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? (summary from goodreads)
♥ Unique twist on vampires.
♥ Jane is a great character. I loved that she was dedicated to schoolwork, and even to STEM. I was disappointed when she fell in love so quickly, though. She seemed stronger than that.
♥ The prologue starts off with a fantastic line: “On the night that I die….”
♥ Mary Violet is one of the best supporting characters I’ve read in a while. She’s hilarious, and just what Dark Companion needs to keep from being too dark and gloomy.
I didn’t like:
— I think there’s a little bit too much packed into this novel. So many heavy subjects made Dark Companion feel longer than it really is.
— The fairy element wasn’t described very well, which made me feel like it was tacked on.
— The bloodletting made me sick. That could be because I have a weak stomach for blood, however, vampire stories usually don’t get to me in that way…
Jane. I really liked Jane, and even though I got pissed at her when she fell for Lucky Radcliffe’s bull, I could understand why. I just wished I could slap her and make her come back to her senses a little earlier than she did. I think what I liked most about Jane was her dedication to schoolwork, and to bettering herself through her own hard work.
Second favorite thing:
I liked the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, all from classic works of gothic literature. They nicely set the mood for each chapter, and I hope they introduce some readers to gothic literature.
I also wrote a review for Dark Companion for Amazon Vine.