Dark Academia books to hoard right now

It’s fall, the season of witches, brews, potions, and dark academia. I’ve been in the mood to read all books set with those sepia tone students and suspicious professors, with languid days, and sharp-thorned nights.

Right now, I’m reading:

Jess Walker has come to a concrete campus under the flat grey skies of East Anglia for one reason: To be taught by the mesmerizing and rebellious Dr Lorna Clay… Jess falls in with a tightly-knit group of rule-breakers — Alec, a courageous South African journalist with a nihilistic streak; Georgie, a seductive, pill-popping aristocrat; and Nick, a handsome geologist with layers of his own.

But when tragedy strikes the group, Jess turns to Lorna. Together, the two seek refuge on a remote Italian island, where Jess…uncovers a shocking secret that will challenge everything she’s learned.

I just read, The Ivies by Alexa Donna and found myself caught up in its intrigue and the layers of lies pervading the plot.

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is.

Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary….

Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.

Scarlett Clark is an exceptional English professor. But she’s even better at getting away with murder.

As she’s preparing for her biggest kill yet, the school starts probing into the growing body count on campus….

Meanwhile, Gorman student Carly Schiller is just trying to survive her freshman year. Finally free of her emotionally abusive father, all Carly wants is to focus on her studies and fade into the background. Her new roommate has other ideas…

A keenly perceptive coming-of-age novel, All Girls captures one year at a prestigious New England prep school, as nine young women navigate their ambitions, friendships, and fears against the backdrop of a scandal the administration wants silenced.

But as the months unfold, and the school’s efforts to control the ensuing crisis fall short, these extraordinary girls are forced to discover their voices, and their power.

 All Girls explores what it means to grow up in a place that promises you the world––when the world still isn’t yours for the taking.

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