Dark Companion

Marta Acosta

Tor Teen

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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.

They are.

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….

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Of my mother I have a faint remembrance: I lost her when I was only seven years old, and this was my first misfortune. At her death, my father gave up housekeeping, boarded me in a convent, and quitted Paris. Thus was I, at this early period of my life, abandoned to strangers.
Ann Radcliffe, The Romance of the Forest (1791)
 
 
Chapter 1
 
 
When I was six, I was entered into the foster care system because there was no one to care for me.
I was small and plain without the puppyish cheerfulness that makes grown-ups love a child, so I was passed from one

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Praise for Dark Companion

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


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About the Author

Marta Acosta

MARTA ACOSTA is the author of the award-winning Casa Dracula series. She received degrees in creative writing and literature from Stanford University and was a frequent contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle and the Contra Costa Times. Her books have been selected as: Book Sense Pick, Fresh Fiction Fresh Pick, Catalina Magazine Humor Book of the Year, and BookPage Notable pick. Marta lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

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Dark Companion
Marta Acosta

Hardcover

Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Teen
July 2012
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765329646
ISBN10: 0765329646
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
Age Range: 13 and up
Grade Range: 8 and up
$17.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

Unabridged  Digital Audio
Macmillan Audio
July 2012
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427229939
ISBN10: 1427229937
Young Adult FictionAudio Run Time: 11:36
Age Range: 13 and up
Grade Range: 8 and up
$22.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Teen
June 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765329653
ISBN10: 0765329654
Young Adult Fiction
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 368 pages
Age Range: 13 to 17
Grade Range: 8 to 12
$9.99

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Teen
July 2012
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429988292
ISBN10: 1429988290
Young Adult Fiction368 pages
Age Range: 13 and up
Grade Range: 8 and up
$7.12
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