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Night School by C J Daugherty

Night School

A review by Elizabeth Manthos

Night School is the title novel for C.J Daugherty’s Night School Series. The novel introduces heroine Allie Sheridan, a normal girl who gets into too much trouble. With three arrests on her record already, her parents don’t know what to do with her. Allie is off to boarding school and not just any regular boarding school.

Cimmeria Academy is home to the elite. They’re children of millionaires, billionaires and very important people. The Academy has a no technology policy so no phone, no computers, no internet. For any normal teenager this equals hell, but the academy isn’t what it seems.

With information of an elusive Night School popping up, Allie is determined to find out more about the elusive club and what their deal is. And of course boarding school isn’t the same without a few dashing young men and crazy best friends: Sylvain is the handsome Frenchman who everyone loves, the crazy Jo, fiercely loyal Rachel and the smouldering Carter West. Yes, because you just have to say his full name!

After a terrifying night at the Academy, Allie is all of a sudden thrown in the middle of a series of increasingly violent events, she finds out that nothing is ever as it seems but most of all, she’s not who she thinks she is.

My first impression of this novel (just by the title, I know, bad me) was that it would be some paranormal romance set in a boarding school. I was mistaken. Night School was everything I thought it wouldn’t be. A thrilling adventure full of espionage, romance and secrets, this novel was a great read.

C J Daugherty had me guessing the entire way with little hints thrown here and there to make my guesses change and ultimately be blown away by what was actually happening. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat and needing to know what the outcome was, because all of my guesses proved wrong. The possibilities were endless.

The novel flowed smoothly and I think I devoured the novel in around 2 days. I just couldn’t get enough. I loved Night School as a first novel to a series, it hooks you into the series completely, so much so I’ve instantly delved into the sequel Night School: Legacy.

I highly recommend Night School to anyone who likes a thrilling YA novel with a bit of romance, a whole lot of secrets and something that will keep you guessing the whole way through.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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