Dark Companion

Dark Companion

Book - 2012
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Brought back to life and orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams grows up in a series of foster homes and wins a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy, where dark secrets abound.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Assoc., 2012.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780765329646
0765329646
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Acost
Characteristics: 364 p.

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Nymeria23
Sep 19, 2015

This book grabbed my attention right away. At first, I wasn't quite sure what drew me into it, but I just had to keep reading. Then Jane got super obsessed with Lucky which was annoying cause I liked Jack way better, but I could still handle her. Mary Violet was amazing, I loved her. The secret behind Birch Grove was one I had suspected, but the way that situation was handled was far more calmly and level-headedly than I had expected, which in a way was slightly disappointing- not quite sure how, but it was. Everything with the ending felt rushed, and I thought that if more time and detail had gone into it, this book would have been amazing (besides the long-running boy obsession). I liked the book though and thought it was an interesting read. The best part is the character development in Jane. It was great to see her get to that place in her life and understanding compared to the beginning of the book.

Dina_18 Mar 26, 2015

Excellent I loved it. Had a good twist to the dark secrets and what she chooses to do.

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DanceFiddler
Aug 05, 2013

This is best described as a Jane Eyre and Twilight mashup—combining all that’s awesome about the one with all that’s disturbing about the other. Jane, a foster child, gets a scholarship to a private school and escapes her group home. She soon discovers that her new social milieu is not all that it seems. I couldn’t put this down. It wasn’t predictable. Only drawbacks: first, there are portions of it which are direct updates of Jane Eyre. I found these delightful, but then I have that book memorized. Someone completely unfamiliar with the book might find them confusing; someone somewhat familiar with the book might find them distracting. I’m no judge. Second, what’s really going on is quite disturbing. I don’t have a problem with it, but I wouldn’t give this to younger teens at all (unless they needed a Twilight antidote, since it’s much more direct than Twilight ever is).

mulberrystreet Nov 15, 2012

The mystery of the story was really good, but unfortunately most of the characters were far too annoying.

KelseyPaige Sep 07, 2012

I agree with 123casey. I had enjoyed it up to that point, but it got so dark after that (I know, I know, should've figured from the name) and the whole deal with Lucky... I mean, from the very beginning you see that Jane's bright, and you know from her background that she's not to going to find it easy to trust people. So, no matter how unloved she's felt all her life, why would she rush headlong into such a destructive relationship? Not to mention with someone who, it very quickly became evident, was not right for her? I didn't buy it, and I lost a lot of respect for her after that. I loved the chemistry between her and Jack, and there were other elements I really enjoyed, but it was hard getting past that knot in the story.

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imacat2day
Jul 25, 2012

The plot was really good, the details too. But at the beginning with lucky in her room, then letting him drink her blood and still trust him? That seemed dumb... The end was lame too, with Lucky just suddenly realizing he liked Hattie more? The Hattie and lucky relationship wasn't good in my opinion.

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Dina_18 Mar 26, 2015

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May 20, 2014

Blue_Cat_793 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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