Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765329646, 368pp.
Publication Date: July 3, 2012
"Jane Eyre" meets "Twilight" in "Dark Companion, a" lush and romantic YA gothic tale about an orphaned girl who attends an exclusive private school and finds herself torn between the headmistress's two sons.
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 .
Book of the Year, and BookPage Notable pick. Marta lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.
Praise for Dark Companion:
“Compelling and romantic; a Jane Eyre for the Modern Age.”
—Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron King
“Recommended reading for teen gothic/vampire fiction fans as well as for Jane Eyre fans of any age. Bloody brilliant!” —LoveVampires.com
“Awesome stuff. Compelling and dynamic, Dark Companion lures you in, casting a distinct spell you won’t want to break. A modern Gothic with classic style.”
—Leanna Renee Hieber, bestselling author of the Strangely Beautiful and Magic Most Foul sagas
“This is the kind of book I wish I could have read when I was a teen. Jane is an inspiration to any young girl who doesn’t fit in or underestimates her own strengths.... A lovely, spiritual, uplifting story.”
—Patricia Altner, Patricia’s Vampire Notes
“I had the pleasure of an early read of the novel early last year and heartily recommend it.”
—Doug Knipe, SciFi Guy
“Reminiscent of the popular Twilight Series with the similar themes of angst ridden teenage love between two unlikely people. The writing is absolutely addictive and I could not put this book down for a second. The suspense, mystery, romance and paranormal all together make a very exciting book that is sure to impress readers of various genres. Overall, a breathtaking, beautiful novel that should not be missed.” —Rachael Dimond, Enchanted By Books
“Takes the vampire legends in a whole different direction…With a whole new spin on vampirism and an easy-to-read, yet well researched novel, teenagers could expect an intriguing love triangle, between an orphan girl named Jane and the headmistress’s mysterious sons.” —Neurotic Review