Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: Dark Companion
Author: Marta Acosta
Format: Digital ebook
Page Count: 282 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 16+

Summary: Jane Williams has worked her butt off to get out of Helmsdale (Hellsdale to residents) and has landed a scholarship and living allowance to attend the elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls. The school is adjacent to a small wealthy town so all the students live at home, except for Jane who will be getting residency in the old groundskeeper’s cottage in the center of the school’s birch grove. As my mom always says, if it seems to good to be true, it probably is.

In fact, Jane is certain something isn’t quite right. An amphitheater shows signs of kids holding rituals with small elegant knives and drops of blood. Jane is pretty sure she’s seeing figures and faces wandering the birch grove. Lastly the headmistress and her sexy sons are definitely hiding secrets too. Lucky is the gorgeous golden son who seems to be into her, though he has a dark side and Jack, the handsome dark son, nettles her to death about her being a halfling fairy child.

Why I started this book:

I’ve read the adult Casa Dracula series by Marta Acosta and thoroughly enjoyed myself. When I was offered Dark Companion as an ARC, I had to say yes!

Likes:

  • Jane’s friendship with Mary Violet. They’re a good balance for each other.
  • It took me a while, but I finally figured out that there’s a connection between the Casa Dracula series and Dark Companion. That certainly helped explain where some things might be going.
  • Jack! I love him. 🙂 He was especially fabulous with snappy one-liners. I love his reference to being the King’s fool and the scene where he stands up for Jane at a party. Go Jack go!
  • The quotes at the top of each chapter heralding another Gothic piece of literature. They really told the storyline of Dark Companion in a unique way.
  • Who was the ultimate bad guy – couldn’t see that one!

Dislikes:

  • Jane’s acceptance of a highly abusive relationship with a boy who clearly doesn’t value her in the slightest but wants to use her. I thought she was smarter than that because she hates seeing her friend, Wilde, from Helmsdale in a similar situation with a man who pimps her out and is abusive.
  • Yes I do mean pimp, as in Wilde is a alcoholic prostitute druggie. I’m not sure why this is all necessary because the book would be equally great without it.

Last Minute Thoughts: Dark Companion is a darker vampire Gothic YA than Twilight, but for a lovable sexy Jacob you can’t do better!

Book Quote: I am quoted for this book on the author’s website:

“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

Buy: Dark Companion

Rating: 4 Treasure Chests

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