by Marta Acosta
Publication date: July 3, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal
Purchase: Barnes and Noble/Amazon/Book Depository
Companion by Marta Acosta caught my attention on Tor’s website and I knew I had
to review it. I am pleased to tell you that this creepy, dark and unique novel delivered.
It has mystery, romance, interesting characters and a plot filled with
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.
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.
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.
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?(synopsis from Goodreads)
when we meet Jane Williams an emancipated minor who is leaving her foster home
to attend an all girl’s school known as Birchwood Grove Academy for Girls. In an attempt to change her life, Jane has
studied diligently and has received a full scholarship from this elite academy.
She says good-bye to her old life, and friends, in run down Hellsdale. School is set
to begin in a few days, and she quickly settles in at the cottage that will be
her home. The tale that unfolds is fun,
suspenseful and eerily creepy as Jane learns things aren’t quite normal at
Birchwood. She meets two brothers. One wants to protect her and the other desperately
needs something from her. I quickly
became immersed in this world and consumed this novel in the course of two evenings.
protagonist Jane has had a tough life. She was involved in a horrific event
when she was a child and has no memories of it. Growing up in foster care was
difficult but another child influenced her, and pushed her to reach for her
dreams. She is driven, kind and unique. She is grounded in her
belief that she is ordinary. She believes that with hard work anyone can
overcome. She is flawed and that becomes
apparent in her relationships with both Lucky and Jack. I adored Jack and
was unsure of Lucky. They are the only boys living on campus as they are the head
mistresses sons. Jane tutors Lucky. He is impossibly good looking, popular and extremely
quirky. Jane’s relationship with Lucky was really creepy and at times made me
feel downright uncomfortable. Jack has already graduated, plays in a band and
teases Jane unmercifully. While he doesn’t have Lucky’s god like looks, he
is charming and lovable. I questioned
Jane's actions and at one point wanted to slap her and yell are you crazy! I love when a book gets me this involves. My
favorite character was Mary Violet and she made me laugh with her poems and
comments. This child is an original and I loved that about her. Other characters rounded out the cast and added
to the mystery of Birchwood.
Acosta has spun is unique and at times very dark. The whole tale is shrouded in
mystery and we learn things as Jane does. This added to the whole creepy factor and
I loved every minute of it! The pacing is well done and the author’s writing
style brought the tale to life. With a secret society, rituals and lore, this
book is sure to keep you spellbound. She
even manages to deal with prejudice and social differences. I love that despite the mystery the main
characters were well fleshed out. Acosta kept me guessing as to who everyone
was and what their intent was. I loved this aspect of it. While the reveal of the
secrets at Birchwood was very, very strange it was unique and felt surreal.
As I stated in the previous paragraph parts were creepy and kind of made me
feel of balance as I read them, but it all came together nicely.
Dark Companion to fans of dark paranormal mysteries with a splash of romance. I
think you will enjoy discovering the secrets within the halls of Birchwood
Academy. I am adding Marta Acosta to my
author’s to watch list.
I want to
thank Tor for providing this finished copy in exchange for my unbiased
I gave this
novel 4 cups of coffee out of 5.
Labels: eBook Challenge 2012, Marta Acosta, YA paranormal