Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Book Review #28 - Secret Lives (Darke Academy #1) by Gabriella Poole

'True Graduates of the Darke Academy take life by the throat, Cassandra, remember that!'

The Darke Academy is a school like no other. An elite establishment that moves to a new exotic city every term, its students are impossibly beautiful, sophisticated and rich. And the more new scholarship girl Cassie Bell learns about the Academy, the more curious she becomes.

What sinister secrets are guarded by the Few - the select group of students who keep outsiders away? Who is the dark stranger prowling the corridors at night? And what really happened a year earlier, when the last scholarship girl died in mysterious circumstances?

One thing Cassie will discover is that a little knowledge may be a dangerous thing, but knowing too much can be deadly.......

My Rating: 2.5/5

I found it really hard to first get into this book and then secondly stay interested in this book. I found myself constantly putting the book down.

The main character Cassie was great, one of the few things I liked about the book.

I also liked the writing style. It was very British.

The plot idea was very good, I just don't think it was executed very well. It was poorly paced as all the action happened in the last few chapters.

At the beginning too many characters were introduced too close together and so they became intertwined. All the secondary characters were one dimensional and were all majorly stereotyped.

I hope all the aspects I didn't like about this book are due to it being the first book in the series. I will definitely read the second book in the series to see if it gets better.

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