Review: The Weight of Blood

Title: The Weight of BloodAuthor: Tiffany D. JacksonRelease date: September 6, 2022Age-range/genre: Young Adult / Thriller, Horror, Sci-fiTrigger warnings: racism, child abuse, hate crimes, blood, murderSummary: [from goodreads] When Springville residents—at least the ones still alive—are questioned about what happened on prom night, they all have the same explanation... Maddy did it.An outcast at her small-town Georgia high school, … Continue reading Review: The Weight of Blood

ARC Review & Blog tour: Love From Mecca to Medina

Title: Love From Mecca to MedinaAuthor: S. K. AliRelease date: October 18, 2022Age-range/genre: Young Adult / Contemporary, RomanceTrigger warnings: referenced racism and islamophobiaSummary: [from goodreads] Adam and Zayneb. Perfectly matched. Painfully apart.Adam is in Doha, Qatar, making a map of the Hijra, a historic migration from Mecca to Medina, and worried about where his next paycheck will come from. … Continue reading ARC Review & Blog tour: Love From Mecca to Medina

ARC Review: I’m The Girl

Title: I'm The GirlAuthor: Courtney SummersRelease date: 13th September 2022Age-range/genre: Young Adult / Thriller, MysteryTrigger warnings: murder, sexual assault, adult/minor relationship, child abuse, drug use, references to death of a parentRating: 4/5 starsSummary: [from goodreads] When sixteen-year-old Georgia Avis discovers the dead body of thirteen-year-old Ashley James, she teams up with Ashley's older sister, Nora, to find and bring the … Continue reading ARC Review: I’m The Girl

dark academia recommendations

Hi friends!

I'm here today to discuss some of my favourite dark academia novels and give some recommendations too!

a short discussion on dark academia

Dark academia is a sub-genre that has become incredibly popular in the past few years. This sub-genre usually falls within the thriller genre. It is, typically, books with a school/academic setting where things take a turn for the worst. These books usually involve murder and mystery, and showing just how terrible academia can be and how knowledge can corrupt.

However, there's not a set definition on what dark academia really is. If you go into what is shelved as "dark academia" on goodreads, you'll be surprised to see the selection of books there - or at least, I was. Why are books like The Great Gatsby or Jane Eyre shelved in this section? Because some of us had to read it for academia?

For myself, I would define the genre as thriller/mystery novels predominantly set in an academic setting, in which the backdrop is important to the plot. So, you won't be seeing books like The Raven Boys in this post - because as much as I absolutely love that book, maybe only 25% of the book is actually set or related to Aglionby Academy.

I obviously don't have any ownership or domain on what makes a novel fit into the 'dark academia' category so take whatever I say with a pinch of salt !