Night School by C. J. Daugherty
Release Date: January 1, 2012
Allie's world is falling apart...She hates her school. Her brother has run away. And she's just been arrested. Again. 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. - Goodreads.com
This story was a fairly quick read and there were definitely things that I liked about it. I have to admit I was never a big fan of Sylvain. His not so great side was a little too apparent to me from the very beginning, so I couldn't understand why Allie was fooled by him. I much preferred Carter from the beginning, and yet again, I felt like I was supposed to like Carter and got the idea pretty early on that this was the one she'd most likely be with.
The story was interesting, and I thought the idea behind the academy was interesting, but it took a little bit too long, in my opinion, for some stronger hints to be dropped about what the big deal was about Night School. I kind of felt that it was kept so secret for so long in the story that by the time we found out what the secret was, it was a little anti-climactic. It was also no big surprise to me what Allie's connection to the school was. So in a way, some secrets were kept too well, and some not well enough.
I still enjoyed the story though, and the writing was compelling. I will be picking up the next book because I'm interested to see where the author takes this series and how things are going to pan out. Bottom line, my favorite things about the book were Allie herself, and Carter. She was smart and had gumption, and Carter was kind of sexy. Obviously, this was a setup book though, so I am eager to see what the author can do for the story in the sequel.