Saturday, July 14, 2012

Jen's review of Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Dark Companion by Marta Acosta
Publication date: July 3rd, 2012
Publisher: Tor / Macmillan
Number of pages: 368
Format: Kindle / via Netgalley
Description: 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?
I would like to thank the publisher and netgalley for allowing me this chance to review this in exchange for an honest opinion. 
I'd imagine every foster child longs to escape (unless they are happy) to a place that gets them out of their situation. 
When Jane Williams gets that very opportunity to do this, when she gets accepted into a elite boarding school for girls, Birch Grove Academy, she jumps at the chance. 

When Jane arrives, she is suddenly met with the headmistress who gives her everything she could ever want. She doesn't quite understand why she out of everyone got picked to attend, but she tries not to think too much about it.
Soon Jane meets the family of the Headmistress. Lucky and Jack, who couldn't be even more different from one another.
But the more time she spends with the brothers, Jane starts to realize that things are not what they meant to be. There is something hidden underneath the layers of why she is really there, and it is one revelation that will shock her to the core.

I enjoyed this book. It was different and dark and quite gothic, I think I would describe it.
Jane is a relatable character. She wanted to think the best of where she is and the people around her, but sometimes, some things are too good to be true.
She has a relationship with both of the boys, but each is quite different from the other. On the one hand, her relationship with Lucky is quite odd, and it makes Jane seem desperate and obsessive over someone she barely even knows. But for some reason, she knows she wants him..
And yet, on the other hand, there is his brother Jack. He is someone she also feels drawn to, but she feels something about him she can't quite put her finger on. He is mysterious and puzzling, and sometimes I want to knock some sense into her.

The plot is an interesting one, and the secret that holds this book and the plot I didn't see coming.  If you like a dark paranormal novel with a side of romance, then I would reccommend this book to you.

I would also to point out that I really adore this cover. The girl in the woods is perfect. It adds a touch of mystery to the eye.

Rating: 3/5

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