ARC Review-Night School: Endgame by C.J. Daugherty


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cooltext1889161239 copyBroken. Scattered. But not defeated.

The spy is gone but the cost has been high – the rebels at Cimmeria Academy have lost their leader and Carter West is missing. Nathaniel can taste victory. But Allie and the other survivors aren’t done yet. First they have to get Carter back. Then they plan to make Nathaniel pay.

One way or another – the game must end.

Endgame is the thrilling fifth and final book in the internationally bestselling Night School series.

cooltext1889171582 copy2.5/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley & Bookouture

PROS:

  • Allie is proactive, a risk-taker, brave, and full of energy. She will stop at nothing to save her school and her lover. Allie sees things that others do not, she listens and pulls together clues quickly, she matures fast. Allie steps into her role with grace, she makes mistakes, and sometimes avoids awkward situations but she is passionate, she connects with her peers and everyone looks up to her. We get to see inside to Allie’s insecurities and fears, it’s eye-opening, you get a real understanding of her emotions, especially towards Carter in her desperation to save him. 
  • Sibling relationships take the forefront in this novel. The hatred between Isabelle and Nathaniel, the mistrust and apprehension between Allie and her brother make for lots of drama and self discovery. Allie must open her heart and give her trust to the brother she felt betrayed her for the enemy. As Allie and her brother interact, a genuine love starts to blossom and through forgiveness hope grows. 
  • Zoe was light and hilarious. She brought frivolity and youth to the plot that was much needed with all the anxiety. The girl is fearless, her actions are courageous and sassy, it’s easy to root for her. 

CONS:

  • There was a disconnect between the overall feeling of suspense and foreboding and the plot. While the situation was dire, there was so much planning that the story lost its frantic tone. It was spread out with not much happening except pacing and surveillance. The story lagged and slowly passed by up until maybe 70% through. 
  • Secondary characters, except one or two exceptions faded into the background and weren’t easy to connect with. They were useful and each had their part in solving the mystery but interactions-meaningful, revealing interactions- were limited.
  • Confrontations with Nathaniel were disappointing and kind of dull. Really he seemed like a spoiled child who had far too many resources. While he had the upper hand, he never seemed like much of a threat. The danger didn’t feel imminent when he was around, I think all the animosity and fear from the earlier books was supposed to carry over but it was never reestablished fully. 

Keep reading,

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