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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062193856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062193858
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Rebellious London teen Allie Sheridan, 16, has just gotten arrested-again. It's the last straw for her parents, and Allie is shipped off to a mysterious boarding school, Cimmeria Academy. The institution caters to a select crowd of children from elite families; the protagonist has no idea why she's been sent to live among them. Nothing is what it seems at this old-fashioned academy and Allie will have to sort through the lies and dangers to discover the truth about the school, her classmates, and her own family. This supernatural thriller covers fairly well-trod ground: teen relationships, love triangles, and secrets. While the author evokes a suspenseful gothic-style tone, the novel fails to have the tight story arc and writing structure needed to maintain the spooky mood. The first in a series, this book serves to set up intrigue and introduce readers to the main cast of characters, but it leaves many questions unanswered. This title will appeal most to fans of Gabriella Poole's Secret Lives (Hodder & Stoughton, 2009) and Richelle Mead's Bloodlines (Razorbill, 2011).-Stephanie Whelan, New York Public Libraryα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Only gutsy first-time novelists would tackle the well-worn “sinister boarding school” trope, complete with a troubled new girl navigating the social scene and various shadowy dangers. After all, where to go with such familiar ingredients? Yet Daugherty knows exactly where she wants to take us, and soon enough, readers will be hooked. The lean prose certainly helps, as does how the plot is punctuated by several unforgettable scenes of suspense, including a skinny-dipping escapade complicated by a panic attack and a rooftop encounter with a bottle of vodka that ends in . . . well, that would be telling. Connecting such episodes is protagonist Allie Sheridan’s efforts to learn why she was admitted to such an elite institution, and about “Night School,” a shadowy training program within it. If initially some students seem stereotypical, keep reading: Daugherty is expert at revealing character through action. Similarly, Allie can appear too reactive, letting others rescue her—but then she notes this tendency, thereby incorporating it into her character arc. Ultimately, both the story and the writing itself are full of surprises. Grades 9-12. --Peter Gutierrez

Customer Reviews

The ending got better and got me into the book.
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I think sometimes Allie overlooks some things, but that seems like part of her and her personality, and not necessarily a flaw in her character.
If you are looking for a book just to learn more about setting I would really recommend picking this up.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Ward on May 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
'Night School' is the first book in a fast paced new YA mystery series that follows our heroine, Allie Sheridan, as she finds herself shipped away to a private boarding school named Cimmeria Academy. Ever since her brother disappeared, Allie's been getting into lots of trouble - getting arrested, kicked out of schools, and fighting with her parents. Her parent's solution is to send Allie to a boarding school in the middle of nowhere - where there's no connection with the outside world and where she knows absolutely nobody. Things start looking up for Allie when she makes new friends, has the hottest guy in school interested in her, and finds herself liking the strange world at Cimmeria. Only this isn't a normal school and Allie's going to find out that there are lots of secrets at Cimmeria - ones that are dangerous and that concern her very life.

This was a superb thriller and a captivating first book in a series that promises to be addicting. The plot wasn't completely unique, with the setting of a private boarding school with the requisite snobby rich kids, the outcasts, and the harsh rumors - but the author made it into something so much more with a depth that had me hooked. The book takes a little while to get going, so it felt a little boring and slow at the beginning. Once the story takes off though - I literally couldn't stop reading. I found myself completely engrossed in the story and I had to find out what was really going on. There are magnificent twists and turns throughout the book - clear up to the ending - which definitely leaves you shaking your head and trying to figure everything out. The characters were interesting and well written. I liked Allie as the main character. She's broken about her brother and doesn't know how to deal with it - so she gets into trouble.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ashleigh VINE VOICE on May 22, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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"Carter must think I'm a complete slapper (UK version, 53% on my Nook)."

Think about this. "Slapper" is generally British slang for "slut" now. This line is thought after Allie and Carter talk about how Sylvain (Allie's other love interest) tried to rape her, Allie says it was her fault she nearly got raped, and Carter was content to let her blame herself. After all, he tried to tell her not to trust Sylvain but never gave her any hint as to why. All this and Allie's worry is that Carter will think she's a slut because a guy got her drunk and tried to rape her.

Two books of outrageously offensive bull in a row is bad for me and believe it or not, it gets worse from there. Night School is an overlong book that promotes rape culture and has no idea how not to fall into petty mean girl drama, general girl-hate, cliches, and boarding school shenanigans other books have done so much better.

The Gothic atmosphere Daugherty develops with her words and story is convincing and enchanting. Though spoilers told me ahead of time if it's paranormal or not, there were still moments that made me wonder if it really might be what I thought it was. That "is it or isn't it?" question is the most important thing for any Gothic novel of this type and in that respect, it succeeds. This is all that made reading Night School worth it, sadly.

The characters themselves are flat like cardboard, some so much so that they were literally nothing but names to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa on June 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

Night School by C.J. Daugherty
Book One of the Night School series
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from Edelweiss

Summary (from Goodreads):

Allie's world is falling apart...

She hates her school. Her brother has run away. And she's just been arrested.


Now her parents are sending her away to a boarding school where she doesn't know a soul.

But instead of hating her new school, Allie finds she's happy there. She's making friends. And then there's Sylvain, a suave French student who openly flirts with her. And Carter, the brooding loner who seems to have her back.

Soon, though, Allie discovers Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. Nothing there is as it seems. And her new friends are hiding dangerous secrets.

What I Liked:

This book was not what I expected! To be completely honest, from I heard about this book, I was totally expecting something paranormal. This book is NOT a paranormal fiction book. It's, like, mystery? Or thriller. But NOT fantasy or paranormal or science fiction.

Anyway. I really enjoyed this book! I was hooked, as soon as Allie got to Cimmeria (which was not too long into the book). The immediate beginning was a bit boring and slightly confusing, but once Allie actually leaves home and moves in at Cimmeria, things start to pick up.

Throughout the book, I was waiting and waiting for the paranormal aspect of the book to make itself appear, but readers never get any paranormal aspect (obviously, because there is none!). BUT, the mysterious scenes and events of the book did not let down. What is Gabriel doing?
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More About the Author

A former crime reporter, political writer and investigative journalist, CJ Daugherty has also worked, at times, for the British government. She knows all kinds of secrets.

She lives in the south of England.

Night School was her first novel. The Night School series has been translated into twenty-one languages.

To find out more about the CJ, visit her website CJDaugherty.com.

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