night School has a heaping dose of drama, intrigue, romance, and mystery. I found it to be extremely enjoyable. It’s a good choice if you’re looking for something a little different than the young adult paranormal romance or dystopian fiction that pervade the bookshelves today, but still want a great read. Get it as soon as it releases, or pick up a copy originating from good ‘ol England like I did!