**I received this book from Around the World ARC Tours for review**
Synopsis (from Around the World ARC Tours):
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.
My Thoughts: I devoured this book! Really....I didn't want to put it down because there are SO many questions to find the answers too and so many mysteries to solve!
Allie used to be a good girl. She used to get good grades, obey her parents and stay out of trouble. Then something happened that changed Allie. Now she is getting arrested (3 times in one year!) and causing her parents all sorts of trouble. Her parents are at a loss of what to do with Allie after her third arrest and send her off to a mysterious boarding school, Cimmeria.
Unexpectedly, Allie starts to enjoy her time at the school. She makes some great friends, is pursued by 2 boys (yes...another love triangle) and gets along with most of her teachers. There are some weird things happening however...mysterious voices and footsteps in the night, an incident in the walled garden and Night School. Night School is only for certain students and is extremely secretive.
After the Summer Ball, everything at the school changes for Allie and the other students. Now everyone is in danger and Allie wants to know what is going on. When she finds out some startling revelations about her own family, she decides to take things in her own hands and find the answers to all the questions surrounding her family and the school.
I really enjoyed Allie's character. She was definitely rebellious and stubborn but also very caring. She keeps her head held high when things at the school get tough and is smart when it comes to her friends. I also really liked Rachel. She was a very good friend to Allie and I liked how she didn't really care what people thought but also she knew everything about them and liked to gossip (although she didn't gossip to be spiteful). I just liked how real she was. Carter was another favorite of mine because he was snarky and also didn't care what others thought of him. His circumstances were different from the other kids at Cimmeria and so that made him a very likeable character to me.
I wasn't huge on the whole ending and the explanation we got. It seemed like it could have been bigger, ya know? Maybe there will be more in the next book because honestly, you don't get a lot of explanation as to who these people are (names omitted to avoid spoilers) or what they are doing but the big ending just wasn't very big. That being said, I would still recommend this book because I think it can only get better as the series goes on!
This book kept me on my toes through the WHOLE book! Seriously, there was not a boring moment in this book. I didn't want to put the book down because I had to get the answers and now I am impatiently waiting for the next book in the series because I didn't get a lot of answers I wanted! Daugherty definitely knows how to keep you intrigued!