Jul 10, 2012

Review: Dark Companion, by Marta Acosta

When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She's even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper's cottage in the center of the birch grove.
Something's not quite right about the school -- or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She's also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.
The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member. 
Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school...and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

Source: Tor/Forge
Ratingdidn't like it it was ok liked it (my current rating) really liked it it was amazing  

Dark Companion is a book that made me really excited when the Publisher accepted my NetGalley request. It looked like an amazing, dark novel that.

It was a really good book, but I don't think it was for me, really. There are people who like calm, slow novels, but I prefer fast-paced, page-gripping novels. This was unfortunately was sort of slow, specially at the beginning. I think it took a lot of time before something exciting started happening.

Like I said, it was a really good book and what made it good for me were definitely the characters. This book had intriguing male characters that had me swooning every few chapters. The main character, Jane, was very likeable as well, and her initial shyness yet strong will to accomplish things made it a lot easier for me to like her.

Overall, I recommend this book to people who are looking for a calm book, instead of a fast paced one.


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