Summary from Goodreads
The first in a new series about an exclusive school with a terrible secretyou'll be dying to join the chosen Few
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 the new scholarship girl Cassie Bell learns about the Academy, the more curious she becomes. What sinister secrets are guarded by the Fewthe 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? Cassie quickly discovers that a little knowledge may be a dangerous thing, but knowing too much can be deadly.
Paperback, 288 pagesPublished August 6th 2009 by Hodder
Secret Lives is an awesome kick start to a series that I really should of picked up a whole lot sooner! It's dark, dangerous, mysterious, highly intriguing, full of surprise and managed to pull me in right from the off! I loved the characters, some more than others but there are some great love to hate characters which is a huge plus! The writing is highly engaging and the world building is in-depth and crafted brilliantly. In parts of the book I had a full on creepy feeling that even managed to give me goosebumps! What I enjoyed the most was the unknown, which was kept up well into the book, also main character Cassie's thirst for knowledge and the dangers she would put herself in to get answers. This is a highly addictive first book that has me already reaching for the next book.
The Darke Academy is a boarding school for the spoilt, rich and very beautiful. Cassie Bell is the opposite of rich but she manages to bag herself a scholarship in the super creepy academy! Not long after Cassie arrives she realises that there is more to the pupils and the school than meets the eye! So she makes it her own personal mission to get to the bottom of it but she soon discovers that what she learns can't be taken back and she finds herself in way over her head!
The ending is action packed, full of shockers and has finished off leaving me eager to know whats going to happen next. Add this lightening quick thrill ride to your Must-read lists today as it really is deadly.
*Special thanks to Hodder for the review copy*