Series: Night School #2
Published by Atom on January 3, 2013
Genres: Mystery, YA
In the last year, Allie’s survived three arrests, the death of a friend and a family meltdown. Along the way she lost her faith in everything. The only bright point has been her new life at Cimmeria Academy. It’s the one place she’s felt she belonged. And the fact that it’s brought her real friends – and introduced her to Carter West – hasn’t hurt either.
But far from being a safe haven, the cloistered walls of Cimmeria are more dangerous than Allie could imagine. The students and teachers are under threat, and Allie’s family – from her mysterious grandmother to her runaway brother – are at the centre of it all.
This time, no one will save her. This time, Allie’s going to have to save herself.
Welcome to my new feature Up Late With Kate where I share the latest midnight read that keeps me reading past the witching hour! Light that candle, grab a chair, and prepare to read all night!
Last year I read and like Night School, even if it didn’t turn out to be what I thought it was about (I was thinking werewolves and vampires, at the very least witches, but alas, no paranormalcy detected…yet). Instead it features a private school with ties to a secret society, whose graduates are amongst the very wealthy and influential. It was about Allie, a rebellious girl acting out after her brother disappears. Suddenly, she’s at a posh school, and has to deal with all of that comes from being the odd duck out. Only, of course, she’s not really an outsider.
The first book dealt with a summer term at school, and this one picks up in the Fall. Allie is briefly back home in London with her old buddies, finding out that she no longer really fits in their world. However, she’s home for only a very short while before mysterious people show up at her house and she’s whisked back to Cimmeria. The school is still recovering from the horrible fire, and I liked that Allie and her friends pitched in to help get it ready in time for the regular semester students who are returning.
Allie also gets a chance to join the Night School, and she’s put into all kinds of special classes, which we rarely hear about because for a book set in a boarding school there is very little actual going to class activity. Except for Night School, where Allie is paired up with Zoe. Zoe is kind of awesome, and of the new characters, she’s my favorite. She’s only 13, but she’s on the autistic spectrum. What Zoe lacks in social skills she makes up in intelligence and combat skill. It took awhile for the two girls to warm up to one another, but Zoe won my heart with her magpie superstition (she needs to see more than one magpie, because one is for sorrow).
Also new to us is Nicole, Sylvain’s fellow French friend/girlfriend. She’s awesomely cool in that French way, and I definitely want to see more of her in future books. Of course, Allie doesn’t come off all that well in a side by side comparison to Nicole, because the French girl seems very mature and unconcerned, while our Allie is kind of all over the place in Legacy. Seriously, I have a little whiplash from her shift from super confident and capable to whiny and/needy.
There are many cool things about Legacy that I enjoyed, but I just don’t get the love interests. Carter wasn’t all that attractive to me in book one, and he lost a lot of points in this book. He’s overprotective, mysterious, and at one point tells Allie who she can and can’t hang out with. I mean, I got his point, since the person he doesn’t want her hanging out with is Sylvain (and for those of you who need a refresher- Sylvain got Allie drunk and tried to push himself on her despite her protests), but it’s the way he said it. He treated Allie like she was an idiot (which, okay, she did make some questionable choices throughout the book), but it’s obvious there’s lots of shiz he’s not telling her. And I don’t care if he’s hiding super honorable secrets, because I just don’t like him. I have no idea why Allie pines for him, because they don’t seem particularly good with each other. Ugh.
And then there’s Sylvain. Still as gorgeous and French as ever. I liked Sylvain in the last book, and I like him more in this book, but I’m kind of not okay with that. Growing up and watching soap operas, I’ve experienced the reformed rapist character before- Jack from Days of Our Lives, Tony from General Hospital, Todd from One Life to Live, and Malcolm from Young and the Restless (did you know before the gorgeous Shemar Moore began arresting baddies on Criminal Minds, his character on Y&R took advantage of his brother’s wife whilst she was under the influence of cold medicine?). I actually had a mega crush on the actor that played Jack. All the men felt guilty for their raping ways, and magically went on to either marry or be besties with their victims. Maybe not the best message to send to housewives and househusbands and their children, but there you have it. That doesn’t mean I want to like the dude that molested Allie. Yes, he’s sorry. Yes, he does seem to be there for Allie all throughout this book. Yes, I would love his character if it weren’t for that one tiny incident in the last book when he forced himself on Allie. I mean, why did that even happen? Was it just so Carter could save the day? Because I feel like there could have been other, less date-rapish ways to do that.
So, big problem with Allie’s romantic decisions in Legacy. She’s just suddenly so wishy washy. One minute she’s standing up to Carter, the next she’s meekly following his command so that he won’t break up with her. All the while constantly noticing Sylvain’s gorgeous blue eyes. Allie was also kind of all over the place with everything this time around- she wants in the Night School desperately, then complains about all the work. She lies to Carter and her other friends to protect secrets, and then tells secrets to people that could possibly get her in trouble. Of course, at 17 I was one contrary wench. And I still am. So, I’m cutting Allie some slack. I’m kind of fond of her and her crazy ways. I loved the scenes where she and her friends were getting ready for the winter dance, even if it made the ending that much harder to read.
If you’re expecting a lot of answers in book 2, then you can forget about it. Just sit back and settle in, this is going to be a long series. For every question answered, two or three more will pop up. I’m curious enough to stick around, but I’m really hoping book 3 gives a little more answers and a little less romantic drama (although, that seems unlikely).
Legacy (Night School #2) by C.J. Daugherty gets a Midnight Book Rating of: