#BlogTour – #BookReview of #CodenameFirefly by C.J. Daugherty @cj_daugherty @midaspr @moonflowerbooks

I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for excellent YA novel Codename Firefly by C.J. Daugherty. Thank you to Sofia Saghir and Midas for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

About the book:

CJ Daugherty is loved by both teens and school librarians alike, having gained a legion of fans for her compelling Night School series set at an elite boarding school deep in the British Countryside. 

Head back to school this September with the latest instalment of the UK’s most gripping boarding school series. Perfect for readers aged 13 and upwards Codename Firefly is a thrilling teen crime novel that tackles subjects including mental health and politics while also being an engaging and compelling read that teens will devour.

When Gray Langtree, the daughter of the UK Prime Minister, is moved to an elite boarding school for her own protection, she thinks she’ll finally be safe from both the press and the assassins who tried to kill her mother.

But Cimmeria Academy is no ordinary school. 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, which only a select few students are invited to, and whose activities other students are forbidden even to watch. 

Gray has a hard learning curve in front of her discovering who she can be friends with and who is not to be trusted. When the school grounds are broken into one night,  Gray starts having panic attacks and the school begins to feel like a very dangerous place indeed.

Dylan, a mysterious American student, seems to know more than he should – but he’s always there when Gray needs him. Can she trust him? Can she trust anyone? As winter closes in and darkness falls, Gray will have to think fast.

The hunters are coming…

Codename Firefly  is the second book in a new Night School spin off series that sees CJ Daugherty back at her spine tingling best.  Gripping, thrilling, and filled with intrigue, Codename Firefly explores the nexus of power in the UK from a teenager’s point of view. 

About the author:

A former crime reporter and accidental civil servant, C.J. Daugherty began writing the Night School series while working as a communications consultant for the Home Office. The young adult series was published by Little Brown and went on to sell over a million and a half copies worldwide. A web series inspired by the books clocked up well over a million views. In 2020, the books were optioned for television. She later wrote The Echo Killing series, published by St Martin’s Press, and co-wrote the fantasy series, The Secret Fire, with French author Carina Rosenfeld.

While working as a civil servant, she had meetings at Number 10 Downing Street, and saw people disappearing through a small door leading to a staircase heading below ground level. This visit became the inspiration for Number 10.  FYI: She still doesn’t know if there are tunnels below Number 10. But she hopes there are.

Her books have been translated into 24 languages and been bestsellers in multiple countries. She lives with her husband, the BAFTA nominated filmmaker, Jack Jewers. 

My Review:

Codename Firefly by C.J. Daugherty is the second in the Night School series of young adult novels. Although I’m considerably older than its target audience, I still thoroughly enjoyed this excellent sequel and would recommend it to people of all ages.

A book filled with mystery and suspense, Codename Firefly is set in a boarding school with a larger than life and diverse cast of characters who you can’t help but root for from the very first page. Quick paced and with a sharp, snappy dialogue that kept the story moving along, this is a beautifully written, intriguing novel that held my interest throughout.

Gray Langtree, the daughter of the UK prime minister, has been moved to elite boarding school Cimmeria Acadamy for her own protection. But this is no ordinary school. With no computers or phones allowed, the school has an eclectic mix of students from the over privileged through to the tough and streetwise. And then there’s the secretive Night School, which only a few select students are invited to and whose activities are a closely guarded secret.

What follows is a gripping thriller with plenty of twists, turns and surprises along the way. Filled with political intrigue and suspense, Codename Firefly is the perfect mix of dark, thrilling, fun and lighthearted, with just the right amount of teenage romance thrown in to give the story an extra spark. With a strong and varied cast of characters and a well plotted storyline to keep you on your toes throughout, this is a coming of age novel that delivers on every level.

Highly recommended.

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