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.
Thanks for Netgalley and HarperTeen for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
A school set in a boarding school with secrets galore AND hot boys? This book had my name all over it and as soon as I heard about it on Epic Reads’ Tea Time, I added it to my to-read list. Allie moves to Cimmeria Academy after several brushes with the law, when her parents are seemingly at the end of their rope with her. Almost immediately she realizes all is not what it seems and she sets out to discover the truth, while trying to make friends, navigate her love life, and keep herself safe.
For someone who has a criminal record, Allie isn’t all hardened and jaded. Her past behavior stemmed from a family tragedy and she continues to process that during her time at Cimmeria. She navigates the social hierarchy, which includes getting attention from Sylvain, the hottest eligible bachelor and Carter, resident badboy. I am firmly Team Carter, flaws and all. Allie struggles with who to trust, not only because of her sketchy past but also because the school’s mysteries start to show themselves and she has no idea who is on her side.
Daugherty does a masterful job of building suspense and keeping the reader guessing. I literally had no idea what the big reveal was going to be until I read it and it wasn’t any of the ideas I had swirling around in my head. The explanation of what exactly is going on at Cimmeria was only partially explained – but have no fear, there are 2 more books! Daugherty gave us just enough that I was sated, but left enough out that I will totally keep reading. I liked Allie a lot, she has some definite kick-ass potential. Carter, as mentioned above, was a fine swoony boy love interest, and many of the secondary characters were really fascinating, especially Isabelle, the headmistress. I don’t feel I can discuss anything more because I don’t want to ruin the surprise and truly, as I pointed out earlier, the suspense of why there are bumps in the night at Cimmeria is one of the biggest strengths of this book.
If you like boarding school settings or books with mysterious elements, this is definitely worth a try.