Thursday 10 January 2013

NIght School Legacy by C.J. Daugherty

Pages - 385
Published in January 2013
'Isabelle, I need help!'
Crouching in the dark, Allie whispered urgently into her phone.
Goodreads Summary
In the last year, Allie's survived three arrests, two breakups and one family breakdown. The only bright point has been her new life at Cimmeria Academy. It's the one place she's felt she belongs. And the fact that it's brought the dreamy Carter West into her life hasn't hurt...But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are proving more dangerous than Allie could've imagined. The students, and faculty, are under threat and Allie's family - from her mysterious grandma to her runaway brother - are at the centre of the storm. Allie is going to have to choose between protecting her family and trusting her friends. But secrets have a way of ripping even the strongest relationships apart.
This is the second book in the Night School series, so be warned there may be spoilers. I have to admit I was really surprised how this book turned out.
This book pulled the carpet from under me! Seriously, I saw Allie as being on the right side of all the events going on at Cimmeria, but as this story progresses Allie reacts to situations which makes it look like she might be heading for the wrong side. She unwittingly goes against the establishment. I felt like all tables were turned and bets were off about the final outcome.
This book goes at a slower pace than the first book and there appears to be a long build up to the final scenes, but I felt that the character development was a lot more in depth. We learn so much more about the main character's background especially during their interview process which I thought was a stroke of genius. Lots of secrets coming out of the closets.
The rather dramatic ending left me surprised too. I really didn't see that coming. I still felt the uneasiness that I felt with the first book. Allie just doesn't know who she can trust and I think the author writes that tension extremely well.
Some of the male characters really shocked me with the way they behaved - some good, some bad. Like I mentioned before - everything turned around. For a second book in a series, I felt it really held it's own. A lot of character development, less action but on the whole well worth reading. I really look forward to reading the next instalment.

1 comment:

  1. I've wanted to read this since finishing night school and now I really want to read it - fab review :)


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