Wednesday 3 June 2015

Night School: Legacy, Fracture and Resistance by CJ Daugherty

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 dark-eyed Carter West into her life hasn't hurt either. But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are proving more dangerous than Allie could have imagined. The students and faculty are under threat, and Allie's family - from her mysterious grandmother 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...

After finding out some of Cimmeria's secrets, Allie is all the more determined to protect herself and her friends. To do so, she has finally been allowed to join Night School, the secret organisation that trains top-notch students to take their place in high society. Of course at the moment, their training mostly consists of fighting and protecting yourself. 

Allie's love life is once again confusing. Carter is her night in shining armour after he protected her from Sylvain in the first book, but now he's being annoyingly protective and secretive. Things kind of fizzle out as well, which I was very sad about; I am Team Carter all the way! Sylvain is making amends and turning over a new leaf, really trying to prove he has changed. I wasn't so sure of him, not after the events of the the Winter Ball. 

Along with old favourites, there are two new characters, Nicole and Zoe, both of whom I adore. There was a little weirdness with Zoe, she was abrupt and startlingly honest, but I had an inkling which was confirmed when she freaked out about seeing only one magpie: she's autistic. It isn't said but to me at least it was obvious. 

And there was another shocking ending with a death that hurt my heart. Not going to reveal anything, but things are heating up in this battle with Nathaniel. 

Devastated by the loss of her friend and under constant threat from an unknown spy at Cimmeria Academy, Allie Sheridan is finding it hard to cope.

In Fracture, the third book in the Night School series, she’s not the only one losing it – everything is falling apart. And when Nathaniel begins to reveal his game plan, Isabelle starts to lose control.

As the school slides into a deadly morass of paranoia and suspicion, everyone is guilty until proved innocent. Anyone can be held without proof, and convicted without a trial. No one is safe.

This time Nathaniel doesn’t need to hurt them. This time they’re hurting themselves.

Third in the series, smack in the middle, this was definitely a filler book. I am beginning to get annoyed with Isabelle's 'oh, it's too complicated to explain' bull, as well as the adults totally playing into Nathaniel's hands! I really did spend quite a lot of this book shaking at the stupidity and stubbornness of the adults.

Dealing with the death of her friend, Allie is broken, both mentally and physically. She now blames the school and Night School for all the bad things that have happened and runs away. Pulled back in, Allie has to fight for her life and the safety of her friends and family once again. It is finally revealed Allie's part in Nathaniel's plan, and how she connects to him, Lucinda and the school. 

As for the love life issues, Sylvain is slowly growing on me. I don't like their relationship but I can admit that he has redeemed himself. Both he and Carter decided to put aside their grudges to fight alongside Allie, which I think is highly commendable. No real romance in this book, as Allie has, rightly I think, decided to put love to one side while this whole thing goes down. 

After months on the run, Allie returns to Cimmeria Academy to find the school in turmoil. The atmosphere is thick with danger. Overshadowing it all is Nathaniel. He is close – very close – to getting everything he wants.

A secret civil war is tearing the British political elite apart. And Allie’s family is in the thick of it. Both sides want her. She knows Nathaniel will take her by any means necessary. But she is determined to fight him to the end.

Her friends are ready to stand by her – even to die for her. But if anything happens to them she won’t be able to live with herself.

The fightback starts here. Everything is at stake now. The winner takes all…

This is by far my favourite. Answers are revealed, alliances are drawn, the secret civil war is finally under way. And the spy is revealed and guess what - I was right! I mean, I didn't want to be right, but I totally called it! With all the accusations flying around, it was narrowed down to three trusted teachers but I called it in book two! I swear!

Another hit on the Carter/Allie/Sylvain love triangle, which makes things just a little bit more complicated. But Allie has more important things to worry about as Nathaniel calls for a meeting with her and Lucinda. Which is obviously a trap, so a lot of time is spent planning, preparing and training for it. By this point, it is clear the end is in sight but it could really go either way. And there is another terrible ending, this time a threat to Carter's life. Such a terrible cliffhanger and I need Endgame, I need to know what happens!

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