Source: Purchased copy
Allie Sheridan’s world is falling apart. Her brother’s run away from home. Her parents ignore her. And she’s just been arrested.Again.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.
I actually finished this book (and the next two books in the series) a couple of weeks ago, so this review is a tad late… I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to post this review because I absolutely loved Night School and the only reason I haven’t picked up the last two books in the series is because I have a heart-stopping TBR list and adding to it would be crazy. Plus, I’m seriously considering a month spending ban. I should let it be known that I wrote this review BEFORE reading the next two books in the series…
The genre of this book was a little vague and I didn’t do any research before going into it, so I just want to point out that – for the first time in a long while – I had no idea what this book was about, except what I gathered from the synopsis on the back. Allie starts off as this total badass, she’s found trespassing and vandalizing her school, and it turns out that this is the third time she’s been arrested. Her parents, who have had enough (and who can blame them?) decide to send her to an unusual but strict boarding school. Unfortunately, as soon as Allie arrives, it feels like she immediately loses her wild streak. She makes friends and settles in pretty quickly, doesn’t cause any trouble – other than being late a couple of times. Which, frankly, is unsurprising since the boarding school is a large, expanded building and she’s new. At first this sort of confused me, because I thought Allie would put up more of a fight and cause more trouble but she ended up settling in and working hard. However, further along in the story, it is revealed that she used to be a star pupil and daughter up until the disappearance of her brother, so that made more sense.
Up until the last… 6 chapters? I thought this story was paranormal/fantasy. I seriously thought everyone would turn out to be vampires. I was so certain. There were so many incidents that made me more and more confident in my theory, which I wont say just because it is a bit spoilery. (In case you have read the story, that scene with Silvain, you know, THAT one). But when the purpose of Night School was revealed, I have to say I was still intrigued.
I like the romance but Sylvain, one of the love interests, had me on edge from the beginning. When ‘the incident’ happened between him and Allie, I wasn’t all too surprised. But what did surprise me is how he continued to be a love interest… Allie forgave him after he apologised but I don’t know, I feel like she should have kicked his ass first or something. It’s obvious she still has feelings for him, and I don’t blame her. But then again I do.
Even when the story finished, a lot of questions were still unanswered. The questions that had been answered only led to more questions… I’m really into this story, and feel attached to Allie, so I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book which will be soon hopefully.
Like I said earlier, I wrote this review before buying/reading the next two books in the series (I’m pretty sure there is more I could’ve said about the first book but now everything is muddled with the rest of the series so I wont add anything new), and hopefully their reviews will be up soon, too. Maybe I’ll merge them to make things easier.