"Compelling and romantic; a Jane Eyre for the Modern Age."
--Julie Kagawa, NYT Bestselling Author of the Iron Fey books
YALSA Nominee for 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults Award
“A modern-gothic fairytale that pulled me in and refused to let go. Eerily suspenseful with a heroine worthy of any Brontë novel.”
—Kady Cross, USA Today bestselling author of
The Girl in the Steel Corset
and The Steampunk Chronicles
“Awesome stuff. Compelling and dynamic, Dark Companion lures you in, casting a distinct spell you won’t want to break. A modern Gothic with classic style.”
—Leanna Renee Hieber, bestselling author of
the Strangely Beautiful and Magic Most Foul sagas
Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends.
She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true.
The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place
Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?
As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle,she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove—and what she would risk to stay there….
Read Behind the Scenes to learn more about the book.
PRAISE FOR DARK COMPANION
“Dark secrets, hidden mysteries, disquieting realities, passion and romance…without a doubt this is my favourite YA book of the year. Dark Companion is recommended reading for teen gothic/vampire fiction fans as well as for Jane Eyre fans of any age. Bloody brilliant!”
—Amanda Wright, Love Vampires
“This is the kind of book I wish I could have read when I was a teen. Jane is an inspiration to any young girl who doesn’t fit in or underestimates her own strengths.... A lovely, spiritual, uplifting story.”
—Patricia Altner, Patricia’s Vampire Notes
“A deliciously dark Gothic delight that’s both a tribute to Jane Eyre while also being delightedly Acosta’s own – from the smart and savvy heroine with a rapier wit, to the cast of gorgeously funny secondary characters.”
—Danielle Binks, Alpha Reader
“Absolutely addictive and I could not put this book down for a second. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. The suspense, mystery, romance and paranormal all together make a very exciting book that is sure to impress readers of various genres....A breathtaking, beautiful novel that should not be missed.”
—Rachael Dimond, Enchanted By Books
“Dark Companion reads like a dark, supernatural ode to the classic Jane Eyre. The academy is the perfect shadowy, creepy setting for this twisted tale to play out...a delicious mix of danger, romance, and unexpected magic that will make you shiver.”
—Tirzah Price, The Compulsive Reader
"Dark Companion skillfully combines YA themes of acceptance and fitting in with a Gothic atmosphere, Jane Eyre, a sweet romance, and feminism. I loved it! Loved Jane and loved her group of friends."
—Ana Grilo, The Book Smugglers
“Dark Companion is addicting. It immediately drew me in from the very first page and wouldn’t let go until the last. With its combination of sinister secrets and equal parts light and dark romances, Marta Acosta’s debut YA novel will surely captivate new readers. (And have some fans asking for their own Jack; I know I want my own Jack.)”
—Yan Lin, Books by Their Cover
“I loved Dark Companion's gothic, moody tone. The birch grove felt like a living (and creepy!) character, and the truth behind the mystery surrounding the school and its inhabitants really surprised me. Jane was a great heroine –tough and smart –and Dark Companion had me rooting for her.”
—Renee Wong, Renee’s Book Addiction
“Dark Companion was a deliciously spooky and twisted YA debut. With an original plot, a fierce heroine, and sweet romance- this book had it all! I can't wait to see what's next for Marta Acosta!”
—Kelsey Jones, The Book Scout
“From the moment I started reading I was hooked. Dark Companion has a mixture of secrets, mysteries, friendships, and romance, and of course hot boys and great friendships. I laughed, cried and cheered for Jane, laughing for the antics her friends got into to, crying for her loss and her memories, and cheering when she stands up for herself and makes the right choice.”
—Michele Smith, Much Loved Books
“When your choices are limited, and there's nowhere to run besides hell itself, what would you do? Dark Companion gives you chills and heats your blood.”
—Keira, Love Romance Passion