Review: Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Title: Dark Companion
Author: Marta Acosta
Pages: 356
Publisher: Tor Teen
Source: Netgalley

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?


When you’re a foster kid and you don’t have anybody or anything but your wits, intelligence and street smarts – what have you got to lose when you are offered a scholarship in an elite school offered only to the best of best? In Dark Companion, we meet Jane who accepts an offer to be given everything she ever dreamed off but little does she know that Birch Grove Academy for Girls has its secrets. What will Jane do and how will she deal?

I never did know what to expect with Dark companion, it had that mysterious feel to it which made readers crave for it more as each page turn. It was captivating and it definitely hooks a person’s attention from beginning to end. The story and concept is very intruiging but it started slower than I expected, and as I was deeper into Jane’s world and got acquainted with the other characters I had a very difficult urge to put the book down, as the story picks up you’ll eventually finish it without realizing it.

Here’s one quote that I loved:

“What makes you angry Jane?”

“Pretty much everything.” I said casually, as if it wasn’t true. “Life isn’t fair, so you have to play the best game you can with the card you’re dealt.”

That’s just lovely. Okay, characters.

Let’s start with Jane. She was very simple, a black and white person, you know what to expect from her but she’ll surprise you with how matured and practical she is with life. Her friends in Birch Grove Academy was a mix of seriousness, hilarity and curious teens. Mary Violet is a crowd pleaser from the moment you meet her and her antics are to rad for. It’s all French and poems with her. (READ her poems) those will give you laughs, I can guarantee that. There are only two boys in this story – Lucky and Jake – who are the headmistress’ sons. Lucky was weird right off the bat, next! Haha kidding. He was very self centered and arrogant, had a very low opinion regarding him from the start given that he was the eye candy of every girl and was described handsome. Face value could just go a long way while Jake on the other hand is the one you should be rooting for. You’ll definitely feel the chemistry there ’nuff said.

The plot, twist and how the story ended wasn’t what I was expecting. You may have an idea on what the book is like but if you divulge into the world of Jane Williams you’ll realized that it wasn’t what you thought it was. It was part realistic and part gothic, dialogues and characters were definitely believable and bottom line is that Acosta wrote a very entertaining and great read for every reader to enjoy and recommend. It may not be for everybody to enjoy but what I can guarantee is that it is a read that’s worth your time and opinion.

Leaving this quote here:

There are always things we don’t recognized due to inexperience, as well as those things which we consciously or unconsciously choose not to see because theey don’t fit our expectations and desires.


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