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YA Dark Academia Reads

September 2, 2021 at 4:55 PM by


Dark academia is one of my favorite genres--who doesn’t love a good boarding school story? Rich kids, murder, secrets, betrayals---I’m here for it ALL. Here are a few of my favorites that came out in 2021!

Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide

At Niveus Private Academy, Devon and Chiamaka are chosen to be Senior Prefects, which makes them targets of a series of anonymous texts revealing their secrets to the entire student body. Both students were on track toward valedictorian and bright college futures, but this prank quickly turns into a very dangerous game and they are at more than one disadvantage as it looks like things could turn deadly.

The Ivies by Alexa Donne

The Ivies, five prep school elites who would kill to get into the colleges of their dreams, have a showdown after Liv gets into Harvard and queen bee Avery does not.


The Murder Game by Carrie Doyle

When someone attempts to frame his best friend for murder at St. Benedict's boarding school, junior Luke Chase starts investigating on his own and discovers multiple suspects with darks secrets in their past.

The Castle School (for Troubled Girls) by Alyssa Shienmel

Paralyzed by grief, Moira feels punished when her parents send her to a therapeutic boarding school in Maine where she meets eleven other troubled girls and gradually begins to understand her parents' true intentions behind sending her there.

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao

Nancy Luo, Krystal Choi, Akil Patel, and Alexander Lin, juniors at Manhattan's elite Sinclair Prep, are forced to confront their secrets after Jamie Ruan, once their closest friend, is found dead.