Thursday, 22 October 2015

The Secrets of Drearcliff Grange School - Kim Newman

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. 

My thoughts:
I read a lot a lot of boarding school books when I was young. I always wanted to attend one too, it seemed fun. Giggles, smuggled candy, horse back riding. Very posh, and very British, yes they were all British schools.

This school is not like the others. Yes there are dorms, and different wings. Our heroine Amy ends up in Desdemona and shares a room with 4 other girls. One with quick fingers, one a bandit princess and one a lady. She soon realizes that she is not alone, there are other unusual girls like her there. Ok stop here for a moment.

The unusuals are mentioned a lot. So it does seem like the public are aware of these others and are perfectly jolly fine with it. Some of them are good and helped in WW1, Some turn bad.

But this school is not just for those few. All sorts of strange folks sends their girls there. There are ladies, there are thieves, there are daughters of criminal masterminds.

Let's call it a supernatural suspense. They are soon on their first case, but then things does turn darker. Not scary dark, just eerie. What is going on? The school turns unfriendly (not that is was perfect to begin with with those punishments!). I'd be afraid to walk in those hallways.

And at the end, all is well. The road there is just dark.

Was this YA or Adult? Who knows. It fits both I'd say.

Conclusion:
I enjoyed this book. I'd read more about this school too. But then Newman does have that dark touch. From the 2 books I have read (and 1 novella). He puts an interesting twist on what he does.

Cover
I'd like some color

Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: October 23rd 2015 by Titan Books
Supernatural suspense
For review

46 comments:

Chris said...

Creepy cover!

brandileigh2003 said...

Good to hear you enjoyed and it works for both audiences

Karen said...

Creepy! good one to read for October.

I have never wanted to go to boarding school. I always associated with being unloved and sent away lol

Karen @For What It's Worth

Hani said...

Sounds okay! :(
Haniya
booknauthors.blogspot.com

Barb said...

I have been wanting this one for a while. I tried to read Anno-Dracula by Newman years ago and couldn't get in to it. Hoping this one fares better.

Anonymous said...

Who would want to go to school there, that cover is creepy !

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

I am a sucker for boarding school tales..and dark it good!

Carol said...

Sounds like a fun one, especially for this time of year.

Blodeuedd said...

;)

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

Oh sad! I never thought about it like that :/ But yes that is the way too

Blodeuedd said...

Sad face?

Blodeuedd said...

I have not read that one, so can't say. But this was easy to get into

Blodeuedd said...

That school, yeah, not one I'd go too

Blodeuedd said...

They are so fun!

Blodeuedd said...

Perfect now :)

Elysium said...

Sounds good and I kinda like the cover. I would have liked to go to boarding school too when younger. It sounded so much fun.

Blodeuedd said...

When there I would have realised I hated it, but I always wanted to try it

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I am curious and I like the creepy boarding school.

Unknown said...

honestly looks like a lot of fun

Unknown said...

It does sound like the story was always at the tipping point and what a fantastically creepy cover!

Yvonne said...

Sounds good and I really like that cover.

Anonymous said...

Titan Books has such good stuff. I've had my eye on this one! Sounds really creepy, and I love dark. The freaky boarding school setting is bonus :)

~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

Sophia Rose said...

Living in a dorm room with four other girls at college broke me of ever wanting to attend boarding school. ;) But an eerie one like this with those sorts of classmates? Might have to revise that opinion.

Melliane said...

Oh I want to try this one!

Blodeuedd said...

They are fun aren't they :)

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

It fits so well together

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Blodeuedd said...

It was so weird, a v ery nice world indeed

Blodeuedd said...

In college, yeah, not anymore then. I did share a flat in uni with 2 others. But we all had big rooms of our owns

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Piecraft Bucharest said...

I used to read a lot of boarding-school fiction too. Not so much lately... This one does sound different, so maybe I should give it a try :)

Blodeuedd said...

Not so much lately here too. But it's fun to read some again

Carole Rae said...

Honestly...I always wanted to go to a boarding school as well. hahaha

Blodeuedd said...

We could have smuggled candy together

Joyousreads said...

The cover is creepy. Fits the season well. :)

Blodeuedd said...

.)

Teddyree said...

me too on boarding school lol. I think I'd like this one and the cover is kinda cool

Molly Mortensen said...

This book sounded good up until the dark ending. Good to know it turns out okay though. I'm a fan of paranormal boarding schools and this one sounds unique. I'm curious what's special about the main character.

Blodeuedd said...

Many of us then :)

Blodeuedd said...

The ending is good, though I'd love more

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

Oh neat. This sounds neat. Crazy dorm! :D

Blodeuedd said...

:)

Linda said...

This one sounds good. I'll be looking for it.

Blodeuedd said...

:yay

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