Most Anticipated Dark Academia Books to Add to Your Shelf

Introducing the crème de la crème of literary indulgence: the Best Dark Academia Books in 2024. Dive into a world where intellectual allure meets romantic intrigue, as we unveil the most anticipated reads of the year. From captivating romances to thought-provoking mysteries, these academia novels promise to transport you to a realm of scholarly elegance and literary splendor.

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A Dark and Drowning Tide by Allison Saft

In this captivating sapphic fantasy romance, Lorelei Kaskel, a sharp-tongued folklorist, finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery while on an expedition in search of a magical spring. With the help of her academic rival, Sylvia von Wolff, Lorelei must navigate treacherous forests, slumbering dragons, and shapeshifting beasts to uncover the truth behind their mentor’s death.

As they reluctantly work together and confront their growing feelings for each other, they uncover secrets that make them question the very foundations of justice and the future of their kingdom.

Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

In a gripping tale of mystery and self-discovery, Sade Hussein finds herself thrust into the shadows of Alfred Nobel Academy, grappling with the disappearance of her roommate Elizabeth and the ominous secrets lurking within the prestigious boarding school’s walls.

As rumors swirl and suspicions mount, Sade navigates the complexities of high school life, forming unexpected alliances with the enigmatic ‘Unholy Trinity’ and delving into the dark underbelly of the academy’s elite social circles.

Haunted by personal tragedies and fueled by a relentless quest for the truth, Sade unravels the tangled web of secrets that entangle Alfred Nobel Academy and its students. With each revelation, she confronts her own inner demons and struggles to distinguish friend from foe in a world where nothing is as it seems.

As danger lurks around every corner, Sade must confront the shadows of her past and unearth the truth before it’s too late.

Don’t Let the Forest In by CG Drews

In a haunting debut YA psychological horror, award-winning author CG Drews immerses readers in a chilling tale that blurs the lines between love and obsession.

As Andrew grapples with the depths of his devotion to Thomas, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the heart of darkness, where the boundaries between reality and nightmare begin to blur.

With each turn of the page, readers will find themselves drawn deeper into a twisted tale of love, sacrifice, and the terrifying lengths one will go to for the ones they hold dear.

Society of Lies by Lauren Ling Brown

In this gripping debut novel, Maya’s nostalgic return to Princeton for Reunions takes a dark turn when she receives devastating news of her sister Naomi’s death.

Refusing to accept the police’s ruling of accident, Maya delves into the secrets Naomi kept hidden during her time at Princeton, including her involvement in the exclusive Sterling Club and its clandestine inner circle.

As Maya unravels the truth behind her sister’s untimely demise, she confronts the chilling realization that Naomi’s fate may be linked to a sinister undercurrent that has long haunted the campus.

With each revelation, Maya is forced to confront the secrets she has buried from her own past, realizing that the key to unraveling Naomi’s death may lie in confronting her own demons.

As she delves deeper into the shadows of Princeton’s elite circles, Maya must navigate a treacherous labyrinth of deception and betrayal to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

Perfect Little Monsters by Cindy R.X. He

In a gripping tale of high school intrigue, the murder of Sierton High School’s queen bee, Ella Moore, sends shockwaves through the community, leaving everyone a suspect and no shortage of motives. With tensions running high and accusations flying, all eyes turn to newcomer Dawn Foster, the last person to interact with Ella before her untimely demise.

Refusing to be scapegoated, Dawn embarks on a relentless quest to clear her name and uncover the truth behind Ella’s murder. As she delves deeper into the secrets and rivalries that fueled Ella’s tumultuous relationships, Dawn discovers a web of deception and betrayal that extends far beyond the school’s halls. With danger lurking around every corner, Dawn must race against time to unmask the real killer before another tragedy strikes.

As suspicions mount and alliances shift, Dawn realizes that the key to unraveling Ella’s murder may lie in confronting the darker side of high school cliques and uncovering long-buried secrets that someone is desperate to keep hidden. In a race against time, Dawn must navigate a treacherous landscape of deceit and betrayal to bring a killer to justice and ensure that justice is served for Ella and her friends.

Anita de Monte Laughs Last by Xóchitl González

In the evocative narrative of “Anita de Monte Laughs Last,” the mysterious death of rising art star Anita de Monte in 1985 New York City sets the stage for a captivating exploration of power dynamics, love, and artistry. Fast forward to 1998, where Raquel, a third-year art history student at College Hill, finds herself navigating the complex social landscape of privilege and exclusion.

As Raquel becomes entangled in a passionate relationship with an older, well-connected art student, she uncovers Anita’s forgotten story, drawing eerie parallels between their lives. Moving between past and present and told from both women’s perspectives, the novel delves into the intricacies of ambition, identity, and the enduring legacy of those who shape the art world. With wit and insight, “Anita de Monte Laughs Last” challenges readers to confront the realities of who is remembered and who is forgotten in the elite circles of society.

Tender Beasts by Liselle Sambury

In a gripping tale of family secrets and betrayal, Sunny Behre finds herself thrust into a tumultuous whirlwind following the death of her mother, the matriarch of the wealthy Behre family. Tasked with an enigmatic final request to “Take care of Dom,” Sunny grapples with the sudden responsibility of looking after her youngest brother, Dom, who stands accused of murder.

Despite their strained relationship, Sunny is determined to uncover the truth behind her mother’s cryptic message and clear Dom’s name. However, when another classmate is brutally murdered and Dom is found with incriminating evidence, Sunny’s resolve is put to the test. As the body count rises and dark family secrets come to light, Sunny is forced to confront the unsettling truth that her siblings may not be who she thought they were.

In a race against time to uncover the real killer, Sunny must navigate a treacherous web of deception and betrayal, torn between loyalty to her family and the pursuit of justice. With each revelation, she risks unraveling the carefully constructed facade of her privileged upbringing and must ultimately decide where her loyalties lie.

The Invocations by Krystal Sutherland

In a captivating tale of magic and mystery, Zara Jones grapples with the devastating loss of her sister, determined to defy fate and bring her back from the dead through any means necessary, even delving into the occult. Meanwhile, Jude Wolf finds herself cursed after a deal with a demon goes awry, her soul slowly decaying as she faces terrifying manifestations of her mistake.

Their paths converge with Emer, a witch’s daughter who offers spells to desperate women seeking to alter their lives at a cost. However, Emer’s past catches up with her as her former clients are targeted by a mysterious killer. As Zara and Jude seek refuge in Emer’s magic, they must band together to confront the dark forces threatening their lives and uncover the truth behind the murders before they become the next victims. In a race against time, they’ll confront their own fears and secrets, forging an unlikely alliance to thwart the sinister forces that seek to destroy them.

The Teacher by Freida McFadden

In a world where secrets lurk beneath the surface, Eve navigates the complexities of her seemingly idyllic life with caution, haunted by the scandal that rocked Caseham High involving student-teacher affair. Amidst the whispers and rumors, Eve grapples with the truth about Addie, a student at the center of the controversy, whose enigmatic nature and hidden secrets threaten to unravel the fabric of their community.

As Eve delves deeper into the murky waters of deception and betrayal, she realizes that trusting anyone may come at a dangerous price. With Addie’s true motives shrouded in mystery, Eve must tread carefully, lest she become ensnared in a web of lies that could destroy everything she holds dear. In a world where trust is a precious commodity, Eve learns that sometimes the greatest threat lies closer to home than she ever imagined.

Wander in the Dark by Jumata Emill

Amir Trudeau’s life takes a tumultuous turn when he discovers Chloe Danvers, a fellow student at his elite private school, brutally murdered. As suspicion falls on him and he becomes entangled in a high-profile investigation, Amir must confront his estranged half-brother Marcel for help, despite their rocky relationship stemming from their father’s betrayal.

Caught in a web of lies and deceit, Amir and Marcel embark on a perilous journey to uncover the truth behind Chloe’s death. As they delve deeper into the dark underbelly of their prestigious school, they unearth long-buried secrets and face dangerous adversaries lurking in the shadows. With their reputations and lives on the line, the brothers must navigate treacherous waters to clear Amir’s name and unravel the twisted mysteries that threaten to tear their world apart.

My Throat an Open Grave by Tori Bovalino

In the eerie small town of Winston, Pennsylvania, Leah grapples with the suffocating pressure to conform to its strict standards of righteousness. When her baby brother Owen becomes unbearable one night, Leah makes a desperate wish for relief, inadvertently summoning the enigmatic Lord of the Wood. In exchange for Owen’s return, Leah must compose a song within a month.

As Leah delves into the mysteries of the town’s dark past and confronts the sinister forces lurking in the woods, she discovers unsettling truths that challenge everything she has been taught to believe. With each revelation, Leah’s journey becomes a haunting exploration of sacrifice, redemption, and the blurred lines between good and evil in a world cloaked in shadows. In this darkly romantic tale, Leah must navigate the labyrinthine depths of her own desires and fears to reclaim what she has lost and confront the malevolent forces that threaten to consume her and her town.

Out of Body by Nia Davenport

Seventeen-year-old Megan Allen has always felt like she’s been searching for her place in the world, trying on different personas like costumes, but none of them ever quite fit. That is until she meets LC, a captivating and adventurous girl who seems to effortlessly embody everything Megan aspires to be. Suddenly, Megan feels like she’s finally found her true self, mirroring the confidence and charm of her new friend.

However, what begins as a promising friendship takes a dark turn on the night of their friendiversary, plunging Megan into a nightmare she never could have imagined. As she grapples with the shocking realization that LC harbors dangerous secrets, Megan finds herself trapped in a terrifying situation, forced to inhabit another girl’s life while being hunted by LC’s enemies. Betrayed and vulnerable, Megan must summon the courage to reclaim her identity and fight for her life against forces determined to destroy her.

Blood Over Bright Haven by M.L. Wang

Sciona, an orphan since childhood, has spent two decades striving to prove herself in the world of magic. Despite facing countless obstacles, she refuses to be deterred from her ultimate goal: becoming the first woman admitted to the esteemed High Magistry. However, upon achieving this milestone, she realizes that her struggles are far from over. Instead of receiving a qualified lab assistant, she is assigned a janitor named Thomil, who harbors his own secrets and desires.

Unbeknownst to Sciona and her colleagues, Thomil was once a nomadic hunter from beyond Tiran’s magical barrier. Despite surviving the perilous journey that claimed his family, he remains haunted by his past and is determined to uncover the truth behind the forces that shaped his destiny. As Sciona and Thomil form an unlikely partnership, they unearth an ancient secret that could revolutionize the practice of magic. But their discovery also puts them in grave danger, threatening not only their lives but also the fate of civilization itself. Caught between the pursuit of truth and the weight of responsibility, Sciona must decide how much she is willing to sacrifice for the greater good.

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