Secret Lives (Darke Academy, #1)

Published in:2009
Book #:1 in the Darke Academy Series

Back cover;
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, sophisticate 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 review:
For starters, I picked up the first three of this series for $5 each, so I wasn’t expecting anything miraculous. Secondly, it’s obviously aimed at teenagers, so the writing is big, basic, and gets to the point. Which is kinda  a shame, as the cities that the school moves to each semester deserve so much more detail and mention- the author really could have gone into much more detail about these fabulous cities, to really transport the reader there. Ah well.

So the story is interesting. The idea of the Few is one that is rather unique, and Cassie learns more than she ever wanted about them and their dark secrets. She also manages to get the bitchy popular chick expelled, snag the cute guy, and become one of the insiders of the school. All in all for a run-of-the-mill teenage book these days.

Final review:
Secret lives rating:
6/10. It’s not startling, it’s not bad, it’s just average. Interesting idea, but dumbed down for the teenage audience, unfortunately.
Would I re-read it?Maybe. Now that I know about the Few and what they are, and how everything ends up, it might be interesting to go back and look for clues of the few’s true natures, before Cassie finds out what they are.
Who would I recommend it to?Teenage girls. It is purely written for them and them alone. Guys, will be bored to tears.

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