The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School

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The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School

This story was alright. When I began reading it I looked forward to reading a Gothic mystery/horror. It had some elements but was lacking something. I do like YA and hoped this would be a new favorite. On the positive, the characters were all unique and individual which is difficult with multiple major players in a story. It had some entertaining parts and some creepy mixed in as well. Rayne is a ghastly little girl from beginning to end and Paule is always strange and unusual in a group of strange girls. It moved a bit slowly and seemed to try too hard to be clever. There were some cliché parts and although it is a historical fiction set in the WWII time period, it seemed removed from the troubles and culture of the time and continued to feel like a contemporary piece merely making references to that era. At times I did wonder if the Drearcliff School is actually a type of prison based on what happens there that is permissible and encouraged by the scarce authority figures.

Amy Thomsett is not sure what to expect when her mother sends her to Drearcliff Grange School for special girls. She is pleasantly surprised to make friends on her first night and she is able to be herself finally. Instead of treating her ability to float as an abnormal 'bad' thing, her classmates think it's very neat. Gryce and her upperclassmen mean girls' squad make life unpleasant at times but overall Amy and her Moth Club enjoy their time there. After uncovering a few mysteries and saving the day, the Moth Club has a new enemy—the black skirts and their love of ants. As the school is taken over, Amy wonders if they are in over their heads.

Book Blurb for The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School

A week after Mother found her sleeping on the ceiling, Amy Thomsett is delivered to her new school, Drearcliff Grange in Somerset. Although it looks like a regular boarding school, Amy learns that Drearcliff girls are special, the daughters of criminal masterminds, outlaw scientists and master magicians. Several of the pupils also have special gifts like Amy’s, and when one of the girls in her dormitory is abducted by a mysterious group in black hoods, Amy forms a secret, superpowered society called the Moth Club to rescue their friend. They soon discover that the Hooded Conspiracy runs through the School, and it's up to the Moth Club to get to the heart of it.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2016 3.00