Title: Dark Companion
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Author: Marta Acosta
Publisher: Tor Teen, July 3, 2012,
Source: Free for review from the author and Amazon Vine Program
Sexy Rating: 4
Description from amazon.com:
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….
I’m a fan of Marta Acosta’s adult CASA DRACULA SERIES and I wanted to see if she veered off in a different direction from her vampire world. She didn’t. This novel was more of a psychological narrative about the way a teen deals with a violent, disturbing childhood. I felt Ms Acosta was true to Jane’s character throughout the entire story. Even when Jane allowed herself to be used inappropriately she was searching for love and acceptance.
The side characters were well drawn and Mary Violet was an absolute hoot with her poems and translations of French phrases. We are made to distrust and be skeptical of Lucky and be terribly curious about Jack. This is a very well written book and I was delighted when a character from the Casa Dracula series made an appearance.
Along with Jane we feel that there is something off. There is something not quite right at Birch Grove Academy, a mystery. There are passages that are lyrical, we can hear the trees whispering. All is explained following a very exciting ending.