Night School - Book one by C. J. Daugherty
Published by Atom
5th January 2012
Allie's world is falling apart...
She hates her school. Her brother has run away. She's just been arrested. Again. And now her parents are sending her away.
But instead of hating boarding school, Allie is happy. She's making friends. And there's Carter, a brooding loner with whom she feels an instant connection.
Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. Her classmates - and maybe some of the teachers - are hiding a secret. And soon it begins to feel like a very dangerous place...
I haven't felt this way about a YA series since I started the Twilight books all those years ago. This is the first in the Night School series - there are currently four in the series, with number five, the final book in the series, being published later this year. I'm fortunate enough to be interviewing C. J. as part of they UKYA Extravaganza that is taking place in Birmingham on Saturday, and my interview with her will be on here this Wednesday!
The plot is thus: Allie is in big trouble! She has just been arrested again for breaking into, and vandellising her school, and it's the final straw for her parents. Unknown to her, they make plans to send her to boarding school; the mysterious Cimmeria Acadamy where contact with the outside world doesn't seem to exist.
Allie is adamant that this school will be no different from her last one, and is surprised when, despite all the strange rules and regulations of Cimmeria, she seems to be truly happy at last. Though there do seem to be some very odd things going on - and nobody is prepared to discuss them.
Add to the mystery some bitchy girls, and two hot boys who can't stand each other, and you've got the start of a cracking series of books. Oh, and did I forget to mention, the first rule of Night School is that nobody talks about it!