Author: C.J Daughtery
Series: Night School (#1)
Release Date: January 5th, 2012
The Sugar and Spice:
Night School, was one of those mystery/paranormal novels that just aggravates most people to the point of insanity. Unfortunately, we were one of those people. It wasn't all bad though, is just wasn't all good either.
Night School begins with an introduction to Allie Sheridan's lifestyle. This rebel of a girl, is constantly in trouble for unlawful acts. These acts are all believed to have resulted from the runaway of her brother, Christopher. She and her brother were once close; until the two weeks that preceded his disappearance. Since then, she's been increasingly distant from her family. This ultimately causes her to become what some may label as a delinquent.
Finally, her parents draw the line, and send her off to this creepy, CREEPY, school named Cimmeria. (Is it me, or does the school's name already set off alarm bells when you hear it? Cimmeria, hmm?)
Throughout her stay at Cimmeria, Allie discovers a new side of herself, and others around her. As she sinks deeper into a thousand-year old feud, she begins to wonder what her parents were hiding from her, and how many people around her are actually telling her the full, honest-to-God truth.
I really liked how Allie was in the beginning of the novel. I felt like she changed when she arrived at Cimmeria. Not that change is bad, but in a matter of minutes? I don't think so. As she adjusts, she gets kind of comfy with some of the girls, and begins to skate on thin ice with others. I don't know about you guys, but if I can avoid trouble easily, I'm going to avoid it. Screw the whole sticking-up-for-what-you-believe-in speech, if someone looks like trouble - LEAVE THEM ALONE!
A "love triangle" develops as the novel progresses. I'm actually not that sure you can call it a triangle, I'm just going to go right ahead and call it a line. Two fixed points. One being Allie, the other being Sylvain. The other fellow's name. Charles? Cayden? Chuck? Oh wait, his name was Carter ... He held NO significance in my opinion. So what, you say a few sweet words to a girl, and it's okay for you to fall in love with her? What about the good old days, when people liked to get to know each other better, before releasing the dreaded three words (I love you.) Uh Uh. I was really disappointed when Allie fell for him! He acts so bipolar. One minute he's in love, the next minute he's all "Shove it up your piehole, Sheridan." Carter was just not for me. I honestly didn't understand his importance throughout the novel, besides the many escapades they traveled on. Even then, I think Allie and Carter would be better off as friends, who just-so-happen to flirt. I mean, hello?! The cutest thing ever is in love with you. (Sylvain.) Tsk Tsk.
Sylvain kind of reminds me of Sylvester the cat from those old cartoons. Not when he's all evil, though. When he's friends with the baby Tweety bird, and all the other Looney Toon characters.
*Clears throat* Back to the matters at hand. What is up with Allie's ability to forgive so quickly? I mean the saying says forgive and forget, but she is just too innocent! Then she has the nerve to ask why people are hiding things from her? Hmmm ?! I don't know Allie, maybe, because you act as fragile as glass! You know what pissed me off even more?! I don't know what the hell she is. I mean books like the Born at Midnight series keeps you on your toes with the drama, and some developing special abilities. In Night School, however, Allie has nothing. Sure, you're pretty, but what the heck do you do?! I got nothing out of this book.The characters, and the drama were a bit amusing - cute if anything. But the only reason I finished reading this book, is because I felt like I was obligated to, since I had only seven chapters left.