Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Fracture (Night School, #3)

Fracture (Night School, #3)Author: C.J. Daugherty
Series: Night School, #3
Release date: August 20th
Publisher: Atom
Paperback, 400 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: The Book Depository

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.

At the beginning of Fracture (which is very appropriately titled, btw), we find Allie utterly broken: angry, defiant, and – underneath it all – impossibly sad. She feels that she can trust no one, not even her headmistress Isabelle, and her grieving heart can’t make peace with everything that happened at the end of Legacy. After a failed escape, Allie returns to Cimmeria with a renewed strength and a taste for revenge. While she still has trust issues, she knows Cimmeria is the only place where she’s even remotely safe, and she intends to stay alive at all costs.

With each installment, C.J Daugherty proves herself anew both as a writer and as a master of characterization. Her protagonist is a 16-year-old who is going through things no teen ever should, so some reactions and rash decisions are normal and even expected. I felt that these parts of Allie’s character were done extraordinarily well. Nothing was glossed over, not the anger, not the guilt, and certainly not the rashness of an emotionally immature individual.

Although present, romance takes a back seat in Fracture as we finally discover what Night School is all about. Carter and Sylvain both play major roles in this installment, but romance is the last thing on anyone’s mind. While I’m usually not one to publicly declare teams, I must make an exception in this case: I am still firmly Team Sylvain. Carter and Allie gave it their best and proved that they’re completely wrong for each other. Carter’s controlling nature rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning, and while Sylvain has made some mistakes in the past, he has certainly atoned for them since.

Again, the third person narration took some getting used to since I find it more difficult to connect with, but Allie’s pain came through so clearly that I soon stopped noticing it altogether. Regardless of the perspective, Daugherty is a very skilled writer with an excellent sense of pacing. I always thought her books were compulsively readable, but the desperate need to keep turning those pages was stronger than ever with Fracture.

If you’ve been waiting for answers about Night School and the organization, rest assured, answers you shall get. There were clues before and I had my suspicions, but in Fracture, the purpose of Night School becomes abundantly clear – and scarier than ever. Night School is proving to be a consistently good series – something we sorely lack. I hope it will get even more fans with the US release date so near.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced this review.


  1. Yours is the first I have seen for this series and I am so glad that it is still going strong for you after three books! I have the first one to read and after reading your review I can't wait to start it and see what it is all about.
    Great review!!

  2. I remember seeing reviews for the first book in the series and nothing thinking much of it, but this third books sounds good! I'm not a fan of 3rd person either, but the fact that you still enjoyed this speaks highly!

  3. I have heard of this series but now you've made me curious enough to add this series to my TBR list!

    Thank you!

  4. I remember starting this series some time back but I couldn't get into the book because of the third person writing. It seems like it was a mistake on my part to have abandoned it.
    The writing sounds like it's actually good. I'm curious about the characters. It seems like they are well written and you know how much I appreciate well-written characters in my books. Although I have to say the mention of the love triangle makes me want to run far away.
    I'm glad that this series is going strong for you, Maja.
    Lovely review as always!

  5. I had to skim your review as I haven't read the first one of this series but a 4.5 has gotta mean a lot! I've been needing a consistent series/author. There aren't enough of them.

    Brilliant review, Maja! <33

  6. I know you were really impressed by the second book in this series, so I'm glad to see you continue to be impressed! I'm not a fan of love triangles, but unraveling mysteries and strong protagonists? I'm all for that. I also love that you really felt the emotions with this one, as I adore books that can make you feel that. Well, straight to the TBR Pile this series goes!(:

  7. I need to go back and read you reviews for the other books in this series Maja, for some reason this book isn't ringing any bells for me! I love how you described it as compulsively readable, those are always fun books to read. The ones that keep you up late because you simply can't stop turning the pages:) Glad this series is still going strong (if not getting stronger) at book 3, I hope it continues to get better!

  8. I remember being intrigued by this one but wasn't convinced it was a me book but it sure sounds like it gets a lot better as the series progresses and develops. Hope it continues that path. :) I may have to check this one out someday!

  9. The characterization sounds great, and I can't wait to start this series

  10. I have book one ARC that still needs to be read. I hhate it when series lag in the U.S. it is hard to get excited when I wonn't gett this series for months. Sorry about thee stuttering. your blog ddoesn'tt like me today :(

  11. Yay for great sequels! Admittedly, this series never really caught my full attention, so I never bothered to add it to my to-read list. But it always comes as a surprise when the sequels turn out to be better or as good as the first book, so your review definitely interested me. And also, I love that the title actually has got something to do with the plot, unlike a lot of the titles nowadays.

  12. Oh this sounds fab! So need to check out the other 2 books first. Especially since it isn't published here yet. You are right, I do need a good series and now it is added to my wishlist!

  13. I do so love when an author pushes you to read faster and faster because you so desperately want to find out what's going to happen next! I've heard of CJ but haven't started this series next. Guess I'm gonna have to hop on the wagon!

  14. I have never heard of this series *pushes rock further aside and climbs out from under it* I love this type of setting and it sounds like both the arc and characters have growth. I am off to check out book one.

  15. I'm going to have to look up this series because I don't recall hearing about it. But a rating that high requires a little sleuthing, this sounds great!

  16. Okay. I need to read my copies (yes, I have two). There's nothing like a novel that pushes you to read faster for want to end the suspense of what's to happen next.

    Lovely review, Maja!

  17. I haven't read of this series, and I really like the sound of the premise though. Allie sounds like a great characters and I love it when authors can bring such realistic characterization to the story. I am looking forward to meeting Allie. I am excited about the romance, even if it was in the background in this one. I also want to meet Sylvain, he sounds perfect! And I'm really not a huge fan of love triangles, so I am happy that the reader can make a firm decision on one guy in this one. I can't wait to dive into this world, it sounds really engaging! Glad you enjoyed this, Maja! Fab review! :D

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 


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