Here is the summary of the book:
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.
Covers can go a long way in establishing a general sense of the book, as to what the reader should expect reading it. The cover of this book does that rather nicely and to an extent confuses the reader too. It is clear that the book is going to have mystery, suspense and a certain amount of thriller too but it also gives the impression that this is a paranormal story enough for readers to categorize it as such which is definitely not true.
Well on with the story..... there is a definite amount of mystery in the air and the author manages to successfully put a tight lid to it throughout only gradually and slowly letting the cat out of the bag. Allison comes to Cimmeria Academy after her school tint in vandalizing and destroying school property and pretty much hanging in the wrong crowd. There she catches the attention of (excuse my language) two hot pieces of male anatomy, Sylvain and Carter. And while she seems to adjust rather nicely to the school making new friends but the school still is shrouded in a thicket of mystery. But the enemies are moving in as we speak and it won't be long before Allison finds out the secret of her family, of her legacy and of Night School.
A good introduction to the series. Mysterious and suspenseful to the end. And its not just the school but its inhabitants too who retain a certain degree of anonymity to themselves. But most of all I liked Cimmeria, its old and ancient architecture and mysterious hallways and arks. C.J. Daugherty's way of beginning the story of this school was brilliant and truly commendable but it was still a bit slow and that could have been corrected. I am very much on the wagon to check out the next ones in the series.
"Thrill of the chase - Thrill of the unknown..... C.J. Daugherty has brought about a tantalizing mystery for us to solve"