Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Blog Tour: Night School by Christi Daugherty - Guest Post!

Welcome to my stop on the Night School blog tour! Today, Christi Daugherty, author of the brilliant Night School (see my review here) is here to tell us a bit about the lead characters in her book.

Night School by Christi Daugherty
Publisher: Atom
Released: January 5th 2012
Find it on Goodreads

Sometimes school is murder. 

Allie Sheridan's world is falling apart. She hates her school. Her brother has run away from home. And she's just been arrested.


This time her parents have finally had enough. They cut her off from her friends and send her away to a boarding school for problem teenagers.

But Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. Its rules are strangely archaic. It allows no computers or phones. Its students are an odd mixture of the gifted, the tough and the privileged. And then there's the secretive Night School, whose activities other students are forbidden even to watch.

When Allie is attacked one night the incident sets off a chain of events leading to the violent death of a girl at the summer ball. As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, Allie must learn who she can trust. And what's really going on at Cimmeria Academy.
(from Goodreads)

The stars of Night School 
by Christi Daugherty

When I started writing Night School, it really came together around its lead characters. Once I’d sketched them out and I knew who they were, they came to life for me. I then built the school and the world in which they exist around them.

Are they based on people I know? Not in any literal sense. But I have taken elements of the personalities and lives of people I have known and incorporated those. Allie’s life contains feelings and memories of my own teenage years. But Rachel sounds the most like me. I, like her, am happiest on the periphery of any party; absorbing information from the people around me. And, while some elements of Carter’s personality came from things my husband told me about his teenage years, he also reminds me a lot of a boy I went to school with.

Here are some quick character sketches of the main players in Night School.

Allie Sheridan

Allie is sixteen, and everything has fallen apart. Once a promising student, her life changed after a family trauma. She lost interest in school, and her parents lost interest in her. Her grades plummeted, she fell in with a bad crowd and spent her days skipping class and her nights tagging. But at heart, she’s still a good kid. Behind the heavy makeup, the hair dye, and the trashy clothes, there’s a wounded girl looking for herself. All she needs is someone – anyone – she can really trust.

Carter West 

Brooding, complex and intelligent, Carter immediately recognises Allie as a kindred spirit. His childhood, too, was coloured by grief. Like her, he has broken all the rules, just to see if anyone will notice. Tall, with thick, dark hair and fathomless eyes, he has broken hearts at Cimmeria for years. His reputation is so bad, Allie’s new friends warn her away from him. But there’s something in him that makes her wonder if he could be someone she could believe in.


The only child of a billionaire family, at 17, Sylvain appears rich and spoiled. His French-Algerian mother is responsible for his tawny skin and dark, wavy hair, while his French father gave him his almost unnaturally beautiful blue eyes. The combination of good looks and endless wealth mean that nobody ever tells him ‘no’, and it seems that this has ruined him. He seems to be just another wasted child of means. And yet he continually surprises Allie with selfless acts of bravery. There may be more to him than first meets the eye.

Jo Arringford

Perky, sunny 16-year-old Jo was born into a family that seems to have it all – money, looks, and power. But her parents are only interested in themselves – their two children were only ever for show. She’s been stowed away in boarding schools her entire life. Surrounded by expensive shoes and clothes but starved for attention, she is prone to breakdowns that endanger herself and others. She sees in Allie the sister she never had – but she finds it hard to keep it together enough to be anybody’s true friend.

Rachel Patel

Brilliant and precocious, Rachel, 16, is the daughter of a scientist mother and a security expert father. Born in Yorkshire, she’s of practical, hard-working stock. Because Cimmeria changed her father’s life – taking him from a life of hardship into one of wealth – he believes in the mythology and history of the school. But while she’s willing to accept Cimmeria’s academic side, Rachel studiously avoids its powerful secrets. She wants nothing from the school but an education. Then she’s out of there. However, the school has a way of getting to everybody in the end. 

Hope you enjoyed the guest post and learning more about all the characters! Huge thanks to Christi for taking the time to write it, and to Rose for organising the blog tour. Make sure you visit the next stop tomorrow at Atom Books to enter the competition!


  1. This book sounds SO good! I'm really excited for it.

  2. Damnit. This is kind of making me want to go reread the book all over again! I LOVED all the characters and I loved how you just didn't know who to trust. And most are so bloody endearing that you don't want to distrust them! Such a clever little genius you are, Christi D

    Awesome post!

  3. Great guest post! I can't wait to read this one! :)

  4. WELL if there's one way to get me interested in a book, it's to talk about the characters :) I think I'm like 10x more excited to read this now! Great post!


  5. This is the first I've heard of this book. It sounds really neat! I'd love to learn more about Allie especially. The guest post has me wondering whether calling her clothing "trashy" means she looks homeless or her clothing is overly sexy.

    Goodness knows "brilliant, complex" guys are VERY intriguing. Such a neat post.

  6. Brilliant post! I am definitely more eager to get stuck in to this book now. The characters all sounds like they would be really interesting (and entertaining!) to read about.

    Sam @ Realm of Ficton

  7. This is the first I've observed of this publication. It appears to be really neat! I'd really like to explore Allie especially.

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