Tuesday, 16 April 2013

#195 Book Review: Legacy

Legacy (Night School #2)
Release Date: 3 January 2013
Author: C.J. Daugherty
Publisher: Atom
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy:  Fishpond | Booktopia
More Info: Goodreads

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...
Love the snowy theme of the cover and also the building that represents the academy! The red colour of Allie's hair and the font are also a good contrast to the white background.


Something dark is threatening Cimmeria Academy...

A year ago, I read Night School and absolutely loved it! The dark story about murders in an academy full of secrets was such an intriguing and exciting read I couldn't put the book down at all. When I heard that there was a sequel, I was ecstatic and after finishing Legacy, I believe that the sequel is even better than the first book!

In Legacy, Allie returns back to the academy and continues her life as a student. She is also in a relationship with the 'dreamy' Carter West. Everything sounds perfect, right? But the secrets surrounding Allie and the academy are still a threat and also endanger the students of the academy. The most interesting thing about this book is unravelling all these secrets and mysteries. I love how C.J. Daugherty brought us into some sort of treasure hunt to find all the clues to unlock the secrets and mysteries of the academy and by the end of the book, everything will finally make sense. The murders, the deaths, the betrayals, the romance, they are all pieces of puzzles that when finally assembled, create the 'bigger' picture. The romance in this book, shifts from Allie and Carter to Allie and Sylvain too. This shift is also a part of the secrets and mysteries. The ending left me breathless and I can't wait for the third book in the series!

I still adored Allie in this book even though some of her actions and behaviours annoyed me. She is trying to adapt in the academy after all the murders and events in the first book, also trying to have a normal relationship with Carter but alas, the secrets and mysteries cannot stay hidden and become a threat to Allie. This in return, also strains her relationship with Carter who has his own secrets and makes Allie switch to Sylvain for protection, care and someone she can trust with no secrets. I loved Carter and disliked Sylvain in the first book but somehow, C.J. Daugherty manages to switch the situation around and I ended up hating Carter and starting to like Sylvain throughout Legacy. Carter becomes too over-protective of Allie which I hated because he was over-protective but never explained to Allie what was happening in the academy. Sylvain, on the other hand, started off as a friend to Allie (after their relationship was damaged in the first book) but their relationship became more. Sylvain became someone who Allie can rely on, someone she can trust, someone who would listen to her and support her decisions. I enjoyed reading about the other characters from the first book in Legacy but Allie, Carter and Sylvain are definitely the characters that stood out the most for me!

Legacy is the amazing sequel to Night School, bringing you a story full of secrets, mysteries with a perfect amount of romance! C.J. Daugherty's writing will take you on a journey to unlock all these secrets, mysteries and the end will leave you breathless. Absolutely can't wait for the third book!
5 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Legacy!
Thank you Hachette Australia for the review copy!

1 comment:

  1. I've heard a lot about this series, particularly that this second novel is far better than the first, which is always a surprise since sequel novels seem to fall into tropes more often than not. I'm so glad you enjoyed this, though, Celine. I think I'll have to give this series a shot for sure now! :)


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